Scouting report: No. 15 Towson at No. 14 William & Mary

October 21, 2011|By Chris Eckard, The Baltimore Sun

No. 15 Towson (5-1, 3-0 Colonial Athletic Association) @ No. 14 William & Mary (4-3, 2-2 CAA)

Time: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Site: Zable Stadium, Williamsburg, Va.

Radio: 1570 AM

Series: William & Mary leads 7-0.

What's at stake: The Tigers will look to keep their dream season going with another win against a ranked team. Towson is tied for first place in the CAA alongside Maine and has three wins against ranked opponents this season. Last week, the Tigers overcame an 11-point deficit in the final 3:13 to shock the Old Dominion. Towson has never defeated the Tribe and was shut out in the last meeting between the teams, 31-0. This is Towson's best start in the CAA since 1993.

Key matchup: Towson QB Grant Enders elevated the Tigers to a late win last week with his 63-yard touchdown pass to junior WR Tom Ryan on fourth-and-29. He finished with a career-high 314 yards. The Tribe's pass defense hasn't been spectacular this season, but the team does have more interceptions than passing touchdowns allowed. The Tribe defense overall has allowed the fewest points per game (17.7) in the CAA. Enders will need to continue his impressive play to lift the Tigers on the road again.

Players to watch: Towson junior DE Frank Beltre leads CAA defensive linemen with 39 tackles, an average of 6.5 per game. He ranks sixth in the conference with 12.5 tackles for losses. William & Mary DE Marcus Hyde has also been a force on the defensive line and set a program record with five sacks against New Hampshire this year. He leads the conference in sacks (6.5) and averages 5.1 tackles per game.

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