Scouting report: No. 25 Towson vs. No. 14 Richmond

October 07, 2011|By Chris Eckard, The Baltimore Sun

No. 25 Towson (3-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) vs. No. 14 Richmond (3-2, 0-2 CAA)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Johnny Unitas Stadium

Radio: 1570 AM

Series: Richmond leads 5-2

What's at stake: Despite having more offensive yards and playing a competitive first half, Towson — playing backup quarterback Peter Athens — fell to Maryland 28-3 last week. This week the Tigers hope to rebound in a conference game against Richmond, which dropped its last game at James Madison. The Spiders have won the past three matchups against Towson by a combined 81 points and are 3-0 in night games this season.

Key matchup: Richmond junior fullback Kendall Gaskins has scored a touchdown in each of the Spiders' first five games, and has a total of seven this season. Towson has allowed just 14.5 points per game, which is No. 3 in the FCS and No. 1 in the CAA. The Tigers are led by junior safety Jordan Dangerfield, who has a team-high 38 tackles.

Players to watch: Towson sophomore quarterback Grant Enders was sidelined last week because of a concussion, but he hopes to play Saturday. Enders' play so far this year has been a major reason why the Tigers started 3-0. He ranks fourth in the nation in passer rating. Richmond wide receiver Tre Gray leads the CAA in receiving yards per game at 108.4 and is averaging 7.6 catches. Against New Hampshire on Sept. 24, the senior had 194 yards on 16 receptions.

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