Stony Brook Falls At Montana State in FCS Second Round


The Stony Brook football team's season ended with a 16-10 loss to Montana State in the second round of the 2012 Division I Football Championship.  The Seawolves defense allowed just 144 yards of total offense in the second half, but were undone by three fumbles.

Senior Kyle Essington, who returned to action after missing last week's game against Villanova, passed for 122 yards and a touchdown.  Senior Kevin Norrell caught five passes for 86 yards and a four-yard score.

Despite the loss, Stony Brook rushed for 123 yards.  Senior Miguel Maysonet gained 83 yards and junior Marcus Coker totaled 56.  Coker's totals give him 1,012 for the season as Stony Brook has two running backs with 1,000 yards for a third straight campaign.

Redshirt freshman Dante Allen recorded the first two sacks of his career.  Senior Cedrick Moore had 10 tackles to lead the defense.  Davonte Anderson also recorded his sixth interception of the year and 12th of his career, tied for third in Big South history.

Montana State scored first on a 69-yard touchdown pass from DeNarius McGhee to Tanner Bleskin with 33 seconds left in the opening quarter to take a 7-0 lead.

The Seawolves countered with a 38-yard field goal from Wesley Skiffington early in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 7-3. 

MSU kicker Rory Perez gave the Bobcats a 10-point cushion with two field goals.  His first was a 48-yarder with 4:49 remaining the first half, which would give Montana State a 10-3 lead at halftime.  Perez added a 21-yarder at the 11:33 mark of the third period for the 13-3 advantage.

It would remain 13-3 until Norrell found the endzone on Essington's four-yard pass at 11:53 in the fourth quarter to bring the Seawolves to within a field goal at 13-10.  But Perez would again extend the Bobcats lead with a 45-yarder at 9:04 left in the game for the eventual final margin.