By Robinson Rodriguez
The Buffalo Bulls were able to hold off the Seawolves with a 26-23 win, despite an impressive fourth quarter comeback that forced a fifth overtime, Saturday, Sept. 14.
The Stony Brook football team found a new tandem in senior quarterback Lyle Negron and senior wide receiver Malcolm Eugene.
Negron threw for 300 yards and Eugene, a transfer from Temple, had 110 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to pass the Buffalo Bulls.
The only scoring of the first half was a 17-yard field goal by Bulls’ kicker Patrick Clarke. Seawolves kicker Nick Ferrara missed a 40-yard field goal to potentially tie the game in the second quarter.
After senior defensive back Ivan May fumbled a punt, the Bulls were able to respond and take a 10-0 lead on a one-yard touchdown run by Bulls running back Anthone Taylor in the third quarter.
The Seawolves came back in the fourth quarter scoring ten unanswered points including a near four minute drive that closed out the quarter. Negron led the team down the field with an 80-yard drive that was capped off with a touchdown to Eugene, which sent the game into overtime.
After trading a pair of field goals in the first overtime, Bulls quarterback Joe Licata connected with wide receiver Alex Neutz to pull the Bulls ahead 20-13. The Seawolves once again responded with the Negron and Eugene tandem tying the game.
Negron was intercepted in the third overtime, but Seawolves’ senior defensive lineman Junior Solice managed to recover a fumble on the following possession. The Bulls struggled to hold onto the ball following overtime as Licata was intercepted.
The Bulls iced Ferrara before he attempted a 37-yard field and the strategy worked as the kick went wide left. He did come back to nail a 25-yard field in the next overtime to give the Seawolves the 23-20 lead.
The Bulls ended the game on the next possession when Taylor ran in for the game winning touchdown. Taylor ran for 118 yards, a game high, and scored two touchdowns.
The five overtime game was the longest in Stony Brook football history. This was also the Seawolves’ only Football Bowl Subdivision opponent of the season.
The Seawolves’ (1-1) next game is against the Villanova Wildcats (0-2), at Villanova University. It will be a rematch from last year’s Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, when the Seawolves beat the Wildcats in the first round.
Watch a recap of the game below: