No. 15 Villanova 45, No. 3 Towson 35

Towson's Rob Ambrose discusses a call with officials during the second quarter. (Steve Ruark, For The Baltimore Sun / October 12, 2013)

After getting exposed by Villanova’s dual-threat quarterback John Robertson in last Saturday’s 45-35 loss, Towson’s defense will face a more traditional approach from Colonial Athletic Association foe Albany, this Saturday’s opponent. But that does not mean that the task will be that much easier.

The Great Danes may be 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the conference, but their offense is highlighted by the presence of junior running back Omar Osbourne, who ranks second in the league in rushing yards (800) and rushing touchdowns (nine).

Osbourne trails only Tigers junior tailback Terrance West in yards (947) and touchdowns (17), and Towson – which dropped from No. 3 to No. 7 in the latest Football Championship Subdivision poll announced by The Sports Network – would be wise to devise a plan to limit Osbourne.

“I feel like they’ve got a player on their team that looks a lot like a player on our team, and we’re going to have our hands full in stopping him,” coach Rob Ambrose said Monday. “He’s truly a quality, talented back in a league full of quality, talented backs. So it’s another weekend in the CAA. There’s always going to be great challenges against the teams that you play and the quality players that they have, and he’s one of the best backs in the league, no question.”

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Osbourne gained 252 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries in Albany’s 37-34 decision against Colgate on Sept. 7 and posted 142 yards and three touchdowns on 34 attempts in a 33-30 loss to Delaware last Saturday. Great Danes coach Bob Ford said the coaching staff saw Osbourne’s potential.

“He was a pretty darn good football player coming into the season,” Ford said Monday. “We call him Mr. Silky. He’s about 205 [pounds] and he’s got a long stride. He’s a tough kid, and I think he’s doing a great job. He’s well-liked by the squad and well-respected by our coaching staff. I think he ended up with 142 yards Saturday against Delaware, and I think he had a 200-yard game earlier in the year against Colgate. So he’s doing a pretty good job for us and is our No. 1 running threat.”