Towson routed by FCS No. 1 Villanova, 43-7

Towson's hopes to play spoiler came up short Saturday at Villanova.

The No. 1 Wildcats, celebrating their 2009 Football Championship Subdivision title, pounded the Tigers, 43-7, before an announced crowd of 12,111 at Villanova Stadium. It was Villanova's 12th straight win over an FCS opponent.

Towson (1-2 overall, 0-1 Colonial Athletic Association) gained just 180 total yards against the Wildcats' defense, turned the ball over twice and converted just eight first downs.

"Villanova is good, Villanova is big and you can't make any mistakes against them," Tigers coach Rob Ambrose said in a news release. "… They could have the toughest defense in the country this year."

Wildcats quarterback Chris Whitney, playing just a little over half the game, threw for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 9 of 12 passing, while rushing for 44 yards and two scores on 14 carries.

Towson's only points came with 9:36 remaining in the third quarter when Bart Blanchard, a graduate student and Citadel transfer making his Tigers debut, connected with Hakeem Moore for a 59-yard touchdown pass. It was Moore's fourth touchdown catch of the season. Blanchard, who relieved starter Chris Hart, was 12-for-16 for 144 yards and one touchdown.

JOHNS HOPKINS 29, GETTYSBURG 21: Hewitt Tomlin had a record-setting game at Gettysburg, throwing for 326 yards and three scores to lead the Blue Jays to a win in the Centennial Conference opener for both teams.

Tomlin set school records with his 16th career 200-yard passing game and fourth 300-yard passing performance and became the fourth quarterback in school history to surpass 5,000 career passing yards with 5,199.

Trailing 7-0 early in the second quarter, the Blue Jays (1-1) scored two touchdowns less than two minutes apart to take a 12-7 lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Junior Tyler Porco finished off a 16-play, 90-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, and after the Blue Jays' defense forced a three-and-out and a blocked punt, Sam Wernick caught the first of his two touchdown passes from Tomlin.

Wernick finished with seven catches for 125 yards, while Tucker Michels also had seven receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown.

SALISBURY 84, HUSSON 7: The visiting Sea Gulls piled up 708 total yards of offense to improve to 3-0.

Sophomore quarterback Dan Griffin (North Harford) ran for 105 yards and a score, and also threw two touchdown passes to Alex Boseman. The Sea Gulls had 10 players score touchdowns, with Bryan Woolson (North Harford) running two in and Andre Carter returning an interception 79 yards for a score.

MCDANIEL 24, CATHOLIC 14: Junior quarterback Tom Massucci completed 21 of 32 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns as the Green Terror improved to 3-0 with the nonconference road win.

Early in the fourth quarter, freshman running back Joe Rollins took a screen pass from Massucci and went 30 yards for a touchdown to give the Green Terror a 24-14 lead that would hold up. Senior wide receiver Matt Cahill finished with five catches for 67 yards and two TDs.

FROSTBURG 33, CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT 31: Josh Volpe completed a nine-play, 88-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Michael Fourth with 46 seconds left in the game to lift the host Bobcats (1-2) to their first win.

Volpe completed 20 of 28 passes for 242 yards and two scores, also scoring on a 3-yard run. Senior running back Anthony King accounted for 154 total yards — 106 rushing and 48 on five receptions — and one touchdown run.

BOWIE STATE 55, LIVINGSTONE 6: Clifton Budd threw four touchdown passes and defense and special teams played a big role in the visiting Bulldogs' first win.

Kyle Jackson (Edmondson) had a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown, lineman Keith Harris recovered a fumble in the end zone for another score and James Proctor scored on an 89-yard kick return. Tariq Jones (Edmondson) led the Bulldogs (1-3) with 82 yards on the ground.

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