Syracuse 28, Stony Brook 17

Ryan Nassib hit Jarrod West for the go-ahead touchdown, freshman

Ashton Broyld scored on a 22-yard run and Syracuse beat Stony Brook

28-17 Saturday to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Stony Brook (2-1), which competes in the Football Championship

Subdivision, entered the game 0-3 against college football’s top

tier, the Football Bowl Subdivision. All three losses came in the

previous two seasons, against UTEP and Buffalo last year and South

Florida in 2010, but the Seawolves were in this one until the

fourth quarter and never allowed Syracuse’s offense to get in high

gear.

Syracuse (1-2) has won its last 29 games against current FCS

members, a streak that dates to a 14-13 loss to Holy Cross in

October 1958.

The Seawolves entered the game ranked No. 16 in the FCS coaches

poll and led the division in total offense. They acquitted

themselves well, outgaining Syracuse in the first half behind the

powerful running of Miguel Maysonet, who finished with 158 yards

rushing, before the Orange defense dug in.

Maysonet gained 137 yards and scored once in the first half, but

he was held to two yards in the third quarter when Syracuse came

alive.

The Orange took a 21-17 lead on the first possession of the

third quarter. Nassib hit Marcus Sales for 38 yards, barely

scrambled for a first down on a third-down play, and then hit West

for a 13-yard touchdown and the four-point lead with 11:27 to go in

the third.

The Orange put the game out of reach when Nassib hit Sales for a

19-yard touchdown on a crossing route over the middle with 5:53

left for the final margin.

Nassib finished 22 of 35 for 335 yards and three TDs and Sales

had five catches for 117 yards, his fourth straight 100-yard

game.

Syracuse gambled twice on fourth down inside the Stony Brook 3

and failed both times, once in the third quarter and again early in

the fourth as the Seawolves remained in striking distance.

Nassib entered the game with some gaudy numbers after solid

performances in losses to Northwestern and No. 2 Southern

California to open the season. Syracuse, with its up-tempo attack,

led the Big East in scoring offense, passing offense and first

downs. The Orange had run 182 offensive plays, generating 1,051

yards and 70 points in the two games, and Nassib was 75 of 112 for

804 yards and six touchdowns.

At halftime against Stony Brook, the Seawolves had run six more

plays than the Orange, who trailed 17-14 and were outgained

261-220. Maysonet, who led the Big South in rushing last year with

1,633 yards, scored on a 71-yard run on a third-and-3 play for the

go-ahead touchdown late in the second quarter.

The Seawolves showed early that they were a team to be reckoned

with. After a three-and-out by Syracuse on its first possession,

Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore frantically called a timeout with

the ball at the Seawolves’ 37.

When play resumed, Kyle Essington hit Kevin Norrell behind the

Orange secondary for a 63-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. That gave

the elusive wideout five catches for 271 yards on the season.

Syracuse tailback Prince-Tyson Gulley tied it two plays later,

taking a screen pass 61 yards untouched down the left sideline.

Stony Brook gained a 10-7 lead on Wesley Skiffington’s 20-yard

field goal late in the first. It was his first field goal attempt

of the season.

The Orange finally gained the lead on Broyld’s nifty 22-yard run

up the middle. He juked past a couple of defenders to give Syracuse

a 14-10 edge with 6:01 left in the first half.

Undaunted, the Seawolves regained the lead three plays later

when Maysonet ran around the right side, leaped over a diving

defender and galloped in for the score. The Stony Brook coaching

staff ran along behind him, punching the air with their fists and

sensing an upset that never came.

Syracuse’s Ross Krautman entered the game with 36 field goals in

42 career tries, including 18 of 19 as a freshman in 2010. On this

day, he missed his first two attempts, a 45-yarder that hit the

right upright and a 38-yarder that sailed wide as special teams

continued to be a bugaboo for the Orange.