Football Falls To Liberty, 54-28, in 2010 Finale
Nov. 20, 2010
Lynchburg, Va. - Despite two touchdown passes from junior quarterback Michael Coulter (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and two touchdown runs from sophomore Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.), the Stony Brook football team fell to Liberty, 54-28, at Williams Stadium on Saturday.
The Seawolves (6-5, 5-1 Big South) are eliminated from postseason play, as the loss creates a three-way tie for first place with Coastal Carolina and Liberty. The tiebreaker is points allowed during conference play, with the Chanticleers having allowed 109 points and Stony Brook 122 after six games. Liberty was eliminated after allowing 110 coming into today's game, coupled with Coastal only giving up three to Charleston Southern on Saturday.
Maysonet finished the season with 14 touchdowns (12 rushing, 2 receiving) in his first season at Stony Brook. Junior Matt Brevi (Tampa, Fla.) caught four balls for 82 yards and a touchdown. He finished tied with sophomore Jordan Gush (Richardson, Texas) with five receiving scores.
"They're a good offensive team," head coach Chuck Priore said. "But we didn't help ourselves either. We went six straight games without a turnover, and couldn't extend that streak. We were not efficient tonight, but you got to give credit to Liberty."
After a 26-yard field goal from Matt Bevins, junior Brock Jackolski (Shirley, N.Y.) took the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to the Liberty 15. On third and eight from the 15, Coulter found senior Michael Lepore (Brick, N.J.) for the 7-3 lead.
Liberty re-took the lead, 10-7, after a six-play, 77-yard drive. SirChauncey Holloway capped the drive with a 14-yard run. Flames quarterback Mike Brown made it 17-7 after a 15-yard run.
A strange sequence occurred when Coulter's pass to Brevi was intercepted at the Liberty 34. But on the first possession for the Flames, freshman Jawara Dudley (Roosevelt, N.Y.) intercepted Tyler Brennan and returned the ball to the Liberty 28. Jackolski rushed for 15 yards on third and eight from the 26, before sophomore Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) took it in from 12 yards for the touchdown.
Bevins added a 24-yard field goal just before halftime to make it 20-14.
On the opening drive of the third quarter, the Seawolves were set up with second and five from 50 when Coulter hit Brevi inside the 20. Brevi came back to the ball and spun counter clockwise, as he scored his fifth touchdown of the season.
Liberty answered when Brown, who faked as if he was running to his right, hit Pat Kelly on a 65-yard seam route for the touchdown.
But Stony Brook answered right back. Down 21-20, Coulter hit sophomore Brett Arce (Coalinga, Calif.), who was all alone in the Flames' secondary, for a 51-yard strike to the two. Maysonet followed with his 12th rushing touchdown of the season, as Stony Brook led 28-27.
Bevins added a third field goal to give the Flames a two-point lead.
Liberty led 37-28 after Brown hit Kelly for a 79-yard score on a post route and by 16, 44-28, after Brown's two-yard TD run.
Despite the loss, Stony Brook is co-champions for the second straight season. The Seawolves return eight starters on offense and nine on defense.