With about eight minutes left in the third quarter of Saturday’s CAA finale between #1 ranked James Madison and Towson University, a fire alarm went off at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Fans and staffers were urged via electronic recording to evacuate the building.
If only that alarm would have sounded with eight minutes left in the first quarter, maybe the fire marshal could have forced James Madison to leave the building.
That’s about the only way they were going to be stopped on Saturday.
Backed by standout senior quarterback Rodney Landers, the Dukes put a hurtin’ on the Tigers Saturday, winning 58-27 to secure the top seed in the upcoming FBS playoffs and ending Towson’s campaign at a disappointing 3-9. Landers ran for a 117 yards and 3 touchdowns and threw for another, while Eugene Holloman scampered for 131 yards as JMU amassed 440 yards on the ground. The Dukes’ final run of the day was a 10-yard bolt into the zone by Jon Rose with 0:58 left in the game.
If I would have had a “stinky butt” sticker with me, I would have given it to JMU coach Mickey Matthews at the game’s conclusion. Who knows, maybe Jon Rose had friends in the stands. Other than that, I don’t see a whole lot of sense in putting seven more up on the board in the game’s final minute when you’re ahead by 24.
The game, played before a nice crowd of 5,575 at TU, featured a 315-yard passing performance from Towson QB Sean Schaefer, who concluded his terrific career in black and gold with two touchdowns.
Marcus Lee collected a pass in the 2nd quarter that gave him 224 for his career – most ever in TU football history – and also marked the 45th straight game Lee caught a pass…and he played 45 games at Towson. Great stat: Lee had at least one catch in every game of his college career. Another highlight: Tommy Breaux collected a TD pass in his final game at Towson. Those three, Schaefer, Lee and Breaux, have made up the bulk of Towson’s offense over the last few years and will be sorely missed in ’09.
In all, the down year for Towson wasn’t that surprising give their young and inexperienced team. Additionally, the CAA is going through a football rebirth, with at least four teams (JMU, Richmond, New Hampshire and Richmond) headed to the FBS playoffs that begin next week.
Let’s hope playoff football makes its way to Towson in the next couple of years.