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Towson pays visit to CAA foe William & Mary Saturday

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

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

Tigers Seeking To Bounce Back After Bye Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Towson 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 announces 2014 football schedule, highlighted by trip to West Virginia

Posted on 05 November 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS TO PLAY STRONG 12-GAME SCHEDULE AGAIN IN 2014

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.

2014 TOWSON UNIVERSITY TENTATIVE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

SAT.          AUG.  30        CENTRAL CONNECTICUT            JOHNNY UNITAS® STADIUM

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

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

SAT.          SEPT. 20       NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL      JOHNNY UNITAS® STADIUM

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 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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Towson moves up to 7th in FCS media poll

Posted on 29 October 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

 

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

 

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

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Towson takes tricky trip to Richmond Saturday

Posted on 25 October 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Towson ranked eighth in FCS media poll

Posted on 22 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS RANKED EIGHTH IN NCAA FCS THIS WEEK

Tigers Remain In Top 10 For Eighth Straight Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

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

2.      Eastern Illinois                                               6-1                 3,620                   3

3.      Eastern Washington                                        5-2                3,397                   4

4.      McNeese State                                               6-1                 3,160                    9

5.      Montana State                                                5-2                3,116                     5

6.      Coastal Carolina                                             7-0                2,977                   6

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

8.      Towson University                                          7-1                 2,870                  7

9.      Fordham                                                        8-0                2,836                   8

10.     Montana                                                         6-1                 2,544                  10

11.      Maine                                                            6-1                 2,120                   14

12.     Wofford                                                          5-2                1,968                    13

13.     Youngstown State                                           7-1                 1,920                   16

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

15.     Lehigh                                                           6-1                 1567                     18

16.     Northern Arizona                                            5-2                1,339                    19

17.     Northern Iowa                                                4-3                1,237                    11

18.     Villanova                                                       4-3                1,218                    12

19.     James Madison                                               5-2                993                     20

20.    New Hampshire                                              3-3                824                    25

21.     Tennessee State                                             7-1                 818                     24

22.    Samford                                                         5-2                807                    22

23.    Central Arkansas                                            4-3                637                     21

24.    Georgia Southern                                            4-2                557                    23

25.    South Dakota State                                         4-4                412                     15  

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

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Towson tries to bounce back with visit to Albany Saturday

Posted on 18 October 2013 by WNST Staff

No. 7 TIGERS VISIT ALBANY IN CAA CONTEST

Tigers Seeking To Bounce Back From First Loss Of Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Towson aims to stay perfect Saturday against Villanova

Posted on 11 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Seeking their 11th consecutive victory, Coach Rob Ambrose and the undefeated Towson University football team (6-0, 2-0) will face one of its toughest challenges of the season when the Tigers host No. 15 Villanova University (3-2, 2-0) in an important Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Ranked third in NCAA FCS this week, the Tigers will be celebrating Homecoming when they host the Wildcats.

The pre-season favorite to win the CAA championship, Villanova brings a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s night game. Last season, Towson and Villanova shared the CAA championship with New Hampshire and Richmond.

Saturday night’s game will be nationally-televised on the NBC Sports Network with Mike Corey and Anthony Herron calling the action.

The Towson-Villanova game will also feature the only two players ever to win the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in NCAA FCS football, junior Terrance West of Towson and sophomore quarterback John Robertson of Villanova. West was the inaugural Jerry Rice Award winner in 2011 while Robertson earned the award last season.

The Tigers come into Saturday night’s game with one of the top offensive teams and one of the top defensive squads in NCAA FCS. Averaging 40.8 points per game, the Tigers are ranked eighth in NCAA FCS. At the same time, Towson is allowing 16.8 points per contest, sixth in the nation.

Coach Ambrose knows that the Tigers will have their will be facing a serious challenge on Saturday night.

He says, “Villanova is an incredibly talented team and is extremely well-coached. Villanova isn’t just a great team. Villanova is a great program. Their quarterback is one of the best players in the league if not the country. Villanova has the ability to withstand injuries without missing a beat because they have such tremendous depth.”

The Tiger offense is coming off a school-record performance against New Hampshire. In the win over UNH, Towson set a school record with 731 yards of total offense.

Senior quarterback Peter Athens enjoyed the best game of his career in the win over UNH. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns. In six games this season, Athens has completed 98 of 154 passes for 1,332 yards and eight touchdowns. He has only thrown four interceptions and he has only been sacked three times.

The second-leading rusher in Towson history, West is enjoying the best season of his career. In six games, he has rushed for 886 yards on 154 carries, an average of 5.8 yards per attempt. He ranks fourth in NCAA FCS in rushing yards and leads the nation with 15 touchdowns. The leading-rusher in the CAA, he has run for more than 100 yards in five of six games and he has been honored as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week three times.

Named as the FCS National Co-Player of the Week by The Sports Network after his 238-yard game against New Hampshire, West is a leading candidate for the Walter Payton Award. He has been earned 10 weekly awards from the CAA in his career, a league record.

The Tiger defense, which is ranked 12th in the nation while allowing 301.8 total yards per game, has been led by senior linebacker Telvion Clark. Named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week after the win over New Hampshire, Clark leads the Tigers with 55 tackles. He also ranks sixth in the CAA in tackles.

When the Tigers host Villanova, they will be trying to avoid the slow starts that have hurt them in the last two games. In their 35-21 win over Stony Brook, the Tigers rallied from a 14-0 first quarter deficit. They also trailed by 21-10 at the half. In their 44-28 win over New Hampshire, the Tigers spotted UNH a 20-3 first quarter lead before scoring 41 consecutive points.

Not surprisingly, the Tigers have been a second-half team all season. Towson has outscored its opponents by a 118-30 margin in the second half. In the third quarter, the Tigers own a 72-7 advantage. The only third-quarter touchdown that the Tigers have allowed came against Delaware State when Towson already had a 49-0 lead.

If the Tigers beat Villanova, they will tie the school record for consecutive wins, a mark set by the 1974 and 1975 Tigers.

After hosting Villanova on Saturday night, the Tigers will be back on the road next week when they travel to Albany.

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