Towson coach Rob Ambrose bites his tongue after defense's showing in loss to Delaware

No. 7 Tigers allowed 22 consecutive points in 32-31 loss to No. 21 Blue Hens on Saturday

November 03, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

In the first three quarters of No. 7 Towson’s showdown with Colonial Athletic Association rival and No. 21 Delaware, the Tigers allowed 10 points and 205 yards. In the final period Saturday, however, the Blue Hens racked up 22 points and 215 yards en route to a 32-31 upset of Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Delaware (7-2, 4-1) scored all 22 points in the last 11:26, including 15 points in a span of 29 seconds in the final minute of regulation. Senior quarterback Trevor Sasek was 20-for-27 passing for 200 yards and two touchdowns — and no sacks in the final 15 minutes.

Tigers coach Rob Ambrose declined to provide his assessment of the defense’s play, saying: “I’ll wait until after the film. I don’t want to make emotional statements.”

Sasek’s ability to dissect Towson (8-2, 4-2) was unusual considering that he was making just his fourth career start and his first since 2011. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Sasek was allowed to sit back in the pocket and find open receivers, and even when the Tigers did apply  pressure, he stayed up long enough to connect with his teammates.

“I think we gave him enough time to do whatever he did,” Ambrose said. “I don’t think we got home enough, but I give that young man a hell of a lot of credit. To be able to come in one week and be able to play us on the road, and not starting after all this time, I knew he was a talented football player, but he’s a hell of a competitor and he’s a great program player for them. He is something that every program should want to have: a guy who keeps working and keeps having faith, and when it’s his time to step up, he does a great job. He did a fantastic job for them.”

Sasek played because of what was described as an upper-body injury that shelved usual starting junior Trent Hurley. Sasek finished 34-for-46 for 330 yards and three touchdowns, but Blue Hens coach Dave Brock said Sasek is more than just stats.

“I think too much is going to be made of the result,” Brock said. “I thought Trevor played a terrific game. Obviously, the result lends itself to a spectacular game. But Trevor put us in a position to win."

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