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First CAA win at Stony Brook helps Towson football rediscover confidence

Towson running back Darius Victor (7) scores a touchdown as St. Francis defensive lineman Erik Walker (2) tries to stop him in the first quarter in Towson on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.
Towson running back Darius Victor (7) scores a touchdown as St. Francis defensive lineman Erik Walker (2) tries to stop him in the first quarter in Towson on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (Steve Ruark / Baltimore Sun)

After dropping its first two games in Colonial Athletic Association play, Towson needed a dose of adrenaline.

The Tigers found what they were looking for, escaping with a 21-14 win at conference rival Stony Brook on Saturday. The positive result helped the team improve to 3-3 overall, but more importantly gave the players and coaches their first win in the league.

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Towson overcame a 14-0 deficit thanks to a stingy defense that shut out the Seawolves (2-3, 1-3) over the final three quarters and returned a fumble for a touchdown and junior running back Darius Victor, who ran for two touchdowns, including one for six yards with 50 seconds left in the contest.

The comeback was a huge confidence booster for the team, according to coach Rob Ambrose.

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"I believe there's an energy to the locker room, and I think a lot of that had to do with you lose all these guys in the Elon game, everybody gets hurt, and we lose that game, a game that we feel like we had a chance to win," he said Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call arranged by the CAA. "You have a bye week and then you play James Madison, and everybody's looking around and it seems like a [millennium] since we won a game.

"The kids needed to get paid. They need all their hard work to pay off, and they worked really hard last week. They prepared knowing full well they were going in a little bit undergunned, undermanned, Homecoming up there. Nobody plays well at Stony Brook, and their coach does a great job with those guys. It's a tough place to play. Our kids are really thrilled to have that win in their back pocket, and I think they feel a lot more confident in what they could do. We shined a light on who we can be and how we can respond. A lot of positive things."

The win helped propel the Tigers from last in the 12-team conference to seventh with the hope that they could grab an at-large bid to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. But Ambrose declined to delve into the victory's implications toward the league standings.

"Ask me at the end of the season," he said. "Too much conversation happening in this locker room about too many other things other than the play of the game right in front of us. There's no more conversation about that any more. It's just about winning the next play. We'll let the rest shake out."

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