2011 FCS Playoffs: Sam Houston State Edges Stony Brook, 34-27

Down 28-10 in the third quarter, Stony Brook University comes from behind and beats the University at Albany, 31-28, in the first round of the FCS Playoffs.

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FCS Playoffs 2011 Round 2 Score And Results: Sam Houston State Edges Stony Brook, 34-27

Running back Tim Flanders rushed for a game-best 102 yards and scored a touchdown, which came with 1:01 remaining to propel Sam Houston State University to a 31-27 victory over Stony Brook University in an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision round-two playoff game at Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, TX. The Bearkats (12-0), who are the tournament's No. 1-overall seed, advance to the quarterfinals to face Montana State University, while the Seawolves had the most successful Division I season in school history end with a 9-4 overall record.

Junior quarterback Kyle Essington finished the game with 226 passing yards and two touchdowns for Stony Brook, which did lead 10-3 at one point in the first half. Senior tailback Brock Jackolski, who compiled 232 total yards and three touchdowns in the Seawolves' first-round victory, ran for just 86 yards and scored a touchdown.

Sam Houston State quarterback Brian Bell passed for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another for the Bearkats.

Here's video highlights of the game provided by GoSeawolves.org:

Stony Brook Football vs. Sam Houston State - FCS Playoffs - Dec. 3, 2011 (via stonybrookseawolves)


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FCS Playoffs 2011, First Round Recap: Stony Brook Battles Sam Houston State In Second Round

The first round of NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs were completed Saturday and the 20-team field is now narrowed down to 16. One of those schools left is Stony Brook University, which moved onto the second round with a thrilling 31-28 victory over the University at Albany. With the victory the Seawolves advanced to play the tournament's No. 1-overall seed, Sam Houston State, Saturday, Dec. 3.

Here are the first-round results of the 2011 FCS playoffs:

  • James Madison 20, Eastern Kentucky 17
  • Old Dominion 35, Norfolk State 28
  • Stony Brook 31, Albany 28
  • Central Arkansas 34, Tennessee Tech 14.

Here are the second-round match ups (all games played Saturday, Dec. 3):

  • Stony Brook (9-3) at No. 1-seeded Sam Houston State (11-0)
  • New Hampshire (8-3) at Montana State  (9-2)
  • Wofford (8-3) at No. 5 University of Northern Iowa (9-2)
  • Central Arkansas (9-3) at No. 4 Montana (9-2)
  • Old Dominion (10-2) at No. 3 Georgia Southern (9-2)
  • Maine (8-3) at Appalachian State (8-3)
  • Lehigh (10-1) at Towson (9-2)
  • James Madison (8-4) at No. 2 North Dakota State (10-1) 

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Stony Brook Seawolves Vs. UAlbany Great Danes, Video Highlights: Brock Jackolski's Touchdowns, Dan Di Lella's Interception

Behind three second-half touchdowns by junior running back Brock Jackolski, Stony Brook University defeated the University at Albany, 31-28, Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs held at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook. The Seawolves (9-3), who overcame a 28-10 second-half deficit to earn their first ever postseason victory, will face the tournament's No. 1-overall seed, Sam Houston State University, in the second round on Saturday, Dec. 3.  Meanwhile, the Great Danes finished the season 8-4 overall.

Below is a ull video recap of the game, provided by stonybrookseawolves.

Note the three big plays by Jackolski in the second half. My favorite is the 55-yard touchdown catch that helped Stony Brook cut UAlbany's advantage to 28-24.

Of course, the heart breaker is the interception thrown by Great Danes' quarterback Dan Di Lella with less than a minute to go in the game.

Stony Brook Football vs. Albany - FCS Playoffs Opening Round - Nov. 26, 2011 (via stonybrookseawolves)

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FCS Playoffs 2011, First Round Recap: Stony Brook Edges Albany, 31-28

Senior running back Brock Jackolski rushed for a 103 yards and scored three second-half touchdowns, including the game-winner with 12:40 remaining in the fourth quarter, to help the Stony Brook University football program overcome an 18-point deficit and defeat the University at Albany, 31-28, in the first round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. This is the Seawolves (9-3) first-ever NCAA postseason victory, which advances them to the second round of the 20-team tournament where they will face the No. 1-overall seed Sam Houston State University, Saturday, Dec. 3. The Great Danes 8-4 overall.

"Wow," said Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore.  "I know I say it a lot, but good teams find ways to win.  I'm really proud of my alma mater (UAlbany class of 1982) and the job they did tonight, but I'm even more proud of our team.  We're excited for the opportunity to play another week."

UAlbany, which blew a 28-10 lead, had a chance to win or tie the game, but failed to score on its final possession, which marched to the Seawolves' three-yard line with less than a minute remaining in the game. However, on a second-and-goal UAlbany's senior quarterback Dan Di Lella threw an interception to Stony Brook junior defensive back Dominick Reyes. The Seawolves then used just three plays to run out the clock.

The Seawolves' comeback began when Jackolski capped a 11-play, 80-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run that came with 4:10 remaining in the third quarter to cut the Great Danes' lead to 28-17.

Then, after forcing UAlbany to punt, the Seawolves regained possession and again turned to Jackolski. This time, on the third play of the drive, the 5-foot-10, 198-pound tailback caught a pass from quarterback Kyle Essington and ran 55 yards into the end zone to trim the UAlbany margin to 28-24 with 1:16 to go in the third.

On the Great Danes next possession, Stony Brook's defense forced a three-and-out and helped get the ball back into Jackolski's hands. From there, the Seawolves used just six plays to put another Jackolski touchdown (a 11-yard rush) on the scoreboard and took a 31-28 lead with 12:40 remaining.

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FCS Playoffs 2011: UAlbany Scouting Report

The University at Albany football program will play in probably its biggest game in program history Saturday as the Great Danes visit Stony Brook University in a first round Football Championship Subdivision NCAA Tournament game at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium (2 p.m. on ESPN3) in Stony Brook, NY. The winner will advance to the second round to play the tournament's No. 1-overall seed Sam Houston State University, Saturday, Dec. 3.

The Great Danes (8-3) earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament last Saturday by defeating Sacred Heart University, 31-21, to win the Northeast Conference with a 7-1 record and its automatic qualifying spot. UAlbany finished in a tie with Duquesne University, but the Great Danes owned the head-to-head tiebreaker after defeating the Dukes, 30-10, Oct. 8.

For those that don't know much about the 2011 FCS playoffs, here's a brief scouting report on UAlbany.

Head Coach

The Great Danes are led by head coach Bob Ford who's in the middle of his 39th season at UAlbany. Ford, who earned the Northeast Conference Coach Of The Year Award, has compiled 255 career victories, which is first among all FCS head coaches.

This week, Ford will be coaching against one of his former players, Chuck Priore, who was a three-year starter for UAlbany in the early 1980's.

This Season

UAlbany began its season with back-to-back losses to Colgate University (37-34, OT) and the University of Maine (34-15), but then rallied off six straight victories. After losing to Bryant University, 31-17, Nov. 5., the Great Danes beat Monmouth University (41-24) and Sacred Heart.

Overall

Under center for the Great Danes will be senior quarterback Dan Di Lella, who passed for four touchdowns against Sacred Heart. Di Lella finished the regular season with school record 24 touchdown passes and was tops in the NEC in total offense (2397.9 yards per game).

Di Lella's favorite target is junior wide receiver Ryan Kirchner who's fourth in receptions (110) and 10th in receiving yards (1,162) on UAlbany's all-time lists.

Junior tailback Andrew Smith rushed for over 1,000 yards this season (1,052). Against Scared Heart, Smith compiled 215 all-purpose yards, including 135 on the ground.

However, the key to a Great Dane victory will be its defense, which need to play well against the Stony Brook's offense (ranked No. 1 in all of the FCS). Last week, the UAlbany defense held Scared Heart to a season-low 79 net rushing yards, while forcing four turnovers. The Great Danes ended the regular season with the third-best ranked defense in the NEC.

Senior defensive end Eddie Delaney, who led the squad with 8.5 sacks, and junior linebacker Jon Morgan, who led the team with 97 tackles, each earned All-NEC First Team honors. Meanwhile, freshman linebacker Kyle Jordan (59 tackles, 3.0 sacks and two forced fumbles) was named NEC Defensive Rookie Of The Year.

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FCS Playoffs 2011: Stony Brook Scouting Report

The Stony Brook University football program will play in probably its biggest game in program history Saturday as the Seawolves host the University at Albany in a first round Football Championship Subdivision NCAA Tournament game at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium (2 p.m. on ESPN3). The winner will advance to the second round to play the tournament's No. 1-overall seed Sam Houston State University, Saturday, Dec. 3.

The Seawolves (8-3), ranked No. 22 in the Sports Network poll and No. 24 in the FCS Coaches poll, earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament last Saturday by defeating Liberty University, 41-31, to win the Big South Conference with a 6-0 record and its automatic qualifying spot.

For those that don't know much about the 2011 FCS playoffs, here's a brief scouting report on Stony Brook.

Head Coach

The Seawolves are led by head coach Chuck Priore who's in the middle of his sixth season at Stony Brook. This season, Priore earned the Big South Coach Of The Year honors for the second time after leading the Seawolves to a school record eight victories.

In 2009, Priore earned the Big South South Coach Of the Year after the Seawolves compiled a 6-5 overall record and collected Co-Champion honors. In '10, Stony Brook again went 6-3 and earned Co-Champion honors.

Surprisingly, Stony Brook head coach is an alum ('82) and former football player of UAlbany where he was a three-year starter.

This Season

The Seawolves began the season with a three-game losing streak -- University of Texas at El Paso (31-24, OT), the University of Buffalo (35-7) and Brown University (21-20). However, Stony Brook snapped its skid was a 37-20 victory over Lafayette College, Sept. 24. From there, Stony Brook never looked back winning eight straight games to eight win the Big South outright.

Overall

Under center for the Seawolves will be junior quarterback Kyle Essington, who completed 14-of-20 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns against Liberty. Essington, who didn't start until Sept. 8 against Presbyterian, has thrown for a league-best 1,371 yards and has an touchdown-interception ration of 15-1.

Despite the solid play from its quarterback, Stony Brook's offense revolves around the running attack of junior Miguel Maysonet and senior Brock Jackolski. Against Liberty, the two combined for 279-rushing yards and two touchdowns. Maysonet earned the Big South Player Of The Year Award after totaling 1,485-rushing yards, a mark that is just 16 yards shy of the Big South record. Meanwhile, Jackolski has compiled 1,229 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Overall, the Seawolves have scored an average of 39.6 points per game, which leads the FCS.

On defense, All-Big South First Teamers, senior defensive linemen Ryan Haber and sophomore linebacker Jawara Dudley, lead a squad that finished tops in the Big South and nationally had the eighth-best rushing defense (94.8 yards allowed per game) in all of the FCS.

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