For the first time in the school’s history, Stony Brook was victorious against a team from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), defeating Army at West Point 23-3.
Miguel Maysonet continued his streak running the football for the Seawolves (4-1, ranked 18th in the FCS). One week after setting a career-high with 198 rushing yards against Colgate, the senior running back topped that performance with 220 yards and scored the game’s only two touchdowns.
Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore used the game as a sign that this team’s success goes beyond last season. “I told the team that they needed to hang their hat on something other than last year,” he said in a statement. “Today, this team created its own identity.”
Stony Brook started the game strong, with the defense holding the Black Knights (0-4) to a three-and-out. Maysonet then capped off Stony Brook's first possession with a 49-yard touchdown run for a quick 7-0. The Seawolves would have all the points they’d need before the game was even four minutes old.
The defense held strong for Stony Brook, keeping Army out of the end zone all game and recovering four fumbles. Against a team that averaged 399 rushing yards per game, the Seawolves gave up only 273.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the win was that Stony Brook went up against Army, whose offense is nearly an exclusive rushing attack that tops the FBS in yards per contest, and beat them at their own game.
Quarterback Kyle Essington had an efficient game, completing 11 of his 15 passes for 151 yards and no interceptions. Senior wide receiver Kevin Norrell caught seven of those passes for 95 yards. Maysonet’s rushing yardage was the fifth-highest tally in school history during the Division I era.
Stony Brook wasn’t the only team making history in this game. Army senior Trent Steelman rushed for 89 yards, giving him a career total of 2,362, a school record for quarterbacks. Steelman was hobbled by a rib injury from last week’s game against Wake Forest and fumbled twice.
The win was Stony Brook’s last chance against an FBS team this season. SBU dropped their only other game against an FBS team two weeks ago, losing to Syracuse 28-17 despite holding a third-quarter lead. The Seawolves head home next Saturday to take on Charleston Southern. Army has dropped eight straight games dating back to last season.