Football Falls, 44-17, To No. 7 Towson

GAME STATS BOOK

ALBANY, N.Y. – Despite an early 7-0 lead In front of a sold-out homecoming crowd of 8,500 Saturday evening at Bob Ford Field, the University at Albany football team suffered a 44-17 defeat to the No. 7 Towson University Tigers. With the loss, the Great Danes fell to 1-7 on the season and 0-4 in the CAA, while Towson improved to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

After UAlbany’s initial score – Jake Meek’s 10-yard touchdown rush with 3:01 remaining in the first – Towson responded with 24 straight points, taking the lead for good.

"This game didn't get over real early, but they got up two touchdowns and kept that gap and we never got closer than that,” said head coach Bob Ford. “There was no question the way they were playing and the way we were playing that they had the game. They're very good."

In the game, junior quarterback Will Fiacchi threw for 126 yards and a touchdown, completing 17-of-35 passes, while junior receiver Cole King and tight end Brian Parker each tallied a team-high four receptions, totaling 27 and 19 yards, respectively. Senior Jameel Gay led the squad with 31 receiving yards and a touchdown grab with two catches in the contest.

Totaling 79 all-purpose yards, junior running back Omar Osbourne totaled 50 rushing yards on 16 carries, as well as 29 receiving yards, making three receptions. Meek finished the night with 44 rushing yards and a touchdown on five carries.

Defensively, the Great Danes baited the Tigers into four turnovers, as Jojo McClary and Cory Connell each nabbed an interception, and Christian Dorsey and Randall Exantus both forced a fumble. Dorsey also led the team with 11 tackles, followed by Exantus’ eight.

While UAlbany was forced to punt in their first possession, the Great Dane defense quickly got the crowd involved, as Exantus stripped the ball from receiver Spencer Wilkins at midfield and freshman Michael Nicastro ran the ball back into the end zone. However, a holding penalty on the return put UAlbany on the Towson 32.

Unfortunately, the Great Danes could not convert, going three-and-out, punting the ball to the Towson 11. The CAA’s leading running back, Terrence West, gave Towson an 11-yard gain on second down, and Darius Victor’s 11-yard run converted on third down.  However, the Great Dane defense stepped up again, as Andrew Smith tackled Victor behind the line on scrimmage, and a false start penalty and incomplete pass, made it 3rd-and-17. As quarterback Peter Athens rolled out and threw, UAlbany’s Cory Connell batted the ball in the air and intercepted the pass -- his first of the season – giving UAlbany possession on Towson’s 24.

The turnover led to a 7-0 lead for the Great Danes, as Omar Osbourne rushed up the middle for 10 yards and a first down, and wildcat quarterback Jake Meek rushed twice, rolling out to the left for a 10-yard touchdown scamper. Tom O’Riordan’s extra point capped a three-play, 24-yard drive with 3:00 minutes left in the first quarter.

Starting at their own 27, the Tigers worked their way down the field, eventually settling for a 50-yard field goal, kicked by Drew Evangelista with no time remaining in the opening quarter, cutting into UAlbany’s lead to 7-3.

From there, Towson took the lead for good and never let up, scoring back-to-back touchdowns and totaled 21 points in the second quarter alone. Following a five-yard run by West, Athens completed his pass to Wilkins for a 38-yard touchdown. Evangelista’s extra point put Towson up 10-7, ending a 60-yard drive with 10:20 left in the second quarter.

Towson’s defense then intercepted Fiacchi’s pass intended for wide receiver Kevin Chillis, and Donnell Lewis returned the ball 38 yards for a touchdown, giving Towson a 17-7 advantage with 8:48 remaining in the half.

While Smith and Tim Kologrivov tackled West at the line of scrimmage on Towson’s next drive, West finally broke free and scampered 59 yards for his first of two touchdowns on the night. Evangelista’s extra point made it 24-7 Towson with 6:48 left in the stanza.

Towson looked to add another touchdown, handing off to Victor with 1st-and-goal on the five, but Dorsey stripped the ball and a pile up of UAlbany players landed on it in the end zone for a touchback.

From there, the Great Danes marched down the field in the remaining 1:43 in the half, led by Meek’s 30-yard run on 4th-and-3, and Fiacchi’s 22-yard pass to Osbourne. With 10 seconds remaining in the half, O’Riordan’s 35-yard field goal capped the 11-play, 83-yard drive, cutting the margin to 14, 24-10, at the half.

Out of the break, Towson received and quickly added another touchdown for a 31-10 lead. Facing 1st-and-20 on the 42, Athens found Wilkins down the middle for 51 yards, and West capped the 10-play, 84-yard drive, rushing seven yards up the middle and into the end zone for a touchdown.

While the Great Danes were forced to punt on their next possession, redshirt-freshman Jon Martin booted the ball 76 yards -- the longest of the year in the CAA -- for a touchback.

The Tigers then completed four straight passes to make it 1st-and-goal on the nine, but UAlbany’s defense played spoilers again, as Jojo McClary picked off Athens’ pass in the back of the end zone. While the Great Danes kept Towson off the board, they were unable to turn the turnover into points of their own, punting after three plays.

With 4:33 remaining in the third quarter, Victor stretched Towson’s lead to 38-10 with a 7-yard touchdown run, capping the Tigers’ six-play 68-yard drive.

Chillis looked to spark a comeback, returning the ball 39 yards to start UAlbany at midfield on the next drive; the senior finished with 123 all-purpose yards on the night, including 101 on five kickoff returns. Fiacchi completed his first pass to King for 12 yards to get into Towson territory, and found Chillis for eight yards. Andre Martin then converted on fourth down with a three-yard rush. Facing 4th-and-12 at the Towson 28 in the next set of downs, Fiacchi dropped back and found Gay wide open for a 28-yard touchdown. O’Riordan’s extra point finished a nine-play, 50-yard drive with 1:52 left in the third, making the score 38-17.

In the fourth quarter, the Great Danes held the Tigers off the board until the final minute of play. Towson worked its way 54 yards down the gridiron on eight plays, and Trea Jones completed the drive with a 2-yard run for a touchdown with 54 seconds on the clock. With rain falling from the sky as the game neared an end, the extra point was kicked wide left, making the final score 44-17.

For Towson, West finished with 183 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, carrying the ball 22 times. Athens completed 22-of-32 passes for 294 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Wilkins totaled 129 yards and a score on six catches. 

With a bye next Saturday, the Great Danes will have two weeks to prepare for CAA-foe Richmond. UAlbany will make its third trip this season to the state of Virginia on Nov. 2nd.

 

#7 TOWSON vs Albany (Oct 19, 2013 at Albany, N.Y.)

TOWSON (7-1,3-1) vs. Albany (1-7,0-4)

 

Date: Oct 19, 2013 • Site: Albany, N.Y.  • Stadium: Bob Ford Field  •  Attendance: 8500

 

Score by Quarters  Score 
TOWSON   3  21  14  6  44 
Albany   7  3  7  0  17 

 

SCORING SUMMARY   TOWSON -ALBANY  
1st  03:01  ALBANY   Meek, Jake 10 yd run (O'Riordan, Tom kick) 
           0 - 7 
  00:00  TOWSON   Drew Evangelista 50 yd field goal 
           3 - 7 
2nd  10:20  TOWSON   Spencer Wilkins 38 yd pass from Peter Athens (Drew Evangelista kick) 
           10 - 7 
  08:48  TOWSON   Donnell Lewis 38 yd interception return (Drew Evangelista kick) 
           17 - 7 
  06:42  TOWSON   Terrance West 59 yd run (Drew Evangelista kick) 
           24 - 7 
  00:10  ALBANY   O'Riordan, Tom 35 yd field goal 
           24 - 10 
3rd  11:11  TOWSON   Terrance West 7 yd run (Drew Evangelista kick) 
           31 - 10 
  04:33  TOWSON   Darius Victor 7 yd run (Drew Evangelista kick) 
           38 - 10 
  01:52  ALBANY   Gay, Jameel 28 yd pass from Fiacchi, Will (O'Riordan, Tom kick) 
           38 - 17 
4th  00:54  TOWSON   Trea Jones 2 yd run (Drew Evangelista kick failed) 
           44 - 17 

 

Kickoff time: 3:37  • End of Game: 6:40  • Total elapsed time: 3:03
Referee: Kevin Hudson  •  Umpire: Rick Garger  •  Linesman: Brian Sakowski  •  Line judge: Joseph Mate  •  Back judge: Robert Bittner  •  Field judge: High Bentley  •  Side judge: Kyle Brownell  • 
Temperature: 63  • Wind: 8mph S  • Weather: sun & clouds

 

Team Statistics

 

Team Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
#7 TOWSON vs Albany (Oct 19, 2013 at Albany, N.Y.)

 Team Totals  TOWSON  ALBANY 
FIRST DOWNS  25  16 
   Rushing  13 
   Passing  11 
   Penalty 
NET YARDS RUSHING  279  126 
   Rushing Attempts  44  36 
   Average Per Rush  6.3  3.5 
   Rushing Touchdowns 
   Yards Gained Rushing  301  145 
   Yards Lost Rushing  22  19 
NET YARDS PASSING  294  141 
   Completions-Attempts-Int  22-33-2  19-39-1 
   Average Per Attempt  8.9  3.6 
   Average Per Completion  13.4  7.4 
   Passing Touchdowns 
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS  573  267 
   Total offense plays  77  75 
   Average Gain Per Play  7.4  3.6 
Fumbles: Number-Lost  2-2  2-0 
Penalties: Number-Yards  8-96  11-107 
PUNTS-YARDS  2-84  7-258 
   Average Yards Per Punt  42.0  36.9 
   Net Yards Per Punt  42.0  34.0 
   Inside 20 
   50+ Yards 
   Touchbacks 
   Fair catch 
KICKOFFS-YARDS  8-425  4-228 
   Average Yards Per Kickoff  53.1  57.0 
   Net Yards Per Kickoff  36.5  42.8 
   Touchbacks 
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD  0-0-0  0-0-0 
   Average Per Return  0.0  0.0 
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  2-32-0  8-133-0 
   Average Per Return  16.0  16.6 
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD  1-38-1  2-0-0 
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD  0-0-0  1-49-0 
Miscellaneous Yards 
Possession Time  34:34  25:26 
   1st Quarter  8:54  6:06 
   2nd Quarter  6:13  8:47 
   3rd Quarter  9:44  5:16 
   4th Quarter  9:43  5:17 
Third-Down Conversions  5 of 13  2 of 18 
Fourth-Down Conversions  2 of 3  3 of 6 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances  3-5  2-2 
   Touchdowns  3-5  1-2 
   Field goals  0-5  1-2 
Sacks By: Number-Yards  1-8  1-10 
PAT Kicks  5-6  2-2 
Field Goals  1-1  1-1 

 

Individual Statistics

 

Individual Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
#7 TOWSON vs Albany (Oct 19, 2013 at Albany, N.Y.)

TOWSON    Albany
RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
Terrance West   22  186  183  59  8.3 
Darius Victor   10  65  62  12  6.2 
Trea Jones   24  24  12  4.0 
Connor Frazier   18  18  13  9.0 
Navassa Brown   6.0 
TEAM   -6  -6.0 
Peter Athens   10  -8  -4.0 
Totals...  44  301  22  279  59  6.3 
  
RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
Osbourne, Omar   16  58  50  14  3.1 
Meek, Jake   44  44  30  8.8 
Martin, Andre   19  17  2.4 
Beauvais, Presley  11  10  2.0 
Fiacchi, Will   13  1.7 
Totals...  36  145  19  126  30  3.5 
  
  
 
PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
Peter Athens   22-33-2  294  51 
Totals...  22-33-2  294  51 
  
  
PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
Fiacchi, Will   17-35-1  126  28 
Smith, Ryan   2-4-0  15  10 
Totals...  19-39-1  141  28 
 
RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
Spencer Wilkins  129  51 
Leon Kinnard   36  15 
Terrance West   27  13 
James Oboh   65  49 
Emmanuel Holder  27  15 
Brian Dowling  
Andre Dessenberg 
Totals...  22  294  51 
  
  
RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
King, Cole   27  15 
Parker, Brian   19 
Osbourne, Omar   29  22 
Chillis, Kevin   22  11 
Gay, Jameel   31  28 
Malloy, Kevin   10  10 
Ketter, Nic  
Martin, Andre   -1 
Totals...  19  141  28 
 
PUNTING  No.  Yds  Avg  Long  In20  TB 
Drew Evangelista  41  41.0  41 
Jake Ryder   43  43.0  43 
Totals...  84  42.0  43 
  
PUNTING  No.  Yds  Avg  Long  In20  TB 
Martin, Jonathan  258  36.9  76 
Totals...  258  36.9  76 
  
 
   Punts  Kickoffs  Intercept 
ALL RETURNS  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg 
Donnell Lewis   38  38 
Derrick Joseph   32  18 
Totals...  32  18  38  38 
  
  
  
  
   Punts  Kickoffs  Intercept 
ALL RETURNS  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg 
Chillis, Kevin   101  39 
Martin, Andre   12  12 
Harris, Clay   20  12 
Connell, Cory  
McClary, Jojo  
Totals...  133  39 
 
ALL PURPOSE  Rush  Rcv  KR  PR  IR  Total 
Terrance West   183  27  210 
Spencer Wilkins  129  129 
James Oboh   65  65 
Darius Victor   62  62 
Donnell Lewis   38  38 
Leon Kinnard   36  36 
Derrick Joseph   32  32 
Emmanuel Holder  27  27 
Trea Jones   24  24 
Connor Frazier   18  18 
Brian Dowling  
Navassa Brown  
Andre Dessenberg 
TEAM   -6  -6 
Peter Athens   -8  -8 
Totals...  279  294  32  38  643 
  
ALL PURPOSE  Rush  Rcv  KR  PR  IR  Total 
Chillis, Kevin   22  101  123 
Osbourne, Omar   50  29  79 
Meek, Jake   44  44 
Gay, Jameel   31  31 
Martin, Andre   17  -1  12  28 
King, Cole   27  27 
Harris, Clay   20  20 
Parker, Brian   19  19 
Beauvais, Presley  10  10 
Malloy, Kevin   10  10 
Fiacchi, Will  
Ketter, Nic  
Totals...  126  141  133  400 
  
  
  
 
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS 
Drew Evangelista  1st  00:00  50 yards  Good 
  
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS 
O'Riordan, Tom  2nd  00:10  35 yards  Good 
 
KICKOFFS  No.  Yds  TB  OB  Avg. 
D.J. Soven   425  53.1 
  
KICKOFFS  No.  Yds  TB  OB  Avg. 
Martin, Jonathan  228  57.0 
 

 

FUMBLES: TOWSON-Spencer Wilkins 1-1; Darius Victor 1-1. Albany-Fiacchi, Will 1-0; Gay, Jameel 1-0.

 

Defensive Statistics

 

Defensive Statistics (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook
#7 TOWSON vs Albany (Oct 19, 2013 at Albany, N.Y.)

##  TOWSON   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
24  Tye Smith   11  0.5/1   .   .   .  
12  Christian Carpenter  .   .   .   .  
13  Telvion Clark   3.0/7   .   .   .  
11  Monte Gaddis   0.5/0   .   .   .  
15  Donnell Lewis   2.0/7   .   1-38  .  
52  Malik Jackson   .   .   .   .  
93  Max Tejeda   0.5/0   .   .   .  
99  Jon Desir   0.5/0   .   .   .  
96  Arnold Farmer   0.5/1   .   .   .  
54  Drew Cheripko   0.5/1   .   .   .  
23  Walter Dunston   .   .   .   .  
82  Syd Holt   1.0/8   .   .   1.0/8  
20  DeAngelo Stephenson  .   .   .   .  
94  Tungie Coker   .   .   .   .  
50  Greg Grant   .   .   .   .  
55  Brendon Gannon   .   .   .   .  
25  Navassa Brown   .   .   .   .  
90  D.J. Soven   .   .   .   .  
39  Fred Overstreet  .   .   .   .  
48  Dreon Johnson   .   .   .   .  
31  Jalil Gordon   .   .   .   .  
7   Jordan Love   .   .   .   .  

 

##  Albany   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
33  Dorsey, Christian  11  .   .   .   .  
6   Exantus, Randall  .   .   .   .  
59  Smith, Andrew   3.0/10   .   .   .  
1   Idowu, Olatunji  .   .   .   .  
19  Baylor, Brandon  .   .   .   .  
48  Clark, Rayshan   .   .   .   .  
97  Gray, Samuel   1.0/1   .   .   .  
21  Helmer, Alex   .   1-0   .   .  
32  Ngachie, Marcel  2.0/11   .   .   1.0/10  
94  Kologrivov, Tim  .   .   .   .  
25  Harris, Clay   1.0/1   .   .   .  
8   McClary, Jojo   .   .   1-0   .  
54  Dwyer, Jake   .   .   .   .  
17  Mbongue-Muna,Prosper  .   .   .   .  
36  Morrison, Neil   .   .   .   .  
99  Connell, Cory   .   .   1-0   .  
22  Polk, Dorian   .   .   .   .  
35  LaDucer, Mat   .   .   .   .  
98  Morton, Zach   .   .   .   .  
5   Wilson, Tramaine  .   .   .   .  
58  Greenhagen, Cody  .   .   .   .  
52  Fasano, Joe   .   .   .   .  
11  Nicastro, Michael  .   1-49  .   .  
91  Troutman, Zach   .   .   .   .  
92  Smith, Michael   .   .   .   .  
53  Russell, Terrence  .   .   .   .  
96  McGriff, Jon   .   .   .   .