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UNH football facing Towson in a tight spot

It’s early, very early, but the University of New Hampshire football team finds itself in a precarious position. The No. 19/18 Wildcats are sitting at 1-2 and a third loss would essentially eliminate their margin error for the rest of the season if they want to reach the FCS playoffs for a 10th straight year.

Unitas Stadium in Baltimore is just about the last place a team looking to avoid a loss wants to be, but that’s exactly where UNH will find itself on Saturday to face No. 3/2 Towson (5-0). The Tigers are ranked first in the CAA and fourth in all of FCS in total defense (273.2 yards per game), first in the CAA and 11th in the FCS in scoring offense (40.2 points per game), and they’re pretty good in the kicking game, too.

“They do it from all three phases and they do it well,” UNH Coach Sean McDonnell said.

Towson is coming off a 35-21 win at Stony Brook, a game where they scored the last 25 points. The ‘Cats, on the other hand, are coming off a 34-27 loss at Lehigh, a game where they gave up the last 21 points.

“I expect us to react the way this program has reacted in the past,” McDonnell said. “We don’t like losing two in a row. We like to set a goal and if you lose one, let’s not lose two in a row.”

And as far as the playoffs are concerned, UNH really can’t afford to lose two in a row. Towson finished 8-3 last year, the same as UNH, and the Tigers manhandled the Wildcats in the season finale, 64-35. But Towson was left out of the FCS postseason.

“I thought they were the best team that we played last year,” McDonnell said. “And I think looking at it right now, they’ll be the best team we’ve played up to date right now.”

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