State football roundup (Nov. 7): Towson takes advantage of fumble to beat Maine, 10-7

Towson running back Darius Victor is out with a sprained ankle.
Towson running back Darius Victor is out with a sprained ankle. (Steve Ruark / BALTIMORE SUN)

Darius Victor rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown to help Towson beat host Maine, 10-7, on Saturday night.

The Tigers (6-3, 4-2 Colonial Athletic Association) led 3-0 after a sloppy first half. The Black Bears' first two possessions ended with a fumble and missed field-goal attempt, while Towson's Connor Frazier was intercepted by Jeffrey DeVaughn. Both teams had a series that ended on downs, and they combined for four punts.


On the final series of the half, Towson took over in Maine territory after a short punt but had to settle for Sam Hurwitz's 19-yard field goal as time expired.

In the third quarter, Maine's Nigel Beckford fumbled. Eric Handy recovered for Towson and returned the ball to the Black Bears 6. On second-and-goal, Victor scored from the 5 to put the Tigers up 10-0.


Maine (3-6, 3-3) took the ensuing possession 71 yards on 13 plays, culminating in Drew Belcher's 3-yard scoring pass to Jordan Dunn.

Bethune-Cookman 38, Morgan State 14: Quentin Williams completed 16 of 19 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown and the host Wildcats (8-2, 6-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to roll past the visiting Bears (3-5, 3-3).

Bethune-Cookman (8-2, 6-1) went ahead 21-7 with 3:39 left in the second quarter when Marquis Drayton intercepted a pass from Moses Skillon and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.

Morgan State pulled to within 21-14 when Skillon, who threw for 227 yards, passed 10 yards to Landen Malbrough.

The Wildcats scored 17 unanswered points while holding Morgan State to 91 total yards in the second half.

Williams threw to 11 receivers. Jewill Davis had four catches for 69 yards, and Frank Brown had three receptions and one touchdown.

Bowie State 63, Elizabeth City State 42: The visiting Bulldogs (9-1, 7-0) captured the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northern Division crown by defeating the Vikings (4-5, 2-6).

Kendall Jefferson set a Bowie State single-game rushing record with 255 yards and added 155 kick-return yards.

Bowie State will face Southern Division champion Winston-Salem State for the conference title Saturday at 2 p.m. in Durham, N.C. The Bulldogs will make their fifth appearance and will look to claim their first official title.

Salisbury 38, Wesley 35: Alex Potocko kicked a 36-yard field goal with 2:23 left to help the Sea Gulls hand the Wolverines their first regular-season home loss since 2010.

Salisbury (6-2, 6-1 New Jersey Athletic Conference) hadn't beaten Wesley (8-1, 7-1), ranked third in Division III, since Oct. 30, 2004.

The Sea Gulls defense took over in the final quarter, forcing two straight punts, with the second setting up Salisbury at its 44-yard line to begin the winning drive.


The Sea Gulls will play Frostburg State on Saturday and would clinch the NJAC title and an NCAA bid with a victory.

Albright 30, Stevenson 26: The host Mustangs (7-2, 6-2 Middle Atlantic Conference) built a 21-17 halftime lead, but surrendered 13 unanswered points in the third quarter to the Lions (8-1, 7-1).

Albright's JaVaughn Patterson returned an interception 95 yards in the second quarter and then sealed the victory with an interception late in the fourth quarter. His interception return for a score was the Lions' sixth defensive touchdown of the season, which leads Division III.

Montclair State 33, Frostburg State 27: Freshman Connor Cox threw for three touchdowns, including two to senior Mike Ambrose, but it wasn't enough as the host Bobcats (6-3, 5-3 NJAC) fell to the Hawks (4-5, 4-4).

Frostburg State finished with 385 yards of offense, but hurt itself with four turnovers and two missed opportunities on fourth down in the second half.

"We talked with our players all week about winning the turnover battle," coach DeLane Fitzgerald said. "Then today we lost it 4-to-1, and the fact is we aren't going to win many football games in which we lose the turnover battle."

Susquehanna 44, McDaniel 15: The host Crusaders (4-5, 3-5 Centennial Conference) jumped out to a 24-0 lead en route to beating Green Terror (0-9, 0-8).

Mike Oliveto led McDaniel with six catches to tie Matt Cahill's program record at 156 career receptions. Oliveto amassed 31 yards to give him 1,879 receiving yards for his career.

Susquehanna's Nick Crusco completed 33 of 48 passes for 435 yards and three touchdowns.

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