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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 LB Clark receives weekly national honor

Posted on 29 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TELVION CLARK NAMED AS FCS NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Clark Honored For Leading Tigers To Win Over Richmond

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.  – Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) of Towson University has been named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week, it has been announced by The Sports Network.

Clark is the first Tiger football player ever to be named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week

Honored as the co-winner of the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week award, Clark led the No. 7 Tigers to a 48-32 victory at the University of Richmond on Saturday. It was the Tigers’ ninth consecutive road victory, a streak that started with a 49-35 win at Villanova on Oct. 27, 2012.

Named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, Clark led the Tigers with a career-high 16 tackles in their win at Richmond.

In addition, he made one of the biggest plays of the game when he sacked Richmond quarterback Michael Strauss,forced a fumble, recovered the fumble and ran 32 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a commanding 41-18 lead with 12:19 remaining in the game.

In the win over Richmond, Clark also recovered another fumble and had two tackles for lost yardage.

With 88 tackles in nine games, Clark is second in the CAA in tackles. He also has four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Clark is tied for the CAA lead in both categories. He also ranks 13th in the CAA with eight tackles for lost yardage.

The Tigers, who are 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the CAA, will return to action on Saturday night when they host No. 21 Delaware at 7:00 p.m.

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Towson now ranked 6th in FCS Coaches’ poll

Posted on 29 October 2013 by WNST Staff

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Youngstown State is the only newcomer to the top 10 in this week’s FCS Coaches’ Poll.

North Dakota State still sits at No.1, taking all 26 first-place votes for the sixth time in 2013. Eastern Illinois (618), Coastal Carolina (580), Eastern Washington (574) and Montana State (533) keep their respective spots in the top five, with each team increasing its point total from last week.

Towson (518), McNeese State (494), Fordham (473) and Sam Houston State (452) hold the 6-9 spots, respectively, and Youngstown State enters the top 10 for the first time this season after earning 394 points from the coaches.

Maine jumps two spots to No. 11 with 371 points, followed by Bethune-Cookman at No. 12 with 362 points. Montana drops three spots to No. 13 after losing to Eastern Washington on Saturday.

No. 14 Northern Arizona (283) and No. 15 Central Arkansas (246) both jump four spots to round out the top 15. Wofford falls five spots to No. 16, earning 235 points from the coaches. No. 17 New Hampshire (188) and No. 18 Charleston Southern (175) break into the top 20, while Samford (138) makes this week’s biggest leap, jumping to No. 19 after being unranked.

South Dakota State (112) and Lehigh (110) are No. 20 and No. 21, respectively, followed by Villanova at No. 22 with 105 points. James Madison earned 99 points to take No. 23 and Tennessee State (94) drops three spots to No. 24 after losing to Eastern Illinois.  Southeastern Louisiana enters the poll in the final slot after receiving 67 points from the coaches.

UNI and Harvard drop from the poll after being ranked No. 18 and No. 23, respectively, last week.

 

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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 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 falls to sixth in FCS Coaches’ Poll

Posted on 21 October 2013 by WNST Staff

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Eastern Illinois used a Sam Houston State loss to becomes the third different No. 2 team in three weeks, while North Dakota State took all 26 first-place votes in this week’s FCS Coaches’ Poll.

The Bison dropped Southern Illinois 31-10 on Saturday to win their 16th consecutive game and keep hold of the No. 1 ranking. Eastern Illinois jumped to the No. 2 slot after being ranked third last week. The Panthers earned 617 points following their 55-33 win against Southeast Missouri State.

Coastal Carolina also moved up one position in the poll to No. 3, as the 7-0 Chanticleers received 562 points from the coaches. Eastern Washington entered the top five with 543 points, leapfrogging Montana State (522), who remained at No. 5.

Towson is sixth with 509 points, followed by last week’s 10th-ranked team, McNeese State (505). Fordham and Sam Houston State share the No. 8 ranking after both teams received 470 points this week. Montana (431) rounds out the top 10, dropping one spot from last week.

Wofford (380), Youngstown State (347) and Bethune-Cookman (339) are next, followed by Maine and Lehigh with 298 and 272 points, respectively.

James Madison is No. 16 after notching 226 points, and Villanova droped six spots to No. 17 following a loss to New Hampshire. Northern Iowa (184), Northern Arizona (182) and Central Arkansas (177) round out the top 20.

Tennessee State (144) and New Hampshire (135) each move up one spot to No. 21 and No. 22, respectively, while Harvard jumps two spots to No. 23 with 56 points. Charleston Southern and South Dakota State round out the rankings tied at No. 24 with 49 points.

 

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Towson drops to 7th in FCS media poll

Posted on 14 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS RANKED SEVENTH IN NCAA FCS THIS WEEK

Tigers Drop Four Spots After Loss To Villanova

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  After suffering their first loss of the season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team fell from third to seventh in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

The Tigers, who were ranked third in the nation the last three weeks, suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday night when Colonial Athletic Association rival Villanova (4-2, 3-0) outlasted the Tigers, 45-35. The Wildcats, who are ranked 12th in the nation this week, built a 38-14 halftime lead before holding on to snap the Tigers’ 10-game winning streak.

Towson has been ranked among the top teams in NCAA FCS all season long. They started the year as the 11th-ranked team in FCS. They moved up to fifth after a season-opening victory over Connecticut. Towson was ranked fourth for two weeks and was third for three weeks prior to the loss to Villanova.

This is the highest national ranking at the FCS level that the Tigers have ever received.

Towson is ranked seventh in the nation behind defending national champion North Dakota State (6-0), Eastern Illinois (5-1), Eastern Washington (4-2), Montana State (4-2) and Coastal Carolina (6-0).

When Villanova beat the Tigers, the Wildcats ended the second-longest winning streak in FCS football. Ironically, the Tigers’ 10-game winning streak started with a 49-35 win at Villanova last October.

North Dakota State owns a 14-game winning streak.

Towson is one of five CAA teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. Villanova (4-2) is 12th while Maine (5-1) is 14th. James Madison (5-2) is ranked 20th while New Hampshire (2-3) is ranked 25th for the second straight week.

The Tigers will be trying to get back on the winning track this week when they travel to Albany for a 3:30 p.m.contest.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (161)                                  6-0                4,025                  1

2.      Sam Houston State                                         5-1                 3,807                   2

3.      Eastern Illinois                                               5-1                 3,612                    5

4.      Eastern Washington                                        4-2                3,449                   6

5.      Montana State                                                4-2                3,067                   8

6.      Coastal Carolina                                             6-0                3,005                  8

7.      Towson University                                          6-1                 2,851                   3

8.      Fordham                                                        7-0                2,705                  10

9.      McNeese State                                               5-1                 2,665                   9

10.     Montana                                                         5-1                 2,506                  11

11.      Northern Iowa                                                4-2                2,445                  4

12.     Villanova                                                       4-2                2,381                   15

13.     Wofford                                                          4-2                1,843                   12

14.     Maine                                                            5-1                 1,768                    14

15.     South Dakota State                                         4-3                1,647                    13

16.     Youngstown State                                           6-1                 1,516                          18

17.     Bethune-Cookman                                          5-1                 1,489                   16

18.     Lehigh                                                           5-1                 1,370                    17

19.     Northern Arizona                                            4-2                1,131                     19

20.    James Madison                                               5-2                830                    21

21.     Central Arkansas                                            3-3                710                     20

22.    Samford                                                         5-2                643                     NR

23.    Georgia Southern                                            4-2                567                     22

24.    Tennessee State                                             6-1                 558                    NR

25.    New Hampshire                                              2-3                320                    25 

Others receiving votes:  Southern Illinois, Charleston Southern, Delaware, William & Mary, Southeastern Louisiana, South Carolina State, Harvard, Cal Poly, Tennessee-Martin, Southern Utah, Jacksonville State, Gardner-Webb, Chattanooga, Jackson State, Stony Brook, Illinois State, Richmond, Alcorn State.

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Towson RB West named FCS National Player of the Week

Posted on 09 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TERRANCE WEST NAMED AS NATIONAL PLAYER OF WEEK

West Shares Award With Fordham’s Michael Nebrich

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of No. 3 Towson University has been named as the co-winner of the National FCS Offensive Player of the Week Award, it has been announced by officials at The Sports Network.

West shared the award with junior quarterback Michael Nebrich of unbeaten Fordham University.

West, who has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Week three times this season, earned the national award after his performance in the undefeated Tigers’ 44-28 victory over No. 19 New Hampshire last week.

The fourth-leading rusher in NCAA FCS, West led the Tigers past New Hampshire by rushing for a seasonal high 238 yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns.

With the Tigers trailing by 20-3 in the second quarter, West scored on a 50-yard touchdown run to cut the Tigers’ deficit to 20-10. With 6:51 left in the first half, his one-yard TD run pulled Towson to within 20-17.

West scored his final touchdown of the game with 2:33 remaining in the third quarter, upping the Tigers’ lead to 44-20.

For West, it was the third 200-yard game of his college career, and all of them have come against New Hampshire. In three career games against UNH, he has rushed for 735 yards on 70 carries for an amazing 10.5 average per carry. He has also scored nine career touchdowns against UNH.

West’s performance against New Hampshire enabled him to become the second-leading rusher in Towson history. He has now run for 3,226 yards in his career with 58 rushing touchdowns.

He has scored 59 touchdowns in 27 career games. With 59 career touchdowns, he is fifth on the CAA’s all-time list.

With 15 touchdowns in six games this season, he leads NCAA FCS.

The Tigers, who have won 10 games in a row, return to action on Saturday, Oct. 12 when they host No. 15 Villanova in Unitas Stadium at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on NBCSports Network.

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Towson stays at number two in FCS coaches’ poll

Posted on 07 October 2013 by WNST Staff

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Six games between teams ranked in the top 25 led to a shake-up of the FCS Coaches’ Poll this week, including three new teams entering the rankings.

For the first time in four weeks, North Dakota State was not the unanimous No. 1, as Towson stole one first-place vote from the Bison. NDSU received 649 points and 25 first-place votes following its 24-23 victory against UNI on Saturday. Towson’s 44-28 win against last week’s No. 18, New Hampshire, was convincing enough to give the Tigers a No. 1 vote and 623 points this week.

Sam Houston State remains in the third spot with 600 points after its bye week, while Eastern Illinois moved to No. 4 following a bye week of its own. UNI dropped one spot after dropping the one-point decision to North Dakota State.

Coastal Carolina (521), Montana State (502) and Eastern Washington (448) remained at spots 6 through 8, while Fordham (418) debuts in the top 10 at No. 9 after dropping last week’s No. 10, Lehigh, 52-34. Montana closed out the top 10 after the Grizzlies received 417 points.

McNeese State moved forward three spots following its convincing 59-28 win against Central Arkansas, which was ranked 11th last week. Wofford (319) and Bethune-Cookman (315) each jumped three positions in the poll to No. 12 and No. 13, respectively, after wins on Saturday. Lehigh fell five spots to 15th, receiving 284 points.

Villanova, Youngstown State and Maine moved inside the top 20 after being ranked No. 20, No. 22 and No. 23, respectively, last week. The Wildcats are No. 15 with 248 points, followed by Youngstown State’s 219 points. Maine jumped six spots to No. 17 after a 62-28 win against Delaware, which was ranked No. 25 a week ago.

South Dakota State, James Madison and Central Arkansas round out the top 20. Northern Arizona and New Hampshire each dropped four spots to No. 21 and No. 22, respectively, following losses during the weekend. Tennessee State, Jacksonville State and undefeated Charleston Southern finish out the top 25 after being unranked last week.

Cal Poly, Gardner-Webb and Delaware fell from the rankings after being ranked No. 19, No. 24 and No. 25, respectively, last week.

 

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Towson maintains number three ranking in FCS media poll

Posted on 07 October 2013 by WNST Staff

UNBEATEN TIGERS MAINTAIN NUMBER THREE NATIONAL RANKING

Tigers Ranked Third For Third Straight Week

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – After a 44-28 victory over nationally-ranked New Hampshire, the undefeated Towson University football team maintained its third place standing in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

Towson has been ranked third in the nation the last two weeks and was ranked fourth the two previous weeks. The Tigers started the year as the 11th-ranked team in FCS. They moved up to fifth after a season-opening victory over Connecticut.

This is the highest national ranking at the FCS level that the Tigers have ever received.

Towson is ranked third in the nation behind defending national champion North Dakota State (5-0) and Sam Houston State (4-1). North Dakota State survived an upset bid by No. 4 Northern Iowa and edged UNI, 24-23. Sam Houston State was idle last week.

Towson is only eight points behind Sam Houston State.

The top six teams in the weekly poll remained the same as last week. North Dakota State, Sam Houston State, Towson, Northern Iowa, Eastern Illinois and Eastern Washington are ranked one through six.

The Tigers, who have won their last 10 games, own the second-longest winning streak in FCS football. North Dakota State has a 14-game winning streak.

Towson is one of five Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. Maine (4-1) is ranked 14th, just ahead of No. 15 Villanova (3-2). James Madison (4-2) moved into the Top 25 after a win over Albany while New Hampshire (1-3) is ranked 25th after losing to Towson.

Towson is one of three FCS schools that have a perfect 6-0 record. No. 10 Fordham and Charleston Southern are also 6-0.

The Tigers will be seeking their 11th consecutive victory when they host No. 15 Villanova on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

The game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (157)                                 5-0                3,925                   1

2.      Sam Houston State (1)                                     4-1                 3,665                   2

3.      Towson University                                          6-0                3,657                   3

4.      Northern Iowa                                                4-1                 3,283                   4

5.      Eastern Illinois                                               4-1                 3,272                   5

6.      Eastern Washington                                        3-2                3,124                   6

7.      Montana State                                                4-2                2,902                  8

8.      Coastal Carolina                                             5-0                2,653                   9

9.      McNeese State                                               5-1                 2,475                  11

10.     Fordham                                                        6-0                2,451                   12

11.      Montana                                                         4-1                 2,433                   11

12.     Wofford                                                          3-2                1,738                    17

13.     South Dakota State                                         3-3                1,660                    7

14.     Maine                                                            5-1                 1,533                    23

15.     Villanova                                                       3-2                1,490                   20

16.     Bethune-Cookman                                          4-1                 1,391                     21

17.     Lehigh                                                           4-1                 1,255                   13

18.     Youngstown State                                           5-1                 1,178                    NR

19.     Northern Arizona                                            3-2                1,111                      15

20.    Central Arkansas                                            2-3                870                    14

21.     James Madison                                               4-2                646                     NR

22.    Georgia Southern                                            3-2                636                     16

23.    Samford                                                         4-2                592                    NR

24.    Jacksonville State                                          5-1                 508                    NR

25.    New Hampshire                                              1-3                 424                    19

Others receiving votes:  Tennessee State 372, Cal Poly 234, Charleston Southern 223, Delaware 220, Yale 201, Gardner-Webb 157, UT Martin 101, South Carolina State 90, William & Mary 88, Harvard 87, Southern Illinois 78, Richmond 66, Southeastern Louisiana 64, Southern Utah 48, Murray State 31, Chattanooga 30, North Dakota 20, Illinois State 14, North Carolina A&T 10, Jackson State 7, Stony Brook 5, Western Illinois 4, Portland State 1, Alcorn State 1, Eastern Kentucky 1.

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