Towson RB Booker receives national honor

November 12, 2012 | WNST Staff


Senior Back Ran For Career High 181 Yards on Seven Carries In Win Over Rhode Island

TOWSON, Md.– Senior running back Dominique Booker (Hermitage H.S./Richmond, Va.) of Towson University has been named as the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS National Running Back of the Week award winner, it has been announced by CFPA officials.

In the final regular season home game of his college career, Booker ran for a career high 181 yards on just seven carries as the Tigers won their third game in a row, a 41-10 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon.

Booker, who had rushed for only 193 yards all season entering Saturday’s game, averaged 25.9 yards per carry on his way to the best game of his career.

In the first quarter, he ran for 24 yards on the Tigers’ first play. That enabled him to become the 22nd player in school history with 1,000 rushing yards in his career.

In the second quarter, he ran for 22 yards to the Rams’ three-yard line, helping Towson take a 13-7 lead on a three-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.) to wide receiverGerrard Sheppard (McDonogh H.S./Baltimore, Md.).

Later in the second quarter, he had a 33-yard run to the URI 19-yard line, setting up another Towson touchdown.

On the opening play of the third quarter, he ran for 83 yards around the left end and scored to give the Tigers a 27-10 lead with 14:39 left in the period. It was the second-longest rushing play in school history, topped only Jason Corle’s 84-yard touchdown run against Wagner in 1996.

With 1,175 yards on 229 carries, Booker is now the 17th-leading rusher in school history.

Ranked 19th in NCAA FCS this week, the Tigers put their three-game winning streak on the line on Saturday, Nov. 17 when they visit the University of New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon at 12 noon. UNH leads the Colonial Athletic Association with an 8-2 overall record and a 6-1 CAA mark. Towson has a 6-4 overall record and is tied for third in the CAA with a 5-2 record.