Towson upsets UConn for first win over FBS opponent

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Updated: August 29, 2013

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.