Tigers win cat fight versus Wildcats
Towson avoided its second two-game losing streak of the season Saturday, defeating Villanova 49-35 Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa.
In a pivotal Colonial Athletic Association game, the Tigers (4-4, 3-2 CAA) had their best offensive performance of the season and scored at will against the Wildcats (6-3, 4-2 CAA).
Senior quarterback Grant Enders led the Tigers and was responsible for five of Towson’s seven touchdowns. Enders threw for four touchdowns, including a 78-yard pass to sophomore running back Terrance West. Enders also scored on a 40-yard run.
Along with his five touchdowns, Enders finished the game 16-28 for 269 yards and one interception, and ran for a career-high 122 yards on 12 carries.
Villanova got on the board first when redshirt freshman John Robertson connected with sophomore running back Kevin Monangai to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead three minutes into the game.
The Tigers responded just two minutes later after West ran for a 48-yard touchdown.
Towson took a 14-7 lead with 6:43 remaining in the first quarter after senior receiver Tom Ryan caught an 18-yard pass from Enders.
Villanova responded on their next drive, as Monangai caught his second touchdown of the game, capping off a 10 play 80-yard drive for the Wildcats.
The Tigers responded immediately when Enders connected with West for a 78-yard touchdown giving Towson a 21-14 lead.
After Villanova fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Towson expanded its lead by two touchdowns in the second quarter after Enders connected with sophomore tight end Daniel Vaughan for a 14-yard score.
Enders was intercepted on the Tigers’ next possession and the Wildcats took advantage of the turnover. Robertson scored on a five-yard run to cut the Tigers’ lead in half to 28-21.
The Wildcats would tie the game at 28 late in the first half as Robertson drove Villanova 80 yards and connected with junior receiver Joe Price on a 16-yard completion.
Enders then led Towson on a 73-yard drive in 2:55 that ended in an 11-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Spencer Wilkins with just two seconds remaining on the clock to give the Tigers a 35-28 lead heading into halftime.
Villanova would tie the game up in the beginning of the third quarter after Robertson connected with sophomore tight end Earnest Pettway for a four-yard touchdown.
The Wildcats would fail to score again after that.
On Towson’s next possession, Enders led the Tigers down the field 74 yards, including a 34-yard pass to senior receiver Alex Blake. West capped the drive off with a four-yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 42-35 advantage.
Towson sealed the victory on their next possession after Enders ran the ball 40 yards to the end zone, giving the Tigers a 49-35 lead and win.
West finished the game with 144 yards rushing on 23 carries for an average of 6.3 yards per rush and two touchdowns.
Despite giving up 35 points, the Tigers had a constant pass rush on defense, sacking Robertson seven times for a total loss of 36 yards.
Towson remains on the road for its next game as it takes on Delaware Saturday. The game will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Network at noon.