STONY BROOK, N.Y. - With a Nor'easter blasting the Northeast, the Stony Brook football team took to its patented rushing attack and ran with it. Convincingly. Senior Brock Jackolski (Shirley, N.Y.) and junior Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) combined for 384 yards in the Seawolves' 42-0 win over Coastal Carolina.
Jackolski rushed for a career-high 193 yards and a touchdown. Maysonet, who ran for 193 yards and three touchdowns last season at Coastal Carolina, totaled 191 yards and three touchdowns. He became just the 10th player in Big South history with more than 2,000 yards on the ground and moved into third place all-time in Stony Brook history with 21 rushing touchdowns.
"Running the ball is what Stony Brook football is built upon," Maysonet said. "That's what we're good at."
Stony Brook (5-3, 3-0 Big South) is 3-0 to start conference play for a third straight season. The Seawolves, who are 16-4 all-time in Big South history, gained all 446 yards of total offense on the ground. SBU carried the ball 64 times, with Maysonet (26) and Jackolski combining for 48. Because of the high winds and wet weather, Stony Brook threw the ball only four times.
"I'm really proud of our guys for the way they approached the game," coach Chuck Priore said. "They made the adjustments with the way the weather played out. As for the running game, it's our philosophy. We believe we can win a championship that way."
276 of the 446 rushing yards came in the second half for Stony Brook, which entered the game seventh in FCS in rushing offense (251.14). Jackolski had 131 yards in the second half, including 96 in the second quarter.
"This was probably the worst conditions I've ever played in, but it's northeast football, you gotta love it," Jackolski said.
It was the most rushing yards ever allowed for Coastal Carolina, which gained only 73 yards on 51 plays. 64 of those yards came on its first drive of the game, which culminated in a missed field goal. Eight of the next 13 drives went three and out, and Coastal had two drives of just four plays.
Junior Wesley Skiffington (Brandon, Fla.) made all six of his extra points.
Junior defensive lineman Jonathan Coats (Elmira Heights, N.Y.) scored his second touchdown of the season in the third quarter. On fourth and 14 from the Coastal 28, Austin Cain moved to his right to try a rugby punt. After mishandling the snap, the punt was blocked by Coats, who eventually picked up the loose ball on the two for the score.
Redshirt freshman JeVahn Cruz (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) scored on a 43-yard touchdown to cap the scoring. It was the second time this season that Cruz took his first handoff of the game for a score.
Sophomore Adam Nowak (Philadelphia, Pa.), the Seawolves' starting long snapper, recorded a fumble recovery for the second time this season.
Sophomore Grant Nakwaasah (Richardson, Texas) led the defense with nine tackles. Stony Brook had 13 tackles for loss.
Stony Brook is on the road for the next two weeks, taking on Charleston Southern on November 5 at 1:30 p.m.