Towson’s Big Second Quarter Does in UAlbany, 56-28

by Ryan McCarthy, BBM Staff Writer

Jerah Reeves heads up field after making a catch in the Great Danes loss on Saturday (photo credit: Ryan McCarthy)
Towson scored 28 points in the second quarter as they defeated UAlbany, 56-28, in front of a homecoming crowd of 7,029 at Bob Ford Field. QB Tom Flacco had four total touchdowns (two on the ground and two in the air) in leading the Tigers to 538 yards of total offense in their big win.

After a slow first quarter, both offenses ramped up production in the second. Flacco scored his first touchdown on a 5-yard scamper to put Towson up ten. On their next offensive possession, RB Yeedee Thaenrat would score on a 42-yard touchdown run. UAlbany responded with a one-yard touchdown sneak by QB Vincent Testaverde, which was aided by a trick play that saw WR Jerah Reeves throw a pass to fellow WR Juwan Green. Towson would score on their next two possessions, both on touchdown passes from Flacco to WRs Jamal Allen and Shane Leatherbury. Testaverde would throw a long touchdown pass to Green to complete the scoring in half.

There would be additional scoring in the second half, but most of it would be by Towson as they continued to pour it on. Tigers K Aiden O’Neill kicked a 45-yard field goal on Towson’s first possession of the second half and the defense clamped down on the Great Danes’ offense, shutting out the Great Danes in the third quarter. Flacco added another touchdown run and would be replaced by Ryan Stover midway through the fourth quarter. Tigers’ RB Kobe Young would complete scoring for the Tigers. Wil Brunson supplanted Testaverde in the fourth quarter and would guide the Great Danes to a touchdown drive capped off by a one-yard score by RB Karl Mofor.

What are the three takeaways from this game?

Takeaway #1: Towson showed up and played as advertised. The Tigers played nearly flawless football against the Great Danes, scoring on nearly every offensive possession. Tom Flacco had an outstanding afternoon by accounting for 386 total yards. Their defense also had a solid game, sacking Testaverde three times and holding the Great Danes’ running attack to 94 net yards rushing. The defense also got a key turnover early that turned the tide in favor of the Tigers.

Takeaway #2:  Trick plays on offense could be a symptom of an underlying issue. For the second straight game, the Great Danes offense employed a trick play with a throw from one wide receiver to another. It almost worked again, but it did lead to a score. Nevertheless, it’s a telling sign of a lack of consistency when the offense needs to dig out a trick play to get their momentum going again. Next week’s opponent, Maine, will certainly be looking out for that same play. Trick plays may be a great for the highlight reel, but the offense can’t continue to rely on them.

Takeaway #3:  Juwan Green might be UAlbany’s new favorite target. For the first four games of the season, Dev Holmes was Vincent Testaverde’s favorite target. The Jerry Rice Award watchlist player has been relatively quiet since the bye week, registering only ten receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. Green, meanwhile, has 12 receptions for 265 yards and three touchdowns in the past two weeks. The junior receiver has been the primary producer for a Great Danes offense that has otherwise been erratic the past three games.

Next game: at Maine, 10/27, 1pm.

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