Ten was the number of the day, as sophomore safety Donnell Lewis made 10 tackles in leading the tenth ranked Towson University football team to its tenth consecutive road victory, 15-9 over William & Mary on Saturday afternoon. The win gave the Tigers an overall record of 9-2 and a 5-2 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), and improved their chances of earning a post-season NCAA FCS playoff berth.
Junior Terrance West provided most of the offense for the Tigers, running for 157 yards on 30 carries and tallying two touchdowns. He also became the first Towson player to rush for more than 4,000 yards in his career. In 32 games so far, West has rushed for 4,105 yards. With his two touchdowns, he now has an NCAA-leading 28 touchdowns this season and 70 career TDs.
Defensively, the Tigers limited the William & Mary offense to three field goals.
“I am so proud of this team,” said head coach Rob Ambrose. “To come down here and beat a very tough William & Mary team with their great defense is quite an accomplishment. We usually score a lot more points but the goal is to win the game. That’s what we did.”
The Tigers ran for 248 yards against a William & Mary defense that was allowing an average of just 101 yards per game. In addition to West’s 157 yards, freshman Darius Victor gained 50 yards on nine carries and quarterback Peter Athens added 39 yards on 10 rushing attempts.
Defensively, Lewis led the Tigers with 10 tackles. Monte Gaddis added nine tackles, and Ryan Delaire recorded eight tackles and two sacks. Jordan Love made four tackles and broke up five passes.
The Tigers close out the regular season this Saturday when they host James Madison University at 3:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium.