A year after being snubbed for a berth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, Towson today received the No. 7 seed and a first-round bye this year.
The announcement by the NCAA means Towson will play host to the winner of a first-round game between Fordham (11-1) and Sacred Heart (10-2) on Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
After posting a 10-2 record in the regular season, the Tigers of the Colonial Athletic Association will be making their second playoff appearance in three years. They are one of eight teams with first-round byes.
"When you work hard and when you sacrifice, special things can happen," Towson coach Rob Ambrose said in a news release. “Every day, the eye was on the prize. Without everybody working together this just doesn't happen.
“When I took the job, I said it wasn't a matter of if, but when,” he added. “The ability to maintain our level of success over the past couple of years has given Towson national respect. I am proud to be a part of this community. It's gratifying, I can't hide it. I'm proud, I really am. The feeling is just plain awesome."
Defending national champion North Dakota State (11-0) is the top seed, while Eastern Illinois (11-1) is the No. 2 seed.
Eastern Washington (10-2) is seeded third, while Southeastern Louisiana (10-2) is the No. 4 seed. CAA champion Maine (10-2) earned the fifth seed, and McNeese State (10-2) is seeded sixth.
No. 7 Towson and No. 8 Montana (10-2) round out the field of teams that earned first-round byes. New Hampshire is the only other CAA team to be selected as part of the playoff field.
With a 6-2 record in the CAA this season, the Tigers tied for second with New Hampshire. Towson won the 2011 CAA championship and shared the 2012 CAA title with Villanova, Richmond and New Hampshire. Despite sharing part of the league title, the Tigers did not make 2012 playoff field.
In his fifth season at Towson, Ambrose has led the Tigers to a 29-28 career record. Over the last three years, Towson has posted a 26-9 record, including a 19-5 mark in CAA games.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun