Towson football more excited than relieved after getting first win of season

Saturday's 21-7 victory at Delaware State helped Tigers avoid first 0-3 start since 1991

September 15, 2014|By Edward Lee | The Baltimore Sun

Saturday's 21-7 victory over Delaware State alleviated some of the pressure on a Towson football program that had begun the season 0-2. But coach Rob Ambrose used a difference adjective to describe the post-game mood.

“Maybe for some of us [it was pressure], but more excitement, especially for some of these younger guys who haven’t had the taste of winning ball games that are in their hands,” he said Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call arranged by the Colonial Athletic Association. “Watching them see what it took to get that win and to see the joy and excitement in their eyes and their voices and to have them go sing the fight song with our crazy fans who sat out and got soaking wet, relief, yeah, I suppose that’s one of the words, but just pure joy. Winning’s awesome.”

The Tigers’ first win of the season helped the team avoid its first 0-3 start since 1991, and Ambrose didn’t disagree with the notion that losing can be a powerful motivator.

“Losing is an unpleasant experience, and when it’s in your power to keep yourself from doing that, things kind of change,” he said. “Going 0-2 was not something we wanted to do. We’ve kind of changed the mentality around here to where everything’s important, and 0-3 certainly would not have been a very exciting position to be in. Our guys just focused on the next play, winning it together and playing very hard. It was fun to watch.”

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