Previewing Towson's home opener against Delaware State

Delaware State (0-1) @ Towson (2-0)

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson


Series: Towson leads, 9-6

Last meeting: Towson won, 42-14, on Sept. 17, 1994

What's at stake: Last Saturday’s 49-7 rout over Holy Cross helped the Tigers move from No. 5 to No. 4 in The Sports Network’s most recent Football Championship Subdivision poll, but it also helped the team avoid a potential letdown after a season-opening win against Connecticut. Towson is seeking to match its best start under coach Rob Ambrose, who led the 2011 squad to three straight victories to begin the season. The program is seeking its first seven-game winning streak since the 1984 team opened that season with seven consecutive victories. The Tigers are 5-2 at home against Delaware State, but these two teams haven’t met since 1994. The Hornets are coming off a 42-21 loss to Delaware, which plays in the Colonial Athletic Association with Towson. Delaware State won the battle of yardage, first downs and time of possession against the Blue Hens, but the Hornets were derailed by three turnovers and two missed field goals.

Key matchup: The Tigers expect to add to Jordan Love’s workload, but the injured senior cornerback is still not fully healed from a foot injury that has bothered him since the offseason. That might benefit the Hornets, who have a pair of wide receivers in junior Milton Williams and redshirt freshman Malik Golson who combined for 19 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns against the Blue Hens. That will likely leave Towson junior Tye Smith and sophomore Donnell Lewis with the responsibility of containing Williams and Golson.

Players to watch: Every defense relies on generating pressure against opposing quarterbacks, but Delaware State did not have any sacks against Delaware and had just three tackles for loss. That could help Towson’s offensive line to open running lanes for junior running back Terrance West, who is tied for third in FCS with 141.0 yards per game and four touchdowns, and give fifth-year senior quarterback Peter Athens (424 yards and three touchdowns) time to spark the passing game.

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