Towson falls despite Schaefer's big day


QB records 1,000th completion, but Villanova prevails, 34-31

Kase runs for two touchdowns to lift Hopkins past McDaniel

November 16, 2008|By From Sun staff and news services

Aaron Ball scored two touchdowns and James Pitts had a 65-yard interception return for a score as host Villanova held off Towson, 34-31, yesterday.

Sean Schaefer threw for 326 yards and four touchdowns - two to Marcus Lee - for Towson (3-8, 1-6 Colonial Athletic Association). Schaefer was 35-for-47, becoming just the third quarterback in Football Championship Subdivision history to record 1,000 career completions.

Lee moved into a tie with Jamal White on the school's receptions list with 219.

Christopher Whitney threw for 212 yards and a touchdown for Villanova (8-2, 6-1), which ran out the last five minutes of the game after Towson pulled close in the fourth.

"I liked our effort today," Towson coach Gordy Combs said. "We played hard and gave them a battle. ... We played really hard but we don't always play smart. When that happens you make mistakes and you can't make mistakes against the sixth-ranked team in the country."

The two teams traded scores through the first half, with the Wildcats taking a 20-17 lead into the break on Pitts' interception return with 12 seconds left in the second quarter.

Schaefer hit Lee for a 9-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give Towson a 24-20 lead.

Ball's second touchdown of the game later in the third gave Villanova a 27-24 advantage. Louis Adeyemi pushed the lead to 34-24 early in the fourth with a 1-yard touchdown run.

JOHNS HOPKINS 27, MCDANIEL 10: : Running back Andrew Kase rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns as the Hopkins defense held the visiting Green Terror to 180 yards of total offense. Hopkins (8-2, 6-2 Centennial Conference) has beaten McDaniel eight straight times and won five straight overall. McDaniel ends the season with a six-game losing streak and falls to 2-8 overall and 1-7 in the Centennial. Johns Hopkins is hopeful of gaining a bid to one of the three ECAC Bowl games sanctioned in the south region. The Blue Jays played in ECAC Bowl games in 2002, 2003 and 2004. An announcement of the teams selected is scheduled tomorrow. The Blue Jays needed less than 14 minutes to score all the points they would need as a pair of first-quarter rushing touchdowns gave Hopkins a 14-0 lead. Hopkins needed just over two minutes to take the lead for good as Kase fueled a seven-play, 55-yard drive with 45 yards on five carries and capped the opening drive of the game with an eight-yard scoring run for his 15th touchdown of the season.

SALISBURY 55, FROSTBURG STATE 14: : Ronnie Curley and William Midgette both rushed for two touchdowns to power the visiting Sea Gulls (8-2) past the Bobcats (3-6) in the Regents Cup. Curley finished with 15 carries for 100 yards and was 2-for-9 for 43 yards passing. Midgette was 6-for-51.

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