Stony Brook ties for first in Big South, hopes for at-large bid to FCS playoffs
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Thanks to a three-way tie for first place in the Big South, Stony Brook lost out on the conference's automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and must hope for an at-large bid when the 20-team field is announced at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Liberty (6-5, 5-1) beat VMI on Saturday to end SBU's hopes of getting the automatic bid, which went to Coastal Carolina (7-4, 5-1). The Chanticleers lost at home to Stony Brook but won the Big South tiebreaker with a 3-0 road record.
Despite the loss to Liberty, the Seawolves dropped only to No. 13 in the FCS coaches poll and to No. 12 in the Sports Network poll. They remain a strong candidate for an at-large bid because of an FBS win over Army and an 11-point loss at FBS Syracuse.
Kutztown edges Post
Kevin Morton hit Brett Fox with touchdown passes of 23 and 32 yards as Kutztown held off visiting LIU Post, 14-12, in the season finale for both teams.
Grayson Laurino scored on a 1-yard run to cut the deficit to 14-6 with 5:40 left.
Tyler Heuer, who ran for 98 yards on 26 carries, tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Pat Fitzgerald with 3:53 left, but the Pioneers' two-point attempt fell short.
Post (3-7) had a chance for a last-second win, but its 33-yard field-goal attempt was blocked as time expired.
Heuer was 15-for-32 passing for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Seniors D.J. Young and Antonio Powell-Fields each had an interception.
Morton completed 22 of 35 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns for the Golden Bears (7-4).