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Rob Ambrose thinks Towson is more mature this year

Towson has enjoyed significant wins in the past, but none may have been as big -- or grabbed as much national attention -- as the team’s 33-18 victory over Connecticut on Aug. 29.

But rather than worry about a potential letdown, Tigers coach Rob Ambrose said he saw a mature squad in the week leading up to last Saturday’s eventual 49-7 rout of Holy Cross.

“It would wear on us,” he said of the impact of a significant win in the past. “We would walk around and talk about it, everybody would tell us how great we were, and we would love hearing it and be distracted and have a hard time getting squared away again. But not this year.

"After the game against UConn, there was a great celebration. People were happy, people were ecstatic. Heard the commentary that this was the greatest win in school history. Don’t know if that’s true or not, but it felt good and was nice. But instead of getting caught up in the wave and the emotion of that, our guys took a very businessman’s approach to it and said, ‘That’s over. We’ve got to find a way to get re-centered and focused on a new opponent.’ I was very pleased that they did that. It was a very mature way to go about things.”

The Tigers, who moved from No. 5 to No. 4 in the most recent Football Championship Subdivision poll announced by The Sports Network, are seeking their first 3-0 start since 2011 and second under Ambrose, who took over the program prior to the 2009 campaign. A game against Delaware State (0-1) on Saturday in Towson’s home opener looms, but Ambrose insisted that the team is not worried about streaks.

“I know you guys out in the media world know that we’re 2-0, but in the locker room, we’re 0-0,” he said. “We’re not even worried about the next game. We’re worried about the next six seconds. We kind of laid a foundation for that years ago, and if we play hard and stay together as a family and take care of the things we can control six seconds at a time, good things tend to work out. We don’t set our sights too far down the road. Just on what’s in front of us and doing the best we can do.”

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