Duquesne Dukes

No. 16 Towson football can’t withstand offensive futility, Duquesne in 31-10 FCS playoff loss

No. 16 Towson football can’t withstand offensive futility, Duquesne in 31-10 FCS playoff loss

In the 2018 regular season, the Towson football team had thrived in the red zone. The offense led the Colonial Athletic Association in touchdowns (35) when reaching the opponents’ 20-yard line.

But the Tigers could manage only three points in three red-zone trips in the first half of Saturday’s NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoff game. And that ineffectiveness contributed heavily to a 31-10 loss to visiting Duquesne in a first-round matchup before a rain-soaked 2,158 at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson.

The Dukes, the Northeast Conference champion, improved to 9-3 and earned their first win in the FCS postseason. They will travel to No. 5 seed South Dakota State...

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