TOWSON, Md. - Here are some post-game notes from the Tigers' 44-28 win over New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon.
STREAKING TIGERS: When the Tigers beat New Hampshire on Saturday, it was their 10th win in a row, the second-longest winning streak in NCAA FCS football … The Tigers closed out the 2012 season with four straight wins and have won their first six games of the 2013 campaign … The Tigers’ 10-game winning streak is the second-longest winning streak in school history, a mark that is topped only by the 11-game winning streak by the 1974 and 1975 Tigers.
COMEBACK KINGS: For the second week in a row, the Tigers were forced to come from behind to win … At Stony Brook last week, the Tigers were trailing by 14-0 in the first quarter and faced a 21-10 deficit at halftime … The Tigers came from behind in the fourth quarter and pulled out a 35-21 victory … On Saturday afternoon, New Hampshire exploded for a 20-3 lead in the first nine minutes of the game before the Tigers came back and took a 27-20 lead by halftime … The Tigers went on to record a 44-28 victory.
SECOND HALF TIGERS: The Tigers continued their trend as a second half team in the win over New Hampshire as they outscored UNH by 17-8 after halftime … In the second half of six games, the Tigers own a 118-30 advantage … Towson has been even more effective in the third quarter, outscoring their opponents by a 72-7 margin.
RECORD-SETTING OFFENSIVE EFFORT: In their win over New Hampshire, the Tigers set a school record with 731 yards of total offense … That total shattered the old record of 670 yards set against St. Francis (Pa.) in 1996 … It marked the ninth time in program history that Towson had eclipsed the 600-yard level … In the win over New Hampshire, the Tigers piled up 352 rushing yards and 379 passing yards.
WEST vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE: In the Tigers’ 44-28 come-from-behind win over New Hampshire, junior Terrance West ran for seasonal high 238 yards on 28 carries and scored three touchdowns … He enabled the Tigers to cut deficit to 20-10 with 50-yard run in second quarter … He also scored on a one-yard run to trim the deficit to 20-17 in second quarter … West enabled Tigers to extend lead to 44-20 with one-yard TD run in third quarter … West moved into second place on Towson’s career rushing list with 3,226 yards on 543 carries … He has now scored 59 career touchdowns, fifth on the Colonial Athletic Association’s all-time list.
TURNOVER ISSUES: Despite a seasonal high three turnovers against New Hampshire, the Tigers won the turnover battle against the Wildcats … Towson had three turnovers, all lost fumbles … UNH turned the ball over four times, including two interceptions and two lost fumbles … Towson had 17 points off turnovers while UNH scored 14 points off turnovers.
PASSING TURNAROUND: In the win over New Hampshire, senior quarterback Peter Athens had the best game of his career … He completed a career high 22 passes in 33 attempts … He passed for a career best 343 yards and two touchdowns… Athens was not sacked by the Wildcats and did not throw any interceptions … It was quite a contrast from his performance against UNH in his freshman year … In 2009, he completed seven of 20 passes for 67 yards and was intercepted five times as the Tigers lost, 57-7.
WEST AGAINST THE WILDCATS: In his career, junior Terrance West has rushed for more than 200 yards three times … All three 200-yard efforts have come against New Hampshire … On Saturday, he ran for 238 yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns … As a freshman, he had a career high 261 yards on 23 carries with four touchdowns … Last season, West ran for 236 yards on 19 carries and had two touchdowns … In three games against UNH, he has 735 yards on 70 carries with nine touchdowns … The second-leading rusher in school history, West has no explanation for his success against New Hampshire … “I don’t know why I have done so well against them,” he says … “They are a really good team and every year is different and every team is different … On Saturday, they came out with a really good scheme and I fumbled twice … But as the game went on, I was able to find some space.”
BALL CONTROL: In the win over New Hampshire, the Tigers controlled the clock for 36:10 and they ran 83 offensive plays, both season highs … Towson has won the battle for ball control in five of six games this season … The Tigers are now sixth in NCAA FCS as they are averaging 33:35 in ball control.
ALMOST EVEN: When Coach Rob Ambrose started his coaching career at Towson, he got off to a very rough start … In fact, his Towson coaching record stood at 3-19 after two seasons and he expressed doubt that he would ever reach a .500 record … Three years later, his Towson coaching record stands at 25-26 … If the Tigers beat Villanova next week, he will have a 26-26 mark at Towson … Since starting off with a 3-19 record, Ambrose has a 22-7 record … Even more impressively, he is 21-4 against NCAA FCS competition.
FAST START: The Tigers’ 6-0 start is the best start the Tigers have had since 1986 … Towson won its first six games in 1986, its final season as a Division II program … The 1986 Tigers finished the season with an 8-3-1 record and made their third NCAA Division II playoff appearance in the last four years.