Towson’s football team raced out to an 18-point lead then held on for a 21-19 homecoming victory over Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) newcomer Elon on Saturday night at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.
Behind the stellar early play of junior quarterback Connor Frazier, the Tigers won their second straight game to improve to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the CAA. Frazier, who completed his first 10 passes, connected on 17-of-24 attempts overall for a career-high 187 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore wide receiver Andre Dessenberg was on the receiving end of both of Frazier’s touchdowns and finished with a game-high 59 yards on five receptions.
Sophomore running back Darius Victor rushed for a game-high 153 yards on 28 carries with a touchdown. Victor has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in six games this season and has moved into 12th on Towson’s all-time career rushing yardage list. The sophomore did the bulk of his work in the second half as he carried 20 times for 114 yards in the game’s final 30 minutes.
Down 21-6 at halftime, Elon drew closer in the second half by getting a five-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 21-13. The visiting Phoenix pulled within two points late in the fourth quarter thanks to another TD pass, but the visitors’ two-point conversion attempt failed.
Towson sealed the victory by recovering the ensuing onside kick.
Redshirt freshman James Simms led the defense with 10 tackles, while senior Tye Smith added eight tackles and a pair of pass break-ups. Sophomore Eric Handy and senior Drew Cheripko each added a sack.
The Tigers hit the road next week as they travel to Villanova. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Villanova Stadium. The CAA battle can be seen live on the American Sports Network.
(Article courtesy of Towson Athletics)