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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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Towson remains second in FCS coaches’ poll

Posted on 30 September 2013 by WNST Staff

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Three teams entered the top 10 of the FCS Coaches’ poll this week, with Eastern Illinois, Coastal Carolina and Lehigh jumping seven, six and seven spots, respectively, in the rankings. North Dakota State kept a strong hold on the No. 1 slot, notching all 26 first-place votes for the fourth consecutive week.

The Bison shut out South Dakota State 20-0 on Saturday, holding last week’s sixth-ranked team to minus-32 yards rushing and 124 yards of total offense. NDSU will face another top-10 opponent this week, as the Bison welcome No. 4 Northern Iowa to the Fargodome.

Towson sits at No. 2 again this week, picking up 623 points from the coaches. Sam Houston State (599) moved up one spot to third following a 49-35 win against then-No. 3 Eastern Washington. Northern Iowa (567) also inched up a spot in the rankings to No. 4. The Panthers dropped McNeese State, which was ranked No. 9 last week, 41-6 on Saturday.

Eastern Illinois jumped seven spots into the top five for the first time this season, earning 485 points. Coastal Carolina pushed forward six spots in the rankings to No. 6 after moving to 5-0 with a 53-28 win at Elon on Saturday. Montana State (465) is seventh, followed by Eastern Washington (450), South Dakota State (432) and Lehigh (345) rounding out the top 10.

Central Arkansas (336) moved forward to No. 11, while Montana (330) droped from the top 10 to the No. 12 slot. Fordham jumped three spots this week to settle at No. 13, followed by McNeese State (320) and Wofford (298).

Bethune-Cookman slid up to No. 16 with 256 points, while Northern Arizona (242) jumped five spots to No. 17 this week. New Hampshire fell 11 spots to No. 18 after suffering a 34-27 defeat at the hands of Lehigh.

Cal Poly is 19th with 198 points, followed by Villanova (168), James Madison (122) and Youngstown State (117).

Three new teams enter the poll, with Maine (103) taking the No. 23 ranking. Gardner-Webb (49) and Delaware (47) make their debuts at No. 24 and No. 25, respectively.

Richmond, Stony Brook and Illinois State dropped from the rankings.

 

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Towson remains third in FCS media poll

Posted on 30 September 2013 by WNST Staff

UNBEATEN TIGERS MAINTAIN NUMBER THREE NATIONAL RANKING

Tigers Ranked Third For Second Straight Week

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  Coming off a 35-21 come-from-behind victory over Stony Brook, the undefeated Towson University football team maintained its third place standing in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

Towson was ranked third in the nation last week and was ranked fourth the last 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 (4-0) and Sam Houston State (4-1). Sam Houston State was ranked fourth last week but moved ahead of Towson with a 49-34 victory over No. 2 Eastern Washington. Towson is only 28 points behind Sam Houston State.

Sam Houston State was the NCAA FCS runner-up to North Dakota State the last two years.

There was quite a shakeup in the Top 10 over the weekend. North Dakota State and Towson are the only two schools that are ranked the same as last week.

Northern Iowa (4-0) moved up to number four nationally while Eastern Illinois (4-1) is ranked fifth. Eastern Washington (2-2) dropped to sixth while South Dakota State (3-2) fell to seventh. Montana State (3-2) and Coastal Carolina (5-0) both moved into the Top Ten for the first time this season. Montana State is eighth and Coastal Carolina is ninth.

Fordham (5-0) made a big jump from 16th to 12th while Lehigh (4-0) jumped up to 13th from 21stafter a win over No. 10 New Hampshire.

The Tigers, who have won their last nine games, own the second-longest winning streak in FCS football. North Dakota State has a 13-game winning streak.

Towson is one of five Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. New Hampshire (1-2) is ranked 19th while Villanova is ranked 20th. Maine (4-1) and Delaware (4-1) joined the Top 25 for the first time this week. The Black Bears are ranked 23rd and the Blue Hens are 24th.

Towson is one of five FCS schools that have a perfect 5-0 record. Coastal Carolina, Fordham, Sacred Heart and Charleston Southern are also 5-0.

The Tigers will be seeking their tenth consecutive victory when host No. 19 New Hampshire on Saturday at 12 noon.

 

 

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (157)                                 4-0                3,949                   1

2.      Sam Houston State (1)                                     4-1                 3,673                   4

3.      Towson University                                          5-0                3,645                   3

4.      Northern Iowa                                                4-0                3,492                   5

5.      Eastern Illinois                                               4-1                 3,156                    8

6.      Eastern Washington                                        2-2                3,050                  2

7.      South Dakota State                                         3-2                2,581                   6

8.      Montana State                                                3-2                2,561                   11

9.      Coastal Carolina                                             5-0                2,478                  12

10.     Montana                                                         3-1                 1,964                    7

11.      McNeese State                                               4-1                 1,836                    9

12.     Fordham                                                        5-0                1,832                   16

13.     Lehigh                                                           4-0                1,764                    21

14.     Central Arkansas                                            2-2                1,763                    13

15.     Northern Arizona                                            3-1                 1,711                     24

16.     Georgia Southern                                            3-1                 1,635                    15

17.     Wofford                                                          2-2                1,203                   17

18.     Cal Poly                                                         2-2                1,195                    18

19.     New Hampshire                                              1-2                 1,162                    10

20.    Villanova                                                       2-2                1,002                   19

21.     Bethune-Cookman                                          3-1                 947                     20

22.    Tennessee-Martin                                           3-1                 724                    23

23.    Maine                                                            4-1                 702                    NR

24.    Delaware                                                       4-1                 671                      NR

25.    Gardner-Webb                                                 4-1                 570                    25

Others receiving votes:  Youngstown State 555, James Madison 544, William & Mary 235, Southern Utah 180, North Carolina A&T 126, Richmond 83, Tennessee State 59, Samford 46, Illinois State 45, Charleston Southern 41, Southeastern Louisiana 33, Harvard 31, Jacksonville State 27, Chattanooga 27, Stony Brook 17, Western Illinois 9, South Carolina State 7, Murray State 6, Portland State 6, Liberty 4, Sacred Heart 3.

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Towson up to number three in FCS media rankings

Posted on 23 September 2013 by WNST Staff

UNBEATEN TIGERS MOVE UP TO 3rd IN FCS RANKINGS

Tigers Attain Highest FCS Ranking Ever

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  Off to its best start since 1986, the undefeated Towson University football team moved up to third place in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

Towson had been ranked fourth in the nation the last two 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 was ranked fourth behind Montana State last week. However, when Montana State lost to Stephen F. Austin, the Tigers moved ahead of the Bobcats.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (3-0) received 157 of a possible 158 first place votes to remain first in the nation. Eastern Washington (2-1) got the other first place vote and is ranked second.

The Tigers, who have won their last eight games, own the second-longest winning streak in FCS football. North Dakota State has a 12-game winning streak.

Towson is one of five Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. New Hampshire (1-1) is ranked 10th while James Madison (3-1) moved up to 14th in the nation. Villanova (1-2) is ranked 19th while Richmond (2-2) is the 22nd-ranked team in the nation.

Stony Brook (1-2) dropped out of the national rankings but is listed among other receiving votes. Maine (3-1), William & Mary (3-1) and Delaware (3-1) are also listed among others receiving votes.

The Tigers will be seeking their ninth consecutive victory when they open their CAA schedule with a game at Stony Brook on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (157)                                 3-0                3,949                   1

2.      Eastern Washington (1)                                    2-1                 3,669                   2

3.      Towson University                                          4-0                3,580                  4

4.      Sam Houston State                                         3-1                 3,415                   5

5.      Northern Iowa                                                3-0                3,258                  7

6.      South Dakota State                                         3-1                 2,884                  6

7.      Montana                                                         3-0                2,802                  9

8.      Eastern Illinois                                               3-1                 2,622                  8

9.      McNeese State                                               4-0                2,529                  12

10.     New Hampshire                                              1-1                  2,428                  11

11.      Montana State                                                2-2                2,366                   3

12.     Coastal Carolina                                             4-0                1,809                   15

13.     Central Arkansas                                            2-2                1,681                    13

14.     James Madison                                               3-1                 1,578                   17

15.     Georgia Southern                                            2-1                 1,531                    14

16.     Fordham                                                        4-0                1,312                    21

17.     Wofford                                                          2-2                1,307                    10

18.     Cal Poly                                                         1-2                 1,124                    18

19.     Villanova                                                       1-2                 966                     20

20.    Bethune-Cookman                                          3-1                 876                     19

21.     Lehigh                                                           3-0                821                     22

22.    Richmond                                                       2-2                673                     23

23.    Tennessee-Martin                                           2-1                 596                     24

24.    Northern Arizona                                            2-1                 556                    25

25.    Gardner-Webb                                                 3-1                 483                    NR

Others receiving votes:  Youngstown State 452, Stony Brook 329, Maine 271, Illinois State 260, William & Mary 235, Jacksonville State 193, Delaware 162, Southern Utah 154, North Carolina A&T 99, Chattanooga 89, Stephen F. Austin 53, Samford 37, Southeastern Louisiana 34, Eastern Kentucky 32, South Carolina State 30, Harvard 25, Tennessee State 17, Penn 13, Charleston Southern 12, Southern Illinois 7, Western Illinois 6, Northwestern State 6, Jackson State 5, Indiana State 4, Portland State 4, Appalachian State 2, Liberty 2, Sacred Heart 1, Alcorn State 1.

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Towson maintains #4 ranking in FCS poll

Posted on 16 September 2013 by WNST Staff

UNBEATEN TIGERS RANKED 4th AGAIN

Tigers Own Second-Longest Winning Streak in FCS Football

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – For the second week in a row, the undefeated Towson University football team is ranked fourth in NCAA FCS football, according to the weekly poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

The Tigers’ number four national ranking continues to be the highest national ranking at the FCS level that they’ve ever received.

Towson was ranked 11th in the pre-season and moved up to fifth after a season-opening win at Connecticut. Back-to-back victories over Holy Cross and Delaware State enabled the Tigers to move up to fourth, ahead of Sam Houston State.

Their 49-7 victory over Delaware State extended the Tigers’ winning streak to seven games in a row. Towson closed out the 2012 season with four straight wins and has won their first three games in 2013.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (2-0) received 154 of a possible 156 first place votes to remain first in the nation. Eastern Washington (2-1) got the other two first place votes and is ranked second. Montana State (2-1) 1s ranked third, some 48 points ahead of Towson. Sam Houston State (2-1) is fifth, nearly 200 points behind the Tigers.

The Tigers, who have outscored their opponents by a 131-32 margin through three games, are sixth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 43.7 points per game.

However, the Tiger defense is ranked near the top of FCS in all of the major categories. The Tigers are allowing 10.7 points per game, third in the nation behind Idaho State (8.3) and Bethune-Cookman.

The Towson defense leads FCS in red-zone defense (.333) and the Tigers are fifth in the nation in rushing defense, allowing 71.0 yards per game. The Tigers are also sixth in total defense, giving up 267.3 yards per contest.

Towson is one of six Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. New Hampshire (1-1) is ranked 11th while Stony Brook (1-1) is 16th nationally. James Madison (2-1) is 17th this week while Villanova (0-2) is 20th. Richmond (1-2) fell to 23rd in the nation after losing to Gardner-Webb.

The Tigers, who have the program’s longest winning streak since 1984, will be seeking their eighth win in a row when they visit North Carolina Central on Saturday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (154)                                2-0                3,898                   1

2.      Eastern Washington (2)                                   2-1                 3,462                   2

3.      Montana State                                                2-1                 3,460                   3

4.      Towson University                                          3-0                3,412                   4

5.      Sam Houston State                                         2-1                 3,235                   5

6.      South Dakota State                                         3-0                3,054                  6

7.      Northern Iowa                                                2-0                3,004                  7

8.      Eastern Illinois                                               3-0                2,778                   9

9.      Montana                                                         2-0                2,450                  11

10.     Wofford                                                          2-1                 2,365                   16

11.      New Hampshire                                              1-1                  2,273                   12

12.     McNeese State                                               3-0                2,134                   13

13.     Central Arkansas                                            1-2                 1,496                    8

14.     Georgia Southern                                            2-1                 1,420                   10

15.     Coastal Carolina                                             3-0                1,274                   21

16.     Stony Brook                                                   1-1                  1,201                    17

17.     James Madison                                               2-1                 1,186                    20

18.     Cal Poly                                                         1-2                 1,165                    14

19.     Bethune-Cookman                                          3-0                1,053                   23

20.    Villanova                                                       0-2                767                     19

21.     Fordham                                                        3-0                733                     NR

22.    Lehigh                                                           2-0                677                     22

23.    Richmond                                                       1-2                 653                     15

24.    Tennessee-Martin                                           2-1                 561                     NR

25.    Northern Arizona                                            1-1                  556                    25

Others receiving votes: Illinois State 493, Youngstown State 370, Samford 281, Maine 255, William & Mary 155, North Carolina A&T 118, Southern Utah 114, Delaware 113, Jacksonville State 111, Gardner-Webb 100, Chattanooga 85, Eastern Kentucky 29, Appalachian State 28, Southeastern Louisiana 24, Liberty 24, South Carolina State 22, Penn 21, South Dakota 19, Tennessee State 18, Harvard 18, Southern Illinois 10, Western Illinois 10, Murray State 5, Indiana State 4, Tennessee Tech 3, Northwestern State 2, Sacred Heart 1.

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Towson moves up to school-best 4th in FCS rankings

Posted on 09 September 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS MOVE UP TO 4th IN FCS RANKINGS

Unbeaten Tigers Attain Highest FCS Ranking Ever

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Coming off a 49-7 victory over Holy Cross, the undefeated Towson University football team is ranked fourth in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

For the Tigers, who were fifth in the nation last week, this is the highest national ranking at the FCS level that they’ve ever received.

Towson was ranked 11th in the pre-season and moved up to fifth after a season-opening win at Connecticut. The 49-7 win over Holy Cross enabled the Tigers to move up to fourth, ahead of Sam Houston State.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (2-0) received 146 of a possible 152 first place votes to remain first in the nation. Eastern Washington (2-0) got the other six first place votes and is ranked second. Montana State (1-1) 1s ranked third despite a heart-breaking 31-30 loss to Southern Methodist.

Towson is only one point behind No. 3 Montana State.

The Tigers moved ahead of Sam Houston State (1-1) into fourth in the nation when the Bearkats fell at Texas A & M, 65-28.

Towson is one of six Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. New Hampshire (0-1) is ranked 12th while Richmond (1-1) is 15th  in the nation after dropping a 23-21 decision at North Carolina State. Stony Brook (1-0) is ranked 17th for the second straight week while CAA pre-season favorite Villanova (0-2) fell to 19th after a loss to Fordham. James Madison (1-1) remained as the 20th-ranked team after losing at Akron.

The Tigers, who own the second-longest winning streak in FCS football, will be seeking their seventh win in a row when they open their home schedule on Sunday, September 14 against Delaware State at 7:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (146)                                 2-0                3,769                   1

2.      Eastern Washington (6)                                   2-0                3,639                   2

3.      Montana State                                                1-1                  3,234                   3

4.      Towson University                                          2-0                3,233                   5

5.      Sam Houston State                                         2-0                3,033                   4

6.      South Dakota State                                         1-1                  2,941                   6

7.      Northern Iowa                                                2-0                2,855                  9

8.      Central Arkansas                                            2-2                2,461                   7

9.      Eastern Illinois                                               2-0                2,218                   14

10.     Georgia Southern                                            2-0                2,203                  10

11.      Montana                                                         1-0                 2,073                   13

12.     New Hampshire                                              0-1                 1,944                   11

13.     McNeese State                                               1-1                  1,789                    18

14.     Cal Poly                                                         1-1                  1,663                    12

15.     Richmond                                                       1-1                  1,645                   15

16.     Wofford                                                          1-1                  1,573                    16

17.     Stony Brook                                                   1-0                 1,482                   17

18.     Illinois State                                                  0-1                 1,100                    19

19.     Villanova                                                       0-2                978                     8

20.    James Madison                                               1-1                  944                    20

21.     Coastal Carolina                                             2-0                712                     24

22.    Lehigh                                                           1-0                 603                     23

23.    Bethune-Cookman                                          2-0                580                    25

24.    Youngstown State                                           2-0                551                     NR

25.    Northern Arizona                                            0-1                 523                    22

Others receiving votes: Delaware 269, Samford 206, Southern Utah 185, Eastern Kentucky 159, Fordham 122, William & Mary 101, North Carolina A&T 81, Maine 66, UT Martin 64, Jacksonville State 62, Chattanooga 43, Appalachian State 40, Penn 38, Southern Illinois 29, Southeastern Louisiana 28, North Dakota 24, South Dakota 19, Harvard 18, Albany 15, Western Illinois 14, Northwestern State 14, Tennessee State 14, Liberty 10, Nicholls 9, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8, Indiana State 6, Gardner-Webb 4, Murray State 2, The Citadel 1, South Carolina State 1, Sacramento State 1, Portland State 1

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Towson picks up Top 5 ranking after win over UConn

Posted on 02 September 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS EARN NUMBER FIVE NATIONAL RANKING

Towson Ranked Higher Than Ever Before In Sports Network Poll

PHILADELPHIIA, Pa. – After an impressive 33-18 victory over the University of Connecticut in their season opener, the Towson University football team is ranked fifth in the nation in the weekly FCS poll announced by The Sports Network on Monday.

For the Tigers, this marks their highest FCS national ranking ever. Their previous highest ranking was seventh nationally in the 2012 pre-season poll.  Prior to the win at UConn, the Tigers were ranked 11th in the FCS pre-season poll.

Towson has been ranked among the Top 25 for 27 consecutive weeks. The Tigers broke into the Top 25 on Sept. 26, 2011 and have been ranked among the Top 25 ever since.

The Tigers were one of eight FCS schools that defeated FBS programs during the first week of the college football season.

North Dakota State, which rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to post a 24-21 win over Kansas State, collected 145 of the 152 first-place votes to remain a definitive No. 1. The Bison were ahead of Eastern Washington, which collected the other seven first-place votes and moved up two spots to No. 2 following its 49-46 victory over Oregon State.

Also earning Top 10 spots were No. 5 Towson and No. 9 Northern Iowa, which posted its fifth all-time win over Iowa State, 28-20, to rise eight spots, the poll high.

That was only half the FCS-FBS story, though. Defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Eastern Illinois moved up seven spots to No. 14 after its 40-19 win over San Diego State. McNeese State, which was unranked in the preseason, moved up to No. 18 after it hammered South Florida, 53-21, scoring 31 points in the second quarter.

Samford, which beat transitioning FBS member Georgia State, 31-21, and Southern Utah, which slipped past South Alabama, 22-21, on a game-ending field goal, sat just outside the Top 25 following their big wins.

After Towson, the rest of the Top 10 consisted of No. 6 South Dakota State (1-0); No. 7 Central Arkansas (1-0); No. 8 Villanova (0-1), which fell to Boston College, 24-14; No. 9 Northern Iowa; and No. 10 Georgia Southern (1-0).

New Hampshire, which was idle over the weekend and will debut at Central Michigan on Saturday, was ranked 11th ahead of No. 12 Cal Poly (1-0). Up next was No. 13 Montana, which posted a 30-6 win over fellow perennial power Appalachian State in one of the more anticipated games of Week 1.

After Eastern Illinois were No. 15 Richmond (1-0), No. 16 Wofford (0-1), No. 17 Stony Brook (0-0), McNeese State, No. 19 Illinois State (0-1) and No. 20 James Madison (1-0).

The poll was rounded out by No. 21 Appalachian State (1-0), No. 22 Northern Arizona (0-1), No. 23 Lehigh (0-0), No. 24 Coastal Carolina (1-0) and No. 25 Bethune-Cookman (1-0).

Towson is one of six Colonial Athletic Association teams that are ranked in the FCS Top 25.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, September 7 when they visit Holy Cross at 1:00 p.m.

FCS Rankings                           Record                    Points                    Last Week

1.  North Dakota State               1-0                           3793                       1

2. Eastern Washington              1-0                           3564                       4

3. Montana State                      1-0                           3319                        2

4. Sam Houston State               1-0                           3267                       3

5. TOWSON                               1-0                           2874                      11

6. South Dakota State               1-0                           2744                      6

7. Central Arkansas                  1-0                           2557                      7

8. Villanova                             0-1                           2470                      5

9. Northern Iowa                      1-0                           2357                       17

10. Georgia Southern                  1-0                           2191                        9

11.  New Hampshire                    0-0                          2112                        10

12  Cal Poly                               1-0                           1857                       14

13.  Montana                              1-0                           1842                       20

14.  Eastern Illinois                    1-0                           1717                         21

15.  Richmond                            1-0                           1690                        15

16.  Wofford                               0-1                           1527                       8

17.  Stony Brook                         0-0                          1235                       16

18.  McNeese State                    1-0                           1213                        NR

19.  Illinois State                        0-1                           1164                        13

20.  James Madison                   1-0                           1147                        19

21.  Appalachian State               0-1                           841                        12

22.  Northern Arizona                0-1                           583                       18

23.  Lehigh                                0-0                          557                       22

24.  Coastal Carolina                 1-0                           484                       25

25.  Bethune-Cookman              1-0                           420                       23

Others receiving votes: Eastern Kentucky 374, Youngstown State 338, Samford 226, Delaware 179, UT Martin 108, Southern Utah 106, Southern Illinois 89, William & Mary 71, Wagner 51, Penn 42, Southeastern Louisiana 41, Colgate 34, Chattanooga 27, Jacksonville State 21, South Dakota 19, Tennessee State 19, Sacramento State 15, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 14, Indiana State 14, Harvard 13, Gardner-Webb 10, The Citadel 10, Albany 9, Tennessee Tech 8, Liberty 7, Weber State 5, Western Illinois 5, Northwestern State 5, Duquesne 5, South Carolina State 4, Prairie View A&M 3, Charleston Southern 2, Florida A&M 1

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Towson ranked 11th in FCS preseason poll

Posted on 15 August 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS RANKED 11th IN SPORTS NETWORK PRE-SEASON POLL 
Tigers Ranked In Top Ten By Two Other Publications

TOWSON, Md. – Coming off back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championship seasons, the Towson University football team has been ranked 11th in the in the NCAA FCS Pre-Season Top 25 by The Sports Network.

The Tigers, who have been ranked among the NCAA FCS Top 25 by The Sports Network for 27 consecutive weeks, finished the 2012 season as the 17th-ranked team in the nation. The Tigers, who finished the season with a four-game winning streak, earned a share of the CAA championship with a 6-2 record.

Despite closing out the regular season with impressive wins over Villanova, Delaware, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, the Tigers did not earn a berth in the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

One of six CAA schools listed in The Sports Network’s poll, Towson has a veteran team. Coach Rob Ambrose enters his fifth season with a squad that returns eight starters on offense and seven starters on defense.

Senior tackles Eric Pike (Duval H.S./Lanham, Md.) and Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) return to lead the Tigers’ offensive line. Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) also returns after rushing for 2,340 yards with 44 touchdowns in his first two seasons. He was named first team All-CAA as a freshman and sophomore and also earned All-American honors twice.

Senior linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) returns to lead the Tiger defense, along with senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and junior cornerbackTye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.).

Last season, the Tigers had the top-ranked defense in the CAA.

The Tigers were also selected among the Top 25 in pre-season rankings by Athlon College Football Magazine, Lindy’s College Football Magazine and The Sporting News College Football Magazine.

Towson was ranked eighth by Athlon College Football Magazine and Lindy’s College Football MagazineThe Sporting News College Football Magazine ranked Towson 13th in the nation in the pre-season.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (14-1) was ranked as the number one team in FCS in all four polls. Georgia Southern (10-4), Montana State (11-2) and Eastern Washington (11-3) also received pre-season accolades as the top teams in FCS football.

In the Athlon College Football Magazine pre-season poll, Towson was ranked behind North Dakota State, Montana State, Georgia Southern, Sam Houston State, Villanova, Appalachian State and Eastern Washington. In addition to Villanova and Towson, four other Colonial Athletic Association teams were ranked in the Top 25 by Athlon. No. 11 New Hampshire (8-4), No. 12 Richmond (8-3), No. 17 James Madison (7-4) and No. 22 Delaware (5-6) were also ranked.

No. 8 Towson was ranked behind North Dakota State, Georgia Southern, Montana State, South Dakota State, Wofford, Eastern Washington and Central Arkansas in Lindy’s College Football Magazine. Villanova was ninth while No. 11 New Hampshire, Mo. 14 Stony Brook (10-3) and No. 21 Richmond (8-3) were also ranked.

Towson was one of five CAA teams ranked in The Sporting News College Football Magazine’s Top 25.

The Tigers enter the 2013 season with the fourth-longest winning streak in FCS football. North Dakota State has won nine straight games while Arkansas-Pine Bluff has a seven-game winning streak. San Diego has won six straight contests while Towson, Richmond and North Carolina A&T have each won four consecutive games.

The Tigers will open the 2013 season on Thursday, August 29 at Connecticut.

The Sports Network 2013 FCS Pre-Season Poll

Team (First-place votes)                                 2012 Record          Points      Previous Rank

1.          North Dakota State Bison (127)               14-1                         3340         1

2.         Montana State Bobcats (1)                      11-2                         3079                     5

3.         Sam Houston State Bearkats (5)             11-4                         2941          2

4.         Eastern Washington Eagles                     11-3                         2873                     4

5.         Villanova Wildcats                                 8-4                         2334         15

6.         South Dakota State Jackrabbits              9-4                         2268         14

7.         Central Arkansas Bears                          9-3                         2244         10

8.         Wofford Terriers                                    9-4                         2089         7

9.         Georgia Southern Eagles (1)                    10-4                        2002         3

10.        New Hampshire Wildcats                       8-4                         1920          13

11.         Towson Tigers                                     7-4                         1871          17

12.        Appalachian State Mountaineers             8-4                         1696          9

13.        Illinois State Redbirds                            9-4                         1657          8

14.        Cal Poly Mustangs                                 9-3                         1646          12

15.        Richmond Spiders                                  8-3                         1384          18

16.        Stony Brook Seawolves                          10-3                        1178           11

17.        Northern Iowa Panthers                         5-6                         1106           NR

18.        Northern Arizona Lumberjacks               8-3                         988           20

19.        James Madison Dukes                            7-4                         964           19

20.       Montana Grizzlies                                  5-6                         813            NR

21.        Eastern Illinois Panthers                        7-5                         686           NR

22.       Lehigh Mountain Hawks                         10-1                         587           16

23.       Bethune-Cookman Wildcats                    9-3                         514            22

24.       Chattanooga Mocs                                 6-5                         505           NR

25.       Coastal Carolina Chanticleers                8-5                         489           24\

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All-America honors for Towson’s Beltre, Dangerfield

Posted on 11 December 2012 by WNST Staff

FRANK BELTRE,  JORDAN DANGERFIELD NAMED TO ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Tiger Defensive Standouts Honored By The Sports Network

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Senior defensive end Frank Beltre (Randolph H.S./Randolph, N.J.) and senior free safety Jordan Dangerfield (Royal Palm Beach H.S./Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) of Towson University have been named to The Sports Network’s Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America team.

Beltre and Dangerfield, who led the Tigers to back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championships, earned third team All-America honors.

A two-time All-CAA first team selection, Beltre was one of the top defensive linemen in the CAA the last three years. A three-year starter at defensive end, he was seventh on the team with 36 tackles as a senior. He tied for the team lead with five quarterback sacks as Towson led the CAA with 31 sacks. He was also tied for fourth in the CAA in sacks. Beltre was also third on the team with 7.5 tackles for lost yardage. He also forced two fumbles and had one fumble recovery.

Beltre, who played in all 45 career games, finished his career with 232 tackles, 20th on Towson’s all-time list. He also had 38 tackles for lost yardage, 11 sacks and two fumble recoveries.

A two-year co-captain and a three-year starter at free safety, Dangerfield also earned first team All-CAA first team honors for the second time. Despite missing the final game of the season, he was fourth on the team with 69 tackles. Dangerfield, who also earned pre-season All-America honors, led the Tigers with six pass breakups and had one fumble recovery.

The Tigers’ top tackler as a sophomore and junior, Dangerfield finished his career with 258 tackles, 11th on Towson’s career list. He also broke up 13 passes and recovered four fumbles.

Dangerfield was also honored as a second team All-American by Beyond Sports Network.

Beltre and Dangerfield were keys to the best defense in the CAA. En route to a 7-4 final record, the Tigers led the CAA in fewest yards allowed (313.2) and pass defense (174.3 ypg). Towson also topped the CAA in sacks with 31.

The No. 15 Tigers claimed a share of the CAA championship as they tied for first place with New Hampshire (8-4, 6-2), Richmond (8-3, 6-2) and Villanova (8-4, 6-2). Playing the fourth-toughest schedule in NCAA FCS, the Tigers won their final four games of the season, beating No. 19 Villanova, No. 23 Delaware and No. 7 New Hampshire on the road.

Towson has a 16-7 over the last two seasons, including an impressive 13-3 mark in CAA games. In games against FCS programs the last two years, Towson has a 16-4 mark.

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