The Towson University Tiger football team has just completed its only two-game homestand of the season. Unfortunately for Towson, it was a split.
"Turning over" a concerning new leaf
After coming from behind two weeks in a row to beat Stony Brook in Long Island and New Hampshire at Johnny Unitas® Stadium, the Tigers found themselves down 21-0 before some of the 10,200 homecoming crowd had even gotten to their seats.
A team that was terrific in not turning the ball over through the first five weeks of the season, has all of the sudden become turnover-prone over the past couple of weeks. Coach Rob Ambrose and his players and staff know that this cannot continue if the Tigers are going to make a run at and in the FCS playoffs.
The 45-35 loss to Villanova was concerning in a couple of different ways.
As we mentioned, the turnovers. There is also the way the last three games have started. Towson has been outscored in the first quarter this year by more than two to one. This Saturday the Tigers will travel to the capital of New York State to take on the Great Danes of the University of Albany. Game time is 3:30 p.m., but maybe the Tigers should pretend the game starts at 2:30. It seems like it takes this team a little time to get going.
The last thing we all need to do at this point though is panic. Let’s not forget, Towson is 6-1 on the year and still ranked seventh in the nation in the latest Sports Network poll. Towson is also 2-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
The Tigers are a game behind Villanova and a half game behind Maine. Since the Tigers have a loss to Villanova, and they don’t play Maine, Towson is in a position of having to get help from other teams if the Tigers have chance to win the CAA. But at this point, they can't worry about others. They just have to worry about themselves.
A look at Albany
Albany comes into Saturday's game with a record of 1-6. The Great Danes had a heart-breaking road loss to Delaware this past Saturday. Albany led 30-22 with less than four minutes left in the game. But the Blue Hens came back with a touchdown, a two-point conversion, and a field goal on the last play of the game to win 33-30. So the Great Danes will come in maybe downtrodden or maybe the opposite, thinking "hey, we should have won at Delaware on the road, there’s no reason why we can’t play with Towson at home."
For the Tigers, it is now time to regroup and rededicate themselves to this year's motto: “Leave No Doubt.” It’s a game the Tigers will be expected to win handily. They need to go out and do it against the Great Danes this Saturday.
You can listen to the Towson-UAlbany game right here at Towsontigers.com or on your smart phone. Ron Meehan, Zach Maskovich and I will be with you starting at 2:30 p.m. with the "Countdown to Kickoff." Normally we are joined by the Towson Director of New Media Damon Lewis. Unfortunately, Damon may not be able to make this week's game against the Great Danes. He lost his grandfather this week. Ron, Zach and I all give our condolences to Damon and his family. Hang in there, Damon, we are all thinking about you.
My FCS TOP TEN
|1.||North Dakota State|
|5.||Sam Houston State|