Scouting report: Towson at New Hampshire

November 19, 2010|By Mike Miller, The Baltimore Sun

Towson (1-9) @ New Hampshire (6-4)

Time: Noon

Radio: 1370 AM

Site: Cowell Stadium

Series: New Hampshire leads 6-0.

What's at stake: The seventh meeting between the teams is the regular-season finale for both. Towson has not defeated a Colonial Athletic Association opponent since beating Rhode Island on Oct. 10, 2009. The Tigers ride an eight-game losing streak into Saturday's contest after falling, 28-18, to Maine last week. New Hampshire is ranked No. 14 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Football Championship Subdivision poll after beating Villanova, 31-24, last week on the road. The Tigers have fallen to the Wildcats by an average score of 55-16 since 2004.

Key matchup: New Hampshire senior QB R.J. Toman ranks second in the CAA with 218 passing yards per game. Toman has thrown 13 touchdown passes while accumulating a conference-best 2,340 yards of total offense. Towson sophomore S Jordan Dangerfield, a transfer from Hofstra, has emerged as one of the best defensive backs in the CAA, leading the conference with nine tackles per game. Dangerfield has 90 stops in 10 games and has broken up five passes and forced two fumbles.

Players to watch: Sophomore DE Frank Beltre and senior DT Yaky Ibia have anchored Towson's defensive line. Beltre made a team-high 13 tackles last week and ranks second among CAA defensive linemen with 77 tackles this season. Ibia is second in the conference with 13.5 tackles for a loss. Senior WR Hakeem Moore leads the CAA with 1,295 all-purpose. The Wildcats are tied for sixth in the Football Championship Subdivision in scoring defense (15.9 points per game), and sophomore LB Matt Evans is tied for second in the FCS with 128 tackles. Senior WR Terrance Fox averages 5.8 receptions and has caught six touchdown passes this season.

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