Towson Tigers defeat William & Mary Tribe

By Robert Sobus
October 15, 2018

TOWSON, Md.  The No. 17/18 Towson Tigers (5-1, 3-0 CAA) won its fourth consecutive game with a 29-13 victory over William & Mary Tribe (2-4, 1-2 CAA) at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday.

Yeedee Thaenrat celebrating with teammates after scoring on a 53-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. Photo credit: Robert Sobus. October 13, 2018.

Trailing 13-10 at halftime, the Tigers scored 19 unanswered points in front of 8,022 fans to seal the victory.

“Very proud of our guys,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. “It’s hard to win a college football game. We walk away with a win knowing we have a lot to work on.”

Towson quarterback Tom Flacco, went 17-26 with 188 passing yards and ran for another 109 yards on the ground.

Flacco’s only touchdown pass came early in the fourth quarter finding wide receiver Jabari Allen in the corner of the end zone on a one-handed catch to put the Tigers up 23-13. image1

“I just went up and made a play,” Allen said. “I just knew I had it. I knew I was inbounds. I just caught it and knew I was in.”

Running back Shane Simpson, scored on a 9-yard touchdown run. Simpson has scored a touchdown in each of Towson’s first six games this season.image2 

Simpson wasn’t the only running back scoring touchdowns for Towson. Kobe Young found the end zone on a 2-yard rush to put the first points on the board. This is the third consecutive game Towson had scored the first touchdown. Yeedee Thaenrat sealed the win rushing for a 53-yard touchdown with 5:38 left in the fourth quarter.

Yeedee Thaenrat rushing from William & Mary defenders on what would be a 53-yard touchdown run. Photo credit: Robert Sobus. October 13, 2018.

Towson had 456 yards of total offensive including 109 yards coming from Flacco’s ability to make plays with his feet.

“I think I used my feet a little more in the second half,” Flacco said. “I realized I needed to get out of there and make some plays with my feet as opposed to hanging in there.”

Field goals and extra points didn’t come easy for Towson. Kicker Aiden O’Neill missed a 38-yard field goal that would of gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead on their opening drive. O’Neill had a field goal blocked and returned by William & Mary for a 71-yard touchdown in the second quarter. O’Neill also had an extra-point blocked.

“That’s the worst display of extra-point field-goal unit play I have seen in the ten years since I’ve been here,” Ambrose said. “That’s getting fixed.”

The Tigers defense allowed 13 points and 233 yards of total offense. This is the second-lowest points Towson has allowed this season.

“I think we have stayed consistent in trying to stop people,” Linebacker Ricky DeBerry said. “As a defense we need to contain the offense when they are trying to go down the field and score. Give the offense back the ball so Tom can keep on scoring.”

The Towson Tigers find themselves tied for first place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings. This is the best start for Towson since they went 6-0 in 2013. Towson went on to the NCAA FCS Championship game that year.

“We respond well to adversity,” Flacco said. “As a team you need to have a quiet confidence in yourself, and we have that. That is something that we take pride in as an offense, as a defense and as a whole team.”

The Tigers will be on the road for its next two matchups.

Towson will play CAA divisional rival Albany on Saturday, Oct 20. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30pm.

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