Villanova at Towson
by, 09-10-2011 at 06:37 PM (1308 Views)
TOWSON, MD. — It's better late than never as I traveled the three hours from Lehigh University to Towson University for the second game of my doubleheader as Villanova and Towson open Colonial Athletic Association play.
I arrived in the press box just in time to watch Towson score on a 47-yard screen pass Grant Enders to Dominique Booker as the Tigers took a 7-0 lead.
Both teams moved the ball well on their first drives of the quarter, but only Towson was rewarded.
The last time I was at Johnny Unites Stadium for a regular-season game, it was to watch Hofstra beat Towson. Yes, Hofstra used to play CAA football, for all of you with short-term memory loss.
In driving up to the stadium for this game and walking to the press box, I loved the sense of enthusiasm I felt in the crowd and you couldn't help but notice how many students were making their way to the game.
This is a huge game for these two teams as they battle to find their place in the tough CAA this season.
Towson is trying to build on the momentum of a strong off-season and last week's 42-3 victory over Morgan State.
Villanova is attempting to show it still is one of the elite teams in FCS, after last week's disheartening 42-7 loss to a very good FBS club, Temple.
Patrick Hagerty of Villanova tipped a punt late in the first period to give the Wildcats excellent field position at the Tiger 19.
That set up Nick Yako for a 28-yard field goal attempt from the right hash as the second quarter began.
But showing some of the shakiness he encountered last season, Yako missed the kick narrowly wide to the right to leave the score at 7-0, Towson.