Towson's offensive line that serves as a foundation for the No. 7-seeded Tigers (10-2), who will tangle with Fordham (12-1) in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision tournament Saturday at 1 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
The Towson football team's bid for a third straight Colonial Athletic Association title fell short, but enduring that conference has the team feeling confident about its chances in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision tournament.
The win increased the Tigers' (10-2, 6-2 CAA) chances for a first-round bye and a home game in the second round of the FCS playoffs. The team plans to host a Selection Show party at the University Union on Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Towson football team's run to a No. 7 seed and a first-round bye in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision tournament had a lot to do with the play of junior running back Terrance West and his massive offensive line.
Coach Rob Ambrose made no attempt to hide his displeasure over the Towson football team being left out of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs last season despite the program going 7-4 and sharing the Colonial Athletic Association championship with three other rivals.
As the No. 10 team in the Football Championship Subdivision and armed with an 8-2 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association, Towson would appear to be inching closer to cementing a spot in 24-team national tournament.
Balloons fell from the SECU Arena rafters, the marching band moved to the beat of Green Day's rock anthem "Holiday," and the Towson men's basketball team's starting lineup was introduced under a spotlight at home for the first time in the program's 54-year history.
Dan Hanner of ESPN Insider has ranked all 351 Division I men's basketball teams. As he explains, he "ran 10,000 simulations of every D-I player and each team's defense, and then ranked the teams 1-351 based on the median simulation."
The CAA's postseason tournament will be held at Baltimore Arena in March, Towson will will unveil its new SECU Arena next month and Tuesday the Tigers were announced as the league favorite in a vote of the CAA coaches and media.
Ryan Delaire, a junior defensive end, can expect a lot of attention, especially from No. 19 New Hampshire (1-2 overall, 0-0 Colonial Athletic Association), which will visit No. 3 Towson (5-0, 1-0) on Saturday at noon at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Terrance West set up freshman Darius Victor's 32-yard rushing touchdown with 2:38 left to give Towson (5-0) the go-ahead score and enough to escape Stony Brook (1-3) with a 35-21 victory on Saturday night.