Previewing Towson football's game at James Madison

TOWSON (2-4, 0-2) @ JAMES MADISON (3-3, 1-2)

When: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.


Site: Bridgeforth Stadium, Harrisonburg, Va.

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Audio: 1300 AM, TowsonTigers.com

Series: James Madison leads, 18-6-1

What's at stake: Back-to-back losses to Maine and Stony Brook have put the Tigers on the brink of elimination from the race for the Colonial Athletic Association title. No team in the history of the conference has ever won the championship with three losses, and Towson is already two games behind No. 4 New Hampshire (4-1, 2-0) and No. 6 Villanova (4-1, 2-0). The Tigers will try to get back on track against the Dukes, who ended a two-game losing skid of their own with a 31-28 win over Albany last week. Towson snapped an eight-game losing streak against James Madison with a 28-17 victory last fall, but the Tigers have not won in Harrisonburg since 1983.

Key matchup: James Madison ranks second in the conference in rushing average (243.2 yards per game), in large part because of dual-threat redshirt junior quarterback Vad Lee. The Georgia Tech transfer leads the CAA in total offense (324.2 yards per game), and his 15 combined touchdowns trail only Villanova junior quarterback John Robertson's 17. Towson ranks fourth in the conference against the run, permitting an average of 133.7 yards. But the Tigers defense has surrendered 12 rushing touchdowns, which is the third-highest total in the league.

Player to watch: A good deal of the Tigers' potential success on offense hinges on the play of Connor Frazier. The junior quarterback hasn't thrown for more than 161 yards or one touchdown in a game thus far, and he has been intercepted once in each of his past three starts. Frazier, who has rushed for 294 yards and two touchdowns, can gash defenses with his feet, but he must improve his passing efficiency of 97.2 to open up running lanes for himself and sophomore running back Darius Victor (647 rushing yards and six touchdowns).

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