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Liotine & SBU Stun Maine on Hail Mary

November 19, 2017
SBU Liotine

Liotine celebrates his touchdown vs. Maine

Yesterday afternoon the Stony Brook University football team capped its impressive regular season with a miraculous finish in Maine’s Alfond Stadium, reeling in a 35-yard Hail Mary as time expired to stun the Black Bears, 20-19.

The Seawolves fell behind early, 12-0, but Don Liotine ’13 cut into the lead with his 8th touchdown of the season, a 10-yard scoring run that capped a 6-play, 52-yard drive. However, Maine responded less than a minute later to push their lead back to two scores at 19-7, an edge they would maintain at the half.

Both teams were held scoreless in the third quarter, then Stony Brook moved within a score with 10:46 remaining in the fourth, only to be stymied until regaining the ball for one final possession with just 31 seconds left, setting up the improbable finish to the 73-yard drive. The victory pushed Stony Brook’s record to 9-2 (7-1), earning the Seawolves a 2nd place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association behind only James Madison, the nation’s top-ranked team with a perfect 8-0 record in conference. The win also solidified Stony Brook’s strong case for inclusion in the 24-team FCS Playoff field.

Liotine led the Seawolves in rushing with 57 yards on 16 carries. He added a 16-yard reception and a 42-yard kickoff return to lead the Brook in all-purpose yards with 115.

The Seawolves will find out today at 11:00am whether or not their season will continue with a postseason berth.


Liotine’s Regular Season Stats

  • Rushing TDs – 8 (1st on team)
  • Rushing Yards – 584 (2nd on team)
  • Rushing Yards Per Game – 51.0 (2nd on team)
  • Receiving Yards – 94 (6th on team)
  • Yards Per Catch – 23.5 (1st on team)
  • Receiving TDs – 1 (4th on team)
  • Longest Catch – 61 yards (2nd on team)
  • Kickoff Return Yards – 565 (1st on team)
  • Points Scored – 54 (Tied 1st on team)




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