Stony Brook Defeats Villanova, 20-10, In 1st Round of Playoffs


Senior Miguel Maysonet rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns as the No. 10/11 Stony Brook football team beat No. 14/18 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 playoffs, on December 1 at 7:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Junior Marcus Coker also paced the SBU offense with a season-high 29 carries for 107 yards.  Senior Wesley Skiffington 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.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Seawolves took a 7-0 lead on Maysonet's 1-yard run just 43 seconds into the second quarter.  His 22nd touchdown of the seaon capped a 12-play, 98-yard drive that last 12 minutes, 43 seconds.

Later in the period, Maysonet gave Stony Brook a 14-0 advantage after scoring on a 14-yard rush with 3:13 remaining in the first half.  Maysonet opened the drive with a 47-yard run that gave SBU a 1st-and-10 at Villanova's 23-yard line. 

The Seawolves entered the lockerroom at halftime with the 14-0 lead, as Villanova was held scoreless in the first half for the first time in 12 games.

The Wildcats got on the scoreboard with a 41-yard field goal from Mark Hamilton that made the score 14-3 with 7:59 left in the third quarter.

Skiffington kicked two field goals for SBU's next points -- first a 37-yarder with 2:23 remaining in the third and a 29-yard field goal early in the fourth stanza to give the Seawolves' their largest lead of the game at 20-3.

With just under seven minutes left in the game, Robertson scored the Wildcats' lone touchdown of the day when he reached the end zone following a 21-yard run to make the score 20-10 with 6:57 on the clock.

Among the highlights in the playoff victory were Christian Ricard making a key tackle of Gary Underwood on a fake punt by Villanova on fourth and four from the Stony Brook 42; Davonte Anderson intercepting two passes, and Naim Cheeseboro making one of the special teams play of the year, recovering a wind-aided recovery on a kick-off.

Lyle Negron made his first start for Stony Brook, replacing an injured Kyle Essington.  Negron completed back-to-back passes in the third quarter after connecting on only one in the first half.

Stony Brook's 10 wins are a new program-best, a year after setting a school record with nine victories.  The Seawolves will look to win their first playoff road game next week in Bozeman, Mont.