Towson Football Defeats Eastern Washington in Comeback Fashion to Earn Berth in National Championship


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The road to sunny Frisco, Texas where the FCS Championship game will be played on January 4th goes through the cold weather of Cheney, Washington.

The No. 5 Towson football team traveled across country to Cheney, Washington this past Saturday where they went head-to-head with No. 3 Eastern Washington in the NCAA FCS semi-finals.

In comeback fashion, the Towson Tigers (13-2) defeated Eastern Washington (12-3) 35-31 to advance to their first FCS National Championship game.

Towson’s starting quarterback Peter Athens had a great game completing eight of nine passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns. But, Athens was injured midway through the game which gave the backup, Connor Frazier the opportunity to lead the Tigers to a win.

Frazier played like a seasoned veteran, passing for 98 yards and running for a career high 98 yards which included the winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak.

Junior, Terrance West ran for 115 yards on 27 carries and found the endzone twice. His performance in this game gave him two NCAA FCS season records which included the FCS single-season rushing record with 2,410 yards and the FCS single-season touchdown record with 41 on the year.

This was Towson’s 12th-consecutive road win. The Tigers have not lost on the road since October 6, 2012.

Towson University’s head coach, Rob Ambrose had this to say after the Tigers’ amazing win,

"“First of all, I’m extremely proud of my guys—players and staff. Losing the quarterback who has won asmany games as he has and who was playing as well as he was playing was probably a little bit of a shockto everybody. Couple that with the fact that Eastern Washington is an amazing football team, it was amonumental challenge, especially emotionally. Belief, faith, love, trust, hard work are all pretty powerfulthings and when you put them all together, and when you do, you can accomplish things that people toldyou that you couldn’t do, no matter what the adversity is. It’s a proud day to be a Tiger.”"

Towson will play in the 2014 FCS National Championship in Frisco, Texas on Saturday, January 4 at 2PM EST.