Seeking its ninth consecutive road victory, the Towson Tigers football team received a five-touchdown performance from All-American running back Terrance West as the black-and-gold rolled to a 48-32 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) victory over Richmond Saturday afternoon. Towson is now 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the CAA.
West led a productive running game by rushing for a career high 272 yards on 29 carries. He scored four rushing touchdowns and caught two passes for 14 yards for another TD. His five touchdowns tied the school record for touchdowns in a game.
On his way to his career-high rushing performance, West became Towson’s career rushing leader. He has now run for 3,742 yards in 30 career games. The NCAA FCS rushing leader, he has scored an NCAA-leading 24 touchdowns. West also has 67 career touchdowns.
“We came out and played a complete game from start to finish,” said head coach Rob Ambrose. “Everyone contributed to this win. Richmond is an excellent team and I am very proud with how we responded. This win brings us one step closer to our goals.”
Asked about the reason for the Tigers’ success on the road, Ambrose explained, “When I first became a head coach, I listened to a lot of guys who had been coaching for a lot longer than me. They all told me that winning on the road is what makes your team special. We have made it a focus and our guys do a great job avoiding distractions. They just stay focused and tune it all out.”
Besides West’s five touchdowns, the Tigers also benefitted from a “pick six” interception and 34-yard return from Christian Carpenter just before halftime. It was Towson’s third interception return for a touchdown this season. Early in the fourth quarter, Telvion Clark recovered a fumble and ran 32 yards for a touchdown.
As a team the Tigers rushed for 341 yards on 45 carries. They also accumulated 569 yards of total offense, as quarterback Peter Athens completed 16 of 21 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown. Clark led the Tiger defense with a career-high 16 tackles. He also had a sack and recovered two fumbles.
The Tigers return to action this Saturday, Nov. 2, when they host Delaware at 7 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium.