When a football team gets thumped, 54-10, there aren't a whole lot of X's and O's for the losing coach to talk about.
The 54 were the second-highest number of points scored on a Towson State team, and it sent the Tigers to the 100th loss in their 23-year history. So it was that Towson State's Phil Albert picked on another subject.
"The mental is a tremendous aspect of the game," he said on the heels of a fourth straight loss, this time to 5-0 Indiana University of Pennsylvania before 3,210 at Minnegan Stadium last night.
"There's a big difference between wanting to do something and expecting to do something. Right now, Indiana expects to win. It is really good mentally.
"We want to win, but . . . "
The Indians, ranked No. 1 in Division II, aren't too shabby physically, either, as they gained 482 yards of total offense and scored seven touchdowns. Included in the barrage were 41 second-half points. It prompted IUP coach Frank Cignetti to say, "Offensively, in the second half, we played like we want to -- it was really an impressive performance."
The rout began early. When it was over, the visitors had six touchdown scorers, with running back Cliff Revis the only one to get two.
Indiana's Charles Peoples returned the opening kickoff 69 yards, before being slowed up by kicker Buddy Dunn and caught by George Mohring at the Towson 29. The drive stalled inside the 10, and John Jaworski kicked a 24-yard field goal.
Moments later, the Tigers tied it after forcing an IUP turnover. Bill Fisher separated tailback Mann from the ball, and Doug Irvin covered it at the visitors' 21.
On fourth down, Dunn, a redshirt freshman making his first college field-goal attempt, connected from 35 yards out. They nTC were the first Towson State points against IUP since Dave Meggett ran 20 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 24-21 loss in 1988.
On the next series, the Indians moved 65 yards in 10 plays, Revis slanting off left guard for the last 3 yards. Jaworski made it 10-3 with 3 minutes, 57 seconds left in the quarter.
Jaworski accounted for the only second-quarter points, with a 32-yard field goal.
Indiana scored on its first possession of the second half, going 61 yards in nine plays. The Indians got a break when
quarterback Tony Aliucci lost a fumble (linebacker Bob Richardson recovered for the Tigers) at the Towson 5-yard line, but had the play nullified by a Tigers offsides.
On second down from the 2, Revis scored his second touchdown of the night, fourth of the season, raising the count to 20-3.
The next fumble-lost-on-penalty call went in favor of the Tigers on their touchdown drive, giving them a first down at the IUP 5. They, too, scored on the next play, quarterback Dan Crowley lofting a pass to tight end Sean Patterson. Too little, and far too late.
NOTES: Going into the game, Indiana led the series, 4-1-1; was 2-0-1 at Minnegan Stadium, and had won the past 4 games by a total of 103-28. . . . When IUP tied the Tigers, 21-21, in 1985, the coach was current Navy leader George Chaump. . . . IUP has taken Towson State's place among Eastern Division II teams. From 1983-86, the Tigers won 3 Lambert Awards as the top Division II team in the East. Since moving up to I-AA in 1987, IUP has won 3 of 4. The Indians also have taken the Tigers' place in the Division II playoffs. Towson State went in 1983, 1984 and 1986, and Indiana has gone each of the past 4 years, finishing as the national runner-up to North Dakota State last year.