Scores

Final

Columbia 24

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Towson 31

(2-3, 0-1 CAA)

3:07 PM ET, September 27, 2008

Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson, MD

1 2 3 4 T
CLMB 0 7 10 724
TOWS 7 10 7 731

Top Performers

Passing: S. Kelly (CLMB) - 281 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Castor (TOWS) - 37 CAR, 108 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Stephens (CLMB) - 5 REC, 82 YDS, 1 TD

Towson 31, Columbia 24

Associated Press

TOWSON, Md. -- Matt Castor scored on a 1-yard run with 1:06 left in the fourth quarter to lift Towson to a 31-24 victory against Columbia on Saturday.

Castor carried 37 times for a career-high 108 yards and Sean Schaefer was 20-for-31 with 193 passing yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers (2-3).

Shane Kelly passed for two touchdowns and ran for another for the Lions (0-2), but could not prevent the team's 10th consecutive loss. Kelly finished 19-for-32 with 281 passing yards.

Castor's 16-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1 put Towson ahead 7-0 with 2:06 left in the opening quarter. But the Lions answered with a 59-yard touchdown pass from Kelly to Zach Kourouma to tie the game.

Mark Bencivengo's 32-yard field goal gave Towson a 10-7 lead with 6:21 remaining in the first half, and Marcus Lee caught an 11-yard scoring pass from Schaefer just before halftime.

After a 22-yard field goal by John Rocholl, Columbia knotted the game at 17-17 on Kelly's 15-yard strike to Mike Stephens midway through the third quarter.

Towson broke the tie when Wes White caught a 1-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter. But an interception by Columbia's Mike Murphy set up a game-tying, seven-play drive, capped by Kelly's 2-yard scoring run with 4:06 left in the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CLMB
TOWS
1st Downs1319
Total Yards349286
Passing281193
Rushing6893
Penalties6-403-30
3rd Down Conversions4-137-19
4th Down Conversions2-35-5
Turnovers33
Possession24:4735:13

Passing Leaders

ColumbiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kelly19/322818.821
TowsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Schaefer20/311936.221

Rushing Leaders

ColumbiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kelly9353.9112
Davis5153.005
TowsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Castor371082.9216
Rouson451.3010

Receiving Leaders

ColumbiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Stephens58216.4134
Knowlin57014.0029
TowsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lee6549.0111
Newsom33712.3022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCLMBTOWS
TD02:06Matt Castor 16 Yd Run (Mark Bencivengo Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERCLMBTOWS
TD09:32Zack Kourouma 59 Yd Pass From Shane Kelly (Jon Rocholl Kick) 77
FG06:21Mark Bencivengo 32 Yd 710
TD00:18Marcus Lee 11 Yd Pass From Sean Schaefer (Mark Bencivengo Kick) 717
THIRD QUARTERCLMBTOWS
FG10:19Jon Rocholl 22 Yd 1017
TD08:22Mike Stephens 15 Yd Pass From Shane Kelly (Jon Rocholl Kick) 1717
TD00:49Wes White 1 Yd Pass From Sean Schaefer (Mark Bencivengo Kick) 1724
FOURTH QUARTERCLMBTOWS
TD04:06Shane Kelly 2 Yd Run (Jon Rocholl Kick) 2424
TD01:06Matt Castor 1 Yd Run (Mark Bencivengo Kick) 2431