Maysonet, No. 11 Stony Brook hold off Villanova, 20-10

Junior Davonte Anderson intercepted two passes
 
Junior Davonte Anderson intercepted two passes
 
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Nov. 24, 2012

FINAL STATS | PHOTO GALLERY | HIGHLIGHTS | WATCH REPLAY

Stony Brook, N.Y. -

Senior Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns as the No. 11 Stony Brook football team beat No. 18 Villanova, 20-10, in the first round of the 2012 Division I Football Championship.  The Seawolves (10-2) will travel to face No. 2 Montana State, the third seed in the tournament, on December 1.

Junior Marcus Coker (Beltsville, Md.) also paced the SBU offense with a season-high 29 carries for 107 yards.  Senior Wesley Skiffington (Brandon, Fla.) connected on field goals from 37 and 29 yards out.

The defense, led by sophomore Christian Ricard's eight tackles, pressured Villanova quarterback John Robertson all night.  Robertson was 15 of 31 for 135 yards, with only 67 yards through the first three quarters.  Villanova's 271 yards of total offense was its lowest output of the season.

Stony Brook has reached the second round of the playoffs for a second straight year.  Today's game was a first of many to come against Villanova as SBU will join the CAA at the conclusion of the season.

Scoring Drives

  • 2nd 14:17 SBU Maysonet 1 yd run (Skiffington kick), 21-98, 12:43, 7-0
  • 2nd 3:13 SBU Maysonet 14 yd run (Skiffington kick), 4-85, 1:54, 14-0
  • 3rd 10:17 VU Hamilton 41 yd field goal, 6-33, 2:18, 14-3
  • 3rd 2:23 SBU Skiffington 37 yd field goal, 9-58, 5:30, 17-3
  • 4th 13:38 SBU Skiffington 28 yd field goal, 7-13, 3:50, 20-3
  • 4th 6:57 VU Robertson 21 yd run (Hamilton kick), 10-72, 3:34, 20-10
Quotes

Chuck Priore

  • "To tell you the truth, we spent all of our time worrying about winning and nothing else.  How we would accomplish that was by keeping Villanova's offense off the field.  I thought our defensive coaches put together a great game plan.  We took advantage of the opportunity and defeated a great team."

Sophomore Kevin Hauter

  • "We came out tonight with the same mentality we always do - physical and nasty.  The other guys have a great motor.  Our coaches put together a great game plan."

Senior Miguel Maysonet

  • "That's the team we are (talking about ground game).  We rallied around Lyle, and he was able to run our offense effectively."

News & Notes

  • Stony Brook's first possession of the game took up 12:43 of game action, its longest scoring drive of the season.  The Seawolves longest scoring drive of the season had been 8:23 on the opening drive of the second half at Army.
  • Christian Ricard made a key tackle of Gary Underwood on a fake punt by Villanova on fourth and four from the Stony Brook 42.
  • Davonte Anderson intercepted two passes, and is second all-time in Stony Brook's Division I history with 11.
  • Lyle Negron made his first start for Stony Brook, replacing an injured Kyle Essington.
  • Negron completed back-to-back passes in the third quarter after connecting on only one in the first half.
  • Despite not scoring in the first quarter, Stony Brook has outscored its opponents, 135-17, in the first quarter.
  • Villanova was held scoreless in the first half for the first time in 12 games.
  • Naim Cheeseboro made one of the special teams play of the year, recovering a wind-aided recovery on a kick-off.
  • Wesley Skiffington had connected on five straight field-goal attempts before missing on a 45-yarder.
  • The 10 wins are a new program-best, a year after setting a school record with nine victories.
  • Including his totals as a freshman at Hofstra, Miguel Maysonet has 5,037 yards for his career.
  • Stony Brook's time of possession nearly doubled Villanova's (39:28 to 20:24).
  • Stony Brook committed only two penalties, its lowest since committing only one at Army.
  • Villanova had won five straight first-round games before tonight's loss

Up Next

  • Next week's game in Montana will be televised live on ESPN3 at 7 p.m EST, 5 p.m. local.