Helped by seven interceptions, Maine sinks Towson, 49-34

November 17, 1991|By Jeff Pinkham | Jeff Pinkham,Special to The Sun

ORONO, Maine -- Not a lot of good things happened to Towson State in yesterday's 49-34 loss to the University of Maine in front of 3,246 at Alumni Field, but coach Phil Albert said it wasn't as bad as it looked.

Maine, which finished 3-8, broke out of a season-long offensive slump, amassing 525 yards of total offense, and the Black Bears defense ran back two interceptions for touchdowns.

"We gave up a lot of cheap points today," said Albert. "We were down 32-0 at one point and [Maine] hadn't done a lot. I'm not devastated by the score because I think it's deceiving. We're a young team, and we'll be fine."

Tigers freshman quarterback Dan Crowley struggled at times with the blustery conditions and finished the day 25 of 53 for 281 yards and three touchdowns, all in the second half. But seven of Crowley's passes were intercepted, a Maine record.

"It was a learning experience for Dan," said Albert. "Because of the wet field and the wind, receivers weren't getting to their spots as quickly as they normally do, and that hurt us. Danny's young back there, and we can't put the blame on him."

The weather didn't seem to affect the Black Bears, who seemingly did what they wanted.

Senior quarterback Jeff DelRosso, filling in for injured Emilio Colon, completed 21 of 32 for 332 yards and three touchdowns.

Tailback Carl Smith rushed for 77 yards, ending an outstanding career with 4,025 rushing yards; he's the second back in Yankee Conference history to reach 4,000. The other was Boston University's Paul Lewis, who ran for 4,436 yards in the early 1980s.

"This was a special day for the seniors," said Maine coach Kirk Ferentz. "It was a very disappointing season, and all we could do was dedicate our week to the seniors and go out on a winning note, and that's what we did."

Albert gave a lot of credit to the Maine secondary.

"Danny threw it at them, and they made the plays and ran two of them in," said Albert. "And falling behind early was tough for us. They were able to sit back and do what they had to do."

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