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NCAA DIVISION I FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - SEMIFINAL

Final

Towson 35

(13-2, 6-2 CAA)

E Washington 31

(12-3, 8-0 Big Sky)

Coverage: ESPNU

2:05 PM ET, December 21, 2013

Roos Field, CHENEY, WA

1 2 3 4 T
TOWS 14 7 0 1435
EWU 0 7 17 731

Top Performers

Passing: V. Adams (EWU) - 394 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. West (TOWS) - 27 CAR, 115 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Clark (EWU) - 8 REC, 129 YDS

Towson rallies to shock Eastern Washington in FCS semifinal

Associated Press

CHENEY, Wash. -- Backup quarterback Connor Frazier scored on a 1-yard run with 17 seconds left to lift Towson to a 35-31 victory over Eastern Washington in a Football Championship Subdivision semifinal game on Saturday in foggy, wet conditions.

Towson (13-2) took over on its 29 with 1:35 left in the game and went 71 yards for the winning points.

Eastern Washington (12-3) got the ball back with 12 seconds left, but Vernon Adams' first pass was intercepted.

Towson will play two-time defending champion North Dakota State (14-0) in the national title game on Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas.

Eastern Washington was makings its third trip to the semifinals in four seasons, and won the 2010 national championship.

The Tigers have won 12 straight games on the road dating to last season, and overcame the loss of starting quarterback Peter Athens to a shoulder injury.

Towson scored the first 21 points of the game, gave up 31 straight points, and then scored the final two touchdowns for the win.

Adams threw for 394 yards and two touchdowns for Eastern Washington, which outgained the Tigers 580 yards to 483.

Frazier completed 6 of 10 passes for 98 yards, and also ran 18 times for 98 yards and the winning touchdown.

Towson marched 75 yards down the wet, slippery field on its first possession, with Athens throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Holder for a 7-0 lead

Eastern moved down the field on its first possession, but receiver Cooper Kupp fumbled on Towson's 12 and the Tigers recovered. Derrick Joseph caught passes for 50 and 16 yards for Towson, and Terrance West dove over from the 1-yard line for a 14-0 lead. It was West's FCS-record 40th touchdown of the season, 39th on the ground.

After a pair of EWU punts, Towson drove 91 yards in seven plays to take a 21-0 lead. The drive ended when on fourth down Athens threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Brian Dowling in the end zone with 10:32 left in the first half.

Eastern Washington finally scored when Adams threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Quincy Forte midway through the second quarter.

Towson fumbled on its next possession and Eastern Washington's Will Katoa recovered on his own 36. Starting with just two minutes left in the half, the Eagles drove to the 1, but time expired when Adams was stopped while trying to run into the end zone.

Towson amassed 309 yards of offense in the first half but Athens was not able to play in the second half because of a shoulder injury. He had thrown for 144 yards and the touchdowns. Frazier was unable to move the offense until late in the fourth quarter.

Eastern Washington opened the second half with a 10-play, 92-yard drive that ended with Forte's 7-yard touchdown run, cutting Towson's lead to 21-14.

After Towson punted, the Eagles drove to the Tigers 5, but had to settle for Kevin Miller's 22-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 21-17.

Towson went three-and-out, and the Eagles' Zach Wimberly blocked the punt, allowing Eastern Washington to take over on the Tigers' 23. Mario Brown ran the ball twice, the second a 5-yard touchdown run as Eastern Washington took the lead at 24-21 with 1:36 left in the third.

Towson punted again and the Eagles went 82 yards, with Adams hitting Cory Mitchell on a 12-yard touchdown pass for a 31-21 lead. It was the 55th touchdown pass of the season for Adams.

West ran 3 yards for a touchdown on Towson's next possession, completing a 75-yard drive that featured 13 running plays. It was the first second-half touchdown Eastern Washington has allowed in three playoff games this season and cut the Eagles' lead to 31-28 with 5:09 left.

Eastern Washington burned clock time on its ensuing drive, and turned the ball over on downs with 1:35 left.

Towson, taking over on its own 29, moved down to the 1 yard line with 25 seconds left. West was stopped on a run. Then Frazier scored on a quarterback sneak with 17 seconds left for the win.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TOWS
EWU
1st Downs2530
Total Yards483580
Passing242394
Rushing241186
Penalties5-394-30
3rd Down Conversions7-135-12
4th Down Conversions2-22-3
Turnovers12
Possession33:4126:19

Passing Leaders

TowsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Athens8/914416.020
Eastern WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Adams28/423949.421

Rushing Leaders

TowsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
West271154.3221
Frazier18985.4119
Eastern WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte14775.5114
Adams11655.9016

Receiving Leaders

TowsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dowling48822.0138
Joseph26633.0050
Eastern WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Clark812916.1039
Kupp812415.5029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTOWSEWU
TD10:29Emmanuel Holder 1 Yd Pass From Peter Athens (Drew Evangelista Kick) 70
TD04:40Terrance West 1 Yd Run (Drew Evangelista Kick)
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140
SECOND QUARTERTOWSEWU
TD10:32Brian Dowling 38 Yd Pass From Peter Athens (Drew Evangelista Kick)
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210
TD07:41Quincy Forte 8 Yd Pass From Vernon Adams (Kevin Miller Kick)
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217
THIRD QUARTERTOWSEWU
TD11:34Quincy Forte 7 Yd Run (Kevin Miller Kick)
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2114
FG04:15Kevin Miller 22 Yd
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2117
TD01:36Mario Brown 3 Yd Run (Kevin Miller Kick)
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2124
FOURTH QUARTERTOWSEWU
TD11:55Cory Mitchell 13 Yd Pass From Vernon Adams (Kevin Miller Kick)
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2131
TD05:09Terrance West 3 Yd Run (Drew Evangelista Kick)
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2831
TD00:17Connor Frazier 1 Yd Run (Drew Evangelista Kick)
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3531

Research Notes

Towson RB Terrance West scored two touchdowns in the Tigers' 35-31 FCS semifinal playoff win over Eastern Washington on Saturday. The TDs were West's 40th and 41st of the season, setting a new FCS single-season record.
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