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Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet (5) breaks

Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet (5) breaks the tackle attempts by Coastal Carolina's Andrae Jacobs (40) and Dontavious Johnson (29) near the end of the first half. (Oct. 29, 2011) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

The gaudy numbers keep piling up for Stony Brook, which faces winless Charleston Southern on Saturday at Buccaneers Stadium with a chance for a school-record sixth straight win.

The Seawolves last week became the first Big South team to score at least 42 points in four straight games, thanks to their 42-0 shutout of Coastal Carolina.

That game was played in a driving rainstorm, which prevented Stony Brook from gaining a single yard passing, but the Seawolves (5-3, 3-0 Big South) rushed for 446 yards, one short of their conference single-game record.

Weather won't be a problem Saturday in Charleston, S.C., where forecasts call for a sunny day with a high of 63 degrees and zero percent chance of precipitation.

That should come as a relief for running backs Miguel Maysonet and Brock Jackolski, who are poised to top the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second straight season. Maysonet currently has 996 yards rushing and Jackolski has 827. Maysonet last week became the 10th back in Big South history to reach the 2,000-yard career rushing plateau and Jackolski needs 144 to become the 11th. The two totaled 384 rushing yards and four touchdowns against Coastal Carolina.

The Buccaneers (0-8, 0-3) will be hard-pressed to stop them, considering they allow an average of 204.5 yards rushing per game. Stony Brook ranks fifth in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with 275.5 yards rushing per game.

The Seawolves are almost as proficient at stopping the run, ranking seventh nationally with an average yield of 88.4 yards per game. That might mean tough sledding for CSU quarterback Richard Mounce, who made his first start of the season last week in a 14-7 loss to Gardner-Webb.

Mounce was a virtual one-man offense, completing 14 of 39 passes for 169 yards and rushing for 56 yards on 28 carries. Mounce's total was reduced by the 50 yards he lost while being sacked seven times.

Stony Brook is a half-game behind Liberty (6-3, 4-0) in the Big South standings. Liberty is at VMI on Saturday and has next week off; SBU will visit Gardner-Webb before playing host to Liberty on Nov. 19.

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