Lehigh overpowers Towson, 35-14

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

September 16, 1990|By John W. Stewart

Lehigh University had equal success with the pass and the run, as it took apart Towson State, 35-14, at Minnegan Stadium last night.

Lehigh (2-0) scored in every quarter, but the Tigers' offense opened and closed in the second quarter. They fell behind, 16-0, closed to 16-14, but got no closer.

Senior quarterback Chris Goetz became Towson State's all-time career passing leader, compiling 230 yards for a total of 6,360 yards. Ron Meehan had held the record, 6,164, set during 1977-80.

Robbie Jackson, who had rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns in last week's season-opening, 40-21 loss at Rhode Island, came back with 80 yards and two touchdowns.

Still, the pair was no match for the Lehigh attack, led by quarterback Glenn Kempa, running back Erik Torain and wide receiver Horace Hamm.

Kempa was 17-for-26 passing for 254 yards and three touchdowns; Torain had 33 rushes for 201 yards and one touchdown; and Hamm caught six passes for 175 yards and one touchdown.

Lehigh got on the scoreboard 1 minute, 43 seconds into the game. From the Towson 37, Tigers center Joe Kreisher snapped the ball over the head of punter Jeff Bolser, who ran out of the end zone for a safety.

The second quarter was slightly reminiscent of the fourth quarter these two played last year when they scored 45 points. This time they put up 31.

Lehigh scored two touchdowns in less than five minutes to build a 16-0 lead, but the Tigers bounced back with two scores in the next four minutes to close to 16-14.

Junior kicker Erik Bird made it 19-14 with a 29-yard field goal one minute before halftime.

Lehigh went 79 yards in seven plays for its first touchdown. Torain, who ran five times in the drive, set up the score with a 37-yard run to the Towson State 20, where he was forced out of bounds by Dustin Harper and Aaron Bates.

On second down from the 15, Kempa passed to Kevin D'Ambrosia in the right corner of the end zone for the touchdown.

Lehigh needed five plays to score on its next possession. Kempa's 45-yard pass found Hamm behind defenders at the 20, and he ran it in to complete a 65-yard play.

Then it was Towson State's turn.

A third-down pass of 11 yards to Dewey Barnes kept a drive going, and then Goetz hit Kreisher, playing tight end, over the middle for 24 yards to the Lehigh 1. Jackson ran off right tackle for the touchdown, completing a seven-play, 60-yard drive.

On their next possession, the Tigers used 1:23 to go 42 yards in five plays. Jackson capped the drive with an untouched 21-yard run after Goetz had faked pass and pitched out to the junior speedster.

Lehigh got the only touchdown of the third quarter on a 2-yard leap over the top by Torain. Lehigh went for two, but Torain was stopped short of the goal line by Gary Hatcher after catching a pass.

The Brown and White stuffed Towson State's only scoring opportunity, after Goetz had found receivers Kevin Howard and Barnes for first-down receptions, the latter at the Lehigh 9.

Jackson, was stopped for no gain, ran to the 1, then was stopped for no gain, and sophomore Jeff Leventhal was knocked back to the 2 on fourth down. It turned out to be Towson's only good scoring opportunity of the half.

Holding a 25-14 lead going to the last quarter, Lehigh padded its margin with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Kempa to John Gehrig (Westminster), a 6-foot-3 senior tight end who was wide open in the end zone.

The play capped a 98-yard drive that took eight plays and 3:11.

Junior linebacker Lee Picariello, who was around the ball all night, intercepted a pass by Goetz and returned it 22 yards to the Towson State 32. Bird ended the drive with a 26-yard field goal.

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