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Previewing Towson's football game against William & Mary

William & Mary quarterback Steve Cluley has not thrown an interception in his past 115 attempts.
William & Mary quarterback Steve Cluley has not thrown an interception in his past 115 attempts. (Peter Casey, USA TODAY Sports)

WILLIAM & MARY (6-4, 3-3) @ TOWSON (4-6, 2-4)

When: Saturday, 3 p.m.

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Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium

TV: Comcast SportsNet

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Audio: 1300 AM, TowsonTigers.com

Series: William & Mary leads, 7-3

What's at stake: A 42-14 loss at Villanova on Saturday officially eliminated the Tigers from contention for the Colonial Athletic Association title. But coach Rob Ambrose insisted that there is plenty to play for when the Tribe visits. A victory would allow Towson to even its home record this season at 3-3, extend the program's winning streak against William & Mary to four, and provide a positive sendoff on Senior Day. But the Tribe have their own motivations. Wins against the Tigers and No. 14 Richmond next week would give William & Mary eight victories, which would be enough to warrant serious consideration for an at-large berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Key matchup: The Tribe are one of the best teams in the CAA at taking the ball away and protecting it. Their 18 takeaways rank third in the conference behind Albany (24) and No. 6 Villanova (21), and their eight giveaways is the second-lowest behind Maine (seven). William & Mary's overall turnover ratio is +10, which is the second-highest mark in the league behind Albany (+14). Towson is middle-of-the-pack in takeaways (14) and giveaways (13).

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Player to watch: Tigers sophomore Darius Victor is one of the best stories in the CAA this season, but the running back is not the only 1,000-yard rusher in the conference. Tribe junior Mikal Abdul-Saboor has gained 1,020 yards and scored nine touchdowns in nine games thus far. He will test a Towson rush defense that has not surrendered 100 yards to an opposing running back since Central Connecticut State's Rob Holloman rushed for 161 yards on Aug. 30.

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