By: Jordan Kendall, Assistant Sports Editor
File Photo by Amanda Bosse/The Towerlight
The No. 20 Tigers will take on the Bucknell Bison at Unitas Stadium. The Bison are coming off a 32-14 victory over Colgate, their first win since September 29 of last year. Bucknell (1-5, 1-1 Patriot League) have only won two games in their past 16 attempts.
Junior quarterback Logan Bitikofer has 905 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 150 yards per game, only going over 200 yards twice this season.
The Bison’s primarily use two running backs, sophomore Jared Cooper and senior Chad Freshnock. Freshnock did not play in their victory over Colgate
On defense, junior linebacker Simeon Page has five sacks on the season along with one blocked kick.
Bucknell has been surprisingly efficient on 4th-down conversions. The Bison boast a 60% conversion rate, which is in the top-10 in the FCS for teams with at least 15 attempts.
Towson (3-3, 1-2 CAA) looks to rebound from their third straight loss. Following losses to Villanova and Florida, the Tigers fell to the Albany Great Danes 38-21 last week.
The struggles for Towson have been with the running game. The absence of redshirt senior running back Shane Simpson is leaving its mark as the Tigers have failed to surpass 100 rushing yards in each of the last two games.
Bucknell’s run defense could be just what Towson needs as they allow an average of 179 yards per game, which places them in the bottom half in the nation.
This will be the fourth time Towson faces Bucknell. The Tigers are currently 1-2 vs the Bison, losing both games on the road. They have not played since 2003 when Bucknell won 14-10.
Towson will take on the Bison during homecoming weekend, Saturday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. from Johnny Unitas Stadium. The first 3,000 students to enter will receive pink poms in support of breast cancer awareness.
The game can be streamed on Flosports.com or broadcast on CBS Sports Radio 1300 with Spiro Morekas and Gordy Combs on the call.