Rob Ambrose said Towson football has more concerns than score of 62-7 loss to James Madison

October 13, 2014|Edward Lee | The Baltimore Sun

There’s no escaping that Saturday’s 62-7 loss to Colonial Athletic Association foe James Madison was Towson’s worst in program history.

But the 55-point margin of defeat was the last thing on coach Rob Ambrose’s mind when he spoke Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call arranged by the league.

“I’m sure there’s a little bit or a concern, but we’ve got bigger issues than what the score of the game was,” he said. “We need to overcome our injury level and overcome our youth and a little bit of finishing the game. So the score itself isn’t going to be that big of a detriment moving forward. We’ve got bigger issues to deal with.”

The first priority for the Tigers (2-5 overall and 0-3 in the conference) is finding a way to put the brakes on a three-game losing streak – all of which have occurred at the hands of CAA rivals Maine, Stony Brook and the Dukes.

The team trailed James Madison (4-3, 2-2), 27-0, at halftime and surrendered another touchdown in the third quarter before securing a 1-yard touchdown run from sophomore running back Darius Victor to end the possibility of getting shut out for the second time this season.

The game highlighted season-long problems that have hexed Towson – a lack of consistency from the quarterback position, uneven play from an inexperienced offensive line, and sizable gaps in the defense.

Ambrose, who acknowledged some frustration after Towson’s 14-3 setback to the Seawolves on Oct. 4, said that feeling repeated itself this past weekend.

“I would tell you that if we lose a ballgame around here, it’s frustrating,” he said. “Is it more frustrating when the score is bigger than not? It’s frustrating to lose. I don’t think there’s a measurable aspect. The game, the activity, the goal is to always line up and win, and when you don’t win – whether it be a play or a game – you are frustrated.”

But asked if he is worried about players quitting on the season, Ambrose replied, “No, not really because that’s a concept that doesn’t exist in this building. If that’s part of your mental makeup and your internal structure, you don’t get to be in this building. There is no such thing as quit.”

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