The Stony Brook football team rallied from an 18-point hole in the second half to defeat Albany 31-28 Saturday in the first round of the Division I Football Championship playoffs.
Riverhead graduate Miguel Maysonet carried the ball 22 times and rushed for 75 yards. His teammate in the backfield, William Floyd grad Brock Jackolski, led the Seawolves with three touchdowns, including an 11-yard run early in the fourth quarter for the deciding score.
The Seawolves advance to face No. 1 Sam Houston State on the road next week.
A record crowd of 8,286 witnessed the biggest win in Stony Brook history at LaValle Stadium.
The Seawolves trailed 14-0 before a 39-yard field goal by Wesley Skiffington put them on the board early in the second quarter. Albany took its biggest lead when Ryan Kirchner caught a 43-yard pass from Drew Smith in the third quarter (Herb Glass, a Miller Place graduate, kicked four extra points for Albany).
The Seawolves (9-3) came back with three touchdowns from Jackolski. His second score came on a 55-yard pass play that trimmed the deficit to 28-24.
Albany drove to the Stony Brook 3-yard line with under a minute left in the game while trailing by just three points. But on second-and-goal from the 3, Albany quarterback Dan Di Lella was picked off in the end zone by Dominick Reyes to end the game.
It’s been a banner year for Maysonet, the 2008 Hansen Award winner as the top football player in Suffolk County. He was honored as the Big South Offensive Player of the Year in a season where he became Stony Brook’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns.