Towson-Fordham FCS Football Game Storylines
Courtesy: Mat Schlissel, TowsonTigers.com  
Release: 12/06/2013
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The Towson Tigers (10-2, 6-2 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) have reached one of their key 2013 goals: reach the FCS playoffs for the second time in the program's history. The motto for the season is to "leave no doubt," and they certainly did that by winning 10 games, including defeating Connecticut, 33-18, in the opener for the program's first win over an FBS program.
 
Recent FCS playoff history
Last year Towson was left out of the FCS Playoffs, despite going 6-2 in the CAA and winning four straight games to end the season. Two years ago, the Tigers won the CAA outright and earned an automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs. They hosted former Patriot League rival Lehigh in front of a sold-out crowd at Unitas Stadium but lost the game, 40-38, on a safety in the fourth quarter. The Tigers couldn't hold on to a 38-31 lead when injuries on defense left them short-handed. But Towson still ended the season as the most-improved team in NCAA Division I.
 
A quality crowd
On Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Unitas Stadium, Towson faces another old Patriot League foe in Fordham, and Head Coach Rob Ambrose expects a similar crowd with even more energy than 2011.
 
"It's going to be electric," said Ambrose. "This is not one of those games where people are going to get up and leave. I expect to have a ton of students, community people and people that just love football. If you're not here on Saturday, it's your loss. It's going to be a heck of a ballgame."
 
Tigers get a rest
Ambrose gave his team more rest this year than he did two seasons ago due to the fact the team had a very late bye this season and needed it.
 
"The longer break was more out of necessity," said Ambrose. "After playing two of the most physical teams in the league [James Madison and William & Mary], we needed a break."
 
Moorhead vs. Ambrose
The Rams are coached by Joe Moorhead, who is a finalist for the 2013 Eddie Robinson Award for NCAA FCS Coach of the Year, an award Ambrose won in 2011. Both have also served offensive coordinators at Connecticut.
 
Lots of offense
Fordham is also similar to Towson in its explosiveness on offense. The Rams average 38.3 points and allow just 23.6 ppg. They average 164 yards per game (4.1 yards per carry) on the ground and allow 204 yards per game. The Rams average an impressive 358.3 yards per game in the air and give up just 186.
 
Nebrich and West
Connecticut transfer Michael Nebrich leads this powerful offense, while the Fordham defense will be attempting to stop junior All-AmericanTerrance West. There's no doubt one of Towson's main focus will be on Nebrich.
 
"[The key is] containing Nebrich," said Ambrose. "Our pass rush is solid and our pass defense has gotten better week by week. Our main nemesis has been the escapability of the quarterback. We have to contain him and not give up the home run. We can't turn the ball over. They're one of the best teams in the nation in forcing turnovers."

Forcing miscues
They don't have great numbers defensively but what they do as well as anybody in FCS is force turnovers. The Rams have 21 interceptions and 17 recovered fumbles while committing 26 (13 interceptions, 13 fumbles).


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