Tigers triumph over Blue Hens 34-27
For the first time in Head Coach Rob Ambrose’s career at Towson, the Tigers defeated Delaware, beating the Blue Hens 34-27 in overtime.
After leading 7-0 after the first quarter, Towson allowed Delaware to come back, scoring 10 points in the second quarter, seven in the third and 10 in the fourth.
Delaware kicker Sean Baner tied the game with two seconds left, forcing overtime.
During overtime after Towson earned first possession, sophomore running back Terrance West scored on a three-yard run.
The Tigers held Delaware on fourth down to seal the game.
West became the fifth player in Towson history with 2,000 career rushing yards in only his second year with the team.
This was the first time in six years that Towson beat Delaware.
West carried the majority of the offense for the Tigers, carrying the ball 30 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 3.8 yards per carry.
Senior quarterback Grant Enders had a solid rushing performance, running 15 times for 41 yards.
Enders also moved the ball through the air, going 21-26 for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Enders also did not throw any interceptions.
In total, Towson had 174 rushing yards on 51 attempts, averaging 3.4 yards per carry.
Delaware quarterback Trent Hurley was the biggest threat to Towson’s defense, throwing for 309 yards and two touchdowns, one in the second quarter and one in the third.
Sophomore corner back Tye Smith led the defense in tackling for the Tigers, making seven tackles. Smith also added three assisted tackles.
Senior free safety Jordan Dangerfield had three assists and had six tackles, to become the second-best tackler on the team.
The Tigers fell behind 20-24 after the Blue Hens’ running back Julian Laing scored on a four-yard touchdown run.
Towson then came back with 44 seconds left in the game. Enders threw his second touchdown of the game when he connected with freshman fullback Emmanuel Holder.
Holder scored the first two touchdowns of his college career in the game, also catching a 25-yard pass from Enders with 57 seconds left in the first half.
Holder finished the game with three receptions for 36 yards.
Towson was able to capitalize on several crucial points during the game, completing all four fourth down conversions and six of 15 third-down conversions.
Towson will return to the field on Saturday when it takes on the Rhode Island Rams (0-9, 0-6 CAA) at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Senior Day.
Kickoff for the last home game of the regular season is set for 3:30 p.m.
Ambrose could not be reached for comment.