Towson eyeing second straight win of 2015 against Holy Cross

September 19, 2015 | WNST Staff


The Tigers look for their second-straight victory as they welcome Holy Cross to Johnny Unitas Stadium. It is the ninth meeting between the two schools, with Towson holding a 5-3 advantage in the series.

Saturday’s game is Military Appreciation Night. All current and former military members will receive four complimentary tickets. In addition, all tickets for the game are $11.24 to honor the date former Tiger Sgt. Major Wardell B. Turner was Killed in Action.

Quarterback Connor Frazier had the best two passing games of his career this season. After throwing for 221 yards in the season opener, Frazier threw for 269 yards in the victory over Saint Francis. He has threw a touchdown and ran for another in each of the first two games.

This season marks the first time since 2012 that the Tigers have played two home games within their first three games of the season. Towson defeated William & Mary and Saint Francis after opening on the road at Kent State.

The Game
Towson plays its second home game in as many days as they welcome Holy Cross to Unitas Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Saturday Weather
The weather for Saturday is looking good as they are calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the low 80s. There is just a 20% chance of precipitation.

Military Appreciation Game
Saturday’s game will be Military Appreciation Game. All current and former military members will receive four complimentary tickets to the game.

Honoring Sgt. Major Wardell B. Turner
The Tigers will honor the memory of former player Sgt. Major Wardell B. Turner. Turner was Killed in Action while protecting our freedom on November 24, 2014. In his honor, all tickets to the game will be $11.24.

Tiger Walk
Saturday’s game will start a new tradition at Towson with the Tiger Walk. Approximately two-and-a-half hours prior to kickoff, the football team will be dropped off in Lot 13. They will be greeted by members of the marching band and will proceed to walk around the stadium towards Lot 21 and then down Osler Drive to their locker room.

vs. Holy Cross
The Tigers and Crusaders are meeting for the ninth time on the gridiron. Towson holds a 5-3 advantage in the all-time series, including a 49-7 victory in the last meeting in 2013.

vs. the Patriot League
The Tigers are just 27-39 against current members of the Patriot League. The most common opponent is Bucknell, with the teams splitting their 16 meetings.

Towson in the Patriot League
The majority of the Tigers games against Patriot League teams came when the Tigers were a member of the Patriot League from 1997 through 2003.

Ambrose Improves to 6-1 in Home Openers
Tiger head coach improved to 6-1 in home openers with the team’s 35-20 victory over Saint Francis on Sept. 12.

Scoring in All 8 Quarters
Through the first two games of the season, the Tigers have scored in all eight quarters. Towson has scored at least one touchdown in six of the eight quarters.

Opening Drives
The Tigers have gotten off to quick starts in each half through the first two games. Towson has scored on each of its four possessions opening the game or half. The Tigers have scored three touchdowns and a field goal on those possessions.

Strong Defense vs. SFU
The Tiger defense allowed just 187 yards of total offense against Saint Francis. It marked the lowest yardage total since Towson allowed just 160 yards against Morgan State in the 2011 season opener. The majority of the yards cam in the lat in the game. The Tigers gave up just 32 yards of offense in the first half.

18-Play Drive
The Towson offense started the Saint Francis game by putting together an 18-play drive that covered 86 yards and ended with a Darius Victor two-yard TD run. The drive took 9:18 off the first quarter clock.

29 Yards Rushing
The Tiger defense was stout against the run against Saint Francis. The defense allowed just 29 rushing yards on 30 attempts. They also allowed just two first downs via the rush. It was the fewest rushing yards allowed just giving up just two yards to North Carolina Central in 2013.

Frazier Another Career Day
Quarterback Connor Frazier had his second-straight career day when he throw for 269 yards against Saint Francis. He has been over 200 yards in both games this season after not surpassing the 200-yard mark in 12 games a year ago.

Jones Bursts On the Scene
Defensive lineman Clifton Jones had the best game of his career as he recorded 3.5 tackles-for-loss and 1. 5 sacks against Saint Francis.

Lewis With a House Call
Defensive back Donnell Lewis electrified the crowd with a 49-yard punt return for a touchdown against Saint Francis. He made the first defender miss before finding the wall on the outside and outran the defense. It was his first punt return for a touchdown. He also has two interception returns for touchdowns, both coming in 2013.

On this Date: Sept. 19
Saturday’s game marks the seventh time the Tigers will play on Sept. 19. Towson is 3-3 in the previous six games on this date.
Year Opponent Result
1970 Gallaudet W, 29-0
1981 Shippensburg L, 10-24
1987 Indiana (Pa.) L, 7-10
1992 Bucknell W, 24-21
1998 Colgate L, 14-35
2009 Coastal Carolina W, 21-17