Towson rebounds with route of Albany
Towson avenged last week’s loss to Villanova with a 44-17 victory over the Albany Great Danes on Saturday in Albany, N.Y.
Junior running back Terrance West led the Tiger offense with 183 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, adding four receptions for 27 yards. He now has 19 touchdowns on the season.
Despite four turnovers, the Towson (7-1, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association) offense was able to record 573 yards on offense, compared to Albany’s 267. Senior Quarterback Peter Athens rebounded after an early interception to pass for 294 yards and one touchdown.
After an Albany (1-7, 0-4 CAA) punt, senior wide receiver Spencer Wilkins fumbled on the Tigers’ first drive in their own territory. However, the defense pushed the Great Danes back six yards and forced another punt.
Towson’s defense forced seven punts and an interception in the game.
However, the Tigers defense could not hold the Great Danes after an interception from Athens on the next drive. The Great Danes began the drive at the Tiger 24-yard line and found the end zone three plays later to take the 7-0 lead.
Sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder responded on the next drive by catching two passes for 27 yards on the drive that ended in graduate kicker Drew Evangelista’s 50-yard field goal.
The Great Danes drove down the field after the field goal, trying to add to their lead, but the Tiger defense turned them over on downs.
Towson began the next drive on its 40-yard line and kept its offensive momentum going. After a few rushes from West, Athens found Wilkins for a 38-yard touchdown pass.
The Tigers continued to put pressure on the Great Dane offense, forcing a turnover on their next drive. Great Dane quarterback Will Fiacchi’s pass found the hands of sophomore cornerback Donnell Lewis, who returned it for a 38-yard touchdown.
Albany could not find an answer on offense, as the Towson defense forced another turnover on downs at its 41-yard line. It took just two plays for West to find a hole and run 59 yards to give Towson the 24-7 lead.
West’s touchdown moves his streak to nine straight games with a tally, inching closer to Tony Vinson’s record of 11.
The Tigers forced another punt and drove down the field, threatening to score again before half. However, freshman running back Darius Victor fumbled the ball into the Great Dane end zone, where they recovered the ball for a touchback.
The last drive of the half belonged to Albany, which took the ball 67 yards and converted on a 35-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining in the half.
Towson began the half with the ball and completed a 10-play, 84-yard drive to move the lead to 31-10. Athens’s pass to Wilkins for 51 yards highlighted the drive that ended with a West seven-yard touchdown run.
Wilkins finished with 129 yards receiving, making it his fourth straight game with over 100 yards.
The Tigers forced another punt and threatened to score, but Athens’s pass at the Albany nine-yard line was intercepted in the end zone.
However, it did not take long for Towson to make up for the missed opportunity. West highlighted the drive with 51 yards receiving and rushing and Victor found the end zone to give Towson the 38-10 lead.
Albany’s offense put together its second scoring drive late in the third quarter after a strong kick return put it in good field position. Fiacchi capped the drive with a 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jameel Gay.
The Tigers added a late touchdown by junior running back Trea Jones. The defense held the Great Danes to 52 yards on offense in the second half.
Junior cornerback Tye Smith led Towson with 11 tackles and a forced fumble.
Head Coach Rob Ambrose could not be reached for comment after the game.
Towson will be on the road again on Saturday, Oct. 26, traveling to face the Richmond Spiders. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.