Towson upsets UConn for first win over FBS opponent


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Updated: 8/29/2013 10:49 pm Published: 8/29/2013 9:52 pm


East Hartford, CT (Sports Network) - Apparently, the Towson Tigers really want to leave no doubt.

"Leave No Doubt" is the team's motto this year after the Tigers were denied an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs by the NCAA selection committee last season.

Towson, 11th-ranked in The Sports Network FCS Top 25, started building its resume Thursday night by posting a first-ever win over an FBS opponent, upsetting Connecticut, 33-18, at Rentschler Field.

Towson (1-0) had lost its previous six games against FBS opponents, but had won its only other matchup against UConn when both teams were members of NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) in 1993.

Junior running backs Terrance West and Sterlin Phifer scored two touchdowns each in the win.

Phifer caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Peter Athens in the first quarter and scored on a 5-yard run with 7:04 left in the second quarter to put the Tigers ahead for good, 13-7.

UConn (0-1) closed within 13-10 by halftime, but Athens' 1-yard scoring run capped a 95-yard drive for Towson in the third quarter, making it 19-10.

In the fourth quarter, Towson put the game away on West's two touchdown runs on fourth down. He finished with 156 yards on 36 carries and raised his career touchdown total to 46 in 22 career games.

Towson head coach Rob Ambrose, the 2011 Eddie Robinson Award winner as FCS coach of the year, was a second-year assistant with the Tigers when they defeated UConn in 1993. He also was an assistant with the Huskies for seven seasons from 2002-08.

"It's surreal," Ambrose said after the upset.

Towson held the ball for nearly 13 more minutes than UConn and had a 393-290 advantage in total yards.

After reaching the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl following the 2010 season, UConn has slumped to 5-7 in each of the past two seasons under third-year coach Paul Pasqualoni. The Huskies hadn't lost to an FCS opponent since 2001 - their second transitional season as an FBS program.


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