Saturday, 6 p.m.
Terrance West of Towson flexed his biceps on North Carolina Central, simply another opponent in the junior running back's way.
West rushed for two touchdowns and eventually helped wear out N.C. Central as the Tigers posted a 35-17 victory Saturday at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium.
Towson (4-0), which is ranked fourth in the Football Championship Subdivision, has won eight consecutive games dating to last season. That's the program's longest winning streak in 34 years.
"You can't beat a 4-0 start," quarterback Peter Athens said.
West (Northwestern) carried defenders to a first-down pickup midway through the fourth quarter, popped up from the turf and briefly flexed toward the N.C. Central sideline. He had put his imprint on the game, gaining 139 yards on 31 carries.
"That's just playing ball, showing emotion," said West, whose career rushing total rose to 2,838 yards. "The good thing about it is we got the win. It gets no better than 4-0."
Freshman Victor Darius also ran for two touchdowns, the latter coming from 10 yards with 1:35 remaining.
West rushed for 102 second-half yards.
"He's a workhorse," Athens said.
Towson's defense recorded six sacks, negating senior quarterback Jordan Reid's career-high 292 passing yards for the Eagles.
The Tigers overcame sluggish moments, with coach Rob Ambrose pointing to glitches in all phases. However, he liked the response.
"We're going home 4-0," Ambrose said. "We made more mistakes in all three phases than we made in the first three games. It's not about the mistakes, it's how you respond to the mistakes."
West's 22-yard touchdown run in the first two minutes of the second half helped create momentum as the Tigers pulled away from a 14-10 halftime lead.
Darius scored on a 4-yard run later in the third quarter for his first career touchdown.
The Tigers, in their final nonconference game before embarking on Colonial Athletic Association play, held on despite committing two fourth-quarter turnovers.