continued While the SU offense made itsfair share of mistakes, the defense reciprocated impressively, shutting out Stony Brook in the second half. Linebackers Marcus Spruil and Dyshawn Davis anchored the Orange, posting eight tackles apiece.
Nevertheless, Stony Brook gave SU a hard-fought battle while managing to remain competitive midway into the fourth quarter, even as SU dominated the time of possession in the late going.
In the opening 30 minutes, Stony Brook displayed a disciplined ball-control offense. The Seawolves accumulated 261 yards of total offense, 172 of them on the ground which was the main reason why it the ball for more than 20 of the 30 minutes.
The Seawolve rattled SU early in the first quarter. Following an Orange possession of three-and-out, Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore frantically a called timeout with ball spotted at the Seawolves’37.
When play resumed Kyle Essington hit Kevin Norrell, who separated from Rashard Anderson, and scored on a 63-yard TD reception.
But it did not take long for the home team to respond. Gully tied the score two plays later, receiving a short screen pass and dashing 61 yards down the left sideline untouched.
It became back and forth contest as Stony Brook regained the lead 10-7 on a Wesley Skiffington 20-yard field goal late in the period.
SU briefly took a 14-10 lead in the second period when Broyld showed a few nifty moves on a 22-yard TD scamper.
Now the Orange saw its lead vanish quickly. Just 90 seconds later, Essington pitched the ball behind the line of scrimmage to Miguel Maysonet who leaped high over defenders and ran it out, 71 yards for a TD. Overall, Maysonet finished with a career-best 158 yards on 21 carries.
The Dome crowd was deflated as Stony Brook carried that 17-14 lead into the break, but whatever words Marrone told his team during halftime, it certainly worked in the Orange’s favor for the remainder of the game.