Scouting report: Towson vs. Maine

November 12, 2010|By Mike Miller, The Baltimore Sun

Maine (3-6) at Towson (1-8)

Time: 2 p.m.

Radio: 1370 AM

Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium

Series: Maine leads 5-3.

What's at stake: Towson closes the home portion of its schedule with the ninth all-time meeting with the Maine Black Bears. The Tigers, who have lost their past nine Senior Day contests, will honor 18 seniors before kickoff. Towson rides a seven-game losing streak into today's contest after falling to Delaware last week, 48-0. Maine is coming off a 39-24 loss at Massachusetts. The Black Bears have won each of the past four meetings with the Tigers, with Towson's last victory coming in 1987.

Key matchup: Maine running back Pushaun Brown rushed for 141 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries in last week's loss at UMass. Brown, a junior, is 91 yards shy of 1,000 for his career and will look to elude Towson senior linebacker Donte Blakey, who has registered 79 tackles and recovered two fumbles this season. Blakey made eight stops, including two for a loss, against Delaware.

Players to watch: Towson senior wide receiver Hakeem Moore ranks first in the Colonial Athletic Association with 1,212 all-purpose yards and leads the Tigers with 462 receiving yards and five touchdown catches this season. Sophomore safety Jordan Dangerfield leads Towson with 86 tackles, including 43 solo stops. His 9.6 tackles per game ranks sixth in the CAA. Maine junior quarterback Warren Smith's 192.2 passing yards per game ranks fourth in the CAA. Smith has thrown nine touchdown passes and nine interceptions this season, and a total of 1,730 yards through the air. Black Bears junior linebacker Donte Dennis made a game-high 17 tackles last week and leads the team with 87 stops this season.

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