Bucknell runs over Towson in finale, 46-13 Tigers give up 481 yards, most in school history

November 22, 1998|By Chris Courogen | Chris Courogen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LEWISBURG, Pa -- Towson's Jason Corle went into yesterday's season finale at Bucknell as the leading rusher in the Patriot League, and when the final numbers are totaled, his 87-yard performance might well have been enough for the junior from Barnegat, N.J., to wrap up the league's rushing title.

But when people talk about the Tigers' 46-13 loss, chances are Corle's performance won't be what they mention when they reminisce about the running backs that took the field at Bucknell's Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium.

Instead, what will likely be remembered will be the way Bucknell's runners shredded the Towson defense for 481 yards, the most yards allowed by the Tigers in their 30-year football history.

Led by Calvert Hall grad Jason Marrow, who picked up 93 of his 108 yards and all three of his touchdowns in the first half, the Bison rolled up 267 yards on the ground while building a 28-0 halftime lead. Then in the second half, after Bucknell fullback Jeremy Myers tore a ligament in his knee, Marrow, a fullback who usually only plays tailback in short-yardage situations, switched roles and served as the lead blocker while sophomore LaMario Bradwell came off the bench to run for a game-high 117 yards.

Actually, the way the Bucknell offensive line, with the help of 6-foot-6, 310-pound tackle Jason Wancowicz, a Perry Hall product and an NFL prospect, was opening holes, it probably didn't matter who was carrying the ball.

By the end of the half, the pounding had obviously taken a toll on Towson, as evidenced by the 12-play, 93-yard drive Bucknell put together just before the half. Only 12 yards of the march came through the air.

"That touchdown at the end of the half was a tough one," said Towson coach Gordy Combs. "That really got us in a hole."

Towson ...... 0 .... 0 .... 7 ..... 6 -- 13

Bucknell ... 14 .... 14 ... 0 .... 18 -- 46

Pub Date: 11/22/98

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