The Tigers, who dropped a 42-14 decision at 10th-ranked
The Towson-William & Mary game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic with Bob Picozzi and Scott Brunner calling the action.
When the Tigers play the Tribe, they will be facing one of the top offensive teams in the CAA. William & Mary is averaging 35.0 points per game, third in the CAA. Averaging 416 yards per game, the Tribe has the second-best offense in the CAA while W&M is averaging 246.6 passing yards per contest, fifth in the CAA.
Led by record-setting senior quarterback
The Tigers are coming off an unusual 42-14 loss at
“Anyone who saw the game knows it was closer than the final score,” said Towson Coach Gordy Combs. “They beat us with big plays. That’s what good teams will do and
The Tigers turned the ball over three times and the Wildcats scored 21 points off the turnovers.
“Although we were disappointed by the loss, there were some encouraging things about the game,” said Combs. “We moved the ball very well and we distributed the ball well. I was also pleased with the way we competed in the second half. But, we made too many mistakes to win against a team like
Schaefer continued his fine play as he threw for more than 300 yards for the third game in a row. He completed 34 of 48 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown. He threw two interceptions. Schaefer also ran for 36 yards on nine carries.
In his career, Schaefer has now completed 939 of 1450 passes for a .648 percentage, all school records. He has passed for 10,520 yards and 65 touchdowns. With his 309 yards at UNH, Schaefer moved into 17th place on the NCAA FCS list of career passing leaders. He is now 136 yards behind Sean Payton of
If Schaefer can throw for 305 yards against William & Mary, he will move into 11th place on the NCAA FCS career passing yardage list.
“My limited vocabulary doesn’t have enough superlatives to describe Sean Schaefer,” says Combs. “He is such a competitor and he wants to win so badly. He is having another tremendous season and I only wish he could experience more victories here.”
The Tiger coach realizes his team will be facing another difficult challenge when the Tigers host William & Mary. He says, “This is life in the CAA. Every week, it seems like we are playing another nationally-ranked team that is competing for an NCAA post-season berth. William & Mary is a very good team with some impressive wins. Our young defense continues to improve and we’re hoping they will come up with a big effort this week.”
Junior tailback Matt Castor (Linganore H.S./Frederick,
Sophomore wide receiver Hakeem Moore (Courtland H.S./Fredericksburg,
Junior David Newsom (
With six catches for 43 yards at UNH, senior wide receiver Marcus Lee (
Senior linebacker Jordan Manning (St. Joseph H.S./Mays Landing, N.J.) led the Tiger defense with eight tackles at UNH. The 7th-leading tackler in the CAA, Manning has made 66 tackles in eight games. With 299 career tackles, he needs one more tackle to become the sixth player in school history with 300 career tackles.
The Tigers’ game against William & Mary will mark their third game of the season against a nationally-ranked opponent. In September, the Tigers faced #4
TIGER TALES: William & Mary and
Saturday’s game promises to be a strange experience for Terry O’Brien, the Tigers’ long-time Head Athletic Trainer ... His son, Kyle O’Brien (McDonogh School/Cockeysville, Md.), is a sophomore defensive lineman for William & Mary who has made 13 tackles this season ... The elder O’Brien is a 1975 Towson graduate who played football for the Tigers ... A member of the Towson Athletic Hall of Fame, he has been the program’s Head Athletic Trainer for the last 28 years.
After hosting William & Mary on Saturday, the Tigers have three games remaining on the schedule ... On November 8,