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Towson 49, Holy Cross 7

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- There was no letdown for Towson on Saturday.

None at all.

The Tigers, coming off the program's first victory over an FBS opponent last week at Connecticut and now ranked fifth in the FCS poll, cruised through Holy Cross, 49-7, in a game between two former conference opponents.

Junior strong safety Thomas Bradley's 90-yard interception return, on his first career pick late in the first half, turned a Holy Cross scoring chance into the touchdown that gave the Tigers a 28-7 halftime lead.

The Tigers put up 42 unanswered points, scoring on long drives the first three times they had the ball in the second half.

Towson, of the CAA (and once of the Patriot League) won its sixth straight game, dating to last season, while Patriot League member Holy Cross fell to 0-2.

Running back Terrance West, who ran for 261 yards and two touchdowns in the upset of UConn, ripped off a 44-yard run early and finished with 121 yards and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Peter Athens completed 17-for-23 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Tigers amass over 500 yards of total offense.

Ryan Laughlin, Holy Cross' backup quarterback playing in place of Steven Elder, who had 309 yards passing last week but was out because of a broken foot, completed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Mike Fess to tie the score, 7-7, in the first quarter.

But it was downhill from there for the Crusaders.

Laughlin finished 14-for-30, with several drops, for 149 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Fess caught six passes for 81 yards, but also had a few drops.

NOTES: Towson has won five consecutive road games. ... Steven Elder actually broke his foot in the first quarter of last week's 17-16 loss at Bryant but played the rest of that game. ... Terrance West was the CAA offensive player of the week for Week 1. ... Towson was one of eight FCS teams to defeat FBS opponents in Week 1. ... While Holy Cross is at Central Connecticut next week, Towson plays its home opener against Delaware State. In honor of the 33-18 final score at UConn, a family of four can attend next week's game at a cost of, you guessed it, $33.18. ... Kyle Toulouse, who returned a punt 77 yards for a Holy Cross touchdown last week, broke a bone in his hand in that game and was out. Wide receiver/returner Kalif Raymond, an All-Patriot League selection last season who missed the opener because of an ankle injury, was scheduled to return but did not. ... Towson's winning streak is the program's longest since a six-game string in 1994 and the five-game streak coming in was tied for the second-longest active run in FCS. The Tigers finished the 2012 season with a four-game winning streak and won the Colonial title, but didn't earn a playoff berth. ... Towson was a member of the Patriot League for seven years through the 2003 season.
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