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Towson football tops Holy Cross

Towson University’s fifth-ranked football team improved its 2013 record to 2-0 Saturday afternoon with a dominating 49-7 victory over Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

Counting the end of last season, the Tigers have now won six consecutive contests. It is the second longest winning streak in FCS football.

Towson jumped out to an early lead Saturday when senior tight end James Oboh caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Peter Athens midway through the first quarter. Holy Cross rallied to tie the score at 7 – a short-lived show of vigor answered quickly by Athens’ second TD pass going 33 yards to senior wide receiver Leon Kinnard with under a minute remaining in the first quarter.

Towson went on to rack up another two trips to the end zone in the second quarter – the first a one-yard run from junior running back Terrance West, followed by a 90-yard interception return from junior defensive back Thomas Bradley.

Two more TDs in the third, including a 24-yard run from Athens, put the score at 42-7 .

The fourth quarter saw sophomore quarterback Connor Frazier lead an impressive 16-play, 76-yard fourth quarter drive, culminating  in an eight-yard touchdown run from junior Brian Dowling.

West sat out the fourth, finishing his day with 121 yards on 17 carries. Athens went 17 for 23, 232 yards and two TDs plus the run to the end zone. Among the Tigers’ talented receiving corps, Kinnard and junior Derrick Joseph each claimed four receptions; Dowling and senior Spencer Wilkins pulled down three and senior Sterlin Phifer took two.

Fans will be able to get their first at-home look at the unbeaten Tigers Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. when they play Delaware State at Unitas Stadium for the Towson home opener. For ticket information, call the Athletics ticket office at 1-855-TU-TIGER.