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    Stony Brook football picked to play University of Albany on Saturday

    Stony Brook  doesn’t have much time to celebrate its victory over rival Liberty University.

    The Seawolves now have their first FCS playoff game ever, but the honor of being in the tournament is only a small slice of the cake. There are also games to be played.

    Stony Brook’s first game will be against the University of Albany.

    The game will be played at LaValle Stadium at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26.

    This was the second time Stony Brook won eight games in a season (8-3, 6-0), which was in 2002.

    The Seawolves have scored at least 40 points in seven straight games and lead the FCS in scoring (39.6/g), while riding an eight-game winning streak.

    Albany defeated Sacred Heart 31-21 on Saturday to advance to the next round to face the Seawolves.

    With the victory, the Great Danes earned a share of the Northeast Conference Title and also earned their first NCAA FCS playoff birth.

    Also, the Great Danes finished the season at 8-3, and 7-1 in the NEC.

    Albany is coached by Bob Ford, who has been the programs only head coach since the program was reinsated in 1970.

    His 247 career victories are most for active NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision head coaches.

    Albany’s quarterback is senior Dan Di Lella, who threw for 2,325 yards and had 24 touchdowns on the season.

    The Great Danes top rusher was junior Drew Smith, who ran for over 1,000 yards and scored nine touchdowns.

    Junior Ryan Kirchner led the team with 472 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

    Coach Priore is a 1982 graduate of Albany, and even was there head lacrosse coach in 1986.

    He went 9-8 that season for the Great Danes.

    In 13 career matchups, the Great Dane own a 9-4 series advantage.

    The Seawolves are coming into the game after senior Brock Jackolski and junior Miguel Maysonet combined for over 250 yards on the ground.

    Both running backs had a touchdown in the 41-31 victory over Liberty on Saturday.

    Junior quarterback Kyle Essington had 250 yards and three touchdowns in the key victory.

    It was a fiting end to a surprising season for him in which he acquired the starting quarterback position sooner than expected.

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