ALBANY, N.Y. -- Terrance West rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns and Towson overcame another sluggish start to rout the University of Albany, 44-17, in a Colonial Athletic Association game on Saturday. Peter Athens completed 22-of-32 passes for 294 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers, who earned their eighth straight road victory before a sellout crowd of 8,500 at Bob Ford Field on homecoming weekend. The Tigers (7-1 overall, 3-1 in the CAA), ranked seventh in the FCS, rebounded from their loss to Villanova last week. Albany (1-7, 0-4), a first-year member of the CAA, lost its sixth straight game. Towson, which trailed after the first quarter for the fourth straight game, scored three touchdowns in a span of 3 minutes, 38 seconds in the second quarter to take a 24-7 lead. Athens threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Wilkins, who had six catches for 129 yards, to give Towson a 10-7 lead with 10:20 remaining in the first half. Towson cornerback Donnell Lewis returned an interception for a 38-yard score to make it 17-7. Albany quarterback Will Fiacchi threw high for wide receiver Kevin Chillis, who had the pass deflect off his hand and into Lewis' arms. After Towson stopped Albany on downs, West concluded the scoring binge with a 59-yard touchdown run to put the Tigers up, 24-7, with 6:42 left in the half. West started to his left and cut back across the field on the way to his Football Championship Subdivision-leading 18th touchdown of the season. Towson added two touchdowns in the third quarter, as West and Darius Victor each rushed for a seven-yard score and a 38-10 lead. Albany running back Omar Osbourne, the CAA's second leading rusher behind West, finished with 50 yards on 16 carries. He sprained an ankle late in the first half and did not return. The Great Danes led, 7-3, after the first quarter following turnovers by Towson on its first two possessions. Athens threw a pass that was deflected and intercepted by Albany defensive lineman Cory Connell at the Towson 24. The Great Danes converted the turnover into Jake Meek's 10-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 advantage with 3:01 left in the quarter. Towson answered on the final play of the quarter, when Drew Evangelista kicked a career-high 50-yard field goal, aided by a strong wind. NOTES: Terrance West went over 1,000 yards rushing for the third year in a row. ... Towson didn't punt until 13:20 remained in the game. ... Towson defensive end Ryan Delaire, who leads the team with 6.5 sacks, didn't make the trip after sustaining a leg injury in the loss to Villanova last Saturday.
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