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Towson’s Season Comes to a Screeching Hault

November 27, 2012

Towson University football’s players, coaches, students and fans all thought it was simple.  With four tough games remaining all the Tigers would have to do is win out and they would surely secure a spot in the post season.

The Tigers faced three tough opponents in those final four games.  They had to take on Delaware, Villanova and New Hampshire.

Not only did Towson have to take on these teams, they had to do it all on the road.

First up was Villanova, who was ranked 19th in the nation.  The Tigers were able to survive a shootout with the Wildcats and won the high scoring affair 49-35.

Next up was the University of Delaware Blue Hens.  A team that Towson had not not beaten in five years, and have never beaten under Rob Ambrose.  That all changed that Saturday afternoon in Newark, Delaware.

Towson won an overtime thriller against the 23rd ranked Blue Hens, behind the arm of quarterback Grant Enders and a tough defense led by Jordan Dangerfield.

The Tigers got a break from tough competition and the road when they hosted the University of Rhode Island for the home season finale.

Towson was led by their senior offensive players, Enders, running back Dominique Booker and wide receivers Tom Ryan and Gerrard Sheppard.  Towson dominated URI 41-10.

The Tigers faced their toughest test in their final week of the season.  They would venture up to the University of New Hampshire to take on the 7th ranked Wildcats.

What made this an even more daunting task was that New Hampshire had not lost a home game in 10 games.  Also, the Tigers would be without senior leader Jordan Dangerfield who was suspended by the NCAA for receiving two unsportsmanlike penalties against URI.

With their backs against the wall and all odds against them, Towson came out fighting.

Sophomore Terrance West rushed for 236 yards and two touchdowns.  The Tigers shocked the CAA and college football world by upending New Hampshire at home 64-35.

It all seemed to play out according to script.  Not only did Towson win their last four games, they also claimed a share of the CAA title.

Now all Towson had to do was sit and wait for their name to be called for the post season.

The Tigers sat, and waited, but never heard their name.  They saw Old Dominion make it in.  They even saw Villanova and New Hampshire make it in.  But Towson was left without an invite to the big dance.

How could it be?  Two teams that Towson absolutely embarrassed qualify for the tournament make it in, but not Towson.

How could the selection committee turn a blind eye to the fact that Towson played two tough FBS teams in Kent State and LSU.  Not to mention that Kent State ended their season 10-1 and that Towson had LSU on the ropes at one point in the game.

None of these things seemed to matter anymore.  We can name all the reasons why Towson should have gotten in, but it won’t change anything.

Congratulations to Rob Ambrose and his coaching staff on a wonderful season.  Congratulations to all the players who played their hearts out for Towson University.  And Congratulations to all the seniors on completing their outstanding careers and for all they did for this program and school.



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