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Stony Brook trails at half, 21-7

Stony Brook defensive back Donald Porter intercepts a

Stony Brook defensive back Donald Porter intercepts a pass intended for UTEP's Mike Edwards in El Paso, Texas. (Sept. 3, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Stony Brook got an unbelievable break when Buffalo's Khalil Mack was penalized for celebrating before he reached the end zone on what appeared to be a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 28-7 lead. The penalty wiped out the TD, and Stony Brook's Donald Porter (pictured in UTEP game) intercepted a pass by Buffalo's Chazz Anderson on the next play.

The Seawolves still went to the locker room trailing at halftime, 21-7, after two Buffalo scores broke open a 7-7 game. The Bulls struck on their first play from scrimmage when tight end Alex Dennison was uncovered on a 57-yard TD pass from Anderson. Stony Brook came back to tie it on a 93-yard drive, ending with a 16-yard pass from Kyle Essington to Jordan Gush with 5:03 left in the first quarter.

Buffalo responded with a 74-yard drive that required 13 plays. Anderson completed all six passes he threw for 39 yards, but the TD came when Branden Oliver scored from 22 yards out on a burst up the middle. The Bulls then forced a three-and-out series by the Seawolves and got the ball at their own 49 after a 32-yard punt by Wes Skiffington.

On third down at the SBU 49, the Bulls were in a spread formation but fooled the Seawolves by springing Oliver on a right tackle trap, and he went the distance to score for the 21-7 lead.

The most misleading stat of the game is time of possession. The Bulls have held the ball just 9:58 but have dominated with big plays.


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