Defeat is Tigers' second-worst

September 30, 1990|By a Sun Staff Correspondent

INDIANA, Pa. -- Indiana University of Pennsylvania's 42-0 rout of Towson State was not the worst that the Tigers have experienced in their school's history -- it only seemed like it.

It was Towson State's second-worst loss, exceeded only by a 48-0 loss to West Chester University in 1971.

"Give them the credit. They forced the situation," said Towson State coach Phil Albert after watching his team absorb its second consecutive shutout by IUP. "We've experienced these things in the past -- where you turn negatives into positives -- but this time we got handled."

Referring to the three successful goal-line stands by IUP, he said: "I'm very disappointed for our players. Even in a situation like this, you want them to have some success."

Back in the mid-1980s, Towson State was the model team in the East for Division II, going to the national playoffs three times in four years. But in four Division I-AA seasons, the Tigers are 11-23.

Indiana is the model Eastern Division II team. It has been to the national playoffs the past three years and is ranked No. 1 in the East and No. 1 in the Lambert/Meadowlands poll.

Since losing to No. 1-ranked North Dakota State in the opener, IUP is 139-7 against three opponents, having beaten Lock Haven, 55-7, and Clarion, 42-0, before Towson State.

The defeat was Towson State's 11th straight road loss, dating back to 1988. In contrast, the win was Indiana's 18th straight regular-season home victory. The Indians are 30-3 at Miller Stadium since 1984.

In summarizing the Towson State game, IUP senior tailback Ken Rock said it all: "I don't think they're too good, and we played well."

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