Sep 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) drops back to pass against the USC Trojans during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

Syracuse Vs. Stony Brook: Orange Hold Off Seawolves, 28-17

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Syracuse Vs. Stony Brook Final Score: Orange Hold Off Seawolves, 28-17

The Syracuse Orange used a two-touchdown second half Saturday to down the Stony Brook Seawolves, 28-17, at the Carrier Dome. The victory was the Orange's first of the 2012-13 season, but it didn't come easy against the Football Championship Subdivision foe that had a 17-14 lead at halftime.

Senior quarterback Ryan Nassib completed 22 of 35 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns for Syracuse (1-2), which put away the gritty Seawolves (2-1) with a five-play, 78-yard touchdown drive that was capped with 5 minutes, 53 seconds to go in the game by a 19-yard catch by senior wide receiver Marcus Sales. Sales finished with five catches for 117 yards.

Trailing 17-14 at halftime, Syracuse kicked itself into gear scoring on its first possession of the second half. The Orange marched 85 yards in nine plays to take a 21-17 lead just 3:33 into the second half. Junior wide receiver Jarrod West ended the drive with a 13-yard touchdown catch.

The final score could have favored SU more, but the Orange failed to score on two possession that drove inside Stony Brook's two-yard line. Syracuse kicker Ross Krautman also missed two field goals in the first half.

All-in-all, the game was a tale of two halves. Syracuse out gained Stony Brook 329-49 in total yards in the second half, while the Orange defense never let the Seawolves offense get march into SU territory.

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Syracuse Vs. Stony Brook Score: Seawolves Take 17-14 Advantage Into Halftime

A 71-yard second-quarter rushing touchdown by senior running back Miguel Maysonet has helped the Stony Brook Seawolves earn a 17-14 halftime lead over the Syracuse Orange in a non-conference contest at the Carrier Dome. The Seawolves (2-0), a Football Championship Subdivision program, have never before beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision school like Syracuse (0-2).

Maysonet rushed for 139 yards on 13 carries and his score helped answer a SU touchdown, which helped give the Orange a 14-10 lead with 6 minutes and 10 seconds remaining in the first half.

Overall, Stony Brook has out gained the Syracuse offense, 261-220 (172 on the ground), while its defense has forced three Syracuse punts that have averaged just 37.3 yards.

Meanwhile, the Orange's offense, which entered ranked No. 1 in the Big East Conference, has had very little rhythm. Its only positives came on 22-yard touchdown run by freshman Ashton Broyld, which camped a 5-play, 72-yard drive, and a 61-yard touchdown reception by sophomore running back Prince-Tyson Gulley that helped SU tie the contest at 7-7 with 10:43 to go in the first quarter.

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Syracuse Vs. Stony Brook Score: Seawolves Lead Orange, 10-7, After 1st Quarter

A 63-yard touchdown reception from Kevin Norrell from quarterback Kyle Essington and a 20-yard field goal by Wesley Skiffington has helped the Stony Brook Seawolves take a 10-7 lead over the Syracuse Orange. The Seawolves (2-0), a Football Championship Subdivision program, have out gained the Orange (0-2) 144-115 in total offense. Syracuse will begin the second quarter near midfield.

The Orange's lone score came on a 63-yard touchdown reception by sophomore Prince-Tyson Gulley from senior quarterback Ryan Nassib. Gulley's longest score of his SU career came after he caught a swing pass, found a hole and outraced defenders to the end zone. His score tied the game at 7-7 with about 11 minutes to go.

Besides that one big play, however, Syracuse has been forced to punt twice and has yet to march inside Stony Brook territory.

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Syracuse Vs. Stony Brook Pregame Notes: Can Orange Offense Keep Peddle Down?

Good afternoon all! I am ready to go here at the Carrier Dome where in about 20 minutes the Syracuse Orange will host the Stony Brook Seawolves in a non-conference showdown (4 p.m. on SNY). This will be the first ever match-up between these two New York programs that play in different levels of Division I football -- Syracuse (0-2) plays at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, while Stony Brook (2-0) is ranked No. 17 in the Football Championship Subdivision.

All-time, the Orange are a perfect 9-0 against FCS opponents, while the Seawolves are 0-3 versus FBS foes.

Syracuse enters the game with a few lofty goals, the first, claiming its first victory of the 2012-13 season; the second will be trying to maintain its offensive momentum that has helped the Orange earn the top scoring offense in the Big East Conference (525.5 yards per game).

Most of SU's offensive success has been led by the arm of senior quarterback Ryan Nassib, who's ranked second in the nation in passing yards (804) and total offense per game (418.0). Nassib will try to find senior wide receivers Marcus Sales, the team leaders with 20 catches and three touchdowns, and Alec Lemon, who will enter the game needing just six catches to become SU's all-time leader in catches -- an impressive mark considering the program has had guy like Art Monk, Marvin Harrison and Rob Moore play for it.

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Syracuse Vs. Stony Brook Odds And Prediction: Orange Claim Definitive First Victory

The Syracuse Orange face the Stony Brook Seawolves Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome (4 p.m. ET on SNY), and the non-conference contest that will feature SU has a 22 1/2-point favorite according to Oddshark. The point spread was listed just a few hours before kickoff.

The showdown should be a high-scoring affair as both programs enter the contest with top-ranked offenses in its respective levels. Currently, Syracuse is ranked third in the nation in passing offense (402 yards per game) and has the No. 1 ranked total offense in the Big East Conference, while Stony Brook has the first-ranked offense in the FCS (591 ypg).

The Seawolves will attack the Orange with a ball-control rushing attack featuring running backs, senior Miguel Maysonet and junior Marcus Coker. Senior quarterback Kyle Essington will be asked to throw the ball in timely situations, while on the other side of the field Orange senior quarterback Ryan Nassib will try to gash a defense that is made up of a young defensive line mixed with an experienced linebacking corps and secondary.

Prediction

If there rushing attack is working well, the Seawolves could hang in this one until the fourth quarter. But the Syracuse offense has been very good in its first two games against the Northwestern Wildcats and N.-2 ranked USC Trojans. That trend should continue against a Stony Brook defense which features solid players but not many of the FBS caliber.

Final score: Syracuse 35, Stony Brook 21.

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Syracuse Vs. Stony Brook: Getting To Know The Seawolves

For the first time in program history Saturday the Syracuse Orange football program will take on the Stony Brook Seawolves in a non-conference contest at the Carrier Dome (4 p.m. ET on SNY). The Orange (0-2) own a 9-0 all-time record against Football Championship Subdivision opponents at home, while the No. 17-ranked Seawolves (2-0) are 0-3 against Football Bowl Subdivision foes.

The showdown should be a high-scoring affair as both programs enter the contest with top-ranked offenses in its respective levels. Currently, Syracuse is ranked third in the nation in passing offense (402 yards per game) and has the No. 1 ranked total offense in the Big East Conference, while Stony Brook has the first-ranked offense in the FCS (591 ypg).

For those Orange fans that want to get more familiar with the Seawolves, here's a brief scouting report.

Offense

What Stony Brook will try to do is slow down Syracuse's offense, and to do that it will try and use a ball-control rushing attack featuring running backs, senior Miguel Maysonet and junior Marcus Coker.

Maysonet (5'10, 210 pounds) is the reigning Big South Offensive Player of the Year as last season he rushed for 1,633 yards and 15 touchdowns, while Coker (6'0, 230) is a transfer from Iowa that rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns in two seasons for the Hawkeyes.

Coker's transfer stemmed from an alleged sexual assault that he was not charged for. Coker was not kicked off the team, but instead decided to make a fresh start at Stony Brook where he is eligible to play because he switched from FBS to FCS.

In the Seawolves first two games, Maysonet has rushed for 229 yards and four touchdowns, while Coker has compiled 156 yards and three touchdowns.

Behind center is senior quarterback Kyle Essington (6'2, 190), who earned second-team All-Big South honors last season after throwing for 1,919 yards and 20 touchdowns. In big games, the Seawolves have asked Essington to air it out as in last year's semifinal contest against Sam Houston State he threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns.

Essington's No. 1 target is senior wide out Kevin Norrell, who's a big-play threat that has already scored on touchdown receptions of 86 and 89 yards.

Defense

The Seawolves defense is made up of a young defensive line mixed with an experienced linebacking corps and secondary.

The lone senior on the defensive line is Jonathan Coats (6'4, 260) who started all 13 games in '11 for Stony Brook. Coats, however, is joined by a young cast featuring juniors Leston Simpson (6'3, 250), Kevin Hauter (6'2, 245) and redshirt freshman Victor Ochi (6'2, 250).

Senior Dan Mulrooney leads the lineebacking corps where he serves as the Rover. Mulrooney (6'1, 205) started in all 13 games last season for the Seawolves, and before that he spent three seasons at Boston College. Next to Mulrooney is first-team All-Big South selection Jawara Dudley (6'1, 225), who played 10 games his freshman year and started all 13 games last season. The third starter is Reginald Francklin (6'0, 230) who played in all 13 games in '11.

The group that will be most tested Saturday will be the secondary, which is anchored by senior safeties Cedrick Moore (5'11, 205), Dominick Reyes (6'4, 210), a second-team Big South selection last season, and Greg Melendez (6'1, 211), who spent the last two season at Idaho State.

Meanwhile, the cornerbacking corps features four juniors including starters Davonte Anderson (5'9, 175) and Winston Logdon (6'0, 200).

Overall

What's going to keep the Seawolves in the game is their offense, which will need to wear down a deep Syracuse defensive line and take advantage of big-plays when they are there. So far this season, the Orange have shown they can stuff the run, however, this maybe the best running back duo they could face all season.

Syracuse should be able to do whatever it wants on the Seawolves defense, which features some bright spots but nothing that pops out on paper. Stony Brook will need to find a way to slow down the Orange attack by either confusing senior quarterback Ryan Nassib with different coverages or picking off some bad throws, which Nassib sometimes can make.

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Justin Pugh Injury: Syracuse Tackle Participates In 1-On-1 Drills

Justin Pugh, the Syracuse Orange's All-Big East Conference left tackle, took one step closer to returning to game action Wednesday, as he began individual one-on-one drills, the Syracuse Post-Standard has reported. Pugh (6'5, 298 pounds) has slowly been recovering from left shoulder surgery that has kept him out of SU's preseason and first two regular season games.

According to the Post-Standard, Pugh looked to be in "midseason form", however, he's not expected to start in Saturday's non-conference contest against the FCS' Stony Brook Seawolves. Pugh's progress could help him return as soon as Sept. 22 when the Orange (0-2) visit the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

However, Pugh's expected return to the starting lineup is Oct. 5 when SU comes off a its first of two bye weeks and hosts Big East foe, the Pittsburgh Panthers, at the Carrier Dome.

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Jeremiah Kobena Injury: Syracuse Receiver To Miss Few Weeks With Upper Body Injury

Syracuse sophomore wide receiver Jeremiah Kobena will miss the next few weeks with an upper body injury that required surgery earlier in the week, the university's athletic department announced Wednesday. Kobena (6'0, 182 pounds) is currently third on the team in receiving yards (101), but his absence will mainly be felt on special teams where he serves on the Orange's main kicker returner.

This season, Kobena has averaged 19.3 yards per return and has the longest touchdown reception (55 yards) that came in SU's Week 1 loss, 42-41, to the Northwestern Wildcats.

For last week's contest against No. 2 USC Trojans, junior running back Prince-Tyson Gulley was listed as SU's No. 2 kick returner on the depth chart. Meanwhile, JUCO transfer Christopher Clark (5'11, 159) is probably going to fill in Kobena's roll as a wide out.

Over the next few weeks, the Orange host FCS opponent, the Stony Brook Seawolves, then they travel to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Sept. 22, before its first of two bye weeks.

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Syracuse Vs. Stony Brook: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

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