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Towson football looks to continue rise vs. CAA-leading William & Mary

TOWSON (6-3, 4-2 Colonial Athletic Association) @ WILLIAM & MARY (7-2, 5-1)

When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

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Site: Zable Stadium, Williamsburg, Va.

Online: CAA.tv

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Audio: 1300 AM, TowsonTigers.com

Series: William & Mary leads 8-3

What's at stake: The Tigers continue to move up in the Colonial Athletic Association standings, rising to fourth after a 10-7 win at Maine on Saturday. After opening the season with a pair of road losses, Towson has won two straight away from Johnny Unitas Stadium and will try to extend its overall winning streak to five games against the Tribe. William & Mary, ranked No. 7 in the STATS Football Championship Subdivision poll, is tied with No. 9 Richmond atop the conference. Since a stunning 24-23 loss at Delaware on Oct. 3, the Tribe is 5-0 and seeking its first perfect regular-season home record since 2010. The Tigers have won three of the past four meetings, but William & Mary sailed past Towson, 37-14, on Nov. 15, 2014.

Key matchup: One key factor in the Tigers' four-game winning streak has been the defense's ability to create turnovers. Towson has eight takeaways during the stretch and has converted four into touchdowns, including three by the defense. But the Tribe is safe with the ball: The team is tied with South Dakota State for the second-fewest giveaways in the FCS, with five. William & Mary's plus-12 turnover margin is tied with Portland State for second best in the nation.

Player to watch: The Tigers would be wise to pay special attention to the Tribe's DeVonte Dedmon. The sophomore was named CAA Special Teams Player of the Week after he returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown in Saturday's 34-13 rout of Elon. Dedmon also returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score against Delaware and leads the CAA in kick-return average (26.0 yards). Dedmon, a wide receiver, leads William & Mary in receptions (39) and touchdown catches (five).

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