Leading scorer Kerry Miles and first-time scorer Matt Brunetti each ran for two touchdowns to lead Towson University to a 41-7 romp over visiting Bowie State last night at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Both teams were looking to climb to .500 overall. The Tigers (3-3) did, as they scored 27 second-half points. Bowie State fell to 3-5.
The game started 35 minutes late due to a thunderstorm that held the crowd to 2,042.
Miles, a sophomore tailback with six touchdowns, scored on the game's initial drive and again in the third quarter as the Tigers took advantage of good field position.
Brunetti, a junior fullback, scored his first two touchdowns in the first and final quarters.
They combined for 179 yards rushing.
"We wanted to establish our running game early and we did," said Towson coach Gordy Combs. "They each had a chance to get 100 yards, but I got them out because I didn't want to risk any injury. We have five tough games left."
Last week, poor field position was a factor in a 28-16 home loss to Rhode Island. Last night, the Tigers started their three touchdown drives at their 46 twice and at the Bowie State 28.
And the Tigers defense did not allow Bulldogs quarterbacks Harry Freeman and Lamar Manigo to complete a pass in nine attempts. Towson had four interceptions (one short of a school record) and had a fumble recovery by senior safety P.D. Moore.
Sophomore linebacker Marcus Frisby had the final interception and capped the Tigers scoring with a 46-yard return for a touchdown. It was the team's fifth interception returned for a touchdown this season.
In the past two weeks, opposing quarterbacks are 0-for-11 with five interceptions against the Tigers.
"They couldn't throw the football on us," said Combs. "And that gave us a big advantage."
It was the first meeting between the schools in 26 years.
Bowie State, a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, replaced Morgan State on the Tigers' schedule when Morgan decided to play at Fresno State instead.
"We had a couple [of] turnovers against a good football team," said Bowie State coach Mike Lynn, a 1990 Morgan State graduate. "We played real strong in the first half and came out and scored right away in the second half. But it was a tough week for us to have a tough opponent coming off a homecoming loss [11-0 to Elizabeth City State]."
Bowie State freshman Isaac Redman scored on a 26-yard run to start the second half and cut the Towson lead to 14-7. The Tigers answered with a 14-play, 54-yard drive with Miles scoring from the 1.
"When they scored their touchdown in the third quarter, it pulled us back on track," said Combs.
Early in the final quarter, Brunetti scored from the 7 as the Tigers took command, 28-7.
The Tigers took the opening kickoff and drove 54 yards in six plays with Miles scoring from the 8 and Stephan Toth kicking the extra point for an early 7-0 lead.
Bowie St. 0 0 7 0 - 7
Towson 14 0 7 20 - 41
First quarter T-Miles 8 run (Toth kick), 13:02 T-Brunetti 5 run (Toth kick), 9:34
Third quarter BS-Redman 26 run (Walls kick), 12:45 T-Miles 1 run (Toth kick), 4:52
Fourth quarter T-Brunetti 7 run (Toth kick), 14:45 T-King 1 run (kick blocked), 8:29 T-Frisby 46 interception return (Toth kick), 2:14 A-2,042.
First downs 13 28
Rushes-yards 44-183 49-262
Passing 0 148
Comp-Att-Int 0-9-4 14-21-2
Return Yards 113 140
Punts-Avg. 4-32 2-37.5
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 7-64 9-86
Time of Possession 32:31 27:29
Rushing-Bowie State, Redman 13-95, Jordan 11-53, Freeman 3-15, Queen 7-14, Manigo 8-5, Cranke 1-2. Towson, Brunetti 16-94, Miles 15-85, King 7-40, Marcus 3-27, Buitrago 2-13, Perry 2-8, Williams 3-2, Goldbeck 1-(-7).
Passing-Bowie State, Freeman 0-5-2-0, Manigo 0-4-2-0. Towson, Goldbeck 14-19-1-148, Melzi 0-2-1-0.
Receiving-Bowie State, none. Towson, Brown 5-51, Marcus 2-53, Yancey 2-20, Brunetti 2-2, Arnold 1-13, Alexander 1-6, Collins 1-3.