Stony Brook comes back to take lead before falling to Maine
Six first-half drives that resulted in only 60 yards of total offense and produced no points sent Stony Brook into halftime trailing Maine by 13 points on Saturday.
The Seawolves went on to take the lead, but they wound up falling to No. 10 Maine, 19-14, at Alfond Stadium in Orono, Maine.
Maine is 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Stony Brook is 3-4, 1-4.
With Maine leading 13-7, Stony Brook quarterback Lyle Negron completed two key passes to Will Tye -- a 20-yarder on third-and-3 and a 22-yarder on fourth-and-10 -- to move the ball to the Maine 10. James Kenner (124 yards, 24 carries) scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run with 11:02 left in the game.
The Stony Brook defense held Maine for one possession but finally broke. On consecutive plays, Marcus Wasilewski hit John Ebeling for a 34-yard gain on third-and-11 and a 24-yard touchdown pass for a 19-14 lead with 5:27 left. Stony Brook's Derrick Morgan picked off the two-point conversion pass.
On Stony Brook's second-to-last drive of the game, Kenner rushed for 31 yards to the Maine 35, but the Seawolves were unable to convert.
Stony Brook opened the second half by going 67 yards -- all on the ground -- in 11 plays, capped by Negron's 1-yard touchdown run to make it 13-7. Kenner, who eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the second straight game, carried four times for 24 yards on the drive.
"We switched our game plan at halftime and moved the ball well," Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said after watching his team rush for only 14 yards in the first half. "It wasn't a great game offensively by either team, but the better team won."
Stony Brook forced Maine into a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, but the Seawolves' next drive stalled at the Maine 9 when Negron was intercepted by Troy Eastmon.
The Seawolves outrushed the Black Bears 184-70. Tyler Fredericks set a career high with 75 yards.