Tigers On Verge Of Making NCAA History
Courtesy: Peter Schlehr, SID Emeritus  
Release: 11/18/2011
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By PETER SCHLEHR
SID Emeritus

TOWSON, Md. - The No. 8 Tigers are one win away from locking up their first Colonial Athletic Association championship and that will award them with a post-season playoff berth and a spot in NCAA football history.

WHEN the Tigers earn a spot in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs, they will become the only team in NCAA post-season football tournament history to have made appearances in all three divisions (III, II and FCS/I-AA). And, the way college football is structured today, they may be the only team ever to accomplish the feat.

It has been 25 years since the Tigers last played a post-season football game.

Forty teams have made multiple division appearances in NCAA Football Playoffs and/or Bowl Games. Towson will become the 11th team to play at a third different post-season level but the only school to have come up through the ranks.

The other ten schools picked up a third appearance in a bowl game. For instance, Fordham has competed in the NCAA's Division III and FCS playoffs, but long after appearing in the 1941 Cotton Bowl and the 1942 Sugar Bowl.

Montana State participated in the Division II and FCS tournaments but after playing in such bowl games as the Harbor, Aluminum, Camellia and Grantland Rice bowls in its early history. Likewise, Western Kentucky (Division II and FCS) faced Coast Guard in the 1963 Tangerine Bowl.

Towson made its first post-season appearance in the 1976 NCAA Division III playoffs, upsetting heavily favored C.W. Post 14-10 and outlasting St. Lawrence 38-36 at home before falling to St. John's 31-28 in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Phenix City, Ala.

That playoff victory over St. Lawrence has been Towson's only home playoff ga me.

In 1983, after the Tigers had moved to Division II, they faced eventual national champion North Dakota State in Fargo, bowing 24-17. The following year Towson beat Norfolk State 31-21 in Norfolk but was hammered by host Troy State 45-3, another eventual national champ. That was Towson's first experience trying to defend the no-huddle offense.

In 1986 the Tigers traveled to Dayton, Ohio where they were beaten by Central State 31-0. That was Towson's last game as a Division II school. In 1987 the Tigers moved up to what was then Division I-AA.

A victory over Rhode Island this Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale would launch the Tigers into the playoffs undisputed. Who they would play and where would be the only questions remaining.

History awaits the outcome.

Multiple Division Appearances in NCAA Football Playoffs or Bowl Games

Akron - FBS, FCS, DII
Alcorn State - FCS, DII
Bethune Cookman - FCS, DII
Boise State - FBS, FCS, DII
C.W. Post - DII, DIII
Cal Poly - FCS, DII
Central Florida - FBS, FCS, DII
Delaware - FCS, DII
Eastern Ill. - FCS, DII
Eastern Ketucky. - FCS, DII
Fordham - Major Bowl, FCS, DIII
Fort Valley State - DII, DIII
Grambling - FCS, DII
Hampton - FCS, DII
Hofstra - FCS, DIII
Jacksonville - FCS, DII
Lehigh - Major Bowl, FCS, DII
Louisiana Tech - FBS, FCS, DII
Massachusetts - FCS, DII
Millersville - DII, DIII
Mississippi Col. - DII, DIII
Montana State - Major Bowl, FCS, DII
New Hampshire - FCS, DII
Northern Iowa - FCS, DII
North Dakota State - FCS, DII
Northeastern - FCS, DII
Northern Arizona - Major Bowl, FCS, DII
Portland State - FCS, DII
Slippery Rock - DII, DIII
South Dakota State - FCS, DII
Texas State - FCS, DII
Towson - DII, DIII
Troy - FBS, FCS, DII
University of Tennessee Martin - FCS, DII
West Georgia  - DII, DIII
Western Carolina  - FCS, DII
Western Illinois  - FCS, DII
Western Kentucky.  - Major Bowl, FCS, DII
Wofford  - FCS, DII
Youngstown State  - FCS, DII
Source: NCAA Statistics


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