Towson RB West named CAA Offensive Player of the Week

November 19, 2012 | WNST Staff

Sophomore Running Back Led Towson To 64-35 Victory Over No. 7 New Hampshire

– Sophomore running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 17, it has been announced by CAA officials.

The second-leading rusher in the CAA, West led the Tigers to a 64-35 victory over No. 7 New Hampshire in their regular season finale, a win that earned Towson a share of the CAA championship.

In the regular season finale, West ran for a seasonal high 236 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Tigers to their fourth straight win. In the first quarter, he scored on a four-yard TD run to give Towson a 7-6 lead. Later in the first period, he had a 64-yard run that set up Towson’s second touchdown of the game.

In the first quarter at UNH, he had three carries for 76 yards. At halftime, he had 94 yards on six carries.

Led by West, the Tigers broke the game open in the second half. The Tigers owned a 30-28 lead at intermission before scoring four touchdowns in a row. In the second half, West ran for 142 yards on 13 carries. With 8:23 remaining in the game, he scored on a five-yard run to give Towson a 50-28 lead.

West, who had the second-highest single game total of his career in the win over UNH, finished the regular season with 1,046 yards on 195 carries, second in the CAA. He also scored 15 touchdowns in 10 games to lead the CAA for the second year in a row.

In 21 career games, West has rushed for 2,340 yards on 389 carries. The fifth-leading rusher in school history, he is averaging 6.0 yards per carry in his career. The winner of the 2011 Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS football, West has scored 44 touchdowns in 21 career contests. He needs only three more touchdowns to tie the school record set by Jason Corle, ’01.

For West, this marks the third time in his career that he has been selected as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week.

Towson, which won the CAA championship for the second year in a row, finished the regular season with a 7-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the CAA. Over the last two years, Towson is 16-7 with a 13-3 record in CAA play.

After closing out the season with four straight wins, the Tigers were hoping for an NCAA FCS playoff berth. However, Towson did not receive an at-large berth to the playoffs.
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