Senior Lyle Negron set career highs in passing yards (395) and touchdown passes (three) to lead Stony Brook to a 41-38 upset of No. 25 James Madison Saturday in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Seawolves took a pair of 21-point leads at 31-10 and 38-17 and held on to lift their record to 4-6 overall and 2-5 in Colonial Athletic Association play. James Madison is 6-5, 3-4.
Negron, who also ran for two touchdowns, put Stony Brook ahead for good on the Seawolves' second play of the game, throwing a 75-yard scoring pass to Adrian Coxson. Negron fell only five yards shy of recording the fourth 400-yard passing game for Stony Brook in its 15 years at the Division I level.
"If we click on all cylinders, we're a very good team," said Negron, who passed for 152 yards in the first quarter. "I saw their coverages and was able to execute."
Coxson set career highs in catches (nine) and receiving yards (183). "I was able to read the defense correctly and make plays,'' the senior said.
Will Tye had six catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns and Malcolm Eugene gained 106 yards on six receptions for SBU. Tye's 22-yard touchdown catch with 11:34 left in the third quarter gave the Seawolves a 38-17 lead.
SBU also was effective on the ground as James Kenner gained 98 yards on 24 carries.
Junior Christian Ricard had 17 tackles and sophomore Naim Cheeseboro added 11.
Stony Brook scored on its first four drives and took a 31-17 halftime lead. But James Madison's Michael Birdsong threw for 355 yards and five touchdowns, and JMU scored on its final three drives of the game to move within 41-38 with 4:57 left. But the Seawolves got three first downs and ran out the clock.
"I'm very proud of this team. We've dealt with some adversity this year," SBU coach Chuck Priore said. "We've battled through injuries and some tough fourth-quarter losses. I'm excited to go home with a victory."