TOWSON, Md. – Late in the second quarter of yesterday’s match-up between the Towson Tigers and #16 William and Mary, quarterback Sean Schaeffer hit Tommy Breaux in the end zone as time expired to give Towson a 14-7 lead. All the momentum was on the Tigers’ side after a grueling start to the game.
In the first quarter, the Tribe jumped out to an early lead on a 65 yard touchdown pass to D.J. MacAuley. After grinding out a 70 yard drive down to the Tribe’s 10 yard line, penalties and a missed field goal frustrated the Tigers. Schaeffer was obviously angry after his touchdown scramble was called back because of a holding penalty.
The Tigers got their first score of the game in the second quarter, which was set up by a Drew Mack interception. Tiger tailback Matt Castor had a 45 yard scamper into William and Mary territory. Then, on a 4th down play, Schaeffer hit tight end John Godlasky for a 27-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.
After that dramatic end to the first half, the Tribe received the ball to start the 3rd quarter and marched 80 yards for a tying touchdown, which took the wind out of the sails of the Tiger faithful. On the ensuing Towson possession, Sean Schaeffer fumbled a snap to give the Tribe the ball on the Towson 35 yard line.
“The fumble on the center exchange was a huge play,” said TU Head Coach Gordy Combs. “I can’t remember the last time that happened to us. Not even in practice.”
It didn’t take long for William and Mary to take back the lead. Three plays later, Tribe quarterback Jake Phillips hit tight end Rob Varno on a 17 yard touchdown pass, which opened the flood gates. After two field goals and a touchdown mid -way through the 4th quarter, William and Mary had a comfortable 34-14 lead.
The Tribe defense up-ended the Tiger offense in the second half. After a very successful first half which saw Towson gain over 200 yards of total offense, the Tigers were held to just 20 total yards in the second half.
Towson will take a trip to Delaware next Saturday to add some fuel to the fire of this developing heated rivalry between the Tigers and the Blue Hens. The game starts at noon.
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