LYNCHBURG, Va. -- When you're winless after six games, you might come to expect things not to go your way. It was the same thing yesterday for Towson State against Liberty University in a 38-28 loss.
The Tigers (0-7) equaled their worst start ever, set just last season, while Liberty improved to 4-3.
The problem for the Tigers wasn't an inept offense but their defense. Towson gave up 434 yards passing to quarterback Robby Justino and had problems contending with running back Keith Vinson, who had a career high 101 yards rushing and 52 receiving.
"I knew I had it in myself to do it," said Vincent, who got the start after Dwayne Carswell and Adrian Cherry were hobbled with injuries. "Our offensive line was blocking great. If any of the other backs were in there, they would have done the same thing."
Justino's passing yardage was 7 yards shy of the school record, set by Phil Basso in 1984. Yet, it wasn't only Justino who was throwing. Receiver Pat Nelson played quarterback on a fake field goal attempt in the third quarter. On the play, Nelson faked the hold and scrambled past the defender to lob an end-over-end toss that looked more like a punt than a pass 21 yards to Vinson in the end zone. The score gave Liberty its biggest lead at 31-6.
Towson quarterback Dan Crowley, in his first career start, moved the offense well, particularly through the air. Crowley, replaced Gary Worthington, who moved back to linebacker.
Crowley was 28 of 56 with three touchdowns and a two-point conversion. His 56 attempts were a school record and his 325 yards were the most in 10 games for Towson.
"I think we did enough to win today," Towson coach Phil Albert said. "But we can't deny that we're 0-7. I thought Crowley played outstanding. He got more experience today than in seven weeks of practice. He saw every situation."