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Towson 34, Delaware 27

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NEWARK, Del. -- Sophomore running back Terrance West scored on a three-yard run to start overtime and cornerback Jordan Love intercepted a pass to end it as Towson University kept its FCS playoff hopes alive with a 34-27 victory over Delaware on Saturday at Delaware Stadium.

Delaware (5-4, 3-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association) tied the game with 2.8 seconds left in regulation when Sean Baner kicked a 40-yard field goal.

That came after senior quarterback Grant Enders led Towson (5-4, 4-2) on an 80-yard touchdown drive that was capped by Enders' two-yard touchdown pass to fullback Emmanuel Holder with 44.7 seconds left, giving the Tigers a 27-24 lead.

Quarterback Trent Hurley led Delaware to its first lead in the fourth quarter, when running back Julian Laing scored on a four-yard run with 14:21 remaining.

Towson opened the scoring late in the first quarter. A 15-yard pass from Enders to wide receiver Tom Ryan and an 11-yard run by West pushed the ball to the two-yard-line.

On second down, Enders pitched the ball to West on an option play and West scored without being touched to give Towson a 7-0 lead with 2:31 left in the opening quarter.

Delaware, ranked 23rd in The Sports Network poll and 20th in the FCS coaches poll, tied the game with 7:15 left in the second quarter.

Hurley's 19-yard pass to wide receiver Nihja White got things going and Delaware cashed in when Hurley hit wide receiver Jerel Harrison with a swing pass and Harrison broke a tackle to score standing up to tie the score, 7-7.

Towson went back in front by turning a potential disaster into points after Enders fumbled the ball away, but Delaware was flagged for a facemask penalty to keep the Tigers' drive alive.

Towson converted two fourth-down plays and the second one went all the way for a touchdown. The Tigers were on the Delaware 25 when Enders faked a handoff and passed to wide open fullback Emmanuel Holder, who ran into the end zone for a 14-7 lead with 57.6 seconds left in the first half.

Delaware, which played without all-conference running back Andrew Pierce (knee), struck for a 47-yard field goal by Baner right before halftime and the two teams headed to their locker rooms with Towson leading, 14-10.

But Towson came out after halftime and put on a 75-yard, 16-play touchdown drive that lasted 8:42. Enders carried the ball five times in the possession and gained 29 yards, including a five-yard keeper on fourth-and-2 from the Delaware 21.

West eventually scored on a one-yard run to give Towson a 20-10 lead with 6:18 left in the third quarter.

Delaware answered with a long drive and scored when Hurley connected with wide receiver Michael Johnson on a 25-yard touchdown pass to make it 20-17 with 3:24 left in the third quarter.
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