It has been said that championship teams are able to run the football and stop the run. If that is true, Stony Brook is well on its way to a Big South Conference championship.
The visiting Seawolves rushed for 355 yards while limiting Charleston Southern to minus-seven yards rushing en route to a 50-31 win over the Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon.
Stony Brook's (6-3, 4-0) backfield duo of Miguel Maysonet and Brock Jackolski had big days against the Bucs. Maysonet rushed for 182 yards and four touchdowns, and Jackolski added 174 yards and two scores.
"We knew the key for us was to stop them from running the football," CSU head coach Jay Mills said. "I felt like we had a good plan, but at times we didn't execute it."
CSU (0-9, 0-4) lost 31 yards rushing on a bad punt snap and lost 23 yards to sacks. Junior quarterback Richard Mounce, making his second consecutive start, completed 19 of 41 passes for a career-high 342 yards.
Sophomore Nathan Perera became the second receiver in school history with more than 200 yards receiving, finishing with 232 yards on 10 catches. His yardage was the second-highest total in CSU history.
Maysonet gave Stony Brook an early 6-0 lead on a 59-yard run on the Seawolves' second offensive play.
CSU got a 40-yard field goal from Andy Brown and a 1-yard run from Keelyan Bryant to take a 10-6 lead, but Stony Brook scored three times in the second quarter -- two TDs by Maysonet and one by Jackolski -- to grab a 27-10 halftime lead.
Mounce and Perera combined on a 4-yard pass with 11:23 left in the third, cutting the margin to 27-17.
Stony Brook answered with a five-play, 80-yard drive on Maysonet's 43-yard run.
But Mounce again responded, this time with an 18-yard pass to Carson Leshin with 7:24 to play in the third.
Stony Brook took advantage of a bad snap on a CSU punt. The short drive ended with quarterback Kyle Essington scoring on a 6-yard run with 2:03 left in the third.
Mounce and Perara combined on a 44-yard scoring pass with 13:02 left in the game, but Jackolski sealed the win with a 55-yard run with 2:47 in the game for the final margin.
"We lost on the scoreboard, but I liked the fight of our team," said Mills. "If we keep competing in that manner, eventually the victories are going to show up."
SB-Maysonet 59 run (kick failed), 13:55.
ChSo-FG Brown 40, 10:55.
ChSo-K.Bryant 1 run (Higgins kick), 2:26.
SB-Jackolski 5 run (Skiffington kick), 10:56
SB-Maysonet 3 run (Skiffington kick), 6:16.
SB-Maysonet 12 run (Skiffington kick), :57.
ChSo-Perera 4 pass from Mounce (Higgins kick), 11:23.
SB-Maysonet 43 run (Skiffington kick), 9:03
ChSo-Leshin 18 pass from Mounce (Higgins kick), 7:24.
SB-Essington 6 run (Skiffington kick), 2:03.
ChSo-Perera 44 pass from Mounce (Higgins kick), 13:02.
SB-Jackolski 55 run (Skiffington kick), 2:47
RUSHING-Stony Brook, Maysonet 17-182, Jackolski 20-174, Essington 4-2, Team 2-(minus 3). Charleston Southern, M.Davis 4-13, Allen 8-9, Mounce 11-6, Archie 1-(minus 1), K.Bryant 7-(minus 3), Team 1-(minus 31).
PASSING-SB, Essington 6-12-0-109, Brevi 0-1-1-0. CSU, Mounce 19-41-0-342.
RECEIVING-SB, Gush 3-77, Fenelon 2-20, Brevi 1-12. CSU, Perera 10-232, Archie 3-63, K.Bryant 2-2, Leshin 1-18, Broome 1-15, Allen 1-8, Pope 1-4.