STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Here are some post-game notes after the No. 3 Tigers' 35-21 victory at Stony Brook at Saturday evening.
NINE IN A ROW: The Tigers took a very different route to victory when they extended their winning streak to nine in a row on Saturday … For the first time during their winning streak, they had to overcome a two-touchdown deficit to win … When the Tigers fell behind by 14-0 in the first quarter, it was their largest deficit in a game since Oct. 20, 2012 when they trailed Old Dominion, 31-6 … It was also the first time that Towson trailed at halftime since that Old Dominion game.
THIRD QUARTER EFFECIENCY: Although the Tigers allowed a seasonal high 21 points to Stony Brook, they did not give up any points in the third quarter for the fourth time in five games … In the third quarter this season, Towson is outscoring its opponents by a 55-7 margin … Delaware State is the only team to score on the Tigers and the Hornets reached the end zone when they were already trailing, 49-0 … In the second half, the Tigers are outscoring their opposition by a 101-22 margin.
WILD, WILD WEST: For the fourth time in five games this season, junior Terrance West topped the 100-yard rushing mark when he ran for 150 yards on 28 carries at Stony Brook and scored a touchdown … It was the 15th 100-yard game of his career … The leading rusher in the Colonial Athletic Association, West has run for 648 yards on 126 carries this season, an average of 5.1 yards per carry … In his career, West has run for 2,988 yards on 515 carries with 55 rushing touchdowns … He needs just 12 more yards to become the third player in school history to rush for 3,000 career yards … Jason Corle (3,601) and Tony Vinson (3,058) are the only other Tigers to top the 3,000-yard mark.
SACK PACK: Led by junior defensive end Ryan Delaire, the Tigers now have 21 sacks this season … The Tigers had four sacks at Stony Brook, including three in the fourth quarter … Delaire, who leads the team with 6.5 sacks, had three sacks and forced a fumble in the win at Stony Brook.
TURNOVER RATIO: In terms of turnovers at Stony Brook, it was a tale of two halves … In the first half, the Tigers turned the ball over twice as Peter Athens was intercepted twice … In the second half, the Tigers forced two fumbles, turnovers that led to a pair of touchdowns … When Nick Wagner fumbled a punt at the Stony Brook 25-yard line in the third quarter, the Tigers cut their deficit to 21-17 when Athens threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Wilkins … In the final minute of the game, Ryan Delaire sacked quarterback Lyle Negron and forced a fumble … Sophomore Donnell Lewis picked up the fumble and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a commanding 35-21 lead with 42 seconds left.
CAREER LONG KICK: Senior place kicker D.J. Soven snapped out of his slump early in the fourth quarter when he booted a career long 51-yard field goal to trim the Tigers’ deficit to 21-20 … Soven’s 51-yard field goal tied for the second-longest field goal in school history … Former All-American Sean Landeta holds the school record with a 57-yard field goal against Delaware State in 1980 … Landeta, who attended Saturday night’s game at Stony Brook, also kicked a 51-yard field goal against New Hampshire in 1980 … Soven became the first Tiger to kick a 50-yard field goal since 1980.
ON LONG ISLAND: The Tigers’ 35-21 win at Stony Brook improved their record on Long Island to a very impressive 8-1 … The Tigers are also 3-0 at C.W. Post and 2-0 at Merchant Marine Academy … Towson was 2-1 in games played at Hofstra.
BALL CONTROL: For the first time this season, the Tigers did not win the battle for ball control at Stony Brook … The Seawolves had the ball for 32:49 while the Tigers controlled the clock for 27:11 … Towson is averaging 33:04 in time of possession this season.
BIG PLAY BY VICTOR: First-year freshman Darius Victor made one of the biggest plays in the Tigers’ win over Stony Brook … On third-and-three at the Stony Brook 31-yard line, Victor broke through a hole on the left side and ran all the way to the end zone for his third touchdown of the season … Victor’s 31-yard run gave Towson a 26-21 lead with 2:38 left in the game.
DRIVE TIME: The Tigers scored the go-ahead touchdown with a very impressive 96-yard drive in the fourth quarter … Towson took the ball at its own four-yard line with 7:36 left in the game … The Tigers marched 96 yards in only 10 plays, all running plays … The drive took up 4:58 … On the drive, Terrance West had six carries for 41 yards on the drive while Peter Athens ran for four yards on one carry … His four-yard run gave Towson a first down at the Tiger 39-yard line … Freshman Darius Victor had three carries for 36 yards, including the go-ahead touchdown … The drive was also aided by a 15-yard personal foul penalty against the Seawolves … The 96-yard drive was the fourth drive of 90 or more yards for the Tigers this season … At Connecticut, Towson drove 95 yards on 13 plays (7:35) … At Holy Cross, the Tigers had a 90-yard, 10-play march that consumed 4:35) … The Tigers also had a 96-yard drive at Holy Cross as they went 96 yards in only five plays and 2:20.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Tigers’ current nine-game winning streak is even more impressive considering that seven of the nine games were played on the road … Last year, Towson started the streak with wins at Villanova, Delaware and New Hampshire … The Tigers opened this season with four of five games on the road … They travelled 2,548 miles to pick up wins at Connecticut, Holy Cross, North Carolina Central and Stony Brook.