CLINTON, S.C. -- Late in the second quarter of Stony Brook's Big South Conference game against Presbyterian on Saturday, Kevin Norrell made perhaps his most impressive touchdown reception of the game (and there were three of them).
Norrell caught a long pass from Kyle Essington, skirted past a falling defender and nonchalantly held the ball in his outstretched right hand as he walked the final six yards into the end zone for his final TD.
The 51-yard touchdown broke open a relatively close game and helped propel the ninth-ranked Seawolves to a 56-17 win at Bailey Memorial Stadium. Stony Brook (8-1, 4-0) gained 601 total yards, 416 on the ground, with Miguel Maysonet and Marcus Coker rushing for 356 yards and four touchdowns on 35 carries.
Norrell had six catches for 138 yards and also scored on receptions of 14 and 41 yards in the opening half. He caught five passes for 127 yards before halftime. He is the first Stony Brook player to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season (1,060) and also owns the school single-season record with 11 touchdown receptions.
"He's amazing," said Essington, who completed 10 of 14 passes for 185 yards and wasn't intercepted or sacked. "He's got a great ability to get open. Even when guys are holding on to him, he just sheds off it and gets open. I just throw [the ball] up there for him to come down with it."
"Everything was just going the right way today," Norrell said. "We started off clicking fast. They were loading the box a lot, so they left a lot of one-on-one opportunities out there for Kyle and myself just to make plays."
Once Essington and Norrell built the momentum for Stony Brook, with their third touchdown pass giving the Seawolves a 28-10 lead, running backs Maysonet and Coker took over.
Maysonet rushed for 212 yards on 19 carries, including a 66-yarder that set up one of his two TDs. Coker had 16 carries for 144 yards, highlighted by a season-long 58-yard run that set up one of his two scores. "We've got two pretty good running backs," coach Chuck Priore said.
Stony Brook held Presbyterian (2-7, 0-4) to four first downs in the second half, none in the final quarter. "We had a great second half defensively," Priore said. "We shut them down. Time of possession [in] the second half was awesome [21:30-8:30].''
A key defensive play occurred early in the second quarter when Davonte Anderson intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards to midfield. Eight plays later, SBU made it 21-3 on Maysonet's first touchdown run, a 3-yarder.
"We took care of business," Priore said. "You're on the road, playing a team that hasn't won a lot of games, and I think we kept our focus correctly and performed on the field. We really came out in the third quarter and took control of the game."
Stony Brook scored at least 40 points for the ninth time in its last 10 Big South Conference games. "Chuck's built a really good program there," Presbyterian coach Harold Nichols said. "I think he's got a football team that will have some success going into the playoffs."
Notes & quotes: Maysonet has gained 1,502 yards in nine games, an average of 167 yards per game and 8.4 yards per carry, and has scored 16 touchdowns . . . Presbyterian was led by Kaleb Griffin, who completed 20 of 33 passes for 202 yards and scored on a 2-yard run.