WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Nov. 16, 2013) – After earning victories against top-20 opponents during each of the last three weeks, the No. 16/20 William and Mary football team had its winning streak snapped with 15-9 loss to No. 10/7 Towson on Senior Day at Zable Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The tightly contested game featured an exciting finish, as the Tribe (7-4, 4-3) had an opportunity to put together a late game-winning drive after Towson’s (9-2, 5-2) Drew Evangelista’s 25-yard field goal attempt missed when it hit the left upright with 2:42 remaining. Although W&M drove to TU’s 43-yard line, senior quarterback Brent Caprio’s long pass to junior wide receiver Tre McBride on a fourth-and-10 fell incomplete inside the Tigers’ 10-yard line.
The Tribe’s defense continued its impressive play and limited Towson to a season-low 15 points and just 342 total yards. TU entered the game averaging 40.3 points per game and 489.5 total yards per game. Senior free safety Jerome Couplin III, a Buchanan Award Watch List selection, led W&M with 13 tackles, while junior defensive end Mike Reilly posted a sack to increase his league-leading total to 10.5.
Sophomore running back Mikal Abdul-Saboor led the Tribe offensively and recorded his sixth 100-yard rushing effort of the season with 105 yards on 20 carries, while McBride totaled a team-high six receptions for 88 yards.
W&M took an early 3-0 advantage on the game’s opening drive when junior John Carpenter kicked a 43-yard field goal. Abdul-Saboor powered the scoring march, as he rushed for 35 yards on four carries.
Towson took its first lead of the game early in the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Terrance West. West converted a fourth-and-1 from W&M’s 21-yard line to help set up the score.
The College answered TU’s touchdown with another field goal, as Carpenter capped off an 11-play, 72-yard drive with a 30-yard field goal.
After Evangelista missed a 46-yard field goal on the Tigers’ following possession, W&M reclaimed the lead with Carpenter’s third field goal of the afternoon, coming from 31 yards, on the ensuing drive.
West’s second touchdown of the afternoon, a 3-yard run late in the third quarter, proved to be the game-winning score. The Tigers converted a fake field goal one play before the touchdown when placeholder Connor Frazier converted a fourth-and-9 from W&M’s 13-yard line with a 10-yard scamper. Frazier also came up with the two-point conversion on fumble recovery in the end zone to give the Tigers a 15-9 lead.
The loss was W&M’s first setback at home this season after winning its first five games at Zable Stadium, while Towson increased its road winning streak to 10 games.
In addition to his two touchdowns, West led Towson with 157 rushing yards on 30 carries.
The Tribe will close out the regular season when it plays at Richmond next Saturday at 4 p.m.