Colgate rolls past Towson in rain, 34-3 Tigers' Corle rushes for 152, goes over 1,000

November 09, 1997|By Dan Hickling | Dan Hickling,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Towson University has encountered nothing but tough slogging in its first Patriot League season, and yesterday's game against Colgate was more of the same.

The Tigers wasted great first-half field position and a 25-carry, 152-yard rushing effort by Jason Corle in a 34-3 loss before nearly 2,000 soggy spectators at Andy Kerr Stadium.

Towson (2-7, 0-5) handed the Red Raiders a 69-yard touchdown on a blocked field-goal attempt, a first-quarter play that sent Colgate (6-3, 5-0), angling for its first league title, on its way to the rout.

The Tigers showed early that they could move the ball downfield on Colgate, but they also showed that they couldn't put it into the end zone.

Towson drove inside the Raiders' 30 on all four of its first-quarter possessions but managed a field goal.

"That's the most disappointing thing about this loss," said Tigers coach Gordy Combs. "We didn't take advantage of all [those] opportunities early in the ballgame."

The Tigers took the opening kickoff and marched to the Colgate 20 on six plays before sputtering. George Perdikakis salvaged the effort with 37-yard field goal.

An alert defense got the ball right back for the Tigers. On Colgate's first play from scrimmage, running back Daymon Smith fumbled the slick ball, and it was pounced on by Tigers lineman Dannie Ross at the Colgate 40.

But after Towson quarterback Kevin Smith hit receiver Adam Overbey for a 12-yard gain over the middle, the Tigers again stalled.

Matters took a turn for the worse for Towson when the Tigers regained the ball. Overbey had picked his way 52 yards to put the ball on the 25. Three plays netted no yards, forcing another Perdikakis field-goal attempt, which was blocked and returned for a touchdown by the Raiders' Jamal Patterson.

"That turned the momentum around," Combs said. "That really hurt because we had moved the ball well. We had them on their heels."

And once Colgate had the impetus, it never gave it back. The Raiders built their lead to 13-3 early in the second with a 14-play, 91-yard drive capped by Brian Owens' 1-yard run up the middle.

The lone bright note for Towson was that Corle became the sixth Tiger to gain 1,000 yards in a season; his total is 1,040.

Towson 3 0 0 0 -- 3

Colgate 7 6 14 7 -- 34

Next for Towson

Opponent: Bucknell

Site: Minnegan Stadium

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Record: 9-0

Yesterday: Beat St. Mary's, Calif., 45-38

Pub Date: 11/09/97

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