STONY BROOK 45, VMI 7 | BOX SCORE
Senior Kyle Essington threw three touchdown passes to senior Kevin Norrell and senior Miguel Maysonet rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns as the Stony Brook football team (9-1, 5-0) topped VMI (2-7, 1-4), 45-7, Saturday night at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves clinched at least a share of the Big South football title on Saturday, while Maysonet became the Big South's all-time touchdown leader.
The No. 9 Seawolves, who have won seven straight games and 18 of their last 20, will travel to face Liberty next week at 3:30pm on MASN. A win over the Flames will clinch a second-straight automatic bid to the Division I Football Championship.
Essington, who passed for 166 yards, threw touchdown passes of 16, 11 and 41 yards. It's the second-straight week Essington and Norrell have connected for three scores.
Maysonet scored on runs of 16, 2 and 1 yards. His second TD run was the 48th touchdown of his Stony Brook career, breaking the Big South mark of 47, set by Coastal Carolina's Aundres Perkins (2003-06).
Miguel Maysonet ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns, leading the #9-ranked Stony Brook Seawolves over the VMI Keydets, 45-7, in Big South football action Saturday evening at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y.
The Seawolves amassed 309 total yards on the ground, including Maysonet's efforts and 139 yards by reserve back Marcus Coker, en route to a 475-162 edge in total yards. The home squad won despite having 13 penalties that cost it 137 yards. VMI quarterback Eric Kordenbrock went 16 for 24 with a touchdown, completing two-thirds of his passes, but was held to just 100 yards through the air. The Keydets did see defensive lineman Justin Smith post a career-high 10 tackles in the setback.
Stony Brook took the ball first on the windy day, an evening that saw the game start with a temperature of 53 degrees, and immediately drove down the field. Ten straight rushing plays pushed SBU to the VMI 5, and Essington finished off the drive with a five-yard touchdown pass to Norrell. The point after gave the home squad a 7-0 lead, and the Seawolves added on their next drive, as a five-play, 46-yard drive ended with a 16-yard touchdown dash by Maysonet. That gave SBU a 14-0 lead with 3:59 left in the first quarter, and that would be the score after 15 minutes of play.
The Keydets had the ball for nearly five minutes to end that period and start the second, but had an odd drive that involved a 20-yard completion, a Stony Brook penalty and three plays that lost yardage as they were forced to punt. Logan Staib made a big defensive play on the ensuing SBU drive, as on 2nd and 7, he hit Maysonet just beyond the line of scrimmage and forced a fumble. Staib then fell on the ball for the recovery, and the Keydets had the game's first turnover.
They could not take advantage, however, and the home team found the scoreboard again on its next drive. This effort was spearheaded by Essington, who went 5 of 7 on the 13-play, 80-yard drive that ate up over seven minutes. The SBU quarterback ended the drive as well, finding Norrell for the 11-yard touchdown pass and a 21-0 lead with 3:25 left in the half.
The Seawolves added on again before the end of the half, as they would take advantage of field position. A sequence of penalties would wind up giving SBU the ball at the VMI 34 with 2:14 left in the half, and Maysonet immediately ran 32 yards to give his team a first and goal. On the next play, the Big South's leading rusher punched it in from two yards out, and the point after made it a 28-0 contest. That would be the score at halftime, a first half that saw the home team have nearly a five-minute edge in time of possession.
The Keydets got the ball first to open the second half, and quickly picked up a first down on an 11-yard run by Derrick Ziglar. That was all VMI could muster, however, and the Keydets were forced to punt. Stony Brook then went 81 yards in nine plays, eight of which were rushes by either Maysonet or Coker. In fact, Maysonet posted his third rushing touchdown of the day, squirming in from a yard out and making it a 35-0 game.
VMI would answer on its next drive, posting its best effort of the day. A 13-play, 75-yard drive included two first down passes to Stefawn Ross, a 13-yard run by Ziglar and three SBU penalties. Kordenbrock capped the drive with an eight-yard TD pass to Dexter Bridge, his second touchdown grab of the year, and Jeff Sexton's extra point made it a 35-7 game.
The Keydet defense stiffened on its next effort, and forced a Stony Brook punt. Unfortunately for the Keydets, the punt was fumbled and SBU was able to fall on the ball at the Keydet 41. On the next play, Essington found Norrell for a 41-yard touchdown and a 42-7 Seawolf advantage. The home team then capped the scoring at the 6:02 mark, when Wesley Skiffington connected on a 42-yard field goal to account for the final margin, 45-7.
Kordenbrock completed passes to seven different receivers, while an eighth, Cody Shirley, made a catch off a pass thrown by A.J. Augustine late in the game. The eight different receivers marked the third consecutive game in which the Keydets have had at least eight players post a reception.
VMI football will return to action next Saturday, Nov. 10, playing host to The Military Classic of the South and facing The Citadel. Game time at Foster Stadium is set for 1:30 p.m.
COASTAL CAROLINA 55, GARDNER-WEBB 33 | BOX SCORE | WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Coastal Carolina redshirt freshman Alex Ross, playing for injured quarterback Aramis Hillary, threw for 342 yards, including 151 to Niccolo Mastromatteo, and had 404 yards of total offense to lead the Chanticleers (5-4, 3-1 Big South) to a 55-33 win over Gardner-Webb (2-7, 1-3) Saturday afternoon at Spangler Stadium.
The two teams combined for 1,143 yards of total offense in a track meet of a game, with each rushing for more than 200 yards and passing for more than 300 yards.
While Coastal finished with a 22-point win, the game was a seven-point contest at the start of the fourth quarter. Coastal scored to start the fourth and scored after interceptions by Pernell Williams and LaDarius Hawthorne on Gardner-Webb's first two drives of the quarter.
Overall, Coastal tallied 596 yards of total offense, the second-most single-game total in CCU history. The CCU single-game record for total offense is 638 set in 2006 versus Gardner-Webb. Part of today's 596 yards came on CCU's first drive of the second half, which covered 99 yards in three plays to tie the CCU record for longest drive. (Coastal also had a 99-yard drive at VMI in 2010.)
The 404 yards of total offense by Ross, who rushed 13 times for 62 yards and completed 16-of-20 passes with three TDs and an interception, is the second-best single-game total in CCU history (behind Tyler Thigpen's 425 versus Gardner-Webb in 2006) and the 342 passing yards ranks fifth on the CCU single-game list. Ross also completed the longest and eighth-longest completions in school history.
Mastromatteo's 151 receiving yards ranks third (tied) in the CCU single-game list and marks the second time he has eclipsed the 100-yard barrier this season. The junior added a 20-yard punt return to give him 171 all-purpose yards, the eighth-best single-game total in CCU history.
Not to be lost in the passing statistics is the fact that Coastal rushed for over 200 yards for the fourth straight game. Jeremy Height did most of the work early, gaining 65 yards on nine carries with a score. Height also set the CCU single-season record for all-purpose yards, gaining 100 Saturday as he added eight receiving yards and 27 kick return yards. He now has 1,225 all-purpose yards this year, passing the mark of 1,166 set by Patrick Hall in 2004 when he was named Big South Offensive Player of the Year.
Lorenzo Taliaferro carried the workload through the third and early in fourth quarter, gaining 48 yards on nine carries with two scores. Marcus Whitener secured the win, rushing six times for 79 yards with two touchdowns.
Gardner-Webb finished the afternoon with a season-high 547 yards of total offense on just 69 plays (7.9 yards per play) and piled up 21 first downs.
Lucas Beatty finished 22-of-32 for 321 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions -- hitting the 300-yard mark through the air for the fourth time in 2012. He is the first Gardner-Webb quarterback to top the 2,000-yard mark (2,143 yards) since Stan Doolittle in 2009.
Kenny Cook was Beatty's favorite target Saturday, catching eight passes for 119 yards and two scores - his second game in a row with multiple touchdown grabs. Carlton Heard had four catches for 79 yards and Seth Cranfill tied the Big South's single-season receptions mark for a tight end with one catch - giving him 34 for the season.
Gardner-Webb set the tone early as its defense forced a three-and-out on Coastal's first drive and the Runnin' Bulldogs marched 72 yards in nine plays on their first drive to take a 7-0 lead. Beatty was 5-of-5 passing on the drive, including an 18-yard completion to Hudson Smith and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Cook.
Coastal answered back, driving 75 yards in 11 plays. The drive was threatened as Coastal was facing 1st-and-25 after a penalty, but three plays later, Ross hit Mastromatteo for a 26-yard gain and Height followed with an eight-yard touchdown run. However, the point after sailed wide left.
On the first play of the ensuing drive, Kenny Little took a handoff and burst up the middle for a 78-yard touchdown. Johnny Hartsfield blocked the point after to keep the score 13-6. Little's run was the third-longest by a CCU opponent.
On the following kickoff, Height returned the ball 16 yards. With that, he became Coastal Carolina's single season leader for all-purpose yards. Ross and Mastromatteo then teamed up for two, 22-yard gains, the second being a touchdown. Again, the PAT was wide left to make the score 13-12.
After forcing Gardner-Webb's first punt, Coastal took its first lead, 20 -13. Height made an impressive four-yard run to convert a third down when it looked like CCU may lose yardage. Then, on the first play of the second quarter, Height reeled off a 32-yard gain. Taliaferro and Ross took over from that point. Ross had a nine-yard gain and Taliaferro picked up 18 yards on three carries, including a nine-yard touchdown run. The Chants went for two and made it as Height took a direct snap in the "Wildcat Formation" and reached the endzone.
The back-and-forth game continued as Gardner-Webb answered to knot the game at 20-20. Facing third-and-nine, Beatty completed a 19-yard pass. Later, he hit Cook for 20 yards and Little scored from five yards out.
After the teams traded turnovers - CCU threw an interception and GWU gave the ball away on downs - Coastal regained the lead with a three-play drive. Ross hit DeMario Bennett for nine yards, Akeem Wesley for eight and Bennett for 60. The 60-yard touchdown ties for eighth on the CCU list for longest reception.
Late in the second quarter, Coastal forced a punt, thanks to a sack by Mike McClure and Quinn Backus. Starting on its own 20, Coastal moved to the GWU 21, thanks to a 34-yard Ross to Tyrell Blanks completion. The drive stalled and the field goal with 12 seconds missed left to keep the score 27-20 at the break.
To start the second half, Coastal forced a punt, which GWU downed inside the CCU one. After a Height run for no gain, Ross hit Matt Hazel for 18 yards. On the next play, Ross hit Mastromatteo for a gain of approximately 12 yards in the right flat near the sideline. Mastromatteo made to players miss and he out-ran the defense for an 81-yard score, marking the longest pass reception in CCU history and putting the Chants up 34-20. The previous long was an 80-yard Tyler Thigpen to Santini Washington completion in 2005 vs. Savannah State.
The Bulldogs came back to cut their deficit to seven, 34-27. Beatty completed a 39-yard pass to Juanne Blount and a 30-yard completion to Heard. Beatty capped the seven-play drive with a five-yard fade to Cook. A short punt led to a five-play, 55-yard drive. However, on the first play from scrimmage, Tyler McCarthy almost picked off a pass, the ball went off his hands into the hands of wide receiver Deonte Swinton for a 19-yard gain. Heard then rushed for 27 yards and three plays later Blount scored from six yards out. The PAT missed wide right to leave the score at 34-33 in CCU's favor.
The teams traded punts, with Quinton Davis getting two sacks on one drive to force GWU's punt, and Coastal started the fourth quarter on the 50 yard line after a 20-yard Mastromatteo punt return. Coastal went to the ground, passing twice in the 10-play drive. While Ross had a nine-yard carry to convert a third down early, Taliaferro converted third downs with rushes three and six yards before scoring from seven yards out to put CCU up 41-33.
On Gardner-Webb's ensuing drive, Williams intercepted his first career pass to give the Chants the ball on the GWU 33. Whitener took advantage of his playing time, getting a 12-yard gain on third down. He followed that with a five-yard gain and a 10-yard touchdown run, his first score of the season for a 48-33 advantage.
After a Hawthorne interception, Coastal was looking to run out the clock, but Whitener hit a crease up the middle and scored from 39 yards out to provide the 55-33 final.
Little finished with 152 yards and two scores on 18 carries. He added 25 yards on three receptions to finish with 177 all-purpose yards. Tanner Burch paced Gardner-Webb's defense with 11 total tackles (eight solo). Brian Wittenberger added seven stops and an interception.
Coastal Carolina will stay on the road to face Presbyterian College next Saturday (Nov. 10) with kickoff set for 1:00 pm. Gardner-Webb travels to Charleston Southern next week. Kickoff against the Buccaneers is 1:30pm and the game will be carried on ESPN3.
LIBERTY 26, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 12 | BOX SCORE | WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
A trio of 30-plus yard rushing touchdowns by Aldreakis Allen sparked Liberty's offense and paced the Flames to a 26-12 Big South victory over Charleston Southern, Saturday.
Following their fourth victory in the last five games, Liberty now stands at 4-5 on the season and 3-1 in Big South play. The loss snapped Charleston Southern's three-game win streak, dropping the Buccaneers to 4-5 on the season and 2-2 in the Big South.
Liberty has now won 18 out of its 20 meetings with Charleston Southern. The victory extends the Flames' Big South home winning streak to a Conference-record 17 games.
Liberty's offensive game plan for the day was made evident quite quickly, with the Flames taking to the ground five times on the opening five-play, 71-yard scoring drive.
The fifth and final time, Allen found a gap in the middle of the line and raced 35 yards downfield, staking the Flames to a quick 7-0 lead with 12:12 left on the opening quarter clock.
The score remained the same until midway through the first quarter. Liberty looked to like it had stopped the Buccaneers for the second time on the afternoon, this time on a fourth-and-six play at the Liberty 41-yard line.
However, Charleston Southern quarterback Malcolm Dixon was able to scramble and draw the defense to the near side of the field. Liberty's full defensive pursuit left tight end Kirby Broome open on the far side of the field. He scored untouched at the 3:08 point of the first quarter. Tyson Pryor missed the extra point, allowing the Flames to hold onto a 7-6 lead.
The two teams traded unsuccessful possessions for most of the second quarter, but Allen was able to rekindle the offense on one play to give Liberty a seven-point halftime lead.
After stopping the Bucs on their second straight three-and-out series, Liberty handed the ball to Allen on consecutive plays.
On the second, the junior used key blocks from offensive lineman Aaron Lundy and Jay Weatherington to create a hole, which allowed him to scamper 56 yards for a score with 5:13 left to play in the game. Freshman John Lunsford missed his first career point-after attempt, leaving the score at 13-6 after Malcolm Jackson blocked the kick.
The Flames finished the opening 30 minutes of the game with a 241 to 173 total offensive yard edge over the visiting Buccaneers. The two teams used opposing methods to advance the ball, with Liberty rushing for 186 yards and Charleston Southern passing for 117 yards.
Allen nearly missed eclipsing the 100-yard mark on the ground during the first half by one yard, carrying the ball eight times for 99 yards. Sirchauncey Holloway shared time in the backfield for the Flames, rushing 10 times for 63 yards. Josh Woodrum finished the opening half completing 5-of-10 passing attempts for 55 yards, with Pat Kelly catching three of those passes for 38 yards.
Dixon accounted for most of Charleston Southern's offense, as he completed 5-of-6 passing attempts for 117 yards. Larry Jones III finished the first half with two receptions for 52 yards. Teddy Allen paced Charleston Southern's limited rushing attack (56 yards) with nine carries for 31 yards. Dixon followed with seven rushing attempts for 13 yards.
Liberty's defense took control of the game during the third quarter, forcing three consecutive three-and-out series and holding Charleston Southern to just 33 yards during the 15-minute period.
The Flames offense took advantage of its ample time with the ball during the quarter (9:08 of time of possession) to record its final two scoring drives of the game.
Six carries by Holloway got the Flames into scoring position, setting up a pass to fullback Nicky Fualaau. Woodrum faked another handoff to Holloway, drawing the defense in enough to allow Fualaau to get open and score his second touchdown of the year on a five-yard passing play with 8:31 left to play in third quarter.
Aldreakis Allen capped off his banner game on Liberty's next drive, pushing the Flames lead to 26-6 with 4:03 left in the third quarter.
Liberty elected to go for it on a fourth-and-three play and Woodrum was able to scramble and find Kelly open over the middle for a six-yard gain. On the next play, Aldreakis Allen made two cuts, one left and one right, to find a hole and race the remaining 20 yards untouched for his third score of the game. Lunsford failed to convert on his second extra point attempt, leaving the Flames with a 20-point lead with 19 minutes to play.
The Buccaneers were able to find the end zone for a second time on the day late in the fourth quarter to cut into Liberty's lead.
Dixon completed back-to-back double-digit yard passes to Jones, helping set up a five-yard quarterback draw play with 1:36 left on the clock. Charleston Southern elected to go for two on the extra point and Liberty was able to stop them from scoring, leaving the final score at 26-12.
Liberty finished the game with 410 total offensive yards, with 73.6 percent of its yards coming on the ground. The Flames surpassed the 200-yard mark on the ground for the fourth time this year, rushing 44 times for 302 yards and a season-high 15 rushing first downs.
Aldreakis Allen had his second most productive game as a Flame against Charleston Southern, finishing the game with 19 carries for 179 yards and three scoring runs. Holloway matched Aldreakis Allen's rushing carries total and had 97 rushing yards.
Woodrum finished the afternoon 12-of-19 for 108 passing yards. Kelly led the Flames in receptions for the seventh time this season with five catches for 61 yards.
Dixon paced Charleston Southern, personally finishing the game with 229 of the team's 306 total offensive yards.
Dixon completed 10-of-15 passing attempts for 184 yards and ran the ball 11 times for 45 yards. Teddy Allen led Charleston Southern with 16 carries for 39 yards, while the Buccaneers' top receiver was Jones with four receptions for 93 yards.
For the first time this season, Liberty finished a game without a turnover and the Flames finished the afternoon with a season-low three penalties for 35 yards.
For the second time in three games, Brent Vinson reached double figures, leading the Flames with 10 tackles (nine solo, one assisted). Jacob Hagen followed with nine stops (eight solo, one assisted), followed by Nick Sigmon's eight-tackle night (six solo, two assisted).
Charleston Southern's top defender was Elijah Lee. The defensive back matched Vinson with 10 stops, including eight solo tackles. Cornelius Sterling followed with nine stops (four solo, five assisted).
Liberty will close out the regular season portion of its 2012 home schedule next weekend when Big South leader No. 9/9 Stony Brook visits Williams Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30pm and the game will be televised on MASN. Charleston Southern returns home to host Gardner-Webb at 1:30pm on ESPN3.