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Towson gets 7th seed, first round bye in FCS playoffs

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Towson gets 7th seed, first round bye in FCS playoffs

Posted on 24 November 2013 by WNST Staff

FCS PLAYOFF-BOUND TIGERS SEEDED 7th IN NCAA FCS PLAYOFFS

Tigers To Host Fordham-Sacred Heart Winner on Dec. 7

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After posting a 10-2 record in the regular season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team earned the No. 7 seed for the NCAA FCS Championship Playoffs, it was announced by the NCAA on Sunday morning.

The Tigers, who are making their second NCAA FCS playoff appearance in the last three years, are one of eight seeded teams which earned first round byes.

Towson will host the winner of the first round game between Fordham (11-1) and Sacred Heart (10-2), the 2013 Northeast Conference championship team. The game will be played at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m.

“When you work hard and when you sacrifice, special things can happen,’ said Coach Ambrose. “Every day, the eye was on the prize. Without everybody working together this just doesn’t happen.

“When I took the job, I said it wasn’t a matter of if, but when,” he added. “The ability to maintain our level of success over the past couple of years has given Towson national respect. I am proud to be a part of this community. It’s gratifying, I can’t hide it. I’m proud, I really am. The feeling is just plain awesome.”

Defending national champion North Dakota State (11-0) is the top seed while Eastern Illinois (11-1) is the number two seed. Eastern Washington (10-2) is seeded third while Southeastern Louisiana (10-2) is the number four seed. Colonial Athletic Association champion Maine (10-2) earned the number five seed while McNeese State (10-2) is seeded sixth.

No. 7 Towson and No. 8 Montana (10-2) round out the field of teams that earned first round byes.

New Hampshire is the only other CAA team to be selected as part of the playoff field.

The Tigers became the first NCAA team to earn an NCAA post-season bid at three different levels when they were selected for an FCS playoff berth two years ago. Towson was selected to play in the NCAA Division III playoffs in 1976 and made the Division II playoff field in 1983, 1984 and 1986.

In his fifth season as the Tigers’ coach, Ambrose has led the Tigers to a 29-28 record. Over the last three years, Towson has posted a 26-9 record, including a 19-5 mark in CAA games.

With a 6-2 record in the CAA this season, the Tigers finished the season tied for second in the CAA with New Hampshire. Towson won the 2011 CAA championship and shared the 2012 CAA title with Villanova, Richmond and UNH.

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Towson wraps regular season Saturday at James Madison

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

No. 7 TIGERS HOST JAMES MADISON IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

Tigers To Honor 19 Seniors In Pre-Game Ceremonies

TOWSON, Md. –  Closing out the regular season against Colonial Athletic Association rival James Madison University, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will try to improve their resume for the NCAA FCS playoffs when they host the Dukes on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3:30 p.m.

The Tigers, who are 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the CAA, have been ranked in the NCAA FCS for most of the season. They should be part of the playoff field but a win over James Madison could earn them a top eight seed.

The game will be televised on NBC SportsNet with Todd Harris and Anthony Herron calling the action.

“We don’t talk about the playoffs in the locker room, says Ambrose, who has guided the Tigers to their third consecutive winning season. “That’s a wasted conversation. We just focus on the next play and the next game. If we win, all of those things will take care of themselves.”

The Dukes, who have gone to the NCAA playoffs five times since 2004, bring a 6-5 overall record and a 3-4 CAA mark to Unitas Stadium for the 25th meeting between the schools.

James Madison holds an 18-5-1 series lead over Towson and has won the last eight meetings in a row. However, the last two games have been very close. In 2010, the Dukes escaped Unitas Stadium with a 17-13 victory. Last year, JMU had to come from behind to edge Towson in the final minute, 13-10.

“We see the bigger picture but we have to focus on the things that make us who we are,” adds Ambrose. “We still have a home game against a tough opponent and it is Senior Day for a group of seniors that helped lay the foundation for success long after this season and we need to celebrate them in the right way.”

The Tigers will be honoring a class that went from rags-to-riches over the last four seasons. When the seniors were freshmen in 2010, they had to endure a 1-10 season. However, they have led Towson to a 25-9 record over the last three seasons.

On Saturday, the Tigers will be honoring quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.), linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), guard Anthony Davis (Clover Hill H.S./Midlothian, Va.), linebacker Anthony DiSanzo (Don Bosco Prep/Fair Lawn, N.J.), kicker Drew Evangelista (Cedar Grove H.S./Cedar Grove, N.J.), tight end Will Fleming (Archbishop Hoban H.S./Akron, Ohio), defensive tackle Arnold Farmer (Poly H.S./Baltimore, Md.), linebacker Monte Gaddis (Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio),  tackleRandall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.), guard Charles Johnson (Poly H.S./Baltimore, Md.), wide receiverLeon Kinnard (Loyola H.S./Reisterstown, Md.), cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.), cornerback Ryan Mays (Franklin H.S./Reisterstown, Md.), tight end James Oboh (Sherwood H.S./Olney, Md.), running back Sterlin Phifer (Landstown H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.), tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), linebacker Eric Schuster (Reservoir H.S./Laurel, Md.), center Doug Shaw (Loyola H.S./Woodbine, Md.) and kicker D.J. Soven (Cypress Bay H.S./Weston, Fla.).

In that group of 19 seniors, 10 of them are Maryland natives.

In addition, the senior class includes two All-Americans (Pike and Love) and five players who have earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors.

Saturday’s game will be an important one for Pike, the Tigers’ 6-5, 298-pound tackle. On the Tigers’ first offensive play, he will set a school record by playing in the 46th game of his college career. Not only has he played in 46 games, he has also started every one of them.

The Tigers are coming off an impressive 15-9 victory at No. 16 William & Mary last week. Despite being held to their lowest offensive totals in 18 games, the Tigers pulled out the win by shutting out the Tribe in the second half.

In Saturday’s game, junior Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) will lead the Tiger ground game against the top run defense in the CAA. James Madison is allowing only 97.5 rushing yards per game and has given up only eight rushing touchdowns.

West leads NCAA FCS with 1,765 rushing yards on 279 carries, an average of 160.5 rushing yards per game. He also leads the nation with 28 touchdowns on the season.

Freshman Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) has also been a major part of the Tigers’ success on the ground. He has rushed for 411 yards on 64 carries with five touchdowns. He is averaging 6.4 yards per carry.

The Tigers, who top the CAA in scoring with a school record 418 points, also lead the CAA with 2,711 rushing yards and 5,237 yards of total offense. They have scored 57 touchdowns this season, matching the school record set in 2011.

Clark leads the Tiger defense with 99 tackles in 11 games. He has 4.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for lost yardage. Clark has forced four fumbles and recovered three fumbles. A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, he was the National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond.

Gaddis is tied for second on the team with 77 tackles in 11 games. He has two interceptions and one recovered fumble.

The Tigers, who have won 13 of their last 15 games dating back to last season, will learn their NCAA FCS post-season fate on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11:30 a.m. The team will gather at PAWS in the University Union to watch the selection show. Towson football fans are invited to join the team at PAWS.

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Towson moves up to 7th in FCS media poll

Posted on 19 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS RANKED 7th IN WEEKLY FCS POLL

Tigers Move Up Three Spots For Second Straight Week

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  With only one week remaining in the regular season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team are ranked seventh in the nation, according to the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

Towson is also ranked fifth in the NCAA FCS coaches’ poll.

The Tigers, who have been ranked in the NCAA FCS Top 10 for 11 of the last 12 weeks, moved up in the poll after their hard-fought 15-9 victory over No. 16 William & Mary last week. Towson moved up three spots because No. 4 Sam Houston State, No. 8 Montana State and No. 5 Fordham lost.

After opening the season as the 11th-ranked team in the nation, the Tigers have been ranked as high as third in the nation in 2013. Towson opened its season with six consecutive wins before losing to Villanova. The Tigers bounced back with road victories at Albany and Richmond before their 32-31 loss to Delaware three weeks ago.

The Tigers enter the final week of the season tied for second place in the CAA. No. 4 Maine (10-1, 7-0) clinched the CAA championship with a win over Rhode Island on Saturday. Towson is tied for second place in the CAA with No. 21 New Hampshire (6-4, 5-2). No. 19 William & Mary (7-4, 4-3) is tied for third place with unranked Delaware (7-4, 4-3) and unranked Villanova (4-3, 5-5).

Towson is one of four CAA teams that are ranked this week. Maine is ranked fourth and the Tigers are seventh. William * Mary is ranked 19th while New Hampshire is ranked 21st.

The Tigers host James Madison University in their regular season finale on Saturday afternoon. JMU has been ranked in the Top 25 for most of the season but dropped out of the rankings with a 41-38 loss to Stony Brook.

Saturday’s game will be the Tigers’ final chance to impress the NCAA FCS selection committee. The NCAA FCS Tournament field will be announced on Sunday.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (155)                                10-0               3,875                   1

2.      Eastern Illinois                                               10-1                3,686                   2

3.      Eastern Washington                                        9-2                3,579                   3

4.      Maine                                                            10-1                3,335                   6

5.      Montana                                                         9-2                3,022                  7

6.      McNeese State                                               9-2                2,882                  9

7.      Towson                                                          9-2                2,795                   10

8.      Southeastern Louisiana                                   9-2                2,781                   14

9.      Sam Houston State                                         8-3                2,527                  4

10.     Northern Arizona                                            8-2                2,513                   12  

11.      Coastal Carolina                                             10-1                2,509                  11

12.     Fordham                                                        10-1                2,163                    5

13.     Montana State                                                7-4                1,675                    8

14.     Bethune-Cookman                                          9-2                1,568                   18

15.     Youngstown State                                           8-3                1,487                   15

16.     South Dakota State                                         7-4                1,415                    19

17.     Lehigh                                                           8-2                1,324                   20

18.     Charleston Southern                                       10-2               1,181                     13

19.     William & Mary                                               7-4                1,051                    16

20.    Southern Utah                                                8-3                878                    NR

21.     New Hampshire                                              6-4                759                     23

22.    Princeton                                                       8-1                 704                    25

23.    Chattanooga                                                   8-3                578                    17

24.    Samford                                                         7-4                506                    NR

25.    Tennessee State                                             9-3                402                    NR

Others receiving votes:  Jacksonville State 262, Delaware 253, South Carolina State 158, Harvard 113, Villanova 56, Northern Iowa 55, Wofford 43, UT Martin 38, Sacred Heart 30, Alcorn State 28, Furman 25, James Madison 24, Southern Illinois 19, Illinois State 15, Central Arkansas 15, Jackson State 13, Gardner-Webb 12, Liberty 9, Georgia Southern 4, Eastern Kentucky 4, Richmond 3, San Diego 1.

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Towson pays visit to CAA foe William & Mary Saturday

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

No. 10 TIGERS VISIT NO. 16 WILLIAM & MARY THIS WEEK

Tigers Seeking To Bounce Back After Bye Week

TOWSON, Md. –  Ranked 10th in NCAA FCS this week, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will go back on the road to face another nationally-ranked Colonial Athletic Association opponent. The Tigers visit William & Mary, the 16th-ranked team in the nation, on Saturday, November 16 at Zable Stadium at 1:30 p.m.

The Tigers and the Tribe are two of four teams tied for second in the CAA this week. Towson (8-2, 4-2) and William & Mary (7-3, 4-2) are tied with Delaware (7-3, 4-2) and New Hampshire (5-4, 4-2) for second in the CAA. No. 6 Maine (9-1, 6-0) leads the CAA and needs one more win to clinch the CAA championship.

The game will be broadcast back to the Baltimore area on www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas, Ron Meehan and Zack Maskavich calling the action.

The Tigers, who have won 12 of their last 14 games, will be seeking their 10th consecutive road victory on Saturday. The Tigers, who are 6-0 on the road this season, haven’t lost a road game since a 13-10 loss at James Madison on Oct. 6, 2012.

Towson is coming off a much-needed bye week. Coach Ambrose says, “We really needed it badly. We focused on resting and getting healthy. The guys that needed to rest got their rest. We also worked with the guys who needed it. I feel we optimized our time efficiently.”

This week’s matchup will feature the top offense in the CAA against the top defense in the CAA. The Tigers average 40.3 points per game, a mark that leads the CAA and ranks 11th in NCAA FCS. The Tigers are also averaging a CAA-best 489.5 total yards per game and a CAA-leading 246.3 rushing yards per contest.

The Tribe leads NCAA FCS in scoring defense, allowing 12.2 points per game. In 10 games, the Tribe has allowed only 14 touchdowns. During its three-game winning streak, the Tribe is outscoring its opponents by a 58-17 margin.

While the Tigers have a nine-game winning streak on the road, they will be facing a William & Mary squad that has won all five home games at Zable Stadium this season.

Ambrose knows the Tigers will be facing a formidable challenge this week. He says, “The more that I watch William & Mary on film, the more impressed I am. Their defense is extremely mature, very talented and quite physical. It is one of the best defenses that I’ve seen since I came into this conference. They are incredibly multiple and they have 11 players performing as one. This will be a large challenge for us.”

A leading candidate for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in FCS football, junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) is the NCAA FCS leader in rushing and touchdowns scored. He has run for 1,608 yards on 249 attempts, a 6.5 average. He is averaging 160.8 rushing yards per game and leads the nation with 26 touchdowns.

West has more touchdowns than three teams in the CAA and 22 teams in NCAA FCS.

When the Tigers take the field at William & Mary, West will also be approaching another milestone. After rushing for more than 200 yards in back-to-back games, West now has 3,948 yards in his career and needs only 52 yards to become the first Towson player with 4,000 rushing yards in his career.

West has already scored a CAA record 68 rushing touchdowns in his career. He has a total of 70 touchdowns in his career, 19 touchdowns shy of the NCAA FCS career record set by Brian Westbrook of Villanova.

While West leads the CAA in rushing, freshman Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) has also been impressive. Victor has rushed for 361 yards on 55 carries in eight games. He ran for a career high 78 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown against Delaware.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) leads the Tigers with 93 tackles, a mark that ties him for third in the CAA. Clark also has 8.5 tackles for lost yardage, including 4.5 sacks. He has forced four fumbles and has three fumble recoveries. Named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, he was The Sports Network’s National Defensive Player of the Week after Towson’s win at Richmond three weeks ago.

Junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C. ) is second on the team with 73 tackles. He has broken up six passes and had his first interception of the season against Delaware.

Towson and William & Mary will be meeting for the 10th time this week. The Tribe owns a 7-2 lead in the series. However, the Tigers have won the last two games. Two years ago, the Tigers handed the Tribe a 38-27 in Williamsburg. Last season, the Tigers edged William & Mary at Unitas Stadium, 20-17.

After facing William & Mary this week, the Tigers will close out the regular season next Saturday afternoon when they host James Madison University at 3:30 p.m.

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Towson hosts Delaware in big CAA battle Saturday night

Posted on 01 November 2013 by WNST Staff

No. 7 TIGERS HOST No. 21 DELAWARE THIS WEEK

Tigers Face Blue Hens In Key CAA Contest

TOWSON, Md. –  Returning to Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium after two consecutive road games, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will host another Colonial Athletic Association contest between two ranked teams when the Tigers face Delaware at 7:00 p.m.

Ranked seventh in the NCAA FCS this week, the Tigers have an 8-1 overall record and a 4-1 CAA mark. The Blue Hens are 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the CAA.  Delaware moved into the Top 25 this week after its win over Rhode Island.

The game will be broadcast back to the Baltimore area on www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas, Ron Meehan and Zack Maskavich calling the action.

The Tigers, who have won 12 of their last 13 games, will be seeking their second straight win over Delaware. Last season, Towson edged Delaware in overtime, 34-27. That ended Delaware’s five-game series winning streak. Towson and Delaware will be playing for the 15th time on Saturday night. Delaware owns a 9-5 series lead.

This week’s matchup will feature two of the top offenses in the CAA. Towson averages 41.3 points per game, eighth in the nation. The Tigers top the CAA in scoring while Delaware is third, averaging 34.2 points per contest. The Tigers also lead the CAA in total offense, averaging 489.2 yards per game.

While the Tiger offense is responsible for most of the Tigers’ 51  touchdowns, the Tigers have found other creative ways to score. Towson has scored five defensive touchdowns and two special teams touchdowns.

In the win over Richmond last week, the Tiger defense came up with two touchdowns. Sophomore safetyChristian Carpenter (Aberdeen H.S./Aberdeen, Md.) intercepted a pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown in the first half. Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore safety Donnell Lewis (Woodside H.S./Virginia Beach, Va. ) is responsible for two of the defensive touchdowns. He had a 43-yard fumble return for a TD at Stony Brook and he intercepted a pass and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown at Albany. Senior Thomas Bradley (Montgomery H.S./Gaithersburg, Md.) has the other defensive touchdown. He intercepted a pass and went 90 yards for a TD at Holy Cross.

Junior Derrick Joseph (McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.) scored both of the Tigers’ special teams touchdowns. He had kickoff returns for TD’s against Delaware State and Villanova.

Of course, junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) is responsible for most of the Tigers’ touchdowns. He leads the nation with 24 touchdowns in nine games. In fact, West has more touchdowns than five teams in the CAA and 46 teams in NCAA FCS.

A leading candidate for the Walter Payton Award, West also leads the nation in rushing with 1,402 yards in nine games. Last week, he became Towson’s career rushing leader in only his 30th college game. He now has 3,742 yards in his career and has scored a CAA record 66 rushing touchdowns. He has a total of 68 rushing touchdowns.

In the win over Richmond, West ran for a career high 272 yards on 29 carries and tied the school record by scoring five touchdowns. It was the second time this season that he scored five touchdowns in a game.

The matchup with Delaware is also a matchup of two of the best running backs in CAA history.

The Blue Hens are led by senior Andrew Pierce. The 10th-leading rusher in CAA history, Pierce has run for 4,278 yards in his career. He is sixth in the CAA in rushing yards with 641 yards on 133 carries.

Clark is having an outstanding senior season at linebacker for the Tigers. A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, he ranks second in the CAA with 88 tackles in nine games. Clark is tied for the CAA lead with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

After making a career high 16 tackles at Richmond, he was named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week by The Sports Network.

After hosting Delaware this week, the Tigers will have a much-needed bye next week. The season resumes on Nov. 16 at William & Mary.

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Towson moves up to 7th in FCS media poll

Posted on 29 October 2013 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  After posting a 48-32 victory over Richmond on Saturday, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team is ranked seventh in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

The Tigers have been ranked in the NCAA FCS Top 10 for the last nine weeks.

Towson actually moved up from eighth place to seventh, passing Sam Houston State this week. The top nine teams in the FCS poll remained the same while Maine (7-1) moved into 10th place, ahead of Montana, which fell to 12th.

After opening the season as the 11th-ranked team in the nation, the Tigers have fluctuated between third and eighth in the weekly poll. Towson was ranked third in the nation until dropping a 45-35 loss to Villanova on Oct. 12. However, the Tigers have bounced back with road victories at Albany and Richmond.

The Tigers, who are averaging 41.3 points per game, have won 12 of their last 13 games. Towson has gone 6-0 on the road this season and has won nine straight road games. The Tigers have not lost a road game since Oct. 3, 2012 when they fell to James Madison, 13-10.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (8-0) is ranked number one again this week while Eastern Illinois (7-1) is second. Eastern Washington (6-2) is ranked third, ahead of No. 4 McNeese State (7-1).  Montana State (6-2) is ranked fifth, just ahead of Coastal Carolina (8-0). Sam Houston State (6-2) fell to eighth while No. 8 Towson (8-1), No. 9 Fordham (8-0) and No. 10 Maine (7-1) round out the Top 10.

Towson is one of five CAA teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. Maine (7-1) is ranked 10th after the Black Bears’ 37-35 win over No. 18 Villanova. New Hampshire (4-3) moved up to No. 16 after a 31-13 victory over Stony Brook. Villanova (4-4) fell to 20th in the nation after the loss to Maine. After a 35-13 win at Rhode Island, Delaware is ranked 21st in the nation.

The Tigers return to Unitas Stadium on Saturday night to host Delaware in a 7:00 p.m. game.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

 

FCS Weekly Rankings Record Points Last Week
1. North Dakota State (159) 8-0 3975 1
2. Eastern Illinois 7-1 3709 2
3. Eastern Washington 6-2 3554 3
4. McNeese State 7-1 3346 4
5. Montana State 6-2 3191 5
6. Coastal Carolina 8-0 3102 6
7. TOWSON 8-1 2964 8
8. Sam Houston State 6-2 2952 7
9. Fordham 8-0 2855 8
10. Maine 7-1 2537 11
11. Youngstown State 7-1 2234 13
12. Montana 6-2 2045 10
13. Bethune-Cookman 7-1 2001 14
14. Northern Arizona 6-2 1795 16
15. Samford 6-2 1681 22
16. New Hampshire 4-3 1292 20
17. Wofford 5-3 1226 12
18. Central Arkansas 5-3 1035 23
19. South Dakota State 5-4  800 25
20. Villanova 4-4  710 18
21. Delaware 6-2  701 NR
22. Lehigh 6-2  648 16
23. Tennessee State 7-2  617 NR
24. Charleston Southern 8-1  589 NR
25. Southeastern Louisiana 6-2  423 NR

 

Others receiving votes:  Northern Iowa 360, James Madison 325, William & Mary 259, Jacksonville State 177, Chattanooga 175, Southern Illinois 81, Princeton 68, Georgia Southern 57, Harvard 37, Southern Utah 33, South Carolina State 24, Jackson State 18, UT Martin 18, Portland State 17, Illinois State 11, Sacramento State 7, Stony Brook 6, Cal Poly 6, South Dakota 4, Alabama State 4, Alcorn State 4, Eastern Kentucky 2.

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Towson takes tricky trip to Richmond Saturday

Posted on 25 October 2013 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. –  For the sixth time in nine games, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will go on the road this week when they visit Colonial Athletic Association rival Richmond on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 12 noon.

The game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet with Brent Harris and Qadry Ismail describing the action.

The Tigers, who are 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the CAA, will be facing a Richmond team that is much better than its record suggests. The Spiders have played in tough luck all season and have a 2-5 record. However, their five losses have come by a total of 20 points. Richmond has dropped three two-point decisions, losing to North Carolina State (23-21), Gardner-Webb (12-10) and Rhode Island (12-10).

“Their record means nothing to me,” says Coach Ambrose. “That is not an accurate reflection of how good they are. They have some great football players and they have some great coaches. You can throw out the records this week. This is another week in the CAA and we are going to have an extreme challenge.”

The Tigers enter the game at Richmond as one of the top teams in NCAA FCS football. Towson has been ranked in the NCAA FCS Top 10 all year long and was ranked third for three consecutive weeks. The Tigers’ 7-1 overall record is their best eight-game record as an NCAA FCS program.

The Tigers have been remarkably successful on the road. Towson has won eight consecutive road games, a streak that started on Oct. 27, 2012 with a 49-35 win at Villanova. The Tigers closed out the 2012 season with wins at Delaware and No. 7 New Hampshire to earn a share of the CAA championship with UNH, Villanova and Richmond.

Towson is 5-0 on the road this season, posting wins at Connecticut (33-18), Holy Cross (49-7), North Carolina Central (35-17), Stony Brook (35-21) and Albany (44-17).

The Tigers’ current eight-game road winning streak is the longest in program history.

“This team has a general mentality to focus and ignore the noise,” says Ambrose as he tries to explain the Tigers’ success on the road. “These guys are singularly-minded and they don’t pay attention to a lot of the other stuff that doesn’t matter. This team stays true to one another and does a good job maintaining its focus.”

Averaging 40.5 points per game, the Tigers are ranked eighth in the nation in scoring offense and they have been remarkably consistent. In their eight games, the Tigers have scored between 33 and 49 points every week.

Led by senior quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.), the Tigers are averaging 479.2 total yards per game. Athens has completed 144 of 289 passes for 1,981 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is ranked second in the CAA in passing yardage.

Junior Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) has emerged as a dangerous wide receiver. In the last three games, he has caught 18 passes for 407 yards and three touchdowns. He has topped the 100-yard mark in three straight games, only the third Towson player to accomplish the feat. If he reaches 100 yards against the Spiders, he will be the first Tiger to reach that mark in four straight games.

Junior Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) enters the Richmond game as the leading rusher in the CAA. He has run for 1,130 yards on 191 carries and has scored 19 touchdowns. He enters the Richmond game as the second-leading rusher in school history with 3,470 yards and needs only 132 yards to pass Jason Corle, ’00 and become Towson’s all-time leader.

One of the leading candidates for the Walter Payton Award, West has rushed for more than 100 yards in six of Towson’s eight games this season. A three-time selection as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week, he has scored at least one touchdown in all eight games. In his career, West has scored 63 touchdowns in only 29 games.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) leads the Tiger defense with 72 tackles in eight games. Clark ranks sixth in the CAA in tackles.

When the Tigers visit Richmond, they will be facing the Spiders for the ninth time. Richmond holds a 5-3 lead in the series and has won three of the last four contests.

The Tigers will be trying to reverse a disturbing trend when they visit Richmond. In the last four games, the Tigers have gotten off to very slow starts. In fact, the Tigers have been outscored by a 62-12 margin. Fortunately, the Tigers have bounced back to win three of those games.

At Stony Brook, the Tigers trailed by 14-0 before rallying for a 35-21 victory. In a 44-28 victory over New Hampshire, the Tigers had to overcome a 20-3 deficit. However, Villanova grabbed a 21-6 first quarter lead before holding on for a 45-35 win. Last week, the Tigers rallied from a 7-3 first quarter deficit and beat Albany, 44-17.

The Tigers have been a second half team all season. In the second half of games, the Tigers have outscored their opponents by a 159-49 margin. In the third quarter, Towson owns a 94-14 advantage.

After their trip to Richmond, the Tigers return to Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 2when they host Delaware at 7:00 p.m.

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Towson ranked eighth in FCS media poll

Posted on 22 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS RANKED EIGHTH IN NCAA FCS THIS WEEK

Tigers Remain In Top 10 For Eighth Straight Week

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  Coming off a 44-17 victory over Albany on Saturday, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team is ranked eighth in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

The Tigers have been ranked in the NCAA FCS Top 10 for the last eight weeks.

The Tigers, who were ranked third in the nation until a 45-35 loss to No. 15 Villanova two weeks ago, bounced back with a convincing 44-17 victory over Albany. For the Tigers, who have won 11 of their last 12 games, it was their eighth consecutive win on the road dating back to the 2012 season.

Despite the win over Albany, the Tigers dropped one spot from seventh to eighth. A 31-23 upset win by No. 9 McNeese State over No. 2 Sam Houston State caused the shakeup in the Top 10. Sam Houston State fell to seventh in FCS while McNeese State moved up to fourth. Fordham also fell from eighth to ninth due to the win by McNeese State.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (7-0) is ranked number one again this week while Eastern Illinois (6-1) moved into the number two spot. Eastern Washington (5-2) is now ranked third, ahead of No. 4 McNeese State (6-1).  Montana State (5-2) is ranked fifth, just ahead of Coastal Carolina (7-0). Coastal held on to its number six ranking with a 55-52 victory over Liberty in double overtime. Sam Houston State (5-2) fell to seventh while No. 8 Towson (7-1), No. 9 Fordham (8-0) and No. 10 Montana (6-1) round out the Top 10.

Towson is one of five Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. Maine (6-1) is ranked 11thafter the Black Bears’ 34-20 win over William & Mary. Villanova (4-3) fell to 18th in the nation after dropping a 29-28 decision to No. 20 New Hampshire (3-3). James Madison (5-2) did not play last week but the Dukes moved up to 19th.

The Tigers will travel to Richmond on Saturday to face the Spiders in a 12 noon game.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (156)                                 7-0                3,900                   1

2.      Eastern Illinois                                               6-1                 3,620                   3

3.      Eastern Washington                                        5-2                3,397                   4

4.      McNeese State                                               6-1                 3,160                    9

5.      Montana State                                                5-2                3,116                     5

6.      Coastal Carolina                                             7-0                2,977                   6

7.      Sam Houston State                                         5-2                2,880                  2

8.      Towson University                                          7-1                 2,870                  7

9.      Fordham                                                        8-0                2,836                   8

10.     Montana                                                         6-1                 2,544                  10

11.      Maine                                                            6-1                 2,120                   14

12.     Wofford                                                          5-2                1,968                    13

13.     Youngstown State                                           7-1                 1,920                   16

14.     Bethune-Cookman                                          6-1                 1,635                    17

15.     Lehigh                                                           6-1                 1567                     18

16.     Northern Arizona                                            5-2                1,339                    19

17.     Northern Iowa                                                4-3                1,237                    11

18.     Villanova                                                       4-3                1,218                    12

19.     James Madison                                               5-2                993                     20

20.    New Hampshire                                              3-3                824                    25

21.     Tennessee State                                             7-1                 818                     24

22.    Samford                                                         5-2                807                    22

23.    Central Arkansas                                            4-3                637                     21

24.    Georgia Southern                                            4-2                557                    23

25.    South Dakota State                                         4-4                412                     15  

Others receiving votes:  Delaware 270, Charleston Southern 226, Southeastern Louisiana 183, Harvard 180, South Carolina State 134, Southern Illinois 76, Jacksonville State 60, William & Mary 42, Chattanooga 35, South Dakota 34, Southern Utah 16, Gardner-Webb 15, Jackson State 15, UT Martin 13, Cal Poly 13, Princeton 10, Stony Brook 5, Alcorn State 5, Sacred Heart 4, Illinois State 4, Sacramento State 3, Butler 3, Duquesne 2.

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Towson tries to bounce back with visit to Albany Saturday

Posted on 18 October 2013 by WNST Staff

No. 7 TIGERS VISIT ALBANY IN CAA CONTEST

Tigers Seeking To Bounce Back From First Loss Of Season

TOWSON, Md. –  Coming off their first loss of the season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will be trying to pull out a victory when the seventh-ranked Tigers (6-1, 2-1) travel to Albany (1-6, 0-3) to face the Great Danes in a Colonial Athletic Association contest on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m.

The game will be broadcast back to the Baltimore area on www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas, Ron Meehan and Zack Maskavich calling the action.

The Tigers, who had their 10-game winning streak snapped by Villanova last week, will be trying to avoid the slow starts that have plagued them in their last three games. Last week, the Tigers spotted Villanova a 21-0 lead before falling, 45-35. Two weeks ago, New Hampshire grabbed a 20-3 lead in the first quarter before the Tigers rallied for a 44-38 win. In late September, the Tigers had to rally from a 14-0 first quarter deficit to beat Stony Brook, 35-21.

“Everything is a learning experience and I think we learned a lot from the loss to Villanova,” says Coach Ambrose. “I have never seen a first half like the one we played against Villanova. We ran only 11 plays and trailed by 38-14 at halftime. I give our players a lot of credit for the way they battled back to make a game out of it.”

Although the Tigers saw their 10-game winning streak ended by Villanova, they have won seven consecutive road games. In fact, Towson has won eight of its last nine CAA road games dating back to the 2011 season.

Towson started its school-record road winning streak on Oct. 27, 2012 with a 49-35 win at Villanova. Since then, the Tigers have picked up wins at Delaware, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Holy Cross, North Carolina Central and Stony Brook.

The Tiger offense, which is ranked 10th in NCAA FCS, enters the Albany game averaging 40.8 points per game. The Tigers are also second in the CAA in total offense, averaging 465.9 yards per game. The Tiger offensive line has done a terrific job protecting senior quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.). Athens has only been sacked three times in seven games.

Athens, who ranks fifth in the CAA in passing efficiency, has completed 122 of 195 passes for 1,687 yards and 10 touchdowns. Junior Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) and senior Leon Kinnard (Loyola H.S./Reisterstown, Md.) are tied for the team receiving lead. Wilkins has caught 31 passes for 533 yards and three touchdowns while Kinnard has 31 receptions for 442 yards and one touchdown.

The Tiger offense is led by junior Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.). The leading rusher in the CAA, West has rushed for 947 yards in seven games, a 135.3 average. He has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in five games and has been named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week three times.

With 17 touchdowns in seven games, he leads NCAA FCS.

West is the second-leading rusher in Towson history. In 28 games, he has rushed for 3,287 yards on 558 carries. In his career, he has scored 60 rushing touchdowns and has a total of 61 touchdowns.

The winner of the Jerry Rice Award as a freshman, he is one of the leading candidates for the Walter PaytonAward.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) leads the Tigers with 64 tackles. He ranks fifth in the CAA.

Towson will be facing Albany for the fifth time ever. However, this is the first time that the teams have met as conference rivals. The Great Danes are first-year members of the CAA.

Towson and Albany have split their four-game series. The home team has won each game. The Tigers won the most recent meeting, a 35-16 victory in 2004.

After playing at Albany this week, the Tigers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 26 when they visit Richmond for a 12 noon game.

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Towson eyes 6-0 start Saturday against New Hampshire

Posted on 04 October 2013 by WNST Staff

UNBEATEN TIGERS HOST No. 19 NEW HAMPSHIRE ON SATURDAY

No. 3 Tigers Seeking 10th Consecutive Win

TOWSON, Md. –  Riding a nine-game winning streak, the undefeated Towson University football team (5-0, 1-0) returns to Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5 when the Tigers host No. 19 New Hampshire (1-2, 0-0) in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game at 12:00 noon.

The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet-Plus. Scott Graham and Andy Gresh will call the action.

A home game will be a welcome respite for the Tigers from the grind that found Towson playing four of its first five games on the road. After opening the season with a 33-18 win at Connecticut, the Tigers beat Holy Cross on the road, 49-7. On Sept. 14, the Tigers played their home opener and beat Delaware State, 49-7. However, it was back on the road the following week where Towson beat North Carolina Central, 35-17. Last week, the Tigers pulled out a 35-21 victory at Stony Brook.

In the opening weeks of the season, Towson traveled 2,548 miles to pick up four road victories. Dating back to last season, the Tigers have played seven of their last nine games on the road – and they have won all of them. Towson’s seven-game road winning streak is the longest in school history.

“We are road-weary,” admits Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “I feel like we are that Cleveland Indians team in the movie, ‘Major League.’ That team was always on a bus and that’s how we feel.

“However, it will be great to take the field on Saturday afternoon with a large crowd of our fans cheering us on,” he adds. “I know that will energize us.”

New Hampshire comes to Unitas Stadium with a deceptive 1-2 record. The Wildcats, who have qualified for the NCAA FCS playoffs eight years in a row, opened their season with a 24-21 loss at Central Michigan. After beating Colgate in their home opener, the Wildcats dropped a 34-27 decision at undefeated Lehigh last week.

Saturday’s game will be the 10th meeting between the two teams. UNH owns a 7-2 series lead, but the Tigers have won the last two matchups. Two years ago, Towson edged UNH, 56-42. Last season, the Tigers traveled to New Hampshire for the regular season finale and shocked the No. 7 Wildcats, 64-35. That win earned the Tigers a share of the CAA championship.

When Towson hosts New Hampshire, it will be the first time the teams have played where the Tigers had a higher national ranking. It will also match the top offensive team in the CAA against the top defensive team. New Hampshire comes into the game averaging 459.0 total yards per game as well as 236.7 rushing yards per contest. The Tigers allow 271.6 total yards per contest and only 70.8 rushing yards per game.

Towson ranks fourth in the NCAA FCS in rushing defense and sixth in total defense.

Offensively, the Tigers will be counting on junior Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.). The leading rusher in the CAA with 648 yards on 126 carries, he has scored 12 touchdowns this season, a mark that leads NCAA FCS. West has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in four of five games. The only time he didn’t reach the 100-yard plateau was a 49-7 win over Delaware State when he left the game early in the third quarter. He did score five touchdowns against the Hornets.

The third-leading rusher in school history, West needs only 12 rushing yards to become the third player in program history to rush for 3,000 yards. He has scored 56 career touchdowns in 26 games.

In two games against New Hampshire, West has run for 497 yards on 42 carries and six touchdowns.

Junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Windsor H.S./Windsor, Conn.) leads the Tiger defense with 6.5 sacks. He ranks fourth in the nation in sacks. Led by Delaire, the Tiger defense ranks second in the nation with 21 sacks in five games.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) leads the Tigers with 44 tackles in five games. He made a career high 14 tackles and had one sack at Stony Brook. Junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) is second on the team with 28 tackles.

The Tigers’ game against New Hampshire will be the first of back-to-back home games against the top teams in the CAA. After hosting No. 19 UNH, the Tigers host No. 20 Villanova on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 p.m.

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