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Towson football trying for fourth straight win in road contest at Maine

Sep 6, 2014; Morgantown, WV, USA; Towson Tigers quarterback Connor Frazier (4) scrambles for a first down against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the first quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Sep 6, 2014; Morgantown, WV, USA; Towson Tigers quarterback Connor Frazier (4) scrambles for a first down against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the first quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. (Charles LeClaire / USA Today Sports)

TOWSON (5-3) @ MAINE (3-5)

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

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Site: Alfond Stadium, Orono, Maine

TV: American Sports Network

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Radio: 1300 AM, TowsonTigers.com

Series: Maine leads 7-5

What's at stake: The Tigers are riding a three-game winning streak capped by last Saturday's 19-0 shutout of visiting Delaware. It marked the first time they had shut out an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision opponent since Nov. 2, 2002, when that squad blanked Monmouth, 20-0. With a 3-2 record in the Colonial Athletic Association, Towson is tied for fourth in the league standings and still has a chance to earn an at-large berth in the FCS playoffs. One of the teams tied with the Tigers is Saturday's opponent. The Black Bears have dropped two of their past three games, including a 13-3 setback at Villanova a week ago. Maine won last year's meeting with the Tigers, 27-24, but Towson had won the previous two contests in the series and is 3-3 against the Black Bears in Maine. Three of the past five games have been decided by a touchdown or less.

Key matchup: Delaware had entered last week's game leading the CAA against the run at just 103.9 yards per game. Using the passing game to set up the run, the Tigers rushed for 126 yards and one touchdown on 41 carries in the win. The offense will face another tough task in the Black Bears, who rank third in the league against the run (121.6 yards). Towson would welcome a healthy Darius Victor, but sophomore Marquel Dickerson showed some potential with his 20-carry, 102-yard showing a week ago.

Player to watch: Despite some shuffling along the Tigers offensive line, redshirt senior quarterback Connor Frazier was sacked just once by the Blue Hens while setting career highs in completions (25) and passing yards (284). Frazier, who ranks second on the team in rushing (371 yards and three touchdowns), might have to be more mobile than usual against a Maine defense that has totaled 14½ sacks from senior defensive end Trevor Bates, junior defensive tackle Patrick Ricard and senior defensive end Michael Kozlakowski.

—Edward Lee

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