Rob Ambrose reflects on Towson's 'painful lesson' in season-opening loss

September 01, 2014|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

One day after a stunning 31-27 loss to Central Connecticut State on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams, the Towson football team met in what coach Rob Ambrose described as a “somber” mood.

Taking it a step further, Ambrose compared the team’s reaction to the sudden shock of a bucket of ice water.

“The bucket of water got dumped on their head, and they didn’t like it too much,” Ambrose said Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call organized by the Colonial Athletic Association. “Truth be told, that’s probably exactly what we needed. If I had my way, I would have liked it if we had found a way to escape and not make three critical penalties in the fourth quarter that would have allowed us to maybe escape with the win, and then we could have still learned this lesson with one in the ‘W’ column and not the ‘L’ column.

"But it didn’t work out that way. Painful lessons are the ones that are best remembered. It gives us a lot to teach from and a lot to move forward with.”

The atmosphere was certainly colored by the manner of Saturday’s loss. The Tigers could not protect a 27-24 lead, committing a roughing-the-punter penalty on fourth down and surrendering a 34-yard pass on fourth-and-13 from their own 36-yard line on the Blue Devils’ game-winning touchdown drive.

As depressing as the loss was, Ambrose said there is plenty of time -- and games -- for the team to fix mistakes and improve without panicking.

“It’s a balance,” Ambrose said. “We have a lot of young guys that have learned a lot in a very short period of time. Confidence is important. We kind of spoil ourselves a little bit around here. Everybody seems to forget a couple years ago when we were building this that we couldn’t find a way to score a touchdown or stop anybody.

"With all the wins in the last couple years, with all those guys that pretty much don’t play here anymore, the perception is a little skewed. We’ve got to keep everybody from jumping off a cliff, that we build something every year. Every team’s different, and these guys finally have a better understanding of who they can be as a team, and we need that.”

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