Delaware dominates Towson

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Tigers QB becomes 11th player in FCS to throw for 11,000 yards

November 09, 2008|By From Sun staff and news services

NEWARK, Del. - Towson's second-half offensive explosion wasn't enough for the Tigers to overcome a dominating first half by Delaware as they fell, 31-21, yesterday at Delaware Stadium.

Towson quarterback Sean Schaefer became the 11th player in Football Championship Subdivision history to throw for 11,000 yards in a career. He finished 22-for-33 for 297 yards and three touchdowns.

Tommy Breaux caught five passes for 126 yards, including the touchdown that awakened the Tigers' offense. With Towson trailing 14-0 in the third quarter, Breaux gathered in a pass from Schaefer at midfield and outlegged Delaware's secondary for 84 yards.

But the celebration was brief. Jerry Butler abruptly returned the big-play favor by taking the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a Delaware touchdown and a 21-6 lead 3:54 into the third quarter.

"Big plays continue to haunt us," Tigers coach Gordy Combs said. "That kickoff return for a touchdown was huge. We had just scored, and we had some momentum. Their kid made a great play that really drained us."

Casey Cegles' 15-yard touchdown catch for Towson (3-7, 1-5 Colonial Athletic Association) and a Delaware field goal made the score 24-13.

Towson cut the lead to 24-21 with 11:51 left in the fourth quarter.

But Delaware (4-6, 2-4) countered with a decisive drive. Junior Jabbie, who rushed for 141 yards, capped a 12-play, 75-yard march with his second touchdown of the day, a 4-yard run for a 31-21 lead.

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