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Stony Brook ties for first in Big South, hopes for at-large bid to FCS playoffs

Stony Brook's Cedrick Moore, Kevin Norrell, and Davonte

Stony Brook's Cedrick Moore, Kevin Norrell, and Davonte Anderson gather before the start of the football game against Virginia Military Institute. (November 3, 2012) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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.

The Seawolves (9-2, 5-1 Big South) were idle Saturday after losing the previous week at Liberty and missing a chance to clinch the automatic bid.

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).

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