Towson’s Win Over URI Highlights Good Day for Local Teams Not Named “Terps”

October 10, 2009 | Glenn Clark

Here’s a recap of the game stories of all of the area College Football teams (besides Maryland) who were winners today…..

Towson beats Rhode Island 36-28

KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) Hakeem Moore caught a 78-yard touchdown pass from Peter Athens on the second play of the game to spark Towson to a 36-28 win over Rhode Island on Saturday.

Tremayne Dameron added touchdown runs of 5 and 3 yards as the Tigers (2-3, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association) scored on each of their first three possessions to take a 20-0 lead with 7:21 left in the first quarter.

Athens, who was 11 of 21 for 188 yards, also rushed for 74 yards. Moore finished with 91 yards on four catches for Towson.

Rhode Island (1-4, 0-2) used two big plays to cut the deficit to 20-14 at the half. Ayo Isijola scored on a 48-yard run with 6:03 left in the second quarter, and Shawn Leonard caught a 35-yard pass from D.J. Stefovich with 3:06 remaining before halftime.

Isijola finished with 100 yards rushing and Stefovich was 11 of 20 for 163 yards and three touchdowns.

Morgan State beats North Carolina A&T 7-6

BALTIMORE (AP) Devan James ran for a 7-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Morgan State held on for a 7-6 victory over North Carolina A&T on Saturday.

The Bears (4-1, 2-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) are 4-1 for the first time in 30 years. Morgan State has won four straight games and remains tied for first in the MEAC.

James scored with 24 seconds left in the first quarter to give Morgan State a 7-0 lead. North Carolina A&T (3-3, 1-2) missed two field goals and a penalty cost the mistake-plagued Aggies a touchdown on a kickoff return in the first half.

Midway through the third quarter, an Aggies punt hit a Morgan State player at the Bears’ 11-yard line. North Carolina A&T scored three plays later on a 1-yard touchdown run by Tony Coles, but Fred Davis blocked Patrick Courtney’s extra-point attempt.

The Aggies’ Wallace Miles missed a 51-yard field goal as time expired.

Dobbs, Navy run all over Rice 63-14

HOUSTON (AP) Ricky Dobbs had more touchdowns than passes.

Navy’s quarterback ran for four touchdowns and passed three times in a 63-14 win over Rice on Saturday that showcased the Midshipmen’s option offense.

“I thought we played great offensively, great defensively,” Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo. “I thought it was a great team win. That’s what we were trying to get. After a big win over Air Force, I was concerned how we would respond.”

Dobbs ran for 105 yards and before yielding to backup Kriss Proctor, who added three scoring runs of his own to finish off the Midshipmen’s most comprehensive win of the season.

Marcus Curry ran for 86 yards and a score on 10 carries and Proctor finished with 83 yards.

The Owls were outgained 538 yards to 271, and held to 16 yards rushing. Nick Fanuzzi completed 20 of 33 passes for 241 yards and two TDs, but was picked off twice.

Rice didn’t score until after Navy got touchdowns on its first five possessions. Dobbs completed two passes for 66 yards, including a 51-yarder to Curry on the Mids’ first snap. Dobbs ran it in from 2 yards out on the next play, adding TD runs from 12 yards and 1 yard on his next two possessions before Vince Murray’s 7-yard run and Curry’s 1-yarder put the Midshipmen up 35-0.

The Owls got Patrick Randolph’s 12-yard touchdown catch, but couldn’t do anything else until Randolph’s second touchdown made it 56-14 in the fourth quarter.

Navy’s methodical triple-option was on display all afternoon, with three drives longer than 10 plays and not a single three-and-out until the game was well out of reach.

The Midshipmen ran 82 plays on offense to Rice’s 54, and converted eight of 14 third and fourth downs, including all three on fourth down.

“I thought it was a great team win. I thought we played great in all three phases,” Niumatalolo said. Kick-off coverage is probably the one thing we could have been better. I thought we plated pretty well in every phase.”

Kase, Hopkins Slip Past 25th Ranked Dickinson, 23-12

CARLISLE, PA – For the second consecutive week the Johns Hopkins football team needed a late-game drive and touchdown to seal a crucial Centennial Conference victory on the road. For the second consecutive week, the Blue Jays turned to senior running back Andrew Kase, who rushed nine times for 54 yards and what proved to be the game-clinching touchdown as the Blue Jays knocked off previously unbeaten and 25th-ranked Dickinson, 23-12, at Biddle Field Saturday afternoon.

The win is the fifth straight for the Blue Jays, who improve to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the Centennial Conference. Coupled with a 21-14 win for Franklin & Marshall over Ursinus earlier today, Johns Hopkins takes over sole possession of first place in the Centennial Conference.

The game was also the 200th for Jim Margraff as the head coach at Johns Hopkins and he improves to 124-73-3 in 20 seasons at Homewood.