The loss dropped Towson to 1-3 on the year while the Lions improved to 1-1.
Both teams struggled early to get anything going offensively. There were six punts in the opening quarter. But once the feeling-each-other-out period ended, the pace picked up and there was plenty of offense, more by Columbia than Towson. The Lions outgained the Tigers 381-331.
"Hats off to coach [Norries] Wilson and his staff," said Tiger head coach Rob Ambrose. "His kids played extremely hard. They earned themselves the win. As for us — building a program is a very long process. We've made a lot of progress but it's a very long road."
The Tigers, who have yet to score in the first quarter this season, were the first to light up the scoreboard when Nick Wallace booted a 28-yard field goal. That capped Towson's best drive of the first half — 69 yards in 14 plays for the 3-0 advantage at the 6:00 mark of the second period.Columbia answered on its next series. Lions quarterback Sean Brackett, who kept the Tigers off balance with his option running (13 carries for 120 yards gained), scrambled before finding Zack Kourouma for a 19-yard touchdown completion four minutes later. That held up as Columbia took a 7-3 lead into halftime.
The Lions, picked to finish fifth in this year's Ivy League race, wasted no time improving its lead. After forcing Towson to punt at the outset of the third quarter, Columbia drove 65 yards in five plays with Leon Ivery scoring from five yards out for a 14-3 advantage at the 9:00 mark.
Bowie State 28, Virginia Union 27: Trailing 27-21 with 12:50 left in the game, Clifton Budd capped an 11-play, 72-yard drive with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Gregory Jackson to lift the host Bulldogs (2-3, 2-0 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) over the Panthers (1-3, 1-1).
Budd set two school passing records going 32-of-51 for 355 yards and three touchdowns. Budd's 32 completions and 355 yards surpassed the previous mark of 24 and 324 set by Arthur Lee in 1983.
Hampden-Sydney 32, Salisbury 28: The host Sea Gulls (3-1) put up 555 yards of total offense against the Tigers (4-0), but ended up four points short, taking its first loss of the season, 32-28.
Salisbury got 178 rushing yards and 109 passing yards, both career-highs, from sophomore quarterback Dan Griffin. Griffin led the Sea Gulls down the field on the team's final possession, attempting a late score and a dramatic victory, but the drive stalled out at the 5-yard line on a Griffin pass attempt to senior wideout Alex Boseman that fell incomplete. The Sea Gulls (3-1) drove the ball 75 yards to get to the Tigers' 5. It was the fourth drive of the day for the Sea Gulls that went for more than 70 yards.
Johns Hopkins 41, Moravian 3: The visiting Blue Jays (2-1, 2-0 Centennial Conference) scored 21 points in a span of just over four minutes midway through the first half and never looked back.
Hopkins jumped out to a 34-3 halftime lead and picked up its second straight win against the Greyhounds, who slip to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the Centennial.
The Blue Jays, who entered the game having been held scoreless in the first quarter in their first two games of the season, wasted little time jumping on the Greyhounds as they sprinted to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter on the strength of a pair of one-yard touchdown runs by junior Nick Fazio. The first scoring run capped a 12-play, 83-yard drive, while the second was set up by a fumble recovery by the Blue Jay defense and came just over two minutes after his initial score.
Moravian, which turned the ball over one play after Fazio's first score, fumbled the ball away one play after his second as well and the Blue Jays needed just four plays to move 32 yards to push their lead to 21-0. Hewitt Tomlin hit junior Sam Wernick with a five-yard touchdown pass to cap the drive, which lasted just 1:41.