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Former Delmar Standout Shane Leatherbury & #13/14 Football Defeats UAlbany for Sole Possession of First Place in CAA



                                                         Shane Leatherbury


ALBANY, N.Y. – The No. 13/14 Towson University football team (6-1, 4-0 CAA) won its fifth consecutive game on Saturday, using four second quarter touchdowns to dominate UAlbany (2-5, 0-4 CAA) and take sole possession first place in the CAA.
Key Game Stats:

  • Up 10-7 after the first quarter, Towson scored four touchdowns in the second period for a 38-21 halftime advantage.  Towson began the 2nd half with a 17-0 run, nearly shutting the Great Danes out in the final 30 minutes until a last-minute touchdown.
  • Six different Tigers combined for seven touchdowns scored, including four rushing and three passing.
  • For the seventh time in as many games, Towson had over 400 yards of total offense, earning 538, outgaining UAlbany's 404.  Towson's yards includes 217 on the ground and 321 in the air.
  • Tom Flacco was 23-for-36 from the air with two touchdowns and two interceptions, adding 80 rushing yards and two more scores on the ground.  Ryan Stover ran a drive with a perfect 3-for-3 passing for 15 yards and a score.
  • Six different receivers had multiple catches, led by Shane Leatherbury(DelMar), who caught seven balls for 114 yards and a touchdown.  Jabari Allen finished with seven catches, 90 yards and a score.
  • Shane Simpson had another big all-purpose day, totaling 184 yards with 83 on punt returns, 38 on kick returns, 21 yards receiving and 42 on the ground.
  • Yeedee Thaenrat had 51 yards and a touchdown rushing.
  • Defensively, Mantriel Reaves led Towson with eight tackles.  Robert Heyward had six tackles, including 1.5 for loss, and a forced fumble.  Grant Udinski had two sacks while Vashon McCants Jr. and John Lambert each had interceptions.
  • For UAlbany, Vincent Testaverde went 10-for-22 for 210 yards with two touchdowns and a pick, with his backup Will Brunson going 4-for-8 with an interception.  Juwan Green had 135 yards receiving and two touchdowns. 

Postgame Quotes:
Towson head coach Rob Ambrose:
"I'm proud of my guys for coming this far and getting a win.  Coach [Greg] Gattuso has some really dynamic players on that [UAlbany] team and does a great job.  We are 6-1, and 3-0 in October, we have not seen that in a long time.  It is a good place to be."
How it Happened:

  • UAlbany received the opening kickoff as Towson forced a three-and-out off an incompletion on 3rd and short.  But, Towson was also held without a first down and punted, putting UAlbany on its 12, where another three-and-out occurred.
  • Taking over on its own 40, Tom Flacco had a 32-yard run on 2nd and short to get into the red zone.  Later, Shane Simpson bounced off a tackler and went into the end zone on 2nd and short to score, giving Towson a 7-0 advantage with 7:49 left in the 1st.
  • Next offensive play for UAlbany, Vashon McCants Jr. hammered a wide receiver in the backfield and stole the ball for a forced fumble and recovery.  Aidan O'Neill knocked down a 27-yard field goal to end the possession, making it 10-0 Towson with 6:21 left in the 1st.
  • UAlbany got on the board next drive with a 60-yard completion to Juwan Green for a touchdown.  Towson still led 10-7 with 5:32 left in the 1st.
  • Towson faced a fourth down in UAlbany territory and six to go, which Flacco converted with a run from the pocket to gain 10 yards.  Towson converted another 3rd down on a jumping catch by Brent Richardson to get into Towson's red zone going into the 2nd quarter.  Flacco finished the drive with a couple of runs, including a five-yard run into the end zone, to score a touchdown, giving Towson a 17-7 advantage.
  • Following a three-and-out forced by the Towson defense off quarterback pressure, a long completion to a diving Shane Leatherbury(DelMar) sparked a drive into the red zone.  Getting inside the 10, Towson's drive ended on an interception.  Following a 35-yard catch by Dev Holmes, Towson held UAlbany on the Tigers 45 and forced a punt.
  • Flacco's air attack went to work, with long completions to Jabari Allen and Sam Gallahan getting the Tigers back into the Towson side of the field.  Towson made a misdirection play and handed off to Yeedee Thaenrat for a 42-yard run and touchdown, putting Towson up 24-7 with 7:46 left in the 2nd
  • UAlbany scored a touchdown on the next drive, despite Keon Paye forcing a fumble that UAlbany recovered, finishing with a 1-yard rush into the end zone by quarterback Vincent Testaverde.  Towson led 24-14 with 5:55 left in the 2nd.
  • Flacco again led a long drive, finding Simpson for a third down conversion and later completing to Gallahan.   A soft, arc pass to Jabari Allen completed the drive for a 17-yard touchdown to send Towson up 31-14.
  • The defense again held UAlbany to a three-and out.  Towson took two plays to score a touchdown, a 13-yard pass to Jabari Allen and a 41-yard catch by Leatherbury, to make it 38-14 Tigers with 1:49 left in the first half. 
  • UAlbany scored a touchdown in its final drive of the first half as Towson led 38-21 at the break.
  • Into the second half, Simpson got the drive going with a couple of 10+ yard runs, then followed by a pass to Jabari Allen for 18 yards.  The drive led to a 45-yard field goal by O'Neill to make it 41-21 Towson with 10:53 left in the 3rd.
  • Towson's first drive of the second half was ended after one first down then a punt, as Simpson brought the ball back into UAlbany territory on a 31-yard return.  First play, a pass to Leatherbury saw the redshirt junior dodge a number of tackles down the sideline for 42 yards and a place on the 3-yard line.  Two plays later, Flacco ran the ball into the end zone, then a run by Zach Heron for a two-point conversion made it 49-21 Towson with 6:53 left in the 3rd.
  • The defense continued to hold back UAlbany, with Diondre Wallace stopping Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks on the line of scrimmage to stop the Great Danes on 3rd and 2.  Towson also went three-and-out, then Pat Toomey downed a punt on the 10-yard line for 51 yards.  Charles Garrett sacked Testaverde on the UAlbany 4 on second down to effectively end the drive.
  • Into the fourth quarter, Tibo Debaillie forced a interception with pressure on Will Brunson, with John Lambert making the pick close range.  Ryan Stover took over for Flacco and, with Kobe Young, drove into the Towson red zone.  Stover converted a fourth down on a pass to Rodney Dorsey inside the 15.  After a couple more rushes, Stover earned the touchdown with a pass to Young.
  • UAlbany scored a touchdown with 22 seconds left, setting the final score at 56-28 Towson.

Inside the Numbers:

  • With Maine's defeat at William & Mary, Towson is the only team left that is undefeated in CAA play at 4-0.
  • Towson's 6-1 start matches its beginning in 2013 and 2011.  It is the best start to the year since 1984, when the Tigers began the year 7-0.
  • This is the first time since 1993 where Towson has scored at least 50 points in two different games.  Towson defeated Stony Brook 52-28 two weeks ago.
  • Towson scored 38 first half points, its highest-scoring half of the season.  Towson previously had 35 in each first half against Villanova and Stony Brook.  In addition, Towson's 28 points in the second period is the highest scoring quarter of the year.
  • Shane Simpson, with a touchdown scored in the first quarter, has scored at least one touchdown in all seven Towson games this season.
  • Towson earns at least 200 rushing yards for the second straight game and fourth time in five contests.

Up Next:
Towson will get ready for the big rivalry game as the Tigers head to Delaware for a 3:30 p.m. game on Saturday, Oct. 27th

Photo and story courtesy of towsontigers.com


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