Villanova keeps Towson on hold with 41-6 rout

Tigers denied again in bid for first Atlantic 10 victory

College Football

October 24, 2004|By Matt Papuchis | Matt Papuchis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Gordy Combs and Towson University will have to wait at least one more week. The Tigers, who made the trip up I-95 hoping to secure their first Atlantic 10 victory since joining the conference this fall, suffered a 41-6 loss to Villanova yesterday before 7,417 at Villanova Stadium.

Towson's fourth conference loss of the season was also its most lopsided and its worst defeat since a 62-28 bruising last year at Yale.

"We played a very good football team today," Combs said. "There's a reason they were picked to be the No. 1 team coming out of the South. We knew their defensive front seven were very good and they didn't disappoint us today. When you have seniors that have been with the program for four and five years you expect that.

"Our kids fought until the end. We tried and gave a great effort and I can't ask for anything more from our football team."

With an offense filled with all-conference candidates, Villanova (5-3, 2-3) had too many weapons for Towson (3-4, 0-4). Junior wide receiver J.J. Outlaw, a Columbia native and Mount Saint Joseph alum, caught nine passes for a season-high 114 yards and a touchdown. The Wildcats also used eight different rushers to pile up 175 yards.

"I knew a lot of kids that go to Towson, so it was real nice to be able to come out here and play against them," Outlaw said. "They're all good guys and they're all supportive of everything I'm doing and I like to see them do well, as well."

The Tigers entered the game leading the conference in passing defense and hadn't allowed opponents to complete a single pass in their previous two games. But Towson couldn't seem to do anything to stop the passing game yesterday.

Quarterback Marvin Burroughs, a sophomore from Atlantic City, N.J., picked apart the Towson secondary, completing 18 of 28 attempts for 232 yards and two touchdown passes before leaving the game early in the final quarter.

Meanwhile, trailing 20-0 midway through the third quarter and facing the conference's top rushing defense, Towson was just looking for something to go its way and kick-start its offense. The Tigers found it in the form of a fumble recovery to give them the ball deep in Villanova territory.

Will Marcus took an 11-yard run down to the Wildcats' 10-yard line and, two plays later, Andrew Goldbeck found a wide-open Eric Yancey to make it 20-6. But Stephen Toth missed the extra point and Villanova scored in just five plays on its next possession to make it 27-6 and kill any possible momentum shift.

Villanova played well, but the Tigers also gave the Wildcats some help.

Late in the game, Goldbeck was intercepted by Dan Silva, who took the ball 20 yards the other way for a score to make it 41-6 with 7:56 remaining.

Also, on Villanova's fourth scoring drive at the end of the first half, which was set up by Josh Corle's fumble, Towson committed two penalties on short-yardage situations, allowing the drive to stay alive. Adam James then kicked a 21-yard field goal - his second of the game - to give Villanova a 20-0 halftime lead.

Towson 0 0 6 0 - 6

Villanova 10 10 7 14 - 41

First quarter V-FG James 29, 11:52 V-Outlaw 11 pass from Burroughs, 2:18

Second quarter V-Butler 2 run (James kick), 10:16 V-FG James 21, 1:33

Third quarter T-Yancey 6 pass from Goldbeck (kick failed), 6:54 V-Waltman fumble recovery (James kick), 4:02

Fourth quarter V-Waltman 11 pass from Burroughs (James kick), 12:43 V-Silva 20 interception return (James kick), 7:56 A-7,417.

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First downs 13 24

Rushes-yards 37-94 42-175

Passing 79 232

Comp-Att-Int 12-24-1 19-30-0

Return Yards 146 53

Punts-Avg. 8-34.0 4-33.8

Fumbles-Lost 3-1 4-1

Penalties-Yards 9-88 2-30

Time of Possession 29:00 31:00

Rushing-Towson, Brunetti 12-49, Miles 8-46, Corle 8-14, Brown 1-11, Marcus 1-11, Perry 1-0, Arnold 1-(-4), Williams 1-(-5), Goldbeck 4-(-28). Villanova, Gibson 6-53, Butler 13-42, Burroughs 10-28, Outlaw 4-25, Jones 4-12, Waltman 3-7, Casamento 1-7, DiGiacomo 1-1.

Passing-Towson, Goldbeck 12-23-1-79, Melzi 0-1-0-0. Villanova, Burroughs 18-28-0-232, Casamento 1-2-0-0.

Receiving-Towson, Yancey 3-16, Brown 2-22, Marcus 2-11, Brunetti 2-6, Perry 1-9, Alexander 1-8, Arnold 1-7. Villanova, Outlaw 9-114, Dieser 4-62, DiGiacomo 4-22, Wright 1-23, Waltman 1-11.

Next for Towson

Matchup: William and Mary (5-2, 3-1) vs. Towson (3-4, 0-4)

Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Yesterday: William and Mary lost to Delaware, 31-28.

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