Senior Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) scored two touchdowns, upping his season total to 21, but two Liberty touchdowns in the second quarter proved to be the difference as the Flames held off the Seawolves, 28-14, at Williams Stadium on Saturday.
Maysonet scored on runs of one and 13 yards. He finished the regular season with 1,721 yards.
Senior Kevin Norrell (Los Angeles, Calif.) had four receptions for 109 yards, including a long of 48.
Stony Brook (9-2, 5-1) suffered its first conference loss since the season finale at Liberty in 2010.
With the Seawolves season complete, they will await the outcome of next week's games matching Coastal Carolina (6-4, 4-1) vs. Charleston Southern and Liberty (5-5, 4-1) at VMI. Should a three-way tie happen, the Chanticleers will get the Big South's automatic bid based on a tie-breaker of conference road wins. If Liberty loses next week, Stony Brook will get the automatic bid based on a head-to-head tie-breaker against Coastal, regardless of the Coastal outcome.
"We had a lot of opportunities slip away. But we're going to pick our heads up and move forward from this. We have a lot to learn from this game."
News & Notes
Today's game was the final Big South contest for Stony Brook, which will move to the Colonial Athletic Association after the season. Since joining the Big South for the start of the 2008 season, the Seawolves are 24-5 (.828).
Kyle Essington's first-quarter run of 41 yards is a new career-high. His 56 rushing yards are a career-best.
Miguel Maysonet became the first player in Big South history with a running touchdown in each of the 11 regular-season games.
Stony Brook has outscored its opponents, 135-17, in the first quarter through 11 games.
Liberty's 67-yard completion in the second quarter was the longest pass play allowed by Stony Brook this season.
Liberty's 14-7 lead was Stony Brook first deficit since Coastal Carolina led 14-7 early in the second quarter in week seven.
Kevin Norrell had at least 100 receiving yards for a sixth straight game.
Maysonet caught a season-high two passes.
Essington threw an interception for the first time in 117 attempts. He did not throw a touchdown pass for the first time since Army.
Stony Brook trailed at halftime for just the second time this season (Colgate).
Liberty's 14-point lead was the most Stony Brook has trailed by this season.
Stony Brook will enjoy a bye next weekend. The Division I Football Championship selection show will be shown live on Sunday, November 18 at 1:30 p.m. on ESPNU, should the Seawolves be in line for a berth.