State college football roundup (Sept. 14): Tom Flacco leads Towson to upset of No. 10 Villanova

From Sun staff reports

Tom Flacco threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns and Towson beat host Villanova 45-35 in a Colonial Athletic Association opener on Saturday.

Villanova (2-1), ranked 10th in the FCS coaches poll, scored on Matt Gudzak's 1-yard run with 8:16 to play to close within 42-35. But Flacco led a five-minute drive that ended with Aidan O'Neill's 26-yard field goal with 3:12 remaining before the Tigers (2-1) halted the Wildcats' final drive.

Zach Bednarczyk threw for 389 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the first quarter for a 14-0 Villanova lead before the Tigers scored the next 35 points, including a 76-yard, Flacco-to-Shane Leatherbury connection that tied the game. Towson took the lead on the ensuing kickoff when Yeedee Thaenrat's big hit resulted in a fumble that Troy Vincent returned 14 yards for a score.

Leatherbury finished with 113 yards receiving and two scores while Shane Simpson ran for 100 yards and a touchdown. Towson outgained Villanova 528-490.

Ryan Bell had 103 yards receiving and two scores and Jarrett McClenton 114 yards receiving and a touchdown for Villanova.

Johns Hopkins 47, Moravian 3: The visiting Blue Jays (2-1, 1-1 Centennial Conference) jumped out to a 14-0 lead over the Greyhounds (2-1, 1-1) less than 12 minutes into the game and never Johns Hopkins has won 10 consecutive meetings with Moravian.

The Blue Jays rolled up 680 yards of total offense, the second-highest single-game total in school history. Hopkins totaled 428 yards passing and 252 rushing; this is the first time in school history that the Blue Jays have passed for more than 400 yards and rushed for more 250 in one game

Hopkins scored on their first two possessions to grab an early 14-point lead that they would never relinquish.

After the defense came up with a game-opening stop, the Blue Jay offense needed just eight plays to go 58 yards with junior David Tammaro connecting with senior Stuart Walters for a 12-yard touchdown.

 

Hopkins put the game away with two touchdowns in each of the final two quarters to account for the final score.

Bowie State 47, McKendree 41: The visiting Bulldogs (2-1) built a 35-13 halftime lead and held off a late rally by the Bearcats (2-1). Bowie State led, 47-27, going into the fourth quarter, where McKendree went on a 14-0 run.

Amir Hall went 41-for-52 for 352 yards and two touchdown passes for the Bulldogs. Hall also had nine carries for 95 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Bowie State's Brandon Abrams (Milford Mill) had 18 attempts for 91 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Salisbury 28, Kean 0: The host Sea Gulls (2-0, 1-0 New Jersey Athletic Conference) put together a 21-point second half to pull away from the Cougars (0-2 0-1). Kadarrius Campbell had a 2-yard touchdown run with 8:43 left in the first half and a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:28 left in the game for Salisbury.

It is the Sea Gulls first home shutout of an NJAC opponent since back-to-back shutouts last season when they defeated Southern Virginia and Rowan 42-0 and 33-0 respectively in back-to-back weeks.

Stevenson 50, Albright 21: Dan Williams completed 19 of 29 passes for 267 yards and two passing touchdowns to lead the visiting Mustangs (2-1) past the Lions (0-3). Stevenson has won two-in-a-row. The Mustangs extended their 1-point halftime lead with a 28-0 run in the second half.

Franklin & Marshall 21, McDaniel 14:Joe Hartley-Vittoria had a 1-yard touchdown run and Drew Tomlinson kicked the extra-point with 11:59 left in the game to lift the visiting Diplomats (3-0) over the Green Terror (1-2).

Isaac Murray (Atholton) had a five-yard touchdown run and McDaniel took a 7-0 lead with 9:54 left in the first quarter. Franklin & Marshall scored back-to-back touchdowns for a 14-7 lead before McDaniel's John Chamberlin had a 1-yard touchdown run to tie the score, 14-14, with 3:32 left in the first half.

Christopher Newport at Frostburg, ppd.: Story goes here. F 7 The game between the Captains (2-0, 0-0 NJAC) and the Bobcats (2-0, 0-0) was postponed due to the potential impact of Hurricane Florence.

The game would have been the home-opener for Frostburg State . Both schools are working to reschedule the contest.

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