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Press Box’s Habtemariam surprised about amount of FCS players going in early rounds

Posted on 10 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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Towson honored by ECAC as FCS team of the year

Posted on 09 January 2014 by WNST Staff


Towson Finished As NCAA FCS Runners-Up

CENTERVILLE, Mass.  The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced today that Towson University has been named as the 2013 ECAC Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Team of the Year.

This is Towson’s first-ever ECAC Division I FCS Team of the Year honor and fourth overall, as the Tigers had previously won the ECAC Division II Team of the Year in 1983, 1984 and 1986. Towson was selected as the most outstanding team by the coaches within the ECAC Division I FCS membership and members of the media.

The Tigers will be honored on March 27, at the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet, hosted by the ECAC at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Eastern College Football Awards Banquet with feature the presentation of the ECAC Football Awards as well as the Lambert Meadowlands Awards. Towson was also recently chosen as the Lambert Meadowlands Division I FCS Award winner.

Coach Rob Ambrose and the Tigers were one of the nation’s elite teams this season, compiling a 13-3 record en route to an appearance in the FCS National Championship game. The Tigers finished the regular season with a 10-2 record. They went on to defeat Fordham University, Eastern Illinois and Eastern Washington in the NCAA FCS Playoffs before falling to North Dakota State University in the championship game.

“What a great honor it is for Towson University to be named as the ECAC FCS Team of the Year,” said Ambrose. “It is quite validating that the hard work done by so many has once again garnered another great honor for our institution.”

Led by a group of 19 seniors, the Tiger offense averaged nearly 40 points per game this season (38.5) and was No. 12 in all of NCAA FCS in total offense.

Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) was the catalyst of the offense, as he produced a record-breaking season in 2013. West, the ECAC Division I FCS Offensive Player of the Year, rushed for an FCS single season record 2,509 yards, shattering the previous mark of 2,326 yards held by Colgate’s Jamaal Branch. He also set the FCS single season record with 42 touchdowns, eclipsing the previous total of 39 set by Delaware’s Omar Cuff.

West scored at least one touchdown in all 16 games the Tigers played this season and rushed for over 100 yards on 12 occasions, four of which went for over 200 yards. In Towson’s NCAA FCS quarterfinal win over Eastern Illinois, West set an FCS playoff record with 354 yards on the ground and scored five touchdowns.

Senior quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.) was just as impressive, throwing for 3,461 yards and 19 touchdowns. He completed over 64 per cent of his passes and had a quarterback efficiency rating of 151.6

The Tigers outscored their opponents by over 15 points per game, due in large part to a strong defense. Junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Bloomfield H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.) spent most of the season in the opponent’s backfield, registering 17.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) made 145 tackles on the season, including 89 solo stops and 10.5 tackles for loss. Clark also forced five fumbles and recovered three. The Tiger defense forced opponents to turn the ball over 34 times, recording 18 fumble recoveries and 16 interceptions. Sophomores Christian Carpenter (Aberdeen H.S./Aberdeen, Md.) and Donnell Lewis (Woodside H.S./Newport News, Va.) each picked off four passes and returned one for a touchdown.

Duke University was selected as the ECAC FBS Team of the Year while West Chester was honored as the ECAC Division II Team of the Year. Wesley College was named as the ECAC Division III Team of the Year.

About the ECAC
The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with more than 300 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Colorado. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports. The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues, and through the public relations arm of the conference, more than 2,500 student-athletes in 23 sports are recognized annually. Finally, the ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men’s and women’s ice hockey and men’s lacrosse.

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Towson wins Lambert Meadowlands Award

Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff


Towson Named As Unanimous Winner Of Award Presented To Top Team In East

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – After finishing the season as the NCAA FCS runner-up to North Dakota State University, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team have been named as the unanimous winners of the Lambert Meadowlands Award presented to the top FCS team in the East.

The Tigers, who were a Top Ten team all season, finished the season as the NCAA FCS runners-up with a 13-3 record. Towson set a school record with its 13 victories and is one of only 10 schools in NCAA college football to win 13 or more games.

Seeded seventh in the NCAA FCS playoffs, the Tigers enjoyed a very impressive run to their first appearance in the NCAA FCS championship game in Frisco, Texas. After finishing the regular season with a 9-2 record, the Tigers earned a berth in the championship game with a 48-28 win over No. 9 Fordham, a 49-39 victory over No. 2 Eastern Illinois and a 35-31 win over No. 3 Eastern Washington.

En route to their 13-3 record, the Tigers posted a remarkable 9-0 record on the road.

The Tigers’ Lambert Meadowlands Award comes only three years after Towson posted a 1-10 record. In 2011, Towson was the most improved FCS team in the nation with a 9-3 record and the Colonial Athletic Association championship. Last season, the Tigers shared the CAA title and had a 7-4 mark.

“It is a tremendous honor to be the recipients of this year’s Lambert Meadowlands FCS award,” said Ambrose, the Tigers’ fifth-year coach. “The hard work and dedication of so many Tiger football family members has once again garnered our program and the institution of Towson University great respect.”

Towson finished first in the Lambert Meadowlands FCS Award standings, ahead of Fordham (12-2), New Hampshire (10-5), Maine (10-3), Harvard (9-1), Princeton (8-2), Villanova (6-5), William & Mary (7-5), Lehigh (8-3) and Sacred Heart (10-3).

Although this is Towson’s first Lambert Meadowlands FCS award, the Tigers won three Lambert Meadowlands Awards as a Division II program in the 1980’s. The Tigers were honored in 1983 (10-2), 1984 (9-4-1) and 1986 (8-3-1).

In the other divisions, Penn State University (7-5) won the Football Bowl Subdivision Lambert Meadowlands Award while West Chester University (13-2) earned the Division II honor. St. John Fisher College (10-3) won the Division III Lambert Meadowlands Award.

Established in 1936 as the Lambert Trophy to recognize supremacy in Eastern college football, the award has since grown to recognize the best team in the East in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). In 1957, the Lambert Cup was created to recognize non-Division I-A teams, and in 1966 a Division III award was added. In 1983, the Lambert family decided the Meadowlands Sports Complex would be the best organization with a sincere and involved interest in college athletics to sponsor and manage the award, and since that time, the awards have been known as the Lambert Meadowlands Awards.

To be eligible for the Lambert Meadowlands Award, a school must be located in the East or play at least half of its schedule against eligible Lambert teams. The territory includes New York, New Jersey, New England and Pennsylvania, while teams in the bordering states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and the District of Columbia qualify if at least half of their schedule features eligible teams.

Teams in Eastern-based football conferences, regardless of location, qualify if at least half their schedule is against Lambert eligible teams.

Final Division I FCS Lambert Poll 

1.        Towson                     13-3

2.      Fordham                   12-2

3.       New Hampshire        10-5

4.      Maine                       10-3

5.      Harvard                    9-1

6.       Princeton                 8-2

7.       Villanova                  6-5

8.      William & Mary         7-5

9.       Lehigh                      8-3

10.    Sacred Heart            10-3

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Towson to hold midnight campus celebration for football team win or lose

Posted on 04 January 2014 by WNST Staff


FRISCO, Texas – A special welcoming celebration for the Tiger football team has been planned and will be held on Saturday, January 4 at the Field House next to Johnny Unitas® Stadium on campus when the Tigers return from their NCAA FCS championship game.

The celebration is scheduled for approximately 12 midnight.

All Tiger fans are invited to welcome the Tigers back and celebrate a very memorable season.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 31 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Maryland @ North Carolina (Sunday 3pm from Chapel Hill, NC live on ESPNU); Boxing: Argenis Mendez vs. Rances Bartholemy (Friday 9pm from Minneapolis live on ESPN2); MISL: Baltimore Blast @ Pennsylvania Roar (Tuesday 5:05pm from Reading, PA live on YouTube), Missouri Comets @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Pennsylvania Roar @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube)

10. Jeezy (Tuesday 10pm Baltimore Arena); Keller Williams (Tuesday 9pm Rams Head Live), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Slightly Stoopid (Tuesday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Wale (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 11pm Howard Theatre); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Tuesday 9pm 9:30 Club); Rusted Root (Sunday 8pm State Theatre)

People I know enjoy Keller Williams. That’s the extent of the discussion I have to offer here.

Wale is a Washington Football Club fan, yet somehow I don’t hate him. It’s really odd.

Remember when I posted a video of Trombone Shorty last week? This one is decidedly different.

Rusted Root is that band that never thought they’d be best known for a rental car commercial.

9. Baltimore New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Tuesday 9pm Inner Harbor); Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” out in theaters (Friday); New season of “Community” debuts (Thursday 8pm NBC); Don Jon” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I mean…I’m so more than ready.

Also, what’s the age when you can stop pretending like you hate the sauerkraut your family serves with pork on New Year’s Day and admit you actually REALLY like it? 30 okay?

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Six Towson football players honored by ECAC

Posted on 26 December 2013 by WNST Staff


West Honored As ECAC FCS Offensive Player of the Year

CENTERVILLE, Mass. –  Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of NCAA FCS finalist Towson University leads a contingent of six Tigers who were named to the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Football Championship Sub-Division (FCS) All-Star team.

West, who leads all of college football with an FCS record 2,410 rushing yards and an FCS record 41 touchdowns, was honored as the ECAC FCS Offensive Player of the Year. A consensus first team All-American, West broke the FCS rushing single season rushing record held by Jamaal Branch of Colgate when the Tigers beat Eastern Washington last week.

West was named as the recipient of the first Division I FCS Athletics Directors Association Running Back of the Year Award and was the Colonial Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Year.

The teams are comprised of student-athletes from a possible 88 institutions from 17 different conferences, and the balloting was completed by head coaches within the ECAC Division I FCS membership.

Senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.), senior tackle Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.) were also named to the All-ECAC FCS team.

While Towson led all FCS schools with six selections, Fordham had four players honored. Brown and Princeton each had three all-stars.

Another consensus first team All-American selection at tackle, Pike is a two-year co-captain who has set a school record by appearing in 49 career games. A starter in all 49 games of his college career, Pike has been a valuable leader on the Tigers’ offensive line. He has been named as an All-CAA first team selection twice. Harris, a three-year starter at right tackle, has also been named as an All-CAA first team honoree the last two seasons.

Clark, a starter at outside linebacker the last two seasons, has led the Tigers in tackles all season. A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark has 139 tackles in 15 games and ranks fourth in the CAA with 9.3 tackles per game. He also leads the CAA with five forced fumbles and ranks second in the CAA with three fumble recoveries. Clark was named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond in October.

A two-year starter at cornerback, Love has made 62 tackles, seventh on the team. He is second on the team by breaking up 10 passes and has made two tackles for lost yardage.

A transfer from the University of Massachusetts, Delaire leads the Tigers with 11.5 sacks, a mark that places him 10th in the nation. He has made 64 tackles and leads the CAA with four fumble recoveries. He also made 17.5 tackles for lost yardage, the top mark in the CAA.

West, Pike, Harris, Clark, Love and Delaire were also named to the All-CAA first team.

The Tigers’ six All-ECAC FCS selections have led Towson to a 13-2 record and a berth in the NCAA FCS championship game on Jan. 4. The Tigers will face defending NCAA FCS champion North Dakota State in the finals.

About the ECAC

The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with more than 300 Divisions I, II,  and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Colorado. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports.

The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues, and through the public relations arm of the conference, more than 2,500 student-athletes in 23 sports are recognized annually.

2013 ECAC FCS All-Star Team


Quarterback – Michael Nebrich, Jr., Fordham University

Running Back – John Spooney, Sr., Brown University

Running Back – Terrance West, Jr., Towson University

Wide Receiver – Sam Ajala, Jr., Fordham University

Wide Receiver – Lee Kurfis, Sr., Lehigh University

Tight End – Dan Light, Jr., Harvard University

Offensive Line – Nick Easton, Jr., Harvard University

Offensive Line – Spenser Huston, Jr., Princeton University

Offensive Line – Joe Gross, Jr., Princeton University

Offensive Line – Jeff Gakos, Sr., University of Maine

Offensive Line – Randall Harris, Sr., Towson University

Offensive Line – Eric Pike, Sr., Towson University


Defensive Line – Zach Hodges, Jr., Harvard University

Defensive Line – Caraun Reid, Sr., Princeton University

Defensive Line – Rakim Cox, Sr., Villanova University

Defensive Line – Ryan Delaire, Jr., Towson University

Defensive Line – Mike Reilly, Jr., College of William & Mary

Defensive Line – Jeff Covitz, Jr., Bryant University

Linebacker – Telvion Clark, Sr., Towson University

Linebacker – Stephon Robertson, Sr., James Madison University

Linebacker – Stephen Hodge, Jr., Fordham University

Defensive Back – Emory Polley, Sr., Brown University

Defensive Back – Kendall James, Sr., University of Maine

Defensive Back – Jordan Love, Sr., Towson University

Defensive Back – Jerome Couplin III, Sr., College of William & Mary

Defensive Back – Mike Armiento, Jr., Colgate University

Defensive Back – Matt Smalley, So., Lafayette College

Special Teams

Place Kicker – Alexander Norocea, Sr., Brown University

Punter – Lawrence Forbes, Fr., Morgan State University

Return Specialist – Matt Smalley, So., Lafayette College

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Towson RB West wins major FCS award

Posted on 18 December 2013 by WNST Staff


West Leads College Football In Rushing Yards and Touchdowns

TOWSON, Md. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University was named as the winner of the first Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Running Back of the Year award.

In coordination with the 13 FCS conference offices, the FCS ADA is recognizing the top student-athletes from its institutions at 11 different positions with the FCS ADA All-America Award. The inaugural class includes student-athletes from nine different institutions, representing five different conferences. Voting was conducted by a national panel, consisting of media and SIDs.

West, who leads all of college football with 2,295 rushing yards, has led Towson to a 12-2 record and a berth in the NCAA FCS semi-finals. The Tigers will face Eastern Washington in the national semi-finals on Saturdayafternoon.

A three-time All-Colonial Athletic Association first team selection, West also leads all college football players with 39 touchdowns and he has tied the NCAA FCS record set by Omar Cuff of Delaware in 2007. In his career, he has scored 83 touchdowns, six shy of the NCAA FCS record set by Brian Westbrook of Villanova.

As a freshman, West was named as the winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS football.

The 2013 CAA Football Offensive Player of the Year, West was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week four times.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois, lineman Billy Turner of North Dakota State, tight end MyCole Pruitt of Southern Illinois, wide receiver Erik Lora of Eastern Illinois, defensive lineman Brad Daly of Montana State, linebacker Stephon Robertson of James Madison, defensive back Daniel Fitzpatrick of Tennessee State University, place kicker Seth Sebastian of Southeastern Louisiana, punter Kyle Loomis of Portland State and return specialist Xavier Roberson of Southeastern Louisiana were also honored.


– TowsonTigers.com –

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-UMBC @ Loyola (Saturday 12pm Reitz Arena)

10. Beyonce (Wednesday 8pm Verizon Center); Switchfoot/New Politics (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Kix (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); The English Beat (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Saves The Day (Saturday 8:30pm Ottobar); Michael Bolton (Tuesday 8pm Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts); Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Carbon Leaf (Thursday & Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Chatham County Line (Wednesday 8pm Jammin’ Java)

Switchfoot: you have no idea how much you enjoy them.


New Politics does the song you’ve heard a ton.


Carbon Leaf should stop spending any more than a day or two out of the area every month.


Chatham County Line is worth finding out more about.


9. A John Waters Christmas (Thursday & Friday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Kick-Ass 2” and “The Lone Ranger” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Wednesday) American Hustle“, “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” out in theaters (Friday)

I will be seeing ALL of these movies this week. I enjoy this.

And this.


AND this.


AND this.

I will see all of these.

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Towson RB West finishes 3rd in Payton Award voting

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Heads up, Tony Romo, there is another Eastern Illinois quarterback coming to the NFL.

And Jimmy Garoppolo is bringing his Walter Payton Award with him.

Monday night, Garoppolo became the second Payton Award winner from the Ohio Valley Conference school, following in Romo’s footsteps, by outdistancing Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams and Towson running back Terrance West in the voting for FCS outstanding player honors.

The 6-foot-3, 222-pound senior, perhaps the leading offensive candidate from the FCS for the 2014 NFL Draft, gained just over half of the first-place votes – 74 of 147 – and 576 points from a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. Adams was second with 446 points and West third with 370.

Garoppolo was spectacular during the regular season when Eastern Illinois went 11-1, won a second straight outright OVC championship and was ranked No. 2 in the nation, losing only to FBS member Northern Illinois by four points.

He ranked first in the FCS in passing yards (4,489), passing yards per game (374.1) and touchdown passes (48), second in total offense (377.9 yards per game) and points responsible for (25.8 per game), third in passing efficiency (170.6), and fourth in completions per game (26.7).

An easy choice for OVC offensive player of the year, Garoppolo threw for seven touchdowns against Illinois State and six against both Northern Illinois and UT Martin. He even caught a touchdown against Jacksonville State

The native of Arlington Heights, Ill. continued to build on his many Eastern Illinois and OVC records throughout the FCS playoffs this month. He finished the Panthers’ 12-2 season completing 375-of-568 pass attempts (66 percent) for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns with only nine interceptions.

“Jimmy has had the best season from a college quarterback that I have ever seen, with the exception of maybe Robert Griffin when he won the Heisman at Baylor,” said EIU coach Dino Babers, in his second season since arriving from Baylor. “He is the engine that makes us go.

“I’m happy for Jimmy, his family and his teammates for all the success he has had on the field this season and these types of awards are rightly deserved.”

Romo, the Dallas Cowboys’ star signal caller, won the Payton Award in 2002.

Adams, a 6-foot, 190-pound redshirt sophomore from Pasadena, Calif., finished EWU’s 10-2 regular season with 4,059 passing yards and a conference-record 46 touchdown passes. With another 491 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, the Big Sky Conference offensive player of the year led the FCS in total offensive yards per game (379.2) as well as passing efficiency rating (185.7).

Adams has taken Eastern Washington to two FCS playoff wins and into the national semifinals. Overall, he is 291-for-444 for 4,600 yards and 53 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He’s raised his rushing yards to 540.

West, a 5-11, 223-pound junior from Baltimore, led the FCS in rushing yards (1,875) and scoring (31 touchdowns) during Towson’s 10-2 regular season. The CAA Football offensive player of the year averaged 6.2 yards on a workhorse 301 carries.

Towson has won two playoff games and West will next square off with Adams in the national semifinals. After rushing for a playoff-record 354 yards against Eastern Illinois in the quarterfinals, West’s amazing season totals are 364 carries for 2,295 yards as well as 39 total touchdowns, which ties the FCS single-season record.

The three Payton Award finalists were feted at The Sports Network’s FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation along with the winners of the Buck Buchanan Award (Montana State defensive end Brad Daly, FCS outstanding defensive player), Jerry Rice Award (Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp, FCS freshman of the year) and Eddie Robinson Award (North Dakota State’s Craig Bohl, FCS coach of the year).

Jarrett Payton, son of the late Walter Payton, who enjoyed his Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bears, presented the 27th Payton Award at the national banquet.

There were 147 ballots cast in the 2013 Walter Payton Award voting. The results:

2013 Walter Payton Award Voting
Name School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1. Jimmy Garoppolo E Illinois 74 37 13 8 3 576
2. Vernon Adams E Washington 30 47 26 13 4 446
3. Terrance West Towson 22 22 35 27 13 370
4. Brock Jensen North Dakota St. 8 9 12 13 11 149
5. Michael Nebrich Fordham 3 5 11 9 20 106
6. Zach Zenner South Dakota St. 2 2 10 12 14 86
7. Erik Lora Eastern Illinois 0 3 9 14 18 85
8. Bryan Bennett SE Louisiana 5 1 6 13 8 81
9. John Robertson Villanova 0 2 6 9 6 50
10. Quinn Epperly Princeton 0 6 3 3 9 48
11. Lorenzo Taliaferro Coastal Car. 0 3 6 4 8 46
12. Zach Bauman Northern Arizona 1 2 1 4 5 29
13. Kyle Harbridge Saint Francis 1 3 1 2 4 28
14. Fabian Truss Samford 1 2 1 2 6 26
15. Mason Mills San Diego 0 0 1 7 5 22
16. Timothy Flanders Sam Houston St. 0 0 3 3 4 19
17. Walter Powell Murray St. 0 3 0 1 3 17
18. Lee Kurfis Lehigh 0 0 0 3 4 10
19. Jeff Mathews Cornell 0 0 2 0 0 6
20. Isaiah Crowell Alabama St. 0 0 1 0 2 5

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Towson to visit Eastern Washington in FCS semifinals

Posted on 14 December 2013 by WNST Staff


Tigers To Play Eastern Washington For Right To Advance To NCAA FCS Championship Game

TOWSON, Md. – Coming off a snowy 49-39 victory over Eastern Illinois on Friday night, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will face No. 3 Eastern Washington in an NCAA FCS semi-final game on Saturday, Dec. 21 at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. (EST) and the game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

While the Tigers are making their second NCAA FCS playoff appearance in the last three years, Eastern Washington is making its tenth appearance in the FCS playoffs since 1985. The Eagles won the national championship with a 20-19 victory over Delaware in 2010.

After the Tigers advanced to the NCAA FCS semi-finals with their 49-39 win at Eastern Illinois, the Eagles used a 35-24 victory over Jacksonville State to reach the semi-finals.

Towson has never played Eastern Washington or any team from the Big Sky Conference. Eastern Washington is 2-0 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association. The Eagles beat Delaware and Villanova in 2010.

The Eagles, who won the Big Sky Conference with an 8-0 record, were seeded third in the NCAA FCS playoffs while Towson was seeded seventh.

Eastern Washington, now 12-2 on the season, is 7-0 at home this season. The Tigers, who are also 12-2, have an 8-0 road record this season.

The winner of the Towson-Eastern Washington game will advance to the NCAA FCS Championship Game in Frisco, Texas on Saturday, Jan. 4.

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