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.