West romps to record, leads Towson past EIU, 49-39

DAVID MERCER Associated Press Published:

FCS

TOWSON 49, EASTERN ILLINOIS 39

CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Terrance West ran for a record-setting 356 yards and five touchdowns on a snow-covered field and Towson overcame an early two-touchdown deficit to knock off Eastern Illinois Friday 49-39 in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals.

West set a record for rushing yards in an FCS playoff game.

Towson (12-2) fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter as sleet and snow fell in 30-degree temperatures. But West found his footing and ran them back into the game.

West's two second-quarter touchdowns helped the Tigers to a 21-14 halftime lead and he added three more in the second half.

Eastern Illinois (12-2) came into the game allowing 146.8 rushing yards a game and was gashed for 472.

Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was 38-50 for 321 and two touchdowns. Erik Lora caught 18 balls for 129 yards and a touchdown.

Towson finds out Saturday who its faces in the semifinals next weekend.

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