With the Towson University Tigers' 48-32 victory over the Richmond Spiders, Towson improved its record to 8-1 and 4-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The Tigers now find themselves all alone in second place in the conference standings, a game behind the University of Maine. Towson is also a half game ahead of the University of Delaware Blue Hens. More on them in a minute.
Tiger success on the road
By beating Richmond in Richmond, the Tigers have now won nine straight road games. Towson is 5-0 on the road this season. With just three games left on the regular season schedule, Towson will have two of its last three games at Unitas Stadium.
It all starts this week with Delaware. The Blue Hens are the Tigers' closest CAA rival geographically. With the two schools just 45 minutes apart, it is a game that is starting to grow into a nice rivalry. If you ask most Towson fans, they will tell you Delaware is probably the school they would like to beat most. But if you ask most Blue Hens fans, they will tell you that Villanova is their biggest rival. There is a very simple way to change that: keep beating Delaware.
Last time out vs. Delaware
Last year, the Tigers went up to Newark and defeated Delaware 34-27 in overtime. That game put the final nail in Delaware’s playoff coffin. The Tigers had taken a 27-24 lead with just 44 seconds left in the game, but the Blue Hens drove 5 plays and 42 yards in just 38 seconds. Sean Baner then kicked a 40-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. The Tigers held Delaware scoreless on its first possession before Terrance West scored from three yards out to end the ballgame.
Looking ahead to the postseason
But, the last three times the Tigers have played Delaware at home, they have lost. If the Tigers have hopes of getting a seed in the FCS playoffs, they will have to beat the Blue Hens this Saturday.
The way I look at it, with their eighth win last week, Towson is probably in the post season. A 9-3 record, they are definitely in. At 10-2, and the Tigers have a shot at one of the eight seeds. With an 11-1 record, they will definitely be seeded. This team needs to continue to leave no doubt.
What a week for Terrance West. Not only does he rush for 279 yards, he surpassed Jason Corle to become Towson’s all-time leading rusher. Remember, he hasn’t even finished his junior year. He also tied a school record that he and Tony Vinson held by scoring five touchdowns in a game. This past week was a little different, though. He only rushed for four. He caught just the second TD of his career for the fifth. For his outstanding effort, Terrance won the CAA Offensive Player of the Week again. It’s the seventh time Terrance has been POW in the CAA, and the 11th CAA weekly award of his career. That is a conference record.
Telvion Clark was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Week. Clark won it for the second time this season, also earning league recognition after the Tigers' win against New Hampshire. Clark had a career-high 16 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery at Richmond. Not only did he recover the fumble, he ran it back 32 yards for a touchdown. Congrats to both these great football players.
We hope everyone can make it out and pack the U this Saturday night. Stay here on Towsontigers.com for tickets. If you cant make it out, you can watch it right here, starting at 6 p.m with the pre-game show.
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