3:55 pm —
If you want a silver lining in today’s 49-7 loss to Villanova, it’s this:
Towson didn’t quit.
I know it’s easy to say that and even easier to say “that’s a positive” but it’s the truth. The Tigers played hard right up to the final whistle.
They’re just too young.
And too inexperienced.
And Villanova…is REALLY, REALLY good.
Like a lot of the games that got out of hand early this season, Towson could have lost by a lot more.
Villanova coach pulled his starting QB midway through the 2nd quarter and went his 2nd and 3rd team players throughout the second half.
Towson (2-8) finishes their season next Saturday at James Madison.
3:00 pm —
The shutout is averted as the Tigers put together a nice drive and get a TD run from Tremayne Dameron to make it 49-7.
Remember the Music City Miracle?
Honestly, though, it’s good see the Tigers get in the end zone.
No matter what the scoreboard says, Towson hasn’t quit.
2:55 pm —
A blocked punt by Villanova just led to another Wildcats TD as Lawrence Doss ran it in from 13 yards out to put them up 49-0.
Anyone remember the Music City Miracle?
OK, maybe that’s not going to happen today.
What else can I bring up at this point?
2:48 pm —
QB Antwon Young just raced 82 yards into the end zone to give Villanova a 42-0 lead at Towson.
There is good news for the Tigers.
This isn’t a best-of-3 series with the #3 ranked Wildcats.
They won’t play them again until 2010.
2:40 pm —
Towson still trails Villanova, 35-0.
I’ve resorted to chatting via Facebook with Glenn Clark, who’s in the press box at College Park.
Combined, Maryland and Towson were (are) losing 62-3 at the half.
I just had a nice chat with Towson Associate Head Basketball Coach Jim Meil. He’s still basking in the glow of last night’s 11-point win over Miami of Ohio.
2:15 pm —
Towson missed a 37-yard FG as time expired in the first half and they trail 35-0 at the half.
Villanova has their 2nd team defense in the game at this point.
And their 2nd string QB as well.
Villanova is the best team I’ve seen in the CAA this year.
2:00 pm —
Aaron Ball with the TD run and it’s now 35-0 in favor of Villanova at Towson University.
And that’s AFTER ‘Nova yanked their starting QB.
I think the Wildcats are going to cover the spread.
1:55 pm —
Classy move by ‘Nova coach Andy Talley. He’s taken out starting QB Chris Whitney and inserted Antwon Young.
It’s not making much difference, though.
Villanova back in Towson territory and driving.
1:45 pm —
Maybe it will start raining here soon.
Villanova now up 28-0 after a Chris Whitney to Norman White TD pass.
Nothing else can stop the Wildcats.
Maybe a downpour will.
Not likely though.
The weather is good.
Towson, unfortunately, isn’t.
1:35 pm —
A 7-play, 55-yard drive ended with a 20-yard TD throw from QB Chris Whitney to Mikey Reynolds and it’s getting out of hand at Towson as the Tigers now trail #3 Villanova, 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Nothing else to say.
Villanova is REALLY good.
Towson is just trying to survive.
1:20 pm —
Villanova used some trickery to go up 14-0, as a flea-flicker from running back Matt Szczur to QB Chris Whitney resulted in a 13-yard touchdown and the Wildcats now lead 14-0. ‘Nova got the ball on an interception near midfield and took only 2 minutes to find the end zone.
1:10 pm —
Aaron Ball’s 8-yard run capped a 7-play, 68-yard drive as the Villanova Wildcats go up 7-0 on the Towson Tigers at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
That drive shows why Villanova is one of the best teams in the CAA. When they needed to run it, they did. When they needed to throw it, they did.
That’s why they’re 8-1.
1:03 pm —
Last year, JMU came into Johnny Unitas in the final home game of the season and won 58-27.
That thrashing cost Gordy Combs his job.
Today at home, Towson coach Rob Ambrose isn’t close to losing his job, of course, but a Villanova team ranked #3 in the country comes to town and the result could be just as one-sided.
Towson (2-7) needs a strong defensive performance this afternoon to contain the Wildcats (8-1), who won at Richmond last Saturday to snap the Spiders 17-game winning streak.