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Dayton plays take-away, tramples Towson, 38-0


DAYTON, Ohio -- The University of Dayton exposed Towson State's lack of a passing attack yesterday afternoon and trounced the turnover-prone Tigers, 38-0, before 3,761 at Welcome Stadium.

It was the first shutout of the Tigers (1-1) since 1990.

Dayton's defense shut down Towson's running game and dared the Tigers to put the ball in the air and then intercepted five passes thrown by Towson redshirt freshman quarterbacks Ryan Waltz and Kevin Smith.

A week ago, Towson got away with six turnovers in a 34-3 victory over Butler, but this time Dayton (2-0) made the Tigers pay a heavy price for the same number of giveaways.

After blocking Towson's first punt out of bounds at the Tigers' 20, Dayton scored on its first five possessions and built a 31-0 lead by halftime.

Towson never had good field position. Its first five possessions began at its 19-, 20-, 24-, 23- and 35-yard lines. Conversely, four of Dayton's first five possessions started inside the Towson 35.

"We kept beating ourselves," said Towson coach Gordy Combs. "We'd have a penalty or we'd drop a ball. That's typical of a young team. We had a lot of the same peaks and valleys last week, but Butler is not a very good football team, and we were able to overcome those."

Larry Washington, the former Maryland running back who gained 179 yards rushing in Towson's opener, was limited to 35 yards in 11 carries and didn't play much in the second half when the Tigers tried to play catch-up.

Dayton had 180 yards rushing to Towson's 86, and the Flyers had a 70-52 edge in passing yardage. Waltz and Smith completed nine of 29 passes.

"We're not very efficient at throwing the football," Combs said. "The guys at the quarterback position are not making the plays for us. We know that people are going to put eight people on the line of scrimmage. We have to learn from this and go to next week."


Opponent: Wagner

Site: Fischer Memorial Field, New York

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Record: 1-0

3' Yesterday: Beat Stony Brook, 28-27.

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