The Towson Tigers overcame injury and unfamiliar territory to charge into Texas and the NCAA FCS National Championship for the first time in program history, but their record-breaking season ended Saturday afternoon when they fell to the North Dakota State Bison.
During the Tigers’ stunning playoff run, the team, led by senior quarterback Peter Athens and junior running back Terrance West, knocked off No. 3 Eastern Illinois and No. 2 Eastern Washington.
Towson, which began the season by defeating the out-of-conference UConn Huskies, won a program-record 13 games this year. All-American West put up all-time FCS record numbers in rushing yards and touchdowns en route to a third-place finish in the Walter Payton Award voting that honors the top player in the nation. During the Tigers playoff run, the team defeated the teams whose rosters included two other Payton Award finalists, Eastern Washington (Vernon Adams) Eastern Illinois (Jimmy Garoppolo, 2013 Walter Payton Award winner). In the Tigers’ win over Eastern Illinois, West rushed for an FCS record 354 yards and scored five touchdowns.
Five Tigers were named to The Sports Networks All-America team, including West and senior tackle Eric Pike, earning first-team honors. Sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder and senior cornerback Jordan Love were named to the second team, while senior linebacker Telvion Clark earned third-team honors. West and Pike were also both named to the Walter Camp and the American Football Coaches Association All-America teams.