Galloway goes all-out for Towson, 24-7

Receiver's 195 total yards help bring down Elon

College Football

October 26, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Towson wide receiver Jason Galloway did a little bit of everything for the Tigers yesterday in their 24-7 victory over Elon at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Galloway caught touchdown passes of 48 and 29 yards from quarterback Anthony Melzi, nearly caught another scoring pass, and finished with eight catches for a career-high 174 yards.

Galloway (Old Mill) also returned two punts for 21 yards to account for 195 all-purpose yards. To top things off, he also held on the Tigers' field goals and place-kicks.

"I really like it, and I would love to do kickoff returns too," Galloway said. "They just focused on getting me the ball today, and I believe that the more they get me the ball, the better I do."

Towson coach Gordy Combs said Galloway's strong all-around performance didn't surprise him.

"We just expect that type of game from [him]," Combs said. "He's got a lot of athletic ability."

Towson (4-4) used big plays and a balanced offense to hand Elon (2-7) its fifth straight loss. P.D. Moore intercepted two passes - running one back for a touchdown - while Melzi completed 15 of 27 for 250 yards and two touchdowns in helping the Tigers control the ball for long stretches.

Elon ran the ball effectively at times and finished with 148 yards rushing, but the Tigers knew Elon (2-7) lacked a strong passing attack. Quarterbacks Anthony Crews and C.W. Singletary had combined to throw 11 interceptions and no touchdowns through the first eight games.

Singletary was a last-minute choice to start and the only passes he completed in the first half were two interceptions to Moore and another to Towson linebacker Neal Regan. Elon switched to Crews after Singletary went 0-for-8 in the first half.

"We just couldn't get anything going offensively in the first half," Elon coach Al Seagraves said.

The Phoenix didn't complete a pass until 79 seconds into the second half, and the two quarterbacks completed just 6 of 23 for 88 yards and four interceptions. Crews threw for 47 of those yards in the final two minutes before Marcus Johnson scored the Phoenix's touchdown on a 1-yard run with 18 seconds left in the game.

Regan was solid at linebacker with a game-high 13 tackles plus the interception. Defensive tackle Mike Collier added eight tackles plus two sacks while defensive end Steven Nance came away with his first career interception.

Towson took a 3-0 lead on Stephan Toth's 32-yard field goal in the first quarter after the Tigers drove 56 yards on 12 plays following the opening kickoff. The Tigers' parade of big plays began soon after.

Melzi threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Galloway deep down the middle with 11:51 left in the first half to give the Tigers a 10-0 lead Moore then made a great individual play on his 28-yard interception return for a touchdown with 2:50 left in the first half.

"We were trying to take away the short routes," Moore said. "The quarterback threw it up, I broke on the ball, six points."

The defensive back leaped in front of Singletary as he was trying to throw a swing pass to the left, picked the ball off and ran untouched into the end zone for a 17-0 halftime lead. Melzi then found Galloway for a 29-yard touchdown pass with 1:48 left in the third quarter.

"On offense, we're a big-play team," Combs said. "We get spurred on by the big plays.

Elon 0 0 0 7 - 7

Towson 3 14 7 0 - 24

First quarter T-Toth 32 FG, 10:46 Second quarter T-Galloway 47 pass from Melzi (Toth kick), 11:51 T-Moore 28 INT return (Toth kick), 2:50 Third quarter T-Galloway 29 pass from Melzi (Toth kick), 1:48 Fourth quarter E-Johnson 1 run (Rawls kick), :18 A-3,586.

E T

First downs 16 17

Rushes-yards 47-148 42-66

Passing 88 250

Comp-Att-Int 6-23-4 15-27-0

Return yards 98 43

Punts-Avg 8-33.4 6-47.2

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1

Penalties-Yards 6-55 9-90

Time of possession 29:42 30:18

Rushing-Elon, Johnson 13-57, Palmer 17-53, Nkang 7-19, Crews 5-12, Singletary 3-4, Dargan 2-3. Towson, Lundy 12-44, Romeo 3-19, Harris 6-14, Drewery 5-8, Brown 3-5, Levy 2-5, Buitrago 2-2, team 1-(-2), Melzi 8-(-29). Passing-Elon, Crews 6-15-1-88, Singletary 0-8-3-0. Towson, Melzi 15-26-0-250, Brown 0-1-0-0. Receiving-Elon, Johnson 2-21, Crawford 1-33, Simer 1-18, Utz 1-14, Palmer 1-2. Towson, Galloway 8-174, Byroads 3-45, Marcus 1-15, Lightner 1-12, Lundy 1-7, Drewery 1-(-3).

Next for Towson

Matchup: Towson (4-4, 2-2) vs. Lehigh (5-2, 3-0)

Site: Goodman Stadium, Bethlehem, Pa.

When: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Yesterday: Lehigh beat Georgetown, 45-24.

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