West, who has already set FCS records for rushing yards in a single season (2,410) and total touchdowns (41), has drawn attention from NFL analysts for his speed, power and vision. West repeated his previous stance that he will make a decision on his future after the season, when he can consult with his family and Ambrose.
Towson (13-2) vs. North Dakota State (14-0)
When: Saturday, 2 p.m.
Site: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
Series: North Dakota State leads, 1-0
What's at stake: Towson began the postseason in search of its first victory in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision tournament. Now the No. 7 seed Tigers are poised to capture the school's first Division I national championship in any sport. The only obstacle standing in their way is North Dakota State, which has captured the last two NCAA crowns. The Bison have won their past 23 games and are an astounding 42-2 in the past three seasons. They have outscored opponents, 138-35, in the tournament, including a 52-14 dismantling of New Hampshire. The Wildcats are the only common opponent for Towson and North Dakota State. The Tigers disposed of New Hampshire, 44-28, on Oct. 5.
Key matchup: Towson junior running back Terrance West continues to polish his resume as the FCS record holder for yards in a single season (2,410 yards) and touchdowns (41). West, who set a single-game playoff record with 354 yards and five scores in a 49-39 win against No. 2 seed Eastern Illinois in the quarterfinals, will tangle with a North Dakota State defense that is the stingiest in the nation against opposing running backs. The Bison are surrendering just 90.2 rushing yards this season.
Player to watch: Sophomore quarterback Connor Frazier proved he could propel the Tigers to victory when he scored the game-winning touchdown in a 35-31 victory over No. 3 seed Eastern Washington in the semifinals. But fifth-year senior Peter Athens is expected start despite a sprained right shoulder, and his accuracy (64.5 completion percentage for 3,198 yards and 19 touchdowns) and leadership could be key for Towson.