Towson visits Stony Brook Saturday for CAA opener

September 27, 2013 | WNST Staff

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Seeking their ninth consecutive victory, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Tiger football team will open its Colonial Athletic Association schedule on Saturday night at Stony Brook at 6:00 p.m.

Stony Brook is a first-year member of CAA football. Last season, the Seawolves posted a 10-3 record and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA FCS playoffs. Stony Brook, which was a Top 25 team until losing at Villanova last week, has a 1-2 record this season, including a 1-1 CAA mark.

The Towson-Stony Brook game will be broadcast back to the Baltimore area on www.TowsonTigers.com. Spiro Morekas, Ron Meehan, Zach Maskavich and Damon Lewis will call the action.

With a 4-0 record, the Tigers have the second-longest winning streak in FCS football. They are playing their fourth road game this season. Towson has played only one home game.

The Tigers’ current eight-game winning streak is remarkable because six of those victories came on the road. Towson ended the 2012 season with road victories at No. 22 Villanova, No. 23 Delaware and No. 7 New Hampshire. To date, the Tigers have posted victories at Connecticut, Holy Cross and North Carolina Central.

The Tigers come into the Stony Brook game with one of the top defenses in FCS football. The Tigers are ranked fourth in the nation, allowing only 12.3 points per game. The Tigers have been very tough against the run, allowing only 53.0 yards per game. That mark places the Tigers third in the nation. Towson has not allowed a rushing touchdown this season.

With 17 sacks in four games, Towson is fourth nationally. Junior Ryan Delaire leads the Tigers with 3.5 sacks while freshman Max Tejada has two sacks.

Coach Ambrose says, “The sacks are a total team effort. Sometimes they are caused by pass coverage. Our defensive line has played extremely well and those guys keep shuttling in and out. We don’t have a superstar which is good. If you are counting on one guy to get all of your sacks, he will get double-teamed.”

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark leads the Tigers with 30 tackles in four games. Monte Gaddis is second on the team with 19 tackles.

Senior quarterback Peter Athens continues to lead the Tiger offense. He has completed 66 of 100 passes in four games. He has thrown for 885 yards and five touchdowns with only two interceptions. He is rated 20th in the nation in pass efficiency.

The Tigers, who have won or shared the last two CAA championships, will also be counting on junior Terrance West. West is averaging 124.5 yards per game and leads NCAA FCS with 11 touchdowns. He has scored 55 touchdowns in 25 career games.

For the fifth year in a row, Coach Ambrose and his coaching staff will join their coaching colleagues across the nation by participating in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) “Coach to Cure MD” event when Towson plays at Stony Brook.

As part of the program, Tiger coaches wear shoulder patches on the sidelines to help raise awareness for the “Coach to Cure MD.”

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