Football finishes 2011 with top 20 rankings

Miguel Maysonet has totaled 2,671 rushing yards in two seasons at Stony Brook
 
Miguel Maysonet has totaled 2,671 rushing yards in two seasons at Stony Brook
 
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Jan. 13, 2012

Stony Brook, N.Y. - After a 9-4 season and its first-ever Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) appearance, Stony Brook has finished the 2011 season ranked in the top 25 in both major polls.

The Seawolves finished 16th in the FCS Coaches Poll and 18th in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Poll.

Stony Brook lost its first three games of the season, but won nine straight, including a 41-31 victory over Liberty to capture the program's first outright Big South title and an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.

The Seawolves topped Albany, 31-28, before falling to Sam Houston State, 34-27, in the second round. The Bearkats, who finished second in both polls, lost to North Dakota State in the finals.

Stony Brook finished the season ranked as the top scoring offense in the country (38.0 ppg). Junior Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) and senior Brock Jackolski (Shirley, N.Y.) rushed for 1,000 yards for a second straight season to lead a rushing offense that ranked fourth (267.31 ypg). Junior Kyle Essington(Chino Hills, Calif.) had a passing efficiency rating of 162.66, which ranked second in the country.

Nine starters return on offense and six on defense for Stony Brook, which travels to face Army next season.

FCS Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Previous
1. North Dakota State (25) 14-1 625 4
2. Sam Houston State 14-1 600 1
3. Georgia Southern 11-3 563 2
4. Montana 11-3 555 5
5. Northern Iowa 10-3 482 3
6. Lehigh 11-2 473 6
7. Montana State 10-3 470 7
8. Maine 9-4 445 13
9. Towson 9-3 380 9
10. Old Dominion 10-3 367 10
11. Appalachian State 8-4 357 8
12. New Hampshire 8-4 336 12
13. Wofford 8-4 326 11
14. James Madison 8-5 278 19
15. Central Arkansas 9-4 273 15
16. STONY BROOK 9-4 200 24
17. Harvard 9-1 199 14
18. Norfolk State 9-3 158 22
19. Tennessee Tech 7-4 152 20
20. Delaware 7-4 143 16
21. Eastern Kentucky 7-5 136 NR
22. Illinois State 7-4 122 17
23. Albany 8-4 89 NR
24. Jackson State 9-2 85 18
25. Liberty 7-4 57 23

The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top-25 College Football Poll

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Previous
1. North Dakota State (125) 14-1 3,125 4
2. Sam Houston State 14-1 2,998 1
3. Montana 11-3 2,801 5
4. Georgia Southern 11-3 2,795 3
5. Lehigh 11-2 2,466 6
6. Northern Iowa 10-3 2,455 2
7. Montana State 10-3 2,387 7
8. Maine 9-4 2,105 13
9. Towson 9-3 2,058 8
10. Old Dominion 10-3 2,009 10
11. New Hampshire 8-4 1,869 11
12. Appalachian State 8-4 1,825 9
13. Wofford 8-4 1,651 12
14. Central Arkansas 9-4 1,411 15
15. James Madison 8-5 1,307 17
16. Harvard 9-1  996 16
17. Delaware 7-4  961 14
18. STONY BROOK 9-4  957 22
19. Norfolk State 9-3  829 19
20. Illinois State 7-4  694 18
21. Tennessee Tech 7-4  669 21
22. Jackson State 9-2  523 20
23. North Dakota 8-3  371 23
24. Eastern Kentucky 7-5  298 NR
25. Liberty 7-4  215 24