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Towson lets James Madison get away in Final Moments; 13-10

October 9, 2012

The #12 Towson Tigers were on the road this week, taking on the #5 James Madison University Dukes.  The game was touted as a clash of two CAA powerhouses.  The game lived up to its billing as both teams held each other to only one touchdown each and the winner being decided in the final minutes.

Towson’s defense came out strong early.  They forced James Madison to settle for two Cameron Starke field goals.

With time winding down in the first half, and the Dukes leading 6-0, Towson finally got on the board with a 40-yard field goal by DJ Soven.

Both defenses played outstandingly stopping the pair of high powered offenses in their tracks.

Towson would reach the endzone first after a 92 yard drive engineered by quarterback Grant Enders.  Enders would finish the game with 147 passing yards and 49 rushing.  Seven of his rushing yards came on a touchdown run with 3:21 left in the game.

Enders’ score put the Tigers up 10-6.

All Towson’s defense had to do now is shut down James Madison one last time.

Freshman Bryton Barr led the team in tackles with 10 on the game.  The Tiger defense had done an excellent job all day of shutting down James Madison’s multi-talented quarterback Justin Thorpe.  Towson held Thorpe to 116 passing yards and 36 yards on the ground.

However, when Towson needed to stop Thorpe the most they could not.

Thorpe came on the field and led the Dukes on a 79 yard scoring drive.  He would score the touchdown himself with a 9 yard run.

“We just ran out of juice at the end.” said Towson coach Rob Ambrose.

The Tigers now had 1:24 to either tie or win the game.

As they drove down the field, any hopes of achieving their goal was dashed when Enders threw his second interception of the game.  Towson was plagued by turnovers all game.  Their third turnover would be the dagger in their dreams of victory.

The Tigers, now 2-3 and 1-1 in the CAA, return home to Johnny Unitas Stadium on October 13, to take on the Maine University Black Bears.  The game is Towson’s family weekend game as Towson students’ families are in town for festivities.  The game is scheduled for a 7:00 kick off.

Towson will also be supporting breast cancer awareness as players will be donning pink socks, arm bands, tape and a pink strip on their helmets.  Fans are also encouraged to wear pink as well.

See you at the U!


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