Phillips passes William & Mary past Towson

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TOWSON, Md. (AP)—Jake Phillips threw a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes and William & Mary rallied with 27 unanswered second-half points in a 34-14 victory over Towson on Saturday.

Phillips finished 21-for-32 for 265 yards and three touchdowns, and Jonathan Grimes ran for 96 yards and a score for the Tribe (6-2, 4-1 Colonial Athletic Association), which won their fourth straight game and improved to 6-0 all-time against the Tigers (3-6, 1-4).

Brian Pate kicked two field goals for William & Mary, which rolled up 504 offensive yards to Towson’s 238.

Sean Schaefer was 21-for-32 for 186 yards and two touchdowns for Towson, but William & Mary scored on its first possession of the second half and a critical turnover gave the Tribe the lead for good early in the third period.

Phillips directed a 10-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 19-yard touchdown pass to Chase Hill, tying the score at 14-14 in second half. After Schaefer’s fumbled snap on Towson’s next play, which was recovered by Michael Pigrim at the Tigers’ 36, the Tribe scored three plays later on Phillips’ TD pass to Rob Varno to give them a 21-14 lead.

The Tribe took a 7-0 lead on its first possession of the game on Phillips’ 65-yard pass to D.J. McAulay.

Schaefer’s 42-yard TD strike to John Godlasky on fourth-and-1 tied the game early in the second period.

With four seconds remaining in the first half, Schaefer connected with Tommy Breaux on a deep sideline pattern for a 44-yard pass and a 14-7 lead.

Grimes scored on a 3-yard run with 9:20 left in the game.

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