Newsday.com names Football's run to postseason as one of top 11 N.Y. sports moments of 2011
Dec. 28, 2011
Melville, N.Y. -
Newsday.com has named the Stony Brook football team's run to the postseason as one of the top New York sports moments of 2011.
Columnist Neil Best details the list, which can be voted on by CLICKING HERE.
As a result of Stony Brook's 76-28 win over Gardner-Webb, the Seawolves and Liberty entered the final game of the season with identical conference records and the Big South Championship on the line. Avenging a 2010 loss to the Flames, Stony Brook topped Liberty, 41-31, before 8,000 fans at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, claiming its first postseason bid.
The Seawolves were paired with Albany in the first round of the FCS playoffs as the Great Danes jumped out to a 28-10 lead in the third quarter. But senior All-American Brock Jackolski (Shirley, N.Y.) answered with three straight touchdowns as Stony Brook regained the lead, 31-28.
On its final drive of the game, Albany drove inside the Stony Brook five, and had second and goal from the three. Albany QB Dan Di Lella dropped back to pass and was looking to the back of the end zone. Senior Donald Porter (Charles Town, W.Va.) stepped in front of the pass, tipping the ball in the air. Junior Dominick Reyes (Hesperia, Calif.) caught the ball, kept both feet in bounds, and fell through the back of the end zone as Stony Brook survived to play at least one more week.
Stony Brook traveled back to Texas where it started the season to face No. 1 and undefeated Sam Houston State. Despite rushing for more yards in the first half than an opponent ran for in a game against the Bearkats, the Seawolves fell short, losing 34-27.
Jackolski and junior Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.), the Big South Offensive Player of the Year, combined to rush for 150 yards against Sam Houston State, which ranked first in rushing defense (59.0 ypg) entering the game.
A crowd of more than 8,100 fans watched Stony Brook answer every Sam Houston State score with one of its own before a 10-play, 83-yard drive sealed the win for the Bearkats, who will face North Dakota State in the Division I Football Championship final.
Nonetheless, 2011 will be remembered as the greatest season in Stony Brook football history. The Seawolves set numerous records, including wins (9), rushing yards (3,475) and points (494-38.0 ppg).
Newsday.com's Top 11 New York Sports Moments of 2011
1. Rutgers' Eric LeGrand leads football team on the field
2. Stony Brook football's run to the postseason
3. St. John's men's basketball's return to prominence
4. Mariano Rivera sets MLB's career saves record
5. Jets reach AFC title game for second straight year
6. Nassau County reject Coliseum plan
7. Jose Reyes agrees to free-agent deal with Miami Marlins
8. Giants beat Jets, 29-14, at MetLife Stadium
9. Mets impacted by Bernie Madoff scandal
10. Knicks acquire Carmelo Anthony in trade
11. Derek Jets gets 3,000th hit on a home run