Kicker Sam Hurwitz had mixed results in Towson's loss to Maine

September 29, 2014|By Edward Lee | The Baltimore Sun

Like many of his teammates in Towson’s 27-24 stunning loss to Maine in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams Saturday night, Sam Hurwitz had an unsteady performance.

The junior kicker converted all three of his extra-point attempts and easily nailed a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter. But he also had a 45-yard try that went outside the right upright in the fourth quarter that preceded the Black Bears’ eventual game-winning touchdown.

Hurwitz, who has connected on four of six field goals this season, converted a career-long 39-yard field goal in the Tigers’ 31-20 victory over North Carolina Central on Sept. 20. But coach Rob Ambrose said he had no regrets about sending Hurwitz out rather than going for the first down on fourth-and-5 from Maine’s 28.

“No, it’s clearly in his range,” Ambrose said. “Distance wasn’t an issue. It’s not like he missed it by a mile. He just missed it. Kickers are going to miss field goals. Good ones don’t.”

Hurwitz did execute a squib kick that Black Bears junior wide receiver John Hardy muffed and was recovered by Towson junior linebacker Walter Dunston at Maine’s 36 early in the fourth quarter. But even that play was a result of Hurwitz’s problem on kickoffs.

“We were having issues with placement,” Ambrose said. “So we decided we were just going to squib it, and there has been a conversation between me and the young man that should he get lucky enough to hit one of those guys on the run, it would be beneficial to the team. Sam didn’t kick well. He didn’t kick well. Missed a field goal. Placement on kickoffs was bad. [Sophomore punter Jake] Ryder didn’t kick well. Gave them short fields. But on that particular play, that’s not textbook, that’s the writer of textbook.”

Despite Hurwitz’s uneven outing, Ambrose said there would be no serious consideration to allow freshman Danny Sutton to kick in Hurwitz’s place.

In other special teams news, senior return specialist Derrick Joseph injured his shoulder in the second quarter and did not return to the game. Ambrose had little information about the extent of the injury, but he did not think it was serious.

“It was more about strength than anything else,” Ambrose said. “From what I know right now, it’s not that big of a deal.”

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