Towson picks up Top 5 ranking after win over UConn

September 02, 2013 | 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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