Vinson runs down Hofstra, 37-18 255-yard outing sets Towson record

September 27, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

After nearly losing its program after last season, Towson State is doing a pretty good imitation of a budding football power.

With running back Tony Vinson carrying for 255 yards to break Dave Meggett's single-game school record, the Tigers powered to their second straight victory last night, 37-18, over pass-happy Hofstra at Minnegan Stadium.

The outcome marks the first time Towson (2-1) has registered two consecutive triumphs since 1988 when Meggett was terrorizing the Tigers' opposition en route to the National Football League.

"It feels great to win two in September," said first-year coach Gordy Combs.

"Now we don't have to fight to keep the players' minds in the right position. Now they can walk around campus with their heads up and their chests out."

The Tigers never trailed after bolting to a 14-0 lead on a 91-yard touchdown drive capped by Vinson's 5-yard run and Kevin Howard's 45-yard bolt on a punt return.

But they couldn't put Hofstra away until early in the fourth period when two TDs within 1:48 settled the issue.

Quarterback Danny Crowley built the lead to 24-12 when he avoided a blitz and hit Mark Orlando with a 45-yard touchdown pass at the 12:53 mark.

Then, an interception by Aaron Bates set up Towson at its own 38. Vinson broke one for 25 yards to set the record and Brian McCarty followed with a 37-yard sprint to the end zone to put the game away.

"It's a great honor knowing you got to break the record of an All-Pro," said Vinson, whose outburst led the team to a single-game rushing record (361 yards).

"I came back real nervous this year because I sat for for a year. Ireally wasn't sure I could do it any more. But I just relaxed and did what I could do."

Hofstra (1-3) threw 54 passes, three of which were intercepted, lost an apparent touchdown to a holding penalty when it could have gained the lead, missed all three of its extra-point attempts and failed on two field-goal tries.

"We knew they were going to get their 400 or so yards passing," said Combs. "We just didn't want to give up the big ones."

The Flying Dutchmen threw 75 passes at Towson in winning, 30-26, last season and are averaging 51 this year.

But Towson kept eroding Hofstra's resistance, particularly with Vinson's punishing running.

"The latter part of the third and fourth quarter, Vinson is going to wear you down," said Combs. "About his 27th carry, he's a load. He's a big guy with deceptive speed."

"They seemed to get a little tired," said Vinson.

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