Mike Brown kicked a 38-yard field goal on the second play of the fourth quarter, and Boston University made it stand up for a 10-8 victory over Towson State before 3,476 at Minnegan Stadium last night.
Brown's kick hit the crossbar and bounced over.
An exchange of fumbles late in the third quarter had given BU the ball at the Towson State 28 to set the stage for the field goal.
The Tigers botched any further scoring opportunities, as they lost three more fumbles in the quarter. They didn't any more scores, though, as Brown missed a 45-yard field goal try, Towson's Dustin Harper intercepted a pass at his 3 and teammate Joe Kreisher came through with a fourth-down sack.
Gary Worthington, the former defensive star, is entrenched as the Towson State quarterback. Despite fumbles, he did a solid job of running the ball -- and the offense in general -- and brings a different dimension to an attack that had been pass-oriented.
Towson State coach Phil Albert went to a passing quarterback, sophomore Bob Campbell, for the team's final series, but he never got off a throw and it was four downs and out.
It capped a frustrating season opener for the Tigers, who did a better job of stopping themselves than BU's defensive unit was able to do. The win left the Terriers at 1-1 after a 48-22 loss to William & Mary last week.
Not all the problems appearted to be of Worthington's doing. Among other things, the football was wet and the quarterback said he went through seven towels trying to keep his hands dry, but a couple of times the ball just slipped out of his hands.
He finished with one pass completion in three attempts and an interception, and ran the ball 29 times for 69 yards.
"It's been a long time, and there was some anxiety," said Worthington, referring to not having played the position since high school.
Of a goal-line fumble in the first half, he said: "I thought I had scored, but I covered the ball. The official said I hadn't scored, and the BU player had two hands on it. I asked how, since it was under me, but they gave them the ball."
Of the overall effort, he added: "It's good to get the first one under my belt. There's no substitute for the game experience. I'm a quarterback now and have some things to work on, but it will get better."
BU coach Dan Allen, who admitted early in the week he was afraid of Towson State because of the things it had going for it -- first-time opponent, new quarterback, renewed interest in the program.
"They came out after the half and blitzed us, and we answered with a scoring drive [four plays, 59 yards]. But then they got us off balance with their defense. And we didn't execute as well as we had in the first half.
The visitors were also whacked with 13 penalties for 122 yards, and, as Allen said, "We just could not establish any continuity."
Albert said of his game plan: "We wanted to shorten the game [running plays as opposed to passes], be ahead at the half and win the game. We didn't win, but the defense played great, except for the series at the start of the third quarter, and we had a chance to win it.
"This is a little setback, but this is a different team and we won't be run out of the park [as it was last year]. We did what we wanted to, except for the turnovers.
Towson State's defense got the only first-half points, as junior nose guard Doug Irvin tackled Boston University back Jay Hillman in his end zone for a safety with two minutes left in the first quarter.
Two BU penalties cost it a touchdown and kept alive a Towson State drive that eventually ended in the safety.
On the Terriers' first possession, sophomore quarterback Greg Moore lofted a 40-yard pass to Overton that he caught behind the defender, but a penalty for an illegal receiver downfield brought it back.
Towson State's ensuing drive was seemingly stopped at midfield, but the visitors had too many players on the field for a punt.
Moments later, Worthington broke loose and ran 37 yards before being hauled down at the BU 1. On second down, the new quarterback fumbled the snap and freshman redshirt linebacker Andy Brennan recovered.
@4 Irvin then smacked Hillman on a first-down call.