Towson 35, North Carolina Central 17

The Sports Xchange
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Terrance West of Towson rushed for two touchdowns and eventually helped wear out North Carolina Central, as the Tigers posted a 35-17 victory on Saturday at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium.
Towson, which is ranked fourth in the Football Championship Subdivision, has won eight consecutive games dating to last season, the program's longest winning streak in 34 years.
West carried defenders to a first-down pick-up midway through the fourth quarter, popped up and flexed toward the N.C. Central sideline. He had put his imprint on the game, gaining 139 yards on 31 carries.
Freshman Victor Darius also ran for two touchdowns, the latter coming from 10 yards with 1:35 remaining in the game.
Rain fell periodically during the second half, including a late-game downpour.
Towson's defense recorded six sacks.
West's 22-yard touchdown run less than two minutes into the second half helped create momentum as the Tigers pulled away from a 14-10 halftime lead.
Victor scored on a four-yard run later in the third quarter for his first career touchdown.
The Tigers, who were in their final non-conference game before embarking on Colonial Athletic Association play, held on despite committing two fourth-quarter turnovers.
N.C. Central's Michael Jones snatched his fourth interception of the season with 6:37 to play.
Quarterback Jordan Reid hooked up with Marvin Poole for a 40-yard touchdown pass play on the first snap of the fourth quarter as the Eagles pulled to within 28-17, but could get no closer.
Towson went ahead, 14-7, with 47 seconds left in the first half on West's 1-yard run, which was set up by Andre Dessenberg's acrobatic 44-yard catch.
N.C. Central scrambled into position for Oleg Parent's 33-yard field goal and got to within 14-10 at the half.
Towson, which was scoreless in the first quarter for the first time this season, struck first when James Oboh leaped into the end zone to complete a nine-yard pass play from Peter Athens with 6:39 left in the first half. It concluded a 13-play, 79-yard drive
Moments earlier, Towson dodged an N.C. Central threat when defensive end Ryan Delaire sacked Reid, but Parent was wide right on a 38-yard field goal attempt.
The Eagles got another chance with 4:29 left in the half when an N.C. Central punt hit Towson's Ryan Mays, who was blocking, and the Eagles recovered at Towson's 23-yard-line.
Two plays later, Reid hit Poole in the end zone.
Three of Towson's victories have come on the road.
NOTES: This was the first meeting between the schools in football. ... Towson was the highest-ranked Football Championship Subdivision team to ever visit O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium. The Tigers were the second ranked team to play in the stadium. The other was Bethune-Cookman in 2010. ... Towson improved to 35-14 all-time against members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, including victories on consecutive weeks after blasting Delaware State 49-7 a week earlier. ... Peter Athens absorbed his first sack of the season in the first quarter. ... Both teams start conference play in their next game, with Towson going to Stony Brook and N.C. Central, after a week off, visiting Howard on Oct. 5.

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