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Foundation keeps building for Stony Brook
Stony Brook senior Miguel Maysonet rushed for a career-high 220 yards and two
touchdown in the 18th-ranked Seawolves' 23-3 win over Army at Michie Stadium.
West Point, NY (Sports Network) - Stony Brook had two questions entering its game at Army on Saturday. How would it stop the nation's No. 1-ranked rushing offense and would it be able to run the ball with the type of success it has had all season?

With its first-ever win against an FBS school, Stony Brook defiantly answered those questions, defeating Army, 23-3, as senior Miguel Maysonet rushed for a career-high 220 yards and two touchdowns.

For an 18th-ranked team which is still developing at the FCS level, SBU (4-1) has made great strides over the last two years. The Seawolves made their first-ever FCS playoff appearance last season, beating Albany in the first round and giving eventual national runner-up Sam Houston State all it could handle before falling in the second round.

Not to mention, last year Stony Brook opened its season with a seven-point overtime loss at UTEP and just two weeks ago it competed well at Syracuse before falling, 28-17.

For long-time coach Chuck Priore, Saturday's win was one of the most rewarding games for him because of they way his team executed in its fifth all-time game against an FBS school.

"This team rode last year's team up until the second half of last week," Priore said. "It was all about last year, what you did last year. I think we came out and made a statement in the second half. I told them if they really wanted it to be your team you're going to have to do something about that today, because if not, they're going to keep on talking about last year.

"It's rewarding because when you put a plan together, very rarely do you execute it to the level our kids and coaches executed it today."

Stony Brook's first drive of the game set the tone for a team which was going to establish its high powered run attack. As much as the Black Knights faithful hate to admit it, this game should have Miguel Maysonet day in West Point.

The senior scampered for a 49-yard touchdown for SBU's first score of the day and the Seawolves jumped out to an early 13-0 lead after one quarter. By halftime, Maysonet had already totaled 139 rushing yards and averaged 11 yards per carry. The Seawolves led, 20-3.

"It was huge for us to come out there and score right away, it just made us excited to play and it showed that we would come out there and compete with them," Maysonet said. "The way we were running the ball and the blocking of the offensive line ... I'm just excited for us to able to say that we were the first team to do that (defeat an FBS school) in SBU history."

Even his offensive line has bought into the hype that Maysonet brings to the table week in and week out.

FCS Wins Over FBS Schools
Ten FCS schools have defeated FBS schools this season:

Week 1: McNeese State 27, Middle Tennessee 21; Eastern Washington 20, Idaho 3; Youngstown State 31, Pittsburgh 17; UT Martin 20, Memphis 17

Week 2: Illinois State 31, Eastern Michigan 14; North Dakota State 22, Colorado State 7; Sacramento State 30, Colorado 28; Northern Arizona 17, UNLV 14

Week 3: Cal Poly 24, Wyoming 22

Week 5: Stony Brook 23, Army 3

"It's amazing, you know when I see Miguel score, to me it's like I'm scoring," offensive lineman Scott Hernandez said. "It's the fruit of my work. We don't get any glory for our work, so seeing him do what he does ... he's amazing. Just seeing him, it's rewarding enough for blocking. I need nothing but to watch him do his thing."

While Maysonet stole the show - setting a career high in rushing yards for the second straight week - it was the Seawolves' defense which forced four total fumbles and recovered all of them. It limited Army's No. 1-ranked rushing offense (in the FBS) to just 273 rushing yards and 330 total yards.

"When you put work in, you get rewards," Priore said. "You have got to focus on the rewards you're getting and why you're getting them. I think our kids realize the reason they're getting them is because they come every Sunday and put last week in the bank, and we look to write another check for the next week. ... We're not too excited to play the next game, we're just ready to play the next game. I think that's the mark of a team that has confidence and plays together."

The Seawolves entered the game as the FCS' No. 4 rushing team with 327 yards per contest. However, while they only rushed for 273 yards against the Black Knights (0-4), they totaled 434 yards and quarterback Kyle Essington was very efficient. He completed 11-of-15 passes for 151 yards, with seven completions to wide receiver Kevin Norrell.

"I think the progress of this program has shown over the course of the first five weeks," Priore said. "Obviously, it feels good to sit there knowing we've played well through the first five games. We understand our identity and understand our strengths and weaknesses. We have weaknesses, but we've been able to identify them and to be able to get out of it at 4-1. I think that's crucial from a team confidence standpoint."