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Towson faces Fordham Saturday in second round of FCS playoffs

Posted on 06 December 2013 by WNST Staff


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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Towson tops Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll

Posted on 05 December 2013 by WNST Staff


Tigers Ranked Ahead Of Fordham, Maine, New Hampshire

CENTERVILLE, Mass. - The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced the eighth Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll of the 2013 season and Towson University (10-2) is the number one selection in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

The Tigers, who were ranked fifth nationally in The Sports Network’s national poll last week, are ranked ahead of this week’s NCAA FCS playoff opponent, Fordham (12-1). The Tigers are also ranked ahead of Colonial Athletic Association rivals Maine (10-2) and New Hampshire (8-4).

While the Tigers are hosting Fordham on Saturday, Maine will be hosting New Hampshire in Orono.

Towson won the Lambert Meadowlands Award as the top Division II team in the East three times. The Tigers were honored in 1983, 1984 and 1986.

In the other divisions, Penn State University (7-5) has regained the No. 1 overall ranking in the Football Bowl Subdivision Lambert Poll, while West Chester University (12-1) has moved back into first place for the first time since week four in the Division II rankings. St. John Fisher College (10-2) is the top team in the Division III for the first time this season.

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.

Division I FCS Lambert Poll – Week 8

1.        Towson                     10-2

2.      Fordham                   12-1

3.       Maine                       10-2

4.      New Hampshire        8-4

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 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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Towson wraps regular season Saturday at James Madison

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff


Tigers To Honor 19 Seniors In Pre-Game Ceremonies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Towson moves up to 7th in FCS media poll

Posted on 19 November 2013 by WNST Staff


Tigers Move Up Three Spots For Second Straight Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

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

2.      Eastern Illinois                                               10-1                3,686                   2

3.      Eastern Washington                                        9-2                3,579                   3

4.      Maine                                                            10-1                3,335                   6

5.      Montana                                                         9-2                3,022                  7

6.      McNeese State                                               9-2                2,882                  9

7.      Towson                                                          9-2                2,795                   10

8.      Southeastern Louisiana                                   9-2                2,781                   14

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

10.     Northern Arizona                                            8-2                2,513                   12  

11.      Coastal Carolina                                             10-1                2,509                  11

12.     Fordham                                                        10-1                2,163                    5

13.     Montana State                                                7-4                1,675                    8

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

15.     Youngstown State                                           8-3                1,487                   15

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

17.     Lehigh                                                           8-2                1,324                   20

18.     Charleston Southern                                       10-2               1,181                     13

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

20.    Southern Utah                                                8-3                878                    NR

21.     New Hampshire                                              6-4                759                     23

22.    Princeton                                                       8-1                 704                    25

23.    Chattanooga                                                   8-3                578                    17

24.    Samford                                                         7-4                506                    NR

25.    Tennessee State                                             9-3                402                    NR

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

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Towson pays visit to CAA foe William & Mary Saturday

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff


Tigers Seeking To Bounce Back After Bye Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Towson back in Top 10 of FCS media rankings

Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff


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 announces 2014 football schedule, highlighted by trip to West Virginia

Posted on 05 November 2013 by WNST Staff


Tigers To Face 12-Game Schedule For Only The Fifth Time In School History

TOWSON, Md. – For the second year in a row, the Towson University football team will play a 12-game schedule in 2014.

This marks only the fifth time in program history that the Tigers have been able to schedule 12 regular season games. Towson also played 12 games in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2013.

The Tigers will play four non-conference games in addition to their eight-game Colonial Athletic schedule. Towson will play six home games at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium and six contests on the road.

For the seventh year in a row, Towson will face an NCAA FBS opponent in the early season. On Saturday, September 6, the Tigers will face West Virginia University in Morgantown, W. Va. WVU will be the eighth FBS opponent to host the Tigers since 2008. The Tigers earned their first win over an FBS school when they beat Connecticut earlier this season.

Towson opens its 2014 season with a home game against Central Connecticut on August 30. After their visit to West Virginia on September 6, the Tigers visit Delaware State on September 13.

The Tigers open a three-game home stand on September 20 when they host North Carolina Central. On September 27, the Tigers open up their CAA schedule against Maine. A week later, Towson hosts Stony Brook.

On October 11, the Tigers visit James Madison for another CAA contest. On October 18, Towson visits Delaware.

CAA newcomer Elon visits Unitas Stadium on November 1 before the Tigers travel to Villanova on November 8. Towson hosts William & Mary in its home finale on November 15. OnNovember 22, the Tigers close out the regular season at Rhode Island.

Game times will be announced at a later date.



Sat.           Sept.   6         at West Virginia                         Morgantown, W. Va.

Sat.           Sept. 13          at Delaware State                      Dover, Del.


SAT.          SEPT. 27        MAINE *                                    JOHNNY UNITAS® STADIUM

SAT.          OCT.   4         STONY BROOK *                       JOHNNY UNITAS® STADIUM

Sat.           Oct.   11          at James Madison *                   Harrisonburg, Va.

Sat.           Oct.  18          at Delaware *                            Newark, Del.

SAT.          NOV.  1          ELON *                                     JOHNNY UNITAS® STADIUM                           

Sat.           Nov.   8         at Villanova *                            Villanova, Pa.

SAT.          NOV.  15        WILLIAM & MARY *                    JOHNNY UNITAS® STADIUM

Sat.           Nov.  22        at Rhode Island *                       Kingston, R.I.

Sat.           Nov.  29         NCAA FCS Playoffs – 1st Round   TBD

Sat.           Dec.   6          NCAA FCS Playoffs – 2nd Round  TBD

Sat.           Dec.  13          NCAA FCS Playoffs – Quarterfinals              TBD

Sat.           Dec. 20          NCAA FCS Playoffs – Semifinals TBD

Sat.           Jan.  3           NCAA FCS Championship Game

* Colonial Athletic Association games

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Towson falls to 13th in new FCS media rankings

Posted on 04 November 2013 by WNST Staff


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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