NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Towson State dominated Southern Connecticut State University in winning its fourth straight, 48-0, over the Division II Owls yesterday at Jess Dow Field.
Brian McCarty rushed for a season-high 151 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns as the Tigers' ground attack gained 280 yards.
It was not all good news for the Tigers, however. Wide receiver Mark Orlando (fractured forearm) and tight end Steve Szymanski (compound fracture of his ankle) will miss the final game against cross-town rival Morgan State.
The Tigers (7-2) wasted no time in taking control.
They took the opening kickoff and went 69 yards in nine plays, capped by McCarty's 2-yard run with 10:20 left in the first quarter.
The Owls (5-5), who were 4-0 at home this season, went three and out on their first possession and Orlando returned the punt 65 yards to the Southern 11. After a penalty, Dan Crowley found Orlando for a 14-yard touchdown and the rout was on.
McCarty added two touchdowns on runs of 13 and 1 yards in the second quarter for a 28-0 lead.
"We feel confident that we can run the football," said Towson State coach Gordy Combs. "If you can run, you can control the game by keeping your defense off the field and controlling the clock.
"Southern plays a lot of games [on defense] inside and they have a very good inside linebacker," said Combs. "We wanted to run the ball on the perimeter and keep them off balance."
Towson State's defense held the Owls to two first downs and 108 yards of total offense in the first half. The Owls' leading
rusher, Ellis Robinson, was limited to 40 yards on 16 carries. His longest run was 7 yards.
In fact, the Owls didn't pick up a first down in the second half until there was five minutes left, and that was only when the Tigers were penalized for roughing the kicker.
Marcellus Campbell had quite a day: a 23-yard interception return, a fumble recovery, 61 yards on three punt returns and five tackles.
The Tigers' special teams were just as impressive.
They returned five punts for 172 yards, with Orlando returning two for 111 yards. Dwane Exeter blocked one punt and Mike Kelly scored on another bad snap of a punt by going 8 yards for the final touchdown.
"Our special teams have played well all year with the exception of three plays," said Combs. "We put a lot of emphasis on special teams and today was a typical performance."
Crowley (10-23, 160 yards) threw one of his two touchdowns with 14 seconds left in the first half, a 6-yard pass to Shawn Ward for a 35-0 lead at halftime.
=3Towson State .. .. ...14 ..21 ..13 ..0 .. -- ..48
Southern Connecticut ..0 ...0 ...0 ..0 ...-- ...0
NEXT FOR TOWSON
Who: Morgan State
When: Saturday, at Minnegan Stadium
2& Yesterday: Defeated Howard, 17-14.