Sept. 24, 2011
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -
Tailback Miguel Maysonet ran for 194 yards and four touchdowns as Stony Brook pulled away in the second half for a 37-20 win over Lafayette at Saturday night at LaValle Stadium.
Leopard quarterback Andrew Shoop threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns, the first Lafayette player since Marko Glavic threw for a school-record 453 yards vs. Columbia on Oct. 22, 2003. Shoop faced intense defensive pressure in his second career start, sacked three times and intercepted three times. Freshman tailback Ross Scheuerman racked up 303 yards of total offense, including 90 on the ground, 69 in the air and 144 in kick returns while wide receiver Mitch Bennett made 10 catches for 135, both career bests.
Lafayette (1-3) was in control for most of the first half, but didn't have much to show for it. The Leopards moved inside the 21-yard line five times, racking up 203 yards of total offense, but managed just six points.
Austin O'Brien's 30-yard field goal eight minutes into the game gave Lafayette the early advantage. The boot completed a seven-play, 43-yard drive that ran off 3:32. Lafayette had another prime opportunity in the first quarter after DL Mike Grimaldi picked off a pass at the Stony Brook 19. After a sack, Lafayette settled for 42-yard field goal attempt that missed wide right.
In the second quarter, the Leopards had the ball 1st-and-goal at the six after a 52-yard pass from Shoop to Scheuerman. Lafayette turned it over on a completion to Jet Kollie who was stripped of the ball.
The Lafayette defense forced a three-and-out and the offense had superb starting field position at the 32. Lafayette advanced inside the 10-yard line, but settled for a 25-yard field goal and a 6-0 lead with 7:38 left in the half.
Tailback Brock Jackolski wiped away any momentum Lafayette had established with a 69-yard kick return to the Lafayette 26 before Tyler McFarlane finally took him down after O'Brien slowed him up. The Lafayette defense did its job, holding Stony Brook to a 37-yard field goal by Wesley Skiffington.
The Leopards used a flea-flicker to complete a 43-yard pass from Shoop to Mark Ross (7 catches for 92 yards). Lafayette had it 1st-and-goal at the 10. On second down, Shoop was forced to get rid of the ball and Ryan Haber intercepted him at the 15.
Stony Brook's offense ripped off a 35-yard pass from Michael Coulter to Jordan Gush, the team's only completion of the game, and then added a 22-yard carry by Maysonnet. The defense stood tough again, forcing a 36-yard field goal by Skiffington that tied the game at 6-6 at halftime.
It only took Stony Brook (1-3) two plays to score in the second half when the Seawolves' team speed began to show. Lafayette attempted a short kickoff that Mike Boles nearly corralled on the Lafayette sideline. Boles was drilled in the midsection and the ball bounced out of bounds, handing it to Stony Brook at the 40. Runs of 25 yards and 35 yards by Jackolski and Maysonet put it in the endzone for a 13-6 Stony Brook lead.
The Stony Brook defense took its turn on the next Lafayette possession, with Jawara Dudley sacking Shoop who fumbled. Stony Brook took over at the 42. The Seawolves used five running plays, including an 11-yard scramble by Coulter to punch it in, the final rush a one-yard run by Maysonet to leave the score 20-6 with 10:23 in the third.
The Lafayette offense responded. On 3rd-and -7 at the Stony Brook 48, the Seawolves brought more pressure. Shoop had enough time to connect with a wide open Bennett for 52 yards and a score. Stony Brook led 20-13 with 8:17 left in third.
Trailing 23-13 with 12:25 left, Lafayette looked to cut the deficit to one score with a 41-yard field goal attempt. O'Brien's attempt was blocked by Grant Nakwaasah. Maysonnet's 30-yard touchdown put away the game with Stony Brook leading 30-13 with 11 minutes left in the game.
For the game, Lafayette, which ran 85 offensive plays, had 486 yards of total offense to 335 for Stony Brook. Stony Brook had 300 yards rushing and 35 passing yards.
After four straight road games to open the season, Lafayette will finally play a home game Oct. 1, hosting Harvard on Saturday at 1 p.m.