September 28, 2012
When Towson athletic director Mike Waddell broached the idea with Rob Ambrose of taking his football team down to play LSU in Baton Rouge for the fourth game of the 2012 season, the Tigers' coach was decidedly lukewarm. The initial discussion took place two summers ago before the athletic department's annual crab feast in Ocean City . At the time, Towson was coming off a 1-10 season in 2010 after going 2-9 in Ambrose's first year at his alma mater. Their turnaround 9-3 season in 2011 was still months away.
September 30, 2012
Towson University's football squad came out of Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday with a loss to No. 3 LSU, but gave their counterpart Tigers a game effort in a 38-22 contest. In a game televised on ESPNU, Towson actually held a 9-7 lead in the second quarter after the two teams traded touchdowns (Towson's extra point kick failed) and Towson also had a field goal. But LSU added 10 points before halftime, then another 7 in the third quarter to stave off the pesky visiting Tigers. In the fourth quarter, both teams scored two touchdowns.
October 1, 2012
On the football field, Towson University's game Saturday night against No. 3 Louisiana State University gave 60 players a chance to dream of the ultimate upset. Off the field, it gave the Towson athletic department the funds it needs to stay solvent and the sort of exposure that could help the school and the football program grow. LSU paid Towson $510,000 to travel to Baton Rouge's Tiger Stadium, which seats more than 92,000 people and is considered one of the nation's most difficult places to play.
April 2, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Californians are still Indiana dreaming. UCLA became the other survivor late last night, eclipsing a young LSU team handily, 59-45, to move into the NCAA tournament final for the first time since 1995, when the school won the last of its record 11 championships. In their 15th Final Four, the Bruins (32-6) easily handled the Tigers (27-9) to advance to tomorrow night's championship game against Florida (32-6). The Bruins quickly drained the suspense out of a game that many felt they wouldn't win. Building leads of 18-8 and 27-6 before hitting the locker room at halftime with a 39-24 advantage, the Bruins wasted no time laying to rest any notion of an LSU comeback at the beginning of the second half and led by 23 points with 13 minutes to go. In an NCAA tournament that has been notable for amazingly tight finishes, with overtimes common and last-minute or last-second winning shots, the semifinals proved anti-climactic.
December 4, 2011
The verdict has been rendered, and there will be a rematch. No. 2 Alabama (11-1) edged out No. 3 Oklahoma State (11-1) in Sunday's final Bowl Championship Series standings to earn the right to play No. 1 LSU for the national title Jan. 9 in New Orleans. So was the verdict wrong? "For whatever reason, we came up a little bit short," a disappointed Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "We all have to live with the system," Alabama coach Nick Saban said on ESPN's bowl selection show.
September 19, 2011
If defense wins championships, LSU is headed to New Orleans. The Tigers' young, in-your-face defense has been impressive in wins over Oregon and Mississippi State. Surviving the rest of the schedule won't be easy, starting with a trip to West Virginia this week, but LSU looks like a legitimate contender for the BCS title game. Kellen Moore is the best player who won't win the Heisman. The senior quarterback is as polished as they come, but he plays at Boise State. An easy schedule will hamper his chances for college football's top award.