Towson starts FCS playoffs

Towson starts FCS playoffs
December 6, 2013, 1:15 pm
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There's only one game with a local college football team this weekend, and it's in town. Towson will host a playoff game at Johnny Unitas Stadium, and here are some of the details. Next weekend could be busier since the Army-Navy game takes place, and if the Tigers win, they'll still be alive.

FORDHAM (12-1) at TOWSON (10-2), NCAA FCS PLAYOFFS, 1 p.m. -- The Tigers received a first-round bye last week, but now take on a Fordham team that beat Sacred Heart (37-27) last week. 

The game could see plenty of offense in different ways. Fordham averages 358.3 yards per game passing with 34 touchdowns, while Towson does much of its work on the ground. The Tigers average 235.2 yards rushing and have scored 40 touchdowns. 

Both schools have also beaten NCAA FBS programs this year. Towson topped UConn while Fordham edged Temple (30-29). It's Towson's second playoff appearance in three years. 

Running back Terrance West leads the offense along with quarterback Peter Athens. West is one of the three finalists for the Walter Payton Award.  He leads the NCAA FCS with 155.4 rushing yards per game and has a total of 1,865 yards this season.  West was also named the Colonial Athletic Association's Offensive Player of the Year and leads all of college football with 31 touchdowns this season. 

Athens has also fared well, completing 199 of 316 passes for 2,634 yards and 14 touchdowns. 

Towson's defense will need to slow a Fordham offense averaging 38.3 points per game, 12th in the nation.  The difference in this game is dependent on which team's defense can control the other team's offense better.  

Saturday's winner advances to play the winner of the Eastern Illinois-Tennessee State game, which will take place on either Dec. 13th or 14th.