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College Football: Finishing touch is UNH aim
The Wildcats fell at Lehigh last week, 34-27, when they failed to capitalize on a 27-13 third period lead and later advanced inside the Lehigh 15-yard line before their drive came up short in the final minutes.
"It's about finishing," said UNH coach Sean McDonnell. "It's about finishing drives, finishing quarters, finishing halves and finishing games. It's something we've been pretty good at over the years. . . . We've got to find better ways to complete the mission. That's the big thing right now."
Towson is 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in one national poll and No. 3 in the other. Led by bruising running back Terrance West, the Tigers have their way against UNH the last two seasons, winning 64-35 in Durham last year and 56-42 at Towson two years ago.
If they lose today, chances are they will have to win out in their last seven games, starting next Saturday with a home game against Rhode Island, to get a tournament bid.
The Tigers give up just 70.8 yards rushing a game, which is the best average in the CAA. That's up against UNH's rushing offense, led by junior Nico Steriti and his 6.2 yards per carry, which is averaging a league-best 236.7 yards a game.
Towson is allowing 14 points a game, second in the CAA to the 9.2 of William & Mary. Opponents have scored 27 points a game against UNH.
Towson leads the league in turnover margin at plus-4.
The Wildcats will look to keep improving their turnover numbers. They lost three fumbles and had two interceptions in their first two games.
UNH would love to match last year's start against Towson — Vailas scored on a 77-yard run on the first play of the game — but change the final outcome.
The Tigers finished with a whopping 415 rushing yards — West carried 19 times for 236 yards and a couple of scores — and 660 yards of total offense.
Dartmouth, 1-1 overall, opens Ivy League schedule today at 1 at Penn, also 1-1. The Quakers are the defending Ivy champs and were picked in the preseason poll to win another. Dartmouth was picked fourth. . . . St. Anselm, 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the Northeast-10, plays at Bentley, 2-2 and 1-2, today at 1. . . . Plymouth State, 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the MASCAC, plays Westfield State, 2-1 and 1-0, in its Homecoming game today at 2.