SMQB: Stony Brook Edition
Courtesy: Mat Schlissel,  
Release: 09/29/2013
Since winning the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship in 2011, Towson's football team produced a 4th-and-29 miracle at Old Dominion, won an overtime game at Delaware last year and beat Connecticut this season by 15 points to defeat an FBS squad for the first time.
But in their history, the Tigers have had some impressive drives to win games including one on Oct. 6, 2007, when Sean Schaefer led the Tigers to a remarkable 67-yard, four-play drive in 22 seconds to beat #14 Richmond, 23-21.
On Saturday in Long Island, senior Peter Athens had the football with 7:36 left in the game and the Tigers down 21-20. The problem? They were at their own four-yard line after a Nick Ferrara punt bounced inside the five.
The game-winning drive
This was not your typical classic John Elway or Joe Montana come-from-behind victory. This was a drive where Towson relied on its best player, junior Terrance West. The All-American came up with a 13-yard run and a nine-yard scamper to get the Tigers out of tough territory and on to the Towson 26.
Then freshman Darrius "baby beast" Victor ran for five tough yards on two carries, followed by West carrying the ball for four yards.
On third-and-three from the Towson 35, Athens' contribution to "the drive" was a four-yard keep that gave the Tigers a first down.
West not only ran for eight yards on the next play, but he drew a 15-yard personal foul on Derrick Morgan, who hit West out of bounds. That run and penalty put the ball at the Stony Brook 38.
Two plays later, on third-and-three from the Seawolves' 31, Victor saw a hole on the left and broke into the clear for the game-winning touchdown with 2:38 left. Athens threw his first pass on that drive on the two-point conversion, hitting junior Spencer Wilkins to give the Tigers a 28-21 lead.
The implications
Remarkable? Yes, because Towson was down 14-0 to start the game and had to survive two interceptions from Athens, two offensive interference penalties and a normally stout run defense that gave up 172 yards.
This is a confident team that has won nine straight games and five consecutive conference games. This was not Towson's best overall game by any means, but you also have to credit Stony Brook, who came out hungry for their first conference home game. They played hard, hit hard and took it to the Tigers in the first half.
But it's not how you start, it's how you finish. The Tigers outscored Stony Brook 25-0 after being down 21-10 in the first half.

A look around the CAA
In the CAA, Towson's next opponent, New Hampshire, lost at Lehigh, 34-27. The Wildcats, who amassed 441 yards of offense and 289 yards rushing against the Engineers, are now 1-2 overall.
In other CAA action, Delaware (4-1, 1-0 CAA) came back from a 19-7 halftime deficit, to defeat James Madison (3-2, 0-1 CAA) in Newark. Maine (4-1, 1-0 CAA) continued its strong play by defeating Richmond (2-2, 0-1 CAA) on the road, 28-21.
In non-conference action, Villanova routed Penn, 35-6 at home. Albany (2-4) fell at former CAA member Old Dominion, 66-10. Rhode Island (2-3) dominated Central Connecticut State at home, 42-7.

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