#1/1 SAM HOUSTON STATE 34, STONY BROOK 27 | GAME STATS
The Stony Brook football team took top-seeded Sam Houston State to the end, but came up short, falling to the Bearkats, 34-27, in the second round of the Division I Football Championship.
Junior Kyle Essington passed for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Kevin Norrell led all receivers with four catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. Senior Matt Brevi totaled 94 yards and a touchdown.
Senior Brock Jackolski rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown, becoming the all-time single-season leader in Big South history with 20.
Brian Bell passed for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for another for Sam Houston State. Tim Flanders led all backs with 102 yards and a touchdown, which came with 1:01 left in the fourth quarter to break a 27-27 tie.
Stony Brook rushed for 150 yards against Sam Houston State, which ranks first in FCS in rushing defense (59.0 ypg). It was the most yards given up on the ground by the Bearkats this season.
The Seawolves led 7-3 after Brevi's 37-yard catch on a post route, and 10-3 after the first of junior Wesley Skiffington's two field goals.
Stony Brook never led in the second half, but answered two Sam Houston State touchdowns with two long drives. The first was a eight-play, 79-yard drive, keyed by a 38-yard catch by Brevi.
After a Sam Houston State score, Essington found Norrell, who made an acrobatic catch, for 45 yards. Junior Miguel Maysonet, the Big South Offensive Player of the Year, ran for 15 yards to the 13. On fourth and nine, Essington's pass was incomplete, but a pass interference call set the Seawolves up with first and goal from the 2. Jackolski rushed off right guard for the score to tie the game at 27.
Despite the loss, Stony Brook posted its best season in school history -- winning nine games for the first time and capturing its first outright Big South Conference title and third consecutive League crown.