This game had more swings than a children's playground.

It was like a heavyweight boxing match, in which each fighter got knocked down by a series of haymakers, only to get off the deck and start throwing bombs of their own.

In the first five minutes of its Colonial Athletic Association game on Saturday at Villanova Stadium, Towson looked as though it had been flattened by a speeding blue bus.

Villanova's offense needed just eight plays to rack up 160 yards and two touchdowns.

The Tigers were stunned, staggered, and looking like they needed a standing eight count.

Then everything changed.

Led by the elusive play of redshirt junior quarterback Tom Flacco, Towson ripped apart a Villanova defense that was lights out in wins over Temple and Lehigh for 35 straight points.

The Wildcats were shaken, stirred, and looking completely confused.

Then things changed again.

Nova went on a 21-7 scoring run to make it a seven-point game with just over eight minutes remaining.

That, however, was the final turn.

As the stadium lights went on, the Tigers knocked the Wildcats out by kicking a field goal with three minutes left and finished with a 45-35 victory.

Flacco did something his older brother, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, could not do in two tries while at the University of Delaware – beat Villanova.

The graduate transfer from Rutgers completed 27-of-37 passes for 320 yards with three touchdowns. He also rushed for 66 yards.

Flacco outdueled Villanova quarterback Zach Bednarczyk, who completed 26-of-35 passes for 389 yards with four touchdowns.

In a game that featured big play after big play, Towson (2-1, 1-0 in CAA) and Villanova (2-1, 0-1) combined for 1,018 yards of total offense.

The 528 yards the Wildcats surrendered to Towson were 101 more than they gave up in their first two games combined.

As potent as the offenses were, however, the most important score of the game came from Towson's special teams.

After tying the score at 14, the Tigers kicked off to Villanova's Josh McGrigg, who took a vicious hit and fumbled.

Towson's Troy Vincent Jr., the son of former Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent, scooped up the loose ball and carried it 14-yards for a touchdown.

The Tigers went from being down 14-7 to up being up 21-14 in eight seconds to close the first quarter.

"There were big plays on both sides of the ball," said Villanova coach Mark Ferrante, whose team surrendered its most points since losing 49-35 to Towson in 2012. "Unfortunately, they had more big plays than we did."