Stony Brook, New York – Senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero threw an 12-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall with 3:06 remaining to lead the Brown football team to a 21-20 come-from-behind victory over Stony Brook in its season opener.
Stony Brook had a last opportunity to win the game at the end, but its 55-yard field goal attempt on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining fell short.
In the previous three games between Brown and Stony Brook, no more than five points separated the two teams, with one game being decided by a single point and another in overtime.
"This was a tremendous win for our team over a very strong Stony Brook squad," said Brown head coach Phil Estes. "Getting the first win on opening day is really big. Kyle Newhall-Caballero hadn't played in a year and did an outstanding job with Stony Brook in his face all day."
Lundevall finished with a game high eight receptions for 68 yards. The pitching and catching duo of Newhall-Caballero and senior wide receiver Alexander Tounkara-Kone had a big day for the Bears. Newhall-Caballero completed 22 of 37 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns, while Tounkara-Kone hade seven receptions for 149 yards, making touchdown receptions of 38 and 46 yards.
Senior Matt O'Donnell was the defensive standout for the Bears with a team high 12 tackles, including two tackles for a loss. Senior safety Steven Peyton and senior linebacker Dan Smithwick registered nine tackles each.
Stony Brook's running game kicked in on its second possession, leading to the first score of the game, a 38-yard field goal by Wesley Skffington to give the Seawolves a 3-0 advantage with 4:6 left in the first quarter.
The Bears answered just over a minute later when Newhall-Caballero spotted Tounkara-Kone open on a post pattern to connect on a 38-yard touchdown pass and give the Bears a 7-3 advantage after one quarter.
The Seawolves scored on the first play of the second quarter to pull ahead by a 10-7 margin.
Stony Brook extended its lead to 17-7 on a 26-yard touchdown run by Miguel Maysonet with 6:22
The Bears got the break they needed when Senior Daniel Smithwick recovered a fumbled Stony Brook punt at the Seawolves 46 yard line.
On the first play from scrimmage the Bears struck with a flea-flicker. Newhall-Caballero handed off to junior tailback Mark Kachmer, who pitched the ball back to Brown's senior quarterback, who spotted Tounkara-Kone wide open at the eight yard line and ran the remaining eight yards into the end zone for a 46-yard score to pull the Bears to within 17-14 with 4:02 left in the quarter.
Stony Brook capitalized on a Brown fumble at the Seawolves 47 yard line early in the fourth quarter, booting a 32-yard field goal to pull ahead by a 20-14 margin with 8:58 left in the game.
Brown returns to the gridiron next Friday evening, traveling to Boston, Mass., to face Harvard in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Harvard Stadium.
Pictured: Alex Tounkara-Kone '12. photo by Brian Ballweg.