Towson takes on Saint Francis in home opener

September 12, 2015 | WNST Staff


Towson looks to improve on its 35-11 all-time record in home openers when it welcomes Saint Francis to Johnny Unitas Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. The Tigers have won nine of their last 10 home openers, with the only loss coming in 2014.

Saturday’s game will be First Responders Appreciation Night. All First Responders will receive four complimentary tickets, while fans will be able to take advantage of a special First Responders ticket price of $9.11.

Towson enjoyed its best offensive output against an FBS opponent when they accumulated 416 yards of offense at East Carolina. The previous best total yardage against an FBS opponent was 392 yards against Indiana in 2010.

The Tigers scored on their opening possession of the season for the first time since the 2011 season. Towson actually scored on its opening possession of both halves.

The Game
Towson welcomes fans to Unitas Stadium for the first team this season as the Tigers play host to Saint Francis. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Saturday Weather
The gameday weather forecast is calling for temperatures in the low 80s with a chance chance of rain. during the day Temperatures are supposed to drop all the way into the low 60s overnight.

First Responders Recognition
Towson will honor the First Responders from the Greater Baltimore area Saturday. All First Responders receive four complimentary tickets to game. In addition, several fire and police chiefs will take part in the coin toss.

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. Saint Francis
The Tigers and Red Flash are meeting on the gridiron for the fourth time. Towson has won all three of the previous meetings. The teams last met in 2012 with the Tigers coming away with a 46-17 victory.

vs. the Northeast Conference
The game will be the 18th time the Tigers will play a current member of the Northeast Conference. Towson is 12-5 all-time against the NEC.

Home Openers
Since the 1969 season, Towson is 35-11 in home openers. The Tigers saw their nine-game winning streak stopped in 2014.

Ambrose in Home Openers
Head Coach Rob Ambrose is 5-1 in home openers in his tenure at Towson. He had won his first five openers before dropping last year’s home opener.

Opening at Home vs. the NEC
This season marks the second-straight year the Tigers will host a team from the Northeast Conference. Last season, Towson dropped a 31-27 decision to Central Connecticut State. Saturday’s game marks the fifth time the Tigers have hosted a NEC team in its home opener. Towson is 2-2 in the previous games, with all four games against CCSU.

On this Date: Sept. 12
Saturday’s game marks the fifth time the Tigers will play on Sept. 12. It will be the first time Towson will host a game on this date. Towson is 2-2 in the previous four games on this date.
Year Opponent Result
1981 @ Millersville W, 42-20
1987 @ Northeastern L, 22-39
1992 @ Rhode Island L, 19-36
1998 @ Monmouth W, 42-20

400 Yards Against FBS
The Towson offense put up 416 yards of total offense against East Carolina. It marked the most yards ever gained by the Tigers against an FBS opponent. The previous high was 392 yards at Indiana on Sept. 2, 2010.

Opening Drive Touchdown
The Towson offense drove down and scored a touchdown on its opening possession of the season. It was the first time Towson scored on its opening possession of the season since the 2011 season opener against Morgan State.

Frazier Has Career Passing Day
Senior quarterback Connor Frazier had the best of his career when he threw for 221 yards at East Carolina. He also rushed for 43 yards and finished with two total touchdowns.

All Aboard the Vito Express
Running back Darius Victor gets downhill quickly and doesn’t look to avoid contact. He carried the ball 28 times in the season opener and recorded his 9th career 100-yard rushing performance with 137 yards. #VitoExpress

Dowling Makes Return
Redshirt senior Brian Dowling return to the lineup in 2015 and was back to his old ways. He led the team with four receptions for 53 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown reception on the opening drive of the season.

Enforcing the Law
Senior defensive back Nico Law made a strong debut for the Tigers by recording a game-high 10 tackles. Six of his tackles were solo, while he also added a quarterback hurry.

Hurwitz Sound in Kicking Game
Kicker Sam Hurwitz got his season off to a strong start when he made both of his field goal attempts in the season opener. He hit from 23 yards in the second quarter and 32 yards in the third quarter. He also had a touchback on his five kickoffs.

True Freshman at ECU
A trio of true freshman made their debut’s at East Carolina. Running back Shane Simpson hauled in a 13-yard pass to pick up a first down. Linebacker Diondre Wallace made three tackles and delivered a big hit to break up a pass and force a punt. Linebacker Chris Tedder made four stops, three solo, and recorded a sack in his debut.

Victor Climbs Rushing Charts
Junior running back Darius Victor is climbing his way up the Towson rushing charts. He currently ranks sixth on the all-time list with 2,071 yards.
Rushing (minimum 1,000 yards)
Player Att. Yards TDs
1. Terrance West (2011-13) 802 4,849 84
2. Jason Corle (1996-99) 781 3,601 33
3. Tony Vinson (1992-93) 484 3,058 29
4. Brian McCarty (1991-94) 479 2,594 32
5. Noah Read (1998-01) 587 2,577 21
6. Darius Victor (2013-) 376 2,071 19
7. Nick Williams (2004-07) 473 1,985 13
8. Matt Romeo (2000-03) 460 1,950 17
— Darius Victor (2013-) 348 1,934 19

Up Next
The Tigers remain at home as they welcome Holy Cross to Unitas Stadium Sept. 19. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. The game will be the annual Military Appreciation Game.