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Ambrose says Towson didn’t need “NCAA Board Room” validation

Posted on 18 November 2012 by WNST Staff


Tigers Not Chosen For NCAA FCS Playoffs

TOWSON, Md. – Although Towson University finished the regular season with four consecutive victories and earned a share of the Colonial Athletic Association championship, the Tigers were not selected to play in the NCAA FCS playoffs. The NCAA announced its 20-team field on Sunday afternoon.

The Tigers, who finished the season with a 7-4 record and went 6-2 in the CAA, assembled in their locker room to watch the NCAA selection show. They sat in stunned silence when they learned that Towson was not selected.

“I can’t think of any time when I’ve been more disappointed,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “These players deserve better than this and they earned the right to play in the NCAA post-season again.

“These guys are champions,” Ambrose added. “We don’t need some people sitting in an NCAA Board Room to validate us. The goal should be to have the best 20 teams competing for the championship.”

The Tigers, who shared the CAA title with New Hampshire (8-3, 6-2), Villanova (8-3, 6-2) and Richmond (8-3, 6-2), were seeking their second straight appearance in the NCAA FCS playoffs. UNH and Villanova were selected to advance to the post-season while Towson and Richmond were overlooked.

In the final four weeks of the season, Towson posted convincing wins over Villanova (49-35) and New Hampshire (64-35). When Towson handed UNH a decisive 64-35 in the regular season finale on Saturday, it seemed like the Tigers had played their way into the NCAA FCS playoff field.

Over the last two seasons, Towson has posted a 13-3 record in CAA games and has won seven of eight CAA road games.

The Tigers also played the third-toughest schedule in FCS football, a slate that included losses to a pair of NCAA FBS teams that are having very good seasons, Louisiana State and Kent State.

Towson loses 14 seniors from this year’s team, including wide receiver Erron Banks (Bound Brook H.S./Bound Brook, N.J.), defensive end Frank Beltre (Randolph H.S./Randolph, N.J.), wide receiver Alex Blake (Friendly H.S./Fort Washington, Md.),  linebacker Brian Boateng (Gaithersburg H.S./Burtonsville, Md.), running back Dominique Booker (Hermitage H.S./Richmond, Va.), defensive end Ben Chroniger (DeMatha H.S./Crofton, Md.), safety Jordan Dangerfield (Royal Palm Beach H.S./Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.), tight end Cory Kirby (Kent Island H.S./Chester, Md.), defensive tackle Matt Morgan (Horseheads H.S./Horseheads, N.Y.), linebacker Nick Ranko (Foxborough H.S./Foxborough, Mass.), wide receiver Tom Ryan (Father Judge H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.), wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard (McDonogh H.S./Owings Mills, Md.) and defensive end Romale Tucker (Ballou H.S./Washington, D.C.).

Beltre and Dangerfield were All-American performers while Enders was a two-year starter at quarterback. He posted an impressive 16-6 record as the Towson signal-caller.

“These players will always be special to this program,” said Ambrose. “They changed the culture around here and brought respect to this football program.”

TIGER TALES:  In their season-ending four-game winning streak, the Tigers outscored their opponents by a 188-107 margin … In the last four contests, Towson averaged 525.5 yards of total offense per game while allowing 332.2 yards per game … Towson led the CAA in total defense, allowing 313.2 yards per contest.

In their four-game winning streak, the Tigers had a plus-five turnover ratio … Towson turned the ball over only once in the final four games of the year … Towson’s four-game winning streak is their longest winning streak since 2006 when the Tigers opened the season with four wins in a row.


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Towson RB Booker receives national honor

Posted on 12 November 2012 by 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.

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