Scouting report: Towson vs. Indiana

Tigers coach Ambrose hopes squad will be more prepared for FBS-level play

September 01, 2010

Towson (0-0) at Indiana (0-0)

Time: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Radio: 1370 AM

Television: Big Ten Network

Series record: First meeting

What's at stake: The Tigers will open their 42nd season of football by traveling to play a FBS opponent for the third straight year. They've been beaten, by Navy and Northwestern, respectively, 41-13 and 47-14. Though Indiana is a perennial also-ran, tonight's game should probably follow the same pattern. Second-year head coach Rob Ambrose believes his team, which is coming off a 2-9 season, will be more prepared for the caliber of play after falling behind the Wildcats quickly last year. But Indiana's offense will be high-powered. The Hoosiers had to rebuild their entire defense, so Towson, which has never lost a Thursday night game, could move the ball.

Key matchup: Towson senior CBs Jeremy Gardner and Ollie Thomas against Indiana's wide receivers. Gardner and Thomas are both four-year starters, and they'll face a Hoosiers team without its top receiving threat Tandon Doss (hamstring). If they get senior QB Ben Chappell out of rhythm, Indiana will have to rely on what has been an inconsistent running game

Players to watch: Towson: Senior WR Hakeem Moore is a multipurpose threat and could have an impact on special teams. Indiana: LB Tyler Replogle leads a defense that must replace eight starters.

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