Report Card: Richmond Pounds Towson 23-3
On a sunny Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium, the Richmond Spiders were able to easily hold off the Towson Tigers by a score of 23-3. Here is how the Tigers graded out.
The Tiger offense had many great opportunities to score in the first half, but turned the ball over on 4 of their 8 drives. Redshirt Freshmen Quarterback, Ryan Stover was responsible for all the first half turnovers, losing a fumble and throwing 3 interceptions which resulted in him being benched in the second quarter. Fellow Freshmen Quarterback, Triston Harris, then proceeded to take over the offense and did relatively well for his first game action of the season, piling up 153 passing yards but had one interception. The other bright spot for the Tiger offense was the Junior transfer from Kentucky, Jabari Greenwood, who racked up 8 catches for 108 yards. This was his third game this season with at least eight receptions. Overall the offense only put up 3 points and had 6 total turnovers in the game.
Even though Towson gave up 23 points, the defense was actually pretty good, having to constantly go back on the field due to the lack of offensive help from their teammates. On the first play of the game, it looked as if this game could be close, as the Tigers forced a Spiders fumble after a 46-yard pass connection. Later in the first half just when it looked like the Tigers would get back in the game, the defense ran an interception 90 yards for a touchdown, but it would be called back for an illegal block in the back. They were able to hold the #1 CAA passing offense in check for the whole game and only allowed 110 yards of total offense in the second half.
Special Teams: C
The punt coverage was very good throughout the game. Kicker Aidan O’Neill hit a 21-yard field goal for the only Tigers points on the day. He missed a 50-yard field goal toward the end of the first half.
The game against Richmond was going to be a tough test for Towson to begin with. With fewer turnovers on offense this game could have been a really close game, but turnovers are killers and deflators. The defense looks like it can keep up with the opponent’s offense in any game.
Up next: A trip up to New England to face off against the University of New Hampshire Wildcats. Kickoff is scheduled for 2pm on Saturday, October 21.