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
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
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
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 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
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.