Scouting report: Towson at Columbia

September 24, 2010|By Mike Miller, The Baltimore Sun

Towson (1-2) at Columbia (0-1)

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Site: Robert Kraft Field at Lawrence Wien Stadium, New York, N.Y.

Radio: 1370 AM

Series: Columbia leads 2-1.

What's at stake: The home team has won each of the first three games of the series that dates to 1997. The Tigers are 3-0 against Ivy League teams at home and 0-5 on the road. Towson is coming off a 43-7 drubbing last week at the hands of No. 1 Villanova. The Lions fell to Fordham last Saturday, 16-9.

Key matchup: Senior WR Hakeem Moore scored Towson's only touchdown against Villanova on a 59-yard pass from QB Bart Blanchard in the third quarter. Moore has become a force on offense and special teams for the Tigers this season and ranks third in the Colonial Athletic Association with 170.3 all-purpose yards per game. Villanova junior S Neil Schuster registered 11 tackles and recovered a fumble against Fordham last week.

Players to watch: Blanchard, a graduate student, completed 12 of 16 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown in his first action of the season against Villanova. Junior QB Chris Hart leads the team with 223 rushing yards and has passed for 339 yards and six touchdowns. Sophomore S Jordan Dangerfield has recorded a team-best 26 tackles this season, including seven against Villanova. Columbia senior LB Alex Gross will look to stop the run after making a game-high 14 tackles versus Fordham. Gross, a team captain, made 13 tackles in the Lions' 31-24 loss at Towson in 2008. Senior WR Nico Gutierrez caught three passes for 88 yards for the Lions last week.

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