STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Dominick Reyes saved Stony Brook’s season with an interception in the end zone with 47 seconds left as the Seawolves beat Albany, 31-28, in the first round of the FCS Division I playoffs.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Seawolves keep climbing the ladder and now have their first-ever NCAA Division I playoff win. Stony Brook has won nine straight and earned the Big South Conference’s first NCAA playoff victory.
PORTER'S PICK: With Stony Brook having just closed Albany’s lead to 28-17, senior defensive back Donald Porter picked off Great Danes quarterback Dan Di Lella at midfield. Porter had almost intercepted Di Lella four plays earlier and he tipped the pass in the end zone that was caught by Reyes to seal the game.
DANGER ON THE SIDELINES: Albany coach Bob Ford, who coached Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore at Albany, torE his MCL when wide receiver Ryan Kirchner ran into him on the sideline after a catch toward the end of the first half. Ford, who is 74 years old, remained on the sideline for the rest of the game. In fact, he told Kirchner that he expected him to hit harder than that.
PLAYMAKER: When Stony Brook needed a big play on offense, it found it from running back Brock Jackolski. The senior, who graduated from William Floyd High School on Long Island, had a 6-yard touchdown that made the score 28-17. After Porter’s interception, he scored again on a 55-yard catch and run from quarterback Kyle Essington to cut the lead to four. Jackolski also scored the decisive touchdown, an 11-yard trot with 12:40 left.
UP NEXT: Stony Brook travels to Texas to play undefeated and top-ranked Sam Houston State next Saturday at 3 p.m.