TOWSON, Md. – After winning back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championships, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will play a very strong 12-game schedule next season.
This marks only the fourth time in program history that the Tigers have been able to schedule 12 regular season games. The NCAA permits schools to schedule a 12th regular season game where there is a 14th Saturday between the first permissible playing date and the final permissible playing date. Towson also played 12 games in 2003, 2005 and 2008.
Due to the extra Saturday, the Tigers will play four non-conference games in addition to their eight-game CAA schedule. Towson will play five home games at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium and seven contests on the road,
For the fifth time in the last six seasons, Towson will face an NCAA FBS opponent in its season opener. On Thursday, August 29, the Tigers will open the season against the University of Connecticut in a game that will be played at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.
UConn will be the seventh NCAA FBS opponent that Towson has played since 2008. The Tigers have also played Navy (2008), Northwestern (2009), Indiana (2010), Maryland (2011), Kent State (2012) and Louisiana State (2012). In 2012, the Tigers played Kent State and LSU, two NCAA FBS opponents who finished the regular season ranked in the Top 25.
After the season opener, the Tigers will visit former Patriot League rival Holy Cross on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Towson, which averaged nearly 8,700 fans per home game in 2012, opens its home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 14 by hosting Delaware State University. A week later, on Saturday, Sept. 21, the Tigers travel to Durham, N.C. to face North Carolina Central.
On Sept. 28, the Tigers travel to Stony Brook, a newcomer to the CAA, to face the Seawolves. Stony Brook is coming off a season in which the Seawolves earned an NCAA FCS at-large berth and posted a 10-3 record.
In October, Towson plays back-to-back home games against New Hampshire (Oct. 5) and Villanova (Oct. 12). Towson, UNH and Villanova are three of the four teams that shared the 2012 CAA championship.
On Oct. 19, the Tigers travel to Albany to face the Great Danes. Albany is another newcomer to the CAA.
Towson also travels to Richmond on Oct. 26 to face the Spiders, who also tied for the 2012 CAA title.
On Nov. 2, Towson returns to Unitas Stadium to host long-time rival Delaware. After a bye week, the Tigers visit William & Mary on Nov. 16 to face the Tribe. The Tigers close out the regular season on Nov. 23 with a home game against James Madison. It will be the 25th meeting between the schools.
The Tigers, who have posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1999 and 2000, expect to have eight returning starters on offense and seven returning starters on defense.
A trio of All-CAA first team selections, running back Terrance West and tackles Eric Pike and Randall Harris, return to the lead the Tiger offense, along with offensive center Doug Shaw, a second team All-CAA honoree.
The Tiger defense will be led by linebacker Monte Gaddis, a second team All-CAA selection. Cornerbacks Jordan Love and Tye Smith also return. Love was a second team All-CAA selection while Smith earned third team honors.
Deposits are now being accepted for the 2013 Tiger football season. Tickets can be ordered online at www.TowsonTigers.com or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-855-TU-TIGER.
The Tigers, who have a combined 16-7 record the last two seasons, have won back-to-back CAA titles by winning 13 of 16 CAA games over the last two years. In 2011, Towson had a 7-1 CAA record to win the title outright. Last season, the Tigers won their final four games in a row to finish with a 6-2 CAA mark that earned them a share of the championship.
2013 TOWSON UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|Thur.||Aug. 29||at Connecticut||East Hartford, Conn.|
|Sat.||Sept. 7||at Holy Cross||Worcester, Mass.|
|Sat.||Sept. 14||DELAWARE STATE||UNITAS STADIUM|
|Sat.||Sept. 21||at North Carolina Central||Durham, N.C.|
|Sat.||Sept. 28||at Stony Brook *||Stony Brook, N.Y.|
|Sat.||Oct. 5||NEW HAMPSHIRE *||UNITAS STADIUM|
|Sat.||Oct. 12||VILLANOVA *||UNITAS STADIUM|
|Sat.||Oct. 19||at Albany *||Albany, N.Y.|
|Sat.||Oct. 26||at Richmond *||Richmond, Va.|
|Sat.||Nov. 2||DELAWARE *||UNITAS STADIUM|
|Sat.||Nov. 16||at William & Mary *||Williamsburg, Va.|
|Sat.||Nov. 23||JAMES MADISON *||UNITAS STADIUM|
|Sat.||Nov. 30||NCAA FCS Playoffs||TBA|
|Sat.||Dec. 7||NCAA FCS Playoffs||TBA|
|Sat.||Dec. 14||NCAA FCS Quarter-Finals||TBA|
|Sat.||Dec. 21||NCAA FCS Semi-Finals||TBA|
|Sat.||Jan. 4||NCAA FCS Championship Game||TBA|
* Colonial Athletic Association games