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Tigers Clip the Blue Hens in Overtime; 34-27

November 7, 2012

Towson’s football Tigers did something this past Saturday they have not done in the last six years; they beat the University of Delaware Blue Hens.  It was also coach Rob Ambrose’s first win over Delaware.

Not only was this a historic win for the Tigers, it was a crucial one.

Towson is fighting for their postseason lives and must win out the remainder of their games to give themselves the best shot to qualify.

After pulling out a tough road victory over Villanova, the Tigers were tasked with having to defeat their rivals to the East on the road as well.

Towson rose to the occasion quickly, getting a touchdown off of a 2-yard run by Dominique Booker.

The Tigers would then go on to trade scores for the duration of the game, with either team able to pull away from the other.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Delaware was given a 24-20 lead off of a touchdown by Julian Laing.

Neither team would score again for almost the remainder of the game.

But then, with under a minute left to play, momentum would swing back and forth.

With 44 seconds left on the clock and Towson still down, Towson senior quarterback, Grant Enders, found freshman Emmanuel Holder in the end-zone for.  The score was Holder’s second T.D. of the game (and his second career touchdown) and gave Towson a 27-24 lead.

However, the Tigers could not keep the Blue Hens from knotting up the score.  Delaware drove down the field quickly and got into kicker Sean Baner’s range.  Baner drilled a 40-yard field goal to tie the game at 27 with two seconds remaining.

Going into overtime momentum was firmly on Delaware’s side, having potentially snatched the win away from Towson.

Towson’s offense took to the field first in overtime and made their move quickly.  It took the Tigers just 7 plays to get sophomore running back Terrance West into the endzone.

Having taken a touchdown lead in the overtime period, all Towson’s defense had to do now was keep Delaware from getting into the end-zone, as a field goal would do them no good.

The defense came out like a wall and gave up zero yards on first, second and third down.  With only one chance remaining for Delaware, quarterback Trent Hurley took a shot deep towards the end-zone.  However, Towson defender, Jordan Love, read it perfectly and intercepted the pass ending the game and securing the win for Towson.

Freshman Emmanuel Holder led the way for the Tigers.  His two touchdowns were enough to earn him CAA rookie of the week honors.

Terrance West became the fifth Towson player to reach 2,000 career rushing yards.  West finished the game with 119 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

The Tigers return to Johnny Unitas Stadium this week to play their home finale against Rhode Island, which is also the senior day game for several Towson leaders including Grant Enders and safety Jordan Dangerfield.

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