In the longest game in school history, No. 13 Stony Brook posted 440 yards of total offense, but Anthone Taylor's six-yard touchdown in the fifth overtime lifted Buffalo to a 26-23 victory before more than 24,000 at UB Stadium Saturday.
Trailing 10-3 in the final minute of regulation, Stony Brook (1-1) forced overtime when senior Lyle Negron(Bakersfield, Calif.) connected on a five-yard touchdown to senior wideout Malcolm Eugene (Huntington, N.Y.) with 29 seconds left.
After both teams connected on field goals in the first overtime, Joe Licata's touchdown pass to Alex Neutz gave Buffalo a 20-13 lead in the second OT. Negron and Eugene then rallied Stony Brook once again, combining on a 10-yard scoring strike to knot the game at 20.
In the third overtime, Negron attempted a third down pass that was intercepted by Buffalo's Dwellie Striggles. But senior Junior Solice (Hackensack, N.J.) recovered a bad handoff on the ensuing drive to extend the game to a fourth overtime.
Buffalo started with the ball, but quickly turned it over when Licata was intercepted by senior Winston Longdon (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Needing only a field goal to win, Stony Brook was unable to capitalize when seniorNick Ferrara's (Hicksville, N.Y.) 37-yard kick sailed wide left.
The Seawolves pulled back ahead, 23-20, in the fifth overtime when Ferrara nailed a 25-yard field goal. But Buffalo battled back and finally ended the game when Taylor found a hole off left tackle and scampered into the endzone from six yards out to give the Bulls the 26-23 win.
Negron threw for a career-high 300 yards, including 202 in the second half, and two touchdowns. It was the first 300-yard passing game by a Seawolf sinceT.J. Moriarty passed for 301 yards against Albany in 2004.
Eugene led all players with a career-high 110 yards receiving on nine catches, including two touchdowns. Junior Adrian Coxson (Baltimore, Md.) also recorded career-highs of seven catches and 107 yards.
Senior Marcus Coker (Beltsville, Md.) rushed 34 times for 115 yards as the Seawolves battered the Bulls' defense with 140 yards on the ground.
• 3rd Taylor 1 yard run (Clarke kick), 3-27, 0:45, 0-10 • 4th Ferrara 22 yard field goal, 12-76, 4:54, 3-10 • 4th Eugene 5 yard pass from Negron, 15-80, 3:59, 10-10 • OT Ferrara 37 yard field goal, 13-10 • OT Clarke 42 yard field goal, 13-13 • 2OT Neutz 3 yard pass from Licata (Clarke kick), 13-20 • 2OT Eugene 10 yard pass from Negron (Ferrara kick), 20-20 • 5OT Ferrara 25 yard field goal, 23-20 • 5OT Taylor 6 yard run, 23-26
Quotes ... Chuck Priore - "We gotta rely on our ability to move on. We played up tonight against an FBS team but came up a bit short. I think we competed our tails off. We're gonna move on to Villanova and we're not going to dwell on it."
News & Notes • This was Stony Brook's second contest against Buffalo in the last three seasons. The Bulls won the previous meeting, 35-7, in 2011. • Christian Ricard had two pass break-ups, the first two of his career, in the first quarter alone. • The first-half interception was Negron's first of his career. • The field goal allowed in the first quarter was the first points allowed by Stony Brook this season. The Seawolves had shut out their opponents for 72:48 of game action. • Aaron Thompson recorded his first career sack in the first half, tackling Joe Licata on third and short from the Stony Brook 24. • Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata was 19 of 30 for 116 yards in the first half. • The Bulls' rushing attack accounted for only 21 yards in the half. • Stony Brook has allowed three points and only 88 rushing yards through six quarters this season. • Nick Ferrara booted a 61-yard punt that was downed at the 1, but it was called back for an illegal formation. • Stony Brook was 0-4 on third down conversions in the first half and 3-16 for the game. The three third-down conversions came on the final drive of regulation. • Stony Brook played in its first overtime game since losing at UTEP, 31-24, in overtime.
• Stony Brook will continue its three-game road streak to start the 2013 season on Saturday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m. The game will be broadcasted over the airwaves on WUSB Radio 90.1 FM and www.wusb.fm/sports