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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 10 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Delaware State @ Maryland (Saturday 7pm Comcast Center); Golf: PGA Tour Franklin Templeton Shootout (Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday 4pm Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Naples, FL); Boxing: Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana (Saturday 8pm from San Antonio live on Showtime); High School Football: Baltimore Touchdown Club Senior All-Star Game (Saturday 1pm Archbishop Spalding)

10. John Mayer (Saturday 7pm Baltimore Arena); Robin Thicke/Fall Out Boy/Paramore/Miley Cyrus (Monday 7pm Verizon Center); Jimmy Eat World/Diamond Youth (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), All That Remains/Asking Alexandria (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live), Lupe Fiasco (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Twenty-One Pilots/The 1975/MS MR/NONONO (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Mint Condition (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Rick Springfield (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marshall Tucker Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Wilson Phillips (Friday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Sara Bereilles/Gavin DeGraw (Wednesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Steve Winwood/Cris Jacobs (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Gary Allan (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Ginuwine (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), Ja Rule (Saturday 11:30pm Howard Theatre); The Hives (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Pietasters (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Ms. Lauryn Hill (Sunday 6pm 9:30 Club); Mannheim Steamroller (Thursday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Straight No Chaser (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Backstreet Boys (Friday 6:30pm SECU Arena); Childish Gambino “Because the Internet” and Neil Young “Live at The Cellar Down” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

My most embarrassing admission of 2013? I saw John Mayer the first time he ever played the Arena. My second most embarrassing admission? I kinda enjoy the song he did with his girlfriend.

I had a friend who used to have a Jimmy Eat World beanie. I tried to steal it from him 100 times.

This song will end up in my Top 10 of 2013.

It is NEVER embarrassing to be caught singing along to this.

9. Andrew Dice Clay (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Gilbert Gottfried (Thursday 8pm Magooby’s Joke House);  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “Saving Mr. Banks” out in theaters (Friday); “Despicable Me 2″ and “Fast & Furious 6″ available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

And instead I’ll encourage you to watch Kay & Peele attempt to break the record for impressions in one minute.

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Towson RB West, OT Pike pick up All-America honors

Posted on 06 December 2013 by WNST Staff

TERRANCE WEST, ERIC PIKE NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Ryan Delaire Earns Third Team All-America Honors From College Sports Madness

TOWSON, Md. –  Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior offensive tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) of Towson University have been named as first team selections on the College Sports Madness FCS All-America teams.

In addition, junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.) earned third team All-America notice.

West, the leading rusher and touchdown scorer in NCAA FCS, was also named as the College Sports Madness Offensive Player of the Year.

All three Tigers will lead Towson into its second round NCAA FCS playoff game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Now 10-2 on the season, the Tigers are hosting Fordham (12-1).

One of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, West leads NCAA FCS with 155.4 rushing yards per game. He has rushed for 1,865 yards on 301 attempts, an average of 6.2 yards per carry. He needs 135 rushing yards to become the 12th player in FCS history to run for 2,000 yards in a season. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Year, West has rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 of 12 games.

With a total of 31 touchdowns, West leads all of college football in touchdowns scored. In his career, he has scored 75 touchdowns in 33 games. He also earned first team All-CAA honors for the third straight year.

Pike has been a force on the Tigers’ offensive line for the last four years. In the Tigers’ regular season finale, he set a school record by becoming the first player in school history to play in 46 career games. The 6-5, 298-pound tackle has also started all 46 games.

A two-year co-captain, Pike has been a two-time All-CAA first team selection. He also earned third team notice as a sophomore.

A transfer from the University of Massachusetts, Delaire led the Tigers with 8.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for lost yardage. A first team All-CAA honoree, he was sixth on the team with 51 tackles. He was also second in the CAA in sacks.

Towson was one of six teams with two All-America first team selections. No. 1 North Dakota State, No. 2 Eastern Illinois, No. 3 Eastern Washington, South Dakota State and Samford also had a pair of first team honorees.

The Tigers were also one of 10 schools with more than two All-American selections.

FCS Football 2013 Madness All-American Teams

SPORTS MADNESS FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

National Coach of the Year:                                         Dino Babers, Eastern Illinois

Offensive Player of the Year:                              Terrance West, Towson University

Defensive Player of the Year:                              Stephon Robertson, James Madison

Freshman of the Year:                                         Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB-           Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois

RB-           Zach Zenner, South Dakota State

RB-           Terrance West, Towson University

WR-           Sam Alaja, Fordham

WR-           Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois

WR-           Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington

TE-            A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State

OL-           Eric Pike, Towson University

OL-           Billy Turner, North Dakota State

OL-           Bryan Witzmann, South Dakota State

OL-           Garrett Frye, Georgia Southern

OL-           Dakota Dozier, Furman

PK-           Colton Cook, Southern Utah

KR-           Xavier Robertson, Southeastern Louisiana

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL-           Sullivan Grosz, Cal Poly

DL-           Davis Tull, Chattanooga

DL-           Zach Hodges, Harvard

DL-           Brad Daly, Montana State

LB-            Stephon Robertson, James Madison

LB-            Justin Shade, Samford

LB-            Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina

LB-            Tyler Starr, South Dakota

DB-           T.J. Lee, Eastern Washington

DB-           Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State

DB-           Marcus Williams, North Dakota State

DB-           Jaquiski Tartt, Samford

P-             Kyle Loomis, Portland State

PR-           Torrance Williams, Sam Houston State

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB-           Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington

RB-           D.J. Adams, Portland State

RB-           Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina

WR-           Lee Kurfis, Lehigh

WR-           Greg Hardin, North Dakota

WR-           Jeremy Butler, Tennessee

TE-            Andrew Robustelli, Jacksonville

OL-           Josh Wells, James Madison

OL-           Joe Hook, Maine

OL-           Ashton Miller, Eastern Washington

OL-           Danny Kistler, Montana

OL-           Chris Elkins, Youngstown State

OL-           Dakota Dozier, Furman

PK-           Ray Early, Furman

KR-           Shawn Johnson, Montana State

 

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL-           Collin Albretch, Northern Iowa

DL-           Colton Underwood, Illinois State

DL-           Terrence Fede, Marist

DL-           Mike Reilly, William & Mary

LB-            Jordan Tripp, Montana

LB-            R.C. Kilgore, South Dakota State

LB-            Ronnie Hamlin, Eastern Washington

LB-            Joe Thomas, South Carolina State

DB-           Nick Addison, Bethune-Cookman

DB-           Lucky Dozier, Northern Arizona

DB-           Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State

DB-           Jerome Couplin, William & Mary

P-             Chad Zinchini, Tennessee Tech

PR-           Fabian Truss, Samford

THIRD TEAM OFFENSE

QB-           John Robertson, Villanova

RB-           Damarcus James, Jacksonville State

RB-           Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State

WR-           Mike Brooks, Stephen F. Austin

WR-           Torrance Williams, Sam Houston State

WR-           Grant Gellaty, Cornell

TE-            R.J. Rickert, Northern Arizona

OL-           Arinze Agada, McNeese State

OL-           Cody Burgess, Southern Utah

OL-           Ty Gregory, Wofford

OL-           Cole Caruthers, Central Arkansas

OL-           Giovanni Sani, Cal Poly

PK-           Anthony Prevost, Hampton

KR-           Fabian Truss, Samford

THIRD TEAM DEFENSE

DL-           Ryan Delaire, Towson

DL-           Robert Simpson, MVSU

DL-           Zack Wagenmann, Montana

DL-           James Cowser, Southern Utah

LB-            Nick Dzubnar, Cal Poly

LB-            Zak Browning, Southern Utah

LB-            Tony Bell, Tennessee-Martin

LB-            Todd Davis, Sacramento State

DB-           Jacob Hagen, Liberty

DB-           Kadeem Wise, Chattanooga

DB-           Greg Worthy, Furman

DB-           Anders Battle, Northern Arizona

P-             Justin Weldon, Sacramento State

PR-           Ellis Henderson, Montana

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Towson faces Fordham Saturday in second round of FCS playoffs

Posted on 06 December 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS HOST FORDHAM IN NCAA FCS PLAYOFF GAME

Seventh-Seeded Tigers Seeking 11th Win of the Season

TOWSON, Md. –  Looking to advance to the quarter-finals of the NCAA FCS Championship, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will host Fordham University in a second-round FCS playoff game on Saturday, December 7 at Johnny Unitas® Stadium at 1:00 p.m.

The Tigers were one of eight seeded teams that received first-round byes. Fordham improved its record to 12-1 with a 37-27 victory over Sacred Heart in a first round game last week.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Ryan Rose and former Delaware Coach K.C. Keeler calling the action.

While the two coaches in the game, Ambrose and Joe Moorhead, have many things in common, Towson and Fordham play two drastically different styles of football. While the Tigers rank among the national leaders by averaging 235.2 rushing yards per game, Fordham passes for 358.3 yards per game.

In 12 games, Towson has scored 61 touchdowns, 40 of which have come on running plays. Fordham has 63 touchdowns, 34 touchdowns on pass plays.

Both coaches are the head coaches at their alma mater. Ambrose graduated from Towson in 1993, and Moorhead is a member of Fordham’s Class of 1996. When Ambrose left the University of Connecticut to become the head coach at Towson, Moorhead succeeded him as the Huskies’ offensive coordinator.

Both Ambrose and Moorhead have orchestrated amazing turnarounds at their schools. In Ambrose’s first two seasons at Towson, the Tigers had a 3-19 record. In the last three years, Towson has a 26-9 mark. In 2011, Fordham was 1-10. In his second season as the Rams’ head coach, Moorhead has led Fordham to a 12-1 record.

In addition, both coaches recorded wins over NCAA FBS programs this season. In August, Ambrose coached the Tigers to a 33-18 victory over Connecticut. A few weeks later, Moorhead guided the Rams to a 30-29 win over Temple.

The Tigers, who are making their second NCAA FCS playoff appearance in the last three years, have won 14 of their last 16 games dating back to the 2012 season.

Last season, Towson posted a final record of 7-4 and finished the regular season with a four-game winning streak that included road wins against three nationally ranked teams. However, the Tigers did not receive a post-season bid to the NCAA FCS playoffs. That led to the motto for this year’s team, “Leave No Doubt.”

“Everybody had a bad taste in their mouths after last season,” recalls Coach Ambrose. “We were disappointed that we didn’t take care of business when we had the opportunity to do so. We won our last four games and beat some very good teams, but we left our fate in the hands of a committee. We didn’t want that to happen again.”

With their regular season mark of 10-2 and a top five national ranking in the final two polls, the Tigers left no doubt and earned a number seven seed.

The Tiger offense has been led by junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.). Towson ranks among the NCAA FCS leaders, averaging 459.9 yards of total offense per game and 37.2 points per conest.

One of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, West leads NCAA FCS with 155.4 rushing yards per game. He has rushed for 1,865 yards on 301 attempts, an average of 6.2 yards per carry. He needs 135 rushing yards to become the 12th player in FCS history to run for 2,000 yards in a season. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Year, West has rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 of 12 games.

With a total of 31 touchdowns, West leads all of college football in touchdowns scored. In his career, he has scored 75 touchdowns in 33 games.

Athens is averaging 232.2 yards of total offense per game. He has completed 199 of 316 passes for 2,634 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has only been sacked nine times.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) leads the Tiger defense. A first team All-CAA selection, he was named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week twice. Honored as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week by “The Sports Network” after the Tigers’ win at Richmond, Clark has made 107 tackles in 12 games. In addition, he leads the CAA with five forced fumbles and has recovered three fumbles, tied for first in the CAA.

The defense will be facing one of the top passing offenses in the nation when the Tigers host Fordham. The Rams average 38.3 points per game, 12th in the nation.

The Tigers will counter with a secondary that includes three All-CAA performers, senior cornerback Jordan Love(Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.), junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) and sophomore safety Christian Carpenter (Aberdeen H.S./Aberdeen, Md.).

A first team All-CAA selection, Love has made 43 tackles with nine pass breakups. Smith is third on the team with 85 tackles and has broken up 10 passes. He has also intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles. Carpenter was also a first team All-CAA honoree after making 65 tackles. He has also intercepted three passes and made two fumble recoveries.

The winner of the Towson-Fordham game will face the winner of the Eastern Illinois-Tennessee State game onDec. 13 or Dec. 14.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 03 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Big Ten/ACC Challenge: Ohio State @ Maryland (Wednesday 7pm Comcast Center), Siena @ Maryland (Monday 7pm Comcast Center); NBA: Milwaukee Bucks @ Washington Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Denver Nuggets @ Washington Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Boxing: Zab Judah vs. Paulie Malignaggi (Saturday 8pm from Brooklyn live on Showtime); Auto Racing: NASCAR Awards Banquet (Friday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Fox Sports 2)

10. Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Wednesday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Halestorm (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Panic! at the Disco (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Spacehog & Sponge (Friday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage), Monster Magnet (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Carbon Leaf (Friday 8pm Saturday 3pm & 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Megadeth (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), NOFX (Friday 7:25pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Matisyahu (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Muse “Live at Rome Olympic Stadium” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I don’t care what face you’re making, it doesn’t change how much I secretly love TSO.

I don’t know if I’ll make it to Soundstage Sunday night, but you should sing along with this tune for me.

I believe by law Carbon Leaf is not allowed to go more than a month without playing around here.

I’ll be the Muse record doesn’t suck.

9. Jeff Dunham (Thursday 7pm Patriot Center); Donnell Rawlings (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); The Wolverine” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Tuesday-Sunday France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Parade of Lighted Boats (Saturday 6pm Fells Point/Inner Harbor); “A Monumental Occasion” (Thursday 5pm Mount Vernon Place)

I don’t really have a lot to say about any of this. Sorry. I didn’t really have time to study if we’re being fair.

Instead, courtesy of The Robb Report, for Christmas this year I’d like you to buy me a backyard stadium for $30 million. For reals.

I would also settle for this $83 million sky yacht.

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Towson finishes regular season in Top 5 of both FCS polls

Posted on 27 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – With the regular season finished, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team were ranked among the top five FCS football teams in both The Sports Network poll and the NCAA FCS Coaches’ poll that were released this week.

Towson was ranked fourth in the NCAA FCS coaches’ poll and earned a number five ranking in The Sports Network poll.

In both polls, North Dakota State (11-0), Eastern Illinois (11-1) and Eastern Washington (10-2) are the three highest ranked teams. In The Sports Network poll, Montana (10-2) is ranked fourth with 2,997 points while Towson (10-2) is fifth with 2,780 points.

In the FCS Coaches poll, Towson is fourth and Montana is fifth. Towson has 535 points while Montana has 517 points.

The Tigers, who have been ranked in the NCAA FCS Top 10 for 12 of the last 13 weeks, closed out the regular season with a 28-17 victory over James Madison University on Saturday.

Towson was one of eight teams to receive a first round bye for the NCAA FCS playoffs. Seeded seventh, the Tigers will play the winner of the Fordham-Sacred Heart game at Unitas Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m.

With an 11-1 record, Fordham is ninth in The Sports Network poll and tenth in the NCAA FCS Coaches’ poll.

Over the last three seasons, Towson has a 26-9 overall record. The Tigers are 25-6 against NCAA FCS opponents and have a record of 19-5 in Colonial Athletic Association contests.

Towson’s 19-5 record in CAA games over the last three years is the best mark among CAA teams, followed by New Hampshire (18-6) and Maine (17-7).

Towson was ranked as high as third in the nation after opening the season with six straight wins, including a 33-18 victory over Connecticut.

Towson is one of three CAA teams to advance to the NCAA FCS playoffs. Maine and New Hampshire are also part of the 24-team field.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1. North Dakota State (143) 11-0 3,575 1
2. Eastern Illinois 11-1 3,416 2
3. Eastern Washington 10-2 3,278 3
4. Montana 10-2 2,997 5
5. TOWSON 10-2 2,780 7
6. McNeese State 10-2 2,711 6
7. Southeastern Louisiana 10-2 2,698 8
8. Northern Arizona 9-2 2,526 10
9. Fordham 11-1 2,372 12
10. Maine 10-2 2,356 4

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – NCAA FCS Coaches

1. North Dakota State (25) 11-0 625 1
2. Eastern Illinois 11-1 600 2
3. Eastern Washington 10-2 575 3
4. TOWSON 10-2 535 5
5. Montana 10-2 517 4
6. McNeese State 10-2 490 6
7. Southeastern Louisiana 10-2 465 10
8. Maine 10-2 428 4
9. Northern Arizona 9-2 407 12
10. Fordham 11-1 400 11

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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 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 back in Top 10 of FCS media rankings

Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS MOVE BACK INTO FCS TOP 10

Idle Tigers Move Up Three Spots

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team are ranked 10th in the nation, according to the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

The Tigers, who have been ranked in the NCAA FCS Top 10 for 10 of the last 11 weeks, were 13th last week. Now 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association, Towson did not play this past week. However, the Tigers moved up three spots due to losses by Coastal Carolina, Youngstown State and Bethune-Cookman.

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 two weeks ago.

The Tigers enter the final two weeks of the season tied for second place in the CAA. No. 6 Maine (9-1, 6-0) leads the CAA. No. 21 Delaware (7-3, 4-2), No. 16 William & Mary (7-3, 4-2) and No. 23 New Hampshire (5-4, 4-2) are tied for second with the Tigers.

The Tigers visit William & Mary on Saturday in a matchup of two ranked CAA teams. The Tigers close out the regular season on Nov. 23 against James Madison at home.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (9-0) is ranked number one again this week while Eastern Illinois (9-1) is second. Eastern Washington (8-2) is ranked third, ahead of No. 4 Sam Houston State (8-2). Undefeated Fordham (10-0) is ranked fifth, just ahead of Maine. Montana (8-2) is seventh while Montana State (7-3) is eighth and McNeese State (8-2) is ranked ninth.

Towson is one of five CAA teams ranked in the FCS Top 25 this week. No. 6 Maine (7-1), No. 16 William & Mary, No. 21 Delaware and No. 23 New Hampshire are also ranked.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (156)                                 9-0                3,900                   1

2.      Eastern Illinois                                               9-1                 3,686                   2

3.      Eastern Washington                                        8-2                3,579                   3

4.      Sam Houston State                                         8-2                3,332                   6

5.      Fordham                                                        10-0               3,178                    7

6.      Maine                                                            9-1                 3,049                   8

7.      Montana                                                         8-2                2,624                  10

8.      Montana State                                                7-3                2,598                  4

9.      McNeese State                                               8-2                2,523                  11

10.     TOWSON                                                        8-2                2,328                  13  

11.      Coastal Carolina                                             9-1                 2,257                  5

12.     Northern Arizona                                            7-2                2,208                  14

13.     Charleston Southern                                       10-1                2,108                   18

14.     Southeastern Louisiana                                   8-2                2,035                  16

15.     Youngstown State                                           8-2                1,697                    9

16.     William & Mary                                               7-3                1,428                   23

17.     Chattanooga                                                   8-2                1,208                   24

18.     Bethune-Cookman                                          8-2                1,089                   12

19.     South Dakota State                                         6-4                1,087                   19

20.    Lehigh                                                           7-2                982                    21

21.     Delaware                                                       7-3                969                     15

22.    Jacksonville State                                          8-2                592                    NR

23.    New Hampshire                                              5-4                513                     25

24.    Wofford                                                          5-4                453                    17

25.    Princeton                                                       7-1                 267                     NR

Others receiving votes:  Samford 180, Tennessee State 142, James Madison 140, Southern Utah 133, Villanova 93, South Carolina State 75, Harvard 52, Northern Iowa 35, Central Arkansas 25, Jackson State 20, Eastern Kentucky 19, Georgia Southern 18, Furman 15, Cal Poly 14, Illinois State 14, Sacred Heart 10, Missouri State 7, UT Martin 6, Liberty 4, Southern Illinois 3, Jacksonville 2, San Diego 1, Florida A&M 1, Alcorn State 1.

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Towson falls to 13th in new FCS media rankings

Posted on 04 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS RANKED 13TH IN NCAA FCS THIS WEEK

Tigers Fall Out Of Top 10 For First Time This Season

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  Coming off a heart-breaking 32-31 Colonial Athletic Association loss to Delaware on Saturday night, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team are ranked 13th in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

The Tigers, who had been ranked in the NCAA FCS Top 10 for nine straight weeks, were ranked seventh last week.

After opening the season as the 11th-ranked team in the nation, the Tigers have been ranked as high as third in the nation. 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.

Towson will have a bye this week before closing out the season against William & Mary and James Madison.

According to Coach Ambrose, the Tigers can use the bye week. He says, “It has been a long grind. There aren’t many teams that have played 10 consecutive weeks. It has been a challenge for us because we have gone on the road and played some very good teams.

“Right now, we need to heal physically and emotionally,” says Ambrose. “We need to get ready because we have two very difficult opponents left on the schedule.”

The Tigers’ last-second loss to Delaware dropped their overall record to 8-2. Towson is 4-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Maine (8-1, 5-0) leads the CAA while Delaware (7-2, 4-1) is second. The Tigers are in a virtual tie for third place with James Madison (6-3, 3-2), William & Mary (6-3, 3-2) and New Hampshire (4-4, 3-2).

Defending national champion North Dakota State (8-0) is ranked number one again this week while Eastern Illinois (8-1) is second. Eastern Washington (7-2) is ranked third, ahead of No. 4 Montana State (7-2).  Coastal Carolina (9-0) is ranked fifth and Sam Houston State (7-2) is sixth. Fordham (9-0) is ranked seventh while No. 8 Maine, No. 9 Youngstown State and No. 10 Montana round out the top 10.

Towson is one of five CAA teams ranked in the FCS Top 25 this week. In addition to No. 8 Maine (7-1), Delaware is ranked 15th while No. 22 James Madison, No. 23 William & Mary and No. 25 New Hampshire are also ranked.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (159)                                 8-0                3,975                   1

2.      Eastern Illinois                                               8-1                 3,751                    2

3.      Eastern Washington                                        7-2                3,593                   3

4.      Montana State                                                7-2                3,330                   5

5.      Coastal Carolina                                             9-0                3,222                  6

6.      Sam Houston State                                         7-2                3,117                     8

7.      Fordham                                                        9-0                3,003                   9

8.      Maine                                                            8-1                 2,563                   10

9.      Youngstown State                                           8-1                 2,563                   11

10.     Montana                                                         7-2                2,317                    12  

11.      McNeese State                                               7-2                2,202                  4

12.     Bethune-Cookman                                          8-1                 2,124                   13

13.     Towson University                                          8-2                2,088                  7

14.     Northern Arizona                                            7-2                2,036                   14

15.     Delaware                                                       7-2                1,722                   21

16.     Southeastern Louisiana                                   7-2                1,579                    25

17.     Wofford                                                          5-3                1,350                   17

18.     Charleston Southern                                       9-1                 902                    24

19.     South Dakota State                                         5-4                861                     19

20.    Samford                                                         6-3                769                     15

21.     Lehigh                                                           6-2                760                     22

22.    James Madison                                               6-3                696                     NR

23.    William & Mary                                               6-3                692                     NR

24.    Chattanooga                                                   7-2                412                     NR

25.    New Hampshire                                              4-4                299                     16

Others receiving votes:  Jacksonville State 285, Central Arkansas 246, Eastern Kentucky 226, Princeton 146, Villanova 140, Southern Illinois 91, Tennessee State 65, Southern Utah 61, Harvard 48, South Carolina State 44, Northern Iowa 29, South Dakota 24, Georgia Southern 23, Illinois State 22, UT Martin 21, Jackson State 8, Cal Poly 6, Sacred Heart 5, Missouri State 3, The Citadel 1, Furman 1.

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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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