Week #1: Towson 35, Lafayette 7

Go Leopards!

Sept. 11, 1999

Towson, MD - Lafayette opened its 118th season of football with a 35-7 loss at the hands of Patriot League foe Towson on Saturday afternoon in Minnegan Stadium.

Towson used 402 yards of total offense, including two scores from Jason Corle to secure its second win of the season and avenge last season's 27-7 loss in Easton.

Towson jumped out to a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Corle at 5:59 and a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Lee to Corle with 17 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Corle's one-yard plunge culminated a 12-play, 89-yard scoring drive for the Tigers. His TD reception ended a nine-play, 55-yard drive from the home team.

Lafayette's offense responded in the second quarter, as sophomore tailback James Nesson (San Marino, CA/San Marino) took the hand off four yards in for a score. The Leopards' only scoring drive of the game covered 69 yards on seven plays.

The Lafayette defense took another hit near the end of the half, as Towson QB Lee hit Adam Overbey for a 54-yard touchdown to give Towson a 21-7 lead at the half.

"We had opportunities to get off the field in the first half, but we just didn't get it done," said 19th year Lafayette Head Coach Bill Russo. "Their third-down conversions were crucial in the first half."

In the second half, Lafayette fell victim to a pair of Towson defensive scores. Ricky Crestwell picked off a Brian Buczek (Bloomingdale, NJ/DePaul) pass and returned it 76 yards for the score. Just 21 seconds later, another Lafayette turnover resulted in Donald Wood's 8-yard fumble return for touchdown for Towson, the final score of the game.

"Our defense performed much better in the second half, but unfortunately we gave up two defensive touchdowns," Russo said.

Buczek went 9-for-27 with 115 yards from the Leopards' QB position, but saw his Towson counterpart Lee complete 16-of-28 passes for 219 yards.

The Leopard rushing game was held to just 114 yards compared to 200 by Towson. Towson's Corle accounted for 138 yards on 28 carries and became the school's all-time leading rusher in the game.

Defensively for Lafayette, junior linebacker Mike Levy (Bel Air, MD/Fallston) led the squad with 10 tackles, including two for losses and one quarterback sack.

Lafayette will play its second Patriot League game in two weeks, as it will travel to Holy Cross on Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff. That game can be seen on RCN-TV.

 

 

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