Towson puts on show for ages, 70-0, over Lock Haven

Tigers records tumble as hosts build 56-0 lead at half vs. Div. II opponent

College Football

September 11, 2005|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Towson coach Gordy Combs asked for a quick start from his offense. He got that and more.

Much, much more.

The 4,029 in attendance at Johnny Unitas Stadium yesterday were treated to the most lopsided game in school history, as the Tigers amassed 601 yards in total offense in a record-shattering 70-0 win over Division II Lock Haven.

Towson, which improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2000, broke team marks for, among other things, points (breaking a record set in 1970), victory margin (eclipsing a 22-year mark) and extra points (10 by Ron Halbruner).

"We wanted to start out fast - that's what we talked about all week," said Combs, whose team scored on its first offensive play from scrimmage and built a 56-0 lead by halftime.

Combs had hoped to use the game as a barometer, with Lock Haven coming off a 56-0 loss last week to defending national I-AA champion James Madison. The outcome left the coach with a coy smile.

"I do believe we were winning 56-0 at halftime," Combs said.

Towson's Eugene King, a third-string running back, gained 127 yards rushing, scoring touchdowns on three of his seven carries.

Running through gaping holes created by an offensive line starting a backup at right guard and a third-string center, helped his team gain 321 yards on the ground.

"For me, it was about being given the opportunity," said King, a junior, who gained most of his yardage once Towson was staked with a comfortable lead. "I just try to think of the score as 0-0 and try to take it to the house every chance I can get."

Lock Haven (1-2) managed just 70 yards of offense for the game.

"I'm just glad we're not going to play a I-AA team next week," said Lock Haven coach John Klacik. "I knew that they were going to be good because I watched them [on film] against James Madison. They were the only ones that really kept JMU at bay a little bit, so I knew we were in for a battle."

The rout started on the third play of the game, when Jason Eby's pass bounced off the hands of Lock Haven tight end Jason Walther and Towson's Kenny Scott picked it off deep in Bald Eagles territory.

On the next play, Towson's Nick Williams scored on a 7-yard run up the middle.

Rasheed McClaude added scoring runs of 19 and 3 yards before the end of the quarter, helping the Tigers build a 21-0 lead, tying a team record for the most points scored in the first quarter.

Perhaps the most telling play occurred early in the second quarter when quarterback Sean Schaefer (12-for-20, 147 yards, one touchdown, one interception) fumbled a snap from center.

As the ball lay on the ground, Schaefer, shielded by a pocket extending 5 yards around, calmly stepped forward, picked up the ball and heaved an off-balance pass downfield, which tight end Ryan Collins reeled in for a 33-yard touchdown.

For the Tigers, it was a night to savor. Combs, however, knows the season is about to get significantly tougher with the start of Atlantic 10 play.

"We're going through a very difficult stretch over the next six games," said Combs, adding that the game gave him an unusual chance to give playing time to some of his seldom-used reserves. "We'll need everybody we can get at that point in time."

Lock Haven 0 0 0 0- 0

Towson 21 35 7 7-70

First quarter

TOW-Williams 7 run (Halbruner kick), 14:05. TOW-McClaude 19 run (Halbruner kick), 4:25. TOW-McClaude 3 run (Halbruner kick), :53.

Second quarter

TOW-King 8 run (Halbruner kick), 13:43.

TOW-Collins 33 pass from Schaefer (Halbruner kick), 10:07.

TOW-Miles 1 run (Halbruner kick), 6:51.

TOW-King 10 run (Halbruner kick), :48.

TOW-King 40 run (Halbruner kick), :29.

Third quarter

TOW-R. Brown 56 pass from Goldbeck (Halbruner kick), 7:32. Fourth quarter

TOW-Perry 63 pass from Melzi (Halbruner kick), 14:01.


LH Towson

First downs 4 24

Rushes-yards 27-13 53-321

Passing 57 280

Comp-Att-Int 7-26-3 16-26-1

Return Yards 207 87

Punts-Avg. 11-35.5 3-38.0

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 4-2

Penalties-Yards 3-15 2-27

Time of Possession 25:37 34:23

Rushing-Lock Haven, Pryor 4-22, Marshall 4-21, Eby 2-1, Anderson 14-1, Camberg 3-(minus 32). Towson, King 7-127, Corle 14-71, McClaude 7-48, Miles 12-46, Williams 6-44, Team 1-(minus 1), Goldbeck 4-(minus 7), Schaefer 1-(minus 7). Passing-Lock Haven, Eby 1-16-9-3, Camberg 6-10-48-0. Towson, Schaefer 12-20-147-1, Goldbeck 3-5-70-0, Melzi 1-1-63-0.

Receiving-Lock Haven, Bush 2-10, McCloe 2-10, Walther 1-27, Breiner 1-9, Thomas 1-1. Towson, Arnold 3-28, A. Brown 3-21, Yancey 2-33, Lee 2-20, Corle 2-11, Perry 1-63, R. Brown 1-56, Collins 1-33, Williams 1-15.

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