Neither the Tigers (4-7 overall and 2-5 CAA) nor the Rams (0-11, 0-7) will participate in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, which begin Nov. 29. After Saturday’s game, a long offseason and extensive reviews await both programs.
But coach Rob Ambrose said there is one motivation that should drive players and coaches alike.
“It doesn’t matter what the records are,” he said Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call organized by the league. “You can always do something memorable. If you can boil it down to anything else, you can boil it down to one of the foundations that you should have in life, which is if you start something, you should finish it. There are no asterisks that go along with that.”
Towson may get a breather in Rhode Island, which has dropped its last 15 games and hasn’t won since a 12-10 victory over Richmond on Oct. 19, 2013. But Ambrose said his team can't take the Rams too lightly.
“I watched Rhode Island [in the team’s 35-14 loss at Stony Brook on Saturday] and they played hard,” he said. “I don’t think their record is any indication of what kind of football team or program they are. They play hard for a long time, and they’ve been snake-bitten by some stuff. But all things considered, this will be about us and not them.”
The Tigers have lost their last two games and were outscored a combined 79-28 by No. 6 Villanova (9-2, 6-1) and No. 22 William & Mary (7-4, 4-3). But Rhode Island coach Jim Fleming said Towson is still a dangerous opponent.
“It’s going to be another hard-fought, tough battle, and we have to be able to push late into the fourth quarter and be able to make a couple plays to be able to win,” Fleming said. “So I don’t think there are any pushovers. We haven’t had one all year long. I’ve been proud of the way we compete and do things, but we have to make some plays to be able to win games. … I think Towson’s a well-coached and solid football team that we’re going to have to play very well. We’ll have to play our best game of the year.”