Towson edges Marist in third OT, 33-32 Tigers QB Smith passes for school-record 471 yards

November 03, 1996|By J. W. Stewart | J. W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- As darkness descended on the mid-Hudson Valley, J. J. Allen saw daylight.

But only for a split-second.

Weak-side linebacker Lamont Dumas stuffed Allen on a two-point conversion run as the Towson State football team held to beat Marist, 33-32, in triple overtime yesterday at Leonidoff Field.

It was the first overtime game for both schools. The Tigers (5-4) kept their postseason bowl hopes alive. The Red Foxes dropped to 5-3.

After two scoreless overtime series -- where each team gets the ball at the other's 25-yard line -- sophomore quarterback Kevin Smith, who threw for a school-record 471 yards, hit tailback Maurice Sydnor to give Towson a 33-26 lead.

But Marist answered on its series when Allen, who used to play for Howard University, squeezed into the end zone. The Red Foxes were going to kick the extra point, but an unsportsmanlike penalty on the Tigers put the ball at the 1 1/2 -yard line.

Marist coach Jim Parady decided to go for the win instead of forcing a fourth overtime, but Dumas stopped Allen just shy of the goal line on a sweep to the left.

"Chris [Beaumier] made the initial hit, and I just came in to clean him up and get out of here," said Dumas, noting that the game took 3 hours, 34 minutes. "This was the epitome of our season -- we didn't give up. We've had a lot of close games, a lot of nail-biters, but this takes it."

Added Allen, who finished with two touchdowns: "I feel better running to my right, but I would never question Coach [on the call]. He had the faith in us."

Towson State coach Gordy Combs didn't second-guess Parady, either.

"I would've done the same thing Jim did," he said. "I almost went for the win when we tied it up. I wanted to fake the kick."

The Tigers tied the game at 26 with nine seconds left in regulation. Smith found Shawn Ward, who had dropped a sure touchdown at the end of the third quarter, from 16 yards away. George Perdikakis kicked the extra point, and it was on to overtime.

Both teams had their fits in overtime. A field-goal try by Perdikakis was blocked, and he squibbed another one. Marist kicker Chris D'Autorio also had one stuffed.

'Towson State 3 9 7 7 7 -- 33

Marist .....10 8 8 0 6 -- 32

Next for Towson

Opponent: Wagner

Site: Minnegan Stadium

When: Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

Record: 4-4

5) Yesterday: Beat Robert Morris, 38-35

Pub Date: 11/03/96

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