The Towson Tigers football team opened the 2014 season on the wrong foot. The Tigers lost to Central Connecticut 31-27 after dropping a three point lead late in fourth quarter.
With star running back Terrance West graduated and drafted by the Cleveland Browns, the Tigers thought their running game would be quite different in 2014 than it was in the previous year. The Tigers’ coaching staff thought Darius Victor would be the one to step but this season but in Saturday’s game it was Connor Frazier, the quarterback, who led the team in rushing touchdowns on the night.
Frazier had a pair of rushing touchdowns, one of 49 yards, and had a total of 80 rushing yards on 13 carries. The 49-yard touchdown run was a career long for Frazier.
Frazier also completed 14 of 26 passes for a total of 125 yards and one passing touchdown. Victor had one touchdown but did lead the team with 105 yards on 19 carries. Victor tied his career high in rushing yards set last season in the FCS playoff game against Fordham.
The Tigers looked like they were going to hold Central Connecticut. After a sack by Ryan Delair to set up a fourth-and-13, Central Connecticut completed a 34-yard pass to set up a first and goal from the two yard line. Central Connecticut scored two plays later for the go-ahead score.
The Tigers had a big kickoff return by Derrick Joesph and Frazier led the Tigers down to the 29-yard line. With time expiring, Frazier threw a perfect pass to wide receiver Andre Dessenberg at the goal line but the catch was ruled incomplete as Dessenberg could not get one foot to stay in bounds. If the ball would have been caught, it would have been the game winning pass and it would have been a magical start for the Tigers.
On defense, the Tigers were led by redshirt freshman James Simms. Simms had a team high 14 tackles, one for a loss. Senior Drew Cheripko recovered a fumble that started a scoring drive late in the third quarter.
With a touch loss fresh on their minds, the Tigers have no time to dwell on it. Next Saturday, Towson goes to Morgantown, West Virginia to play a Mountaineers team that held their own against Alabama.