Colgate reduces Towson to shambles with 37-5 win

Tigers have no answer to Raiders in fifth loss

October 21, 2001|By Adam S. Reisinger | Adam S. Reisinger,SUN STAFF

HAMILTON, N.Y. - Towson saw its hopes for salvaging a winning season go down the drain yesterday as Colgate poured it on in the second half for a 37-5 victory in front of 3,865 at Andy Kerr Stadium.

The teams played a tight but sloppy first half, and then Towson's defense fell apart in the second half, allowing Colgate (4-2, 2-0 Patriot League) to score 15 points in the final 18 minutes.

The big score, though, came while Towson (2-5, 1-4) was on offense. With less than two minutes left in the third quarter, starting Tigers quarterback Jay Amer was intercepted by Ameer Riley, who returned the ball 32 yards for a touchdown, extending the Red Raiders' lead to 25-5.

"We had a situation where a young quarterback makes those mistakes," Towson coach Gordy Combs said. "You can't throw into coverage, especially against a good team."

Amer, making just his second career start, threw for 139 yards and a pair of interceptions. He failed to lead a touchdown drive. He was replaced in the fourth quarter by Val Troiani, who himself gave way to third-stringer Brian Fleury.

The Red Raiders, on the other hand, had no problem scoring touchdowns, getting two of them in the fourth quarter. Tom McCune threw an eight-yard pass to John Frieser, who was left wide open in the end zone, to extend the lead to 31-5 with 13 minutes left.

Frieser and McCune hooked up again for a 61-yard score with 5:22 left that got under Combs' skin.

"You're ahead 31-5 with about six minutes left and it's third-and-1, and you run a play-action pass. That's something I would never do," he said. "If I've got somebody beat 31-5, I'm not going to have my first string in and I'm not going to have them run play action in that situation."

Towson's offensive problems were largely the result of a struggling line. The Raiders got seven sacks and forced Towson to take a safety when reserve center Kevin Mager snapped the ball over Amer's head.

"We did the same things we've been doing all year," Combs said. "We're dropping balls, we're getting sacked. I can't tell you how many dropped balls we had at the beginning of the game."

But Colgate also made its share of mistakes early, leading to Towson's only points. After a snap on a punt went through the end zone for a safety, the Tigers' Ed Kulic kicked a career-record, 48-yard field goal, cutting the lead to 7-5 midway through the second quarter. But that would be the closest Towson would get.

Towson 0 5 0 0 - 5

Next for Towson

Opponent: Monmouth

Site: Minnegan Stadium

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Record: 5-1

Yesterday: Beat Stony Brook, 33-14

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