Scores

Final

Rhode Island 32

(2-5, 0-3 CAA)

Towson 37

(3-4, 1-2 CAA)

3:00 PM ET, October 11, 2008

Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson, MD

1 2 3 4 T
URI 9 0 3 2032
TOWS 9 0 7 2137

Top Performers

Passing: S. Schaefer (TOWS) - 373 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Castor (TOWS) - 24 CAR, 111 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Leonard (URI) - 6 REC, 111 YDS, 2 TD

Towson 37, Rhode Island 32

Associated Press

TOWSON, Md. -- Sean Schaefer completed 25 of 34 passes for 373 yards and four touchdowns and Matt Castor had 111 yards and a score to lead Towson to a 37-32 win over Rhode Island on Saturday.

Schaefer became the 20th quarterback in the history of the Football Championship Subdivision to pass for 10,000 yards. His 64-yard touchdown pass to David Newsom was the longest play of the season for the Tigers (3-4, 1-2 Colonial Athletic Association).

Freshman Brandon Johnson-Farrell had eight kickoff returns for 198 yards and a touchdown for the Rams (2-5, 0-3). Rhode Island quarterback Derek Cassidy completed 22 of 45 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns.

After falling behind 9-0 in the opening 2:24, Towson outscored Rhode Island 37-23 the rest of the way. The Tigers had 467 total yards of offense, compared to 363 for Rhode Island.

Rhode Island trailed 37-19 with 6:28 left in the fourth quarter, but a 1-yard run by Jimmy Hughes and a 30-yard pass from Cassidy to Shawn Leonard cut the score 37-32 with 3:40 left. Rhode Island got down to the Towson 29-yard line in the final two minutes, but could not score.

Rhode Island opened a nine-point lead without running an offensive play on a safety and Johnson-Farrell kickoff return. Towson responded with 9 unanswered points in the opening quarter on a field goal and 24-yard pass from Schaefer to Casey Cegles and the teams were tied at halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
URI
TOWS
1st Downs1918
Total Yards363467
Passing265373
Rushing9894
Penalties4-359-56
3rd Down Conversions3-147-15
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers02
Possession26:4933:11

Passing Leaders

Rhode IslandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cassidy22/452655.920
TowsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Schaefer25/3437311.041

Rushing Leaders

Rhode IslandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cassidy7568.0024
Ferrer5285.609
TowsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Castor241114.6149
Schaefer581.6010

Receiving Leaders

Rhode IslandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Leonard611118.5242
Hughes36822.7019
TowsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Breaux59018.0160
Newsom27236.0164

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERURITOWS
SF12:47- Team Tackled By In End Zone 20
TD12:36Brandon Johnson-Farrell 72 Yd Kickoff Return (Louis Feinstein Kick) 90
FG06:10Mark Bencivengo 40 Yd 93
TD00:00Casey Cegles 24 Yd Pass From Sean Schaefer (Pat Failed) 99
THIRD QUARTERURITOWS
TD10:47David Newsom 64 Yd Pass From Sean Schaefer (Mark Bencivengo Kick) 916
FG02:55Louis Feinstein 20 Yd 1216
FOURTH QUARTERURITOWS
TD12:10Matt Castor 2 Yd Run (Mark Bencivengo Kick) 1223
TD09:44Tommy Breaux 60 Yd Pass From Sean Schaefer (Mark Bencivengo Kick) 1230
TD08:26Shawn Leonard 42 Yd Pass From Derek Cassidy (Louis Feinstein Kick) 1930
TD06:28John Godlasky 38 Yd Pass From Sean Schaefer (Mark Bencivengo Kick) 1937
TD04:46Jimmy Hughes 1 Yd Run (Louis Feinstein Kick) 2637
TD03:40Shawn Leonard 30 Yd Pass From Derek Cassidy (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3237