PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – After suffering their first loss of the season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team fell from third to seventh in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.
The Tigers, who were ranked third in the nation the last three weeks, suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday night when Colonial Athletic Association rival Villanova (4-2, 3-0) outlasted the Tigers, 45-35. The Wildcats, who are ranked 12th in the nation this week, built a 38-14 halftime lead before holding on to snap the Tigers’ 10-game winning streak.
Towson has been ranked among the top teams in NCAA FCS all season long. They started the year as the 11th-ranked team in FCS. They moved up to fifth after a season-opening victory over Connecticut. Towson was ranked fourth for two weeks and was third for three weeks prior to the loss to Villanova.
The number three national ranking at the FCS level was the highest ranking that the Tigers have ever received.
Towson is ranked seventh in the nation behind defending national champion North Dakota State (6-0), Eastern Illinois (5-1), Eastern Washington (4-2), Montana State (4-2) and Coastal Carolina (6-0).
When Villanova beat the Tigers, the Wildcats ended the second-longest winning streak in FCS football. Ironically, the Tigers’ 10-game winning streak started with a 49-35 win at Villanova last October.
North Dakota State owns a 14-game winning streak.
Towson is one of five CAA teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. Villanova (4-2) is 12th while Maine (5-1) is 14th. James Madison (5-2) is ranked 20th while New Hampshire (2-3) is ranked 25th for the second straight week.
The Tigers will be trying to get back on the winning track this week when they travel to Albany for a 3:30 p.m. contest.
2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network
|FCS Weekly Rankings||Record||Points||Last Week|
|1. North Dakota State (161)
|2. Sam Houston State
|3. Eastern Illinois
|4. Eastern Washington
|5. Montana State
|6. Coastal Carolina
|9. McNeese State
|11. Northern Iowa
|15. South Dakota State
|16. Youngstown State
|19. Northern Arizona
|20. James Madison
|21. Central Arkansas
|23. Georgia Southern
|24. Tennessee State
|25. New Hampshire
Others receiving votes: Southern Illinois, Charleston Southern, Delaware, William & Mary, Southeastern Louisiana, South Carolina State, Harvard, Cal Poly, Tennessee-Martin, Southern Utah, Jacksonville State, Gardner-Webb, Chattanooga, Jackson State, Stony Brook, Illinois State, Richmond, Alcorn State.