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.
"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."
"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.