DURHAM, N.H. -- Terrance West received a big hug from Towson coach Rob Ambrose midway through the fourth quarter after the sophomore running back barreled his way into the end zone from 5 yards out for his second touchdown of the day. He found a seat along the sideline and smiled. Even with 10 minutes to play, his day was over. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound running back carried 19 times for 236 yards as No. 19 Towson scorched No. 7 University of New Hampshire 64-35 Saturday in front of 5,531 fans to close the regular season. The win strengthens the Tigers' resume heading into the Football Conference Subdivision's version of selection Sunday. The Wildcats had already clinched a share of the Colonial Athletic Association title, but needed to beat Towson for the outright championship. Towson created huge holes at the line of scrimmage and West gashed the defense with a combination of size and speed. His play helped the Tigers score on seven of their first eight possessions. Their only drive that didn't end in points was a blocked field goal at the end of the first half. D.J. Soven launched a 43-yard field-goal attempt with time winding down in the second quarter that smacked off the hand of UNH's Jared Smith and the ball fell back into the arms of Steven Thames who brought it 65 yards to paydirt. The UNH touchdown gave the Wildcats life heading into the locker room and cut the Towson lead to 30-28. But the second half belonged to the Tigers, who opened the half with 27 unanswered points. Grant Enders tossed a 3-yard pass to a wide open Emmanuel Holder to start the third. Enders followed that up with an 8-yard touchdown run that capped off an 11-play, 77-yard drive 9 minutes later. The touchdowns gave Towson a 43-28 lead. West rushed in from 5 yards out and Brian Boateng returned a fumble 26 yards to complete the Towson streak. The Wildcats kept it interesting early. Andy Vailas took the first play from scrimmage 77 yards for a touchdown, but UNH's two point conversion fell incomplete. The Wildcats rotated Vailas and Sean Goldrich in at quarterback. Neither found much success through the air. Goldrich finished 9 of 17 for 108 yards and Vailas finished 3 of 9 for 33 yards. Vailas rushed for 110 yards on eight carries and had three total touchdowns. Towson responded with two rushing touchdowns on its following two drives. West capped off a 10-play, 73-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown midway through the first and Booker pounded in from a yard out. Notes: UNH celebrated its seniors before the game. ... With the win, Towson snapped UNH's streak of 10 consecutive home wins. ... McDonnell fell to 8-6 in games following a regular season bye week. ... It was the first time UNH surrendered more than 60 points at home since the University of Massachusetts completed the feat Nov. 19, 1988.
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