Towson claims CAA's title, automatic bid

The biggest turnaround in the Football Championship Subdivision this season includes Towson winning the CAA Football title.

The Tigers rallied past Rhode Island, 28-17, on Saturday to capture their first CAA crown and the conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.

Coach Rob Ambrose's squad has gone from 1-10 in 2010 to 9-2 this season, including a 7-1 record in the CAA. They finished one game ahead of Maine, New Hampshire and Old Dominion, which were all 6-2 in conference play.

Towson overcame a 10-0 deficit after the first quarter. Quarterback Grant Enders completed 20-of-26 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns to Tom Ryan. Enders also led the Tigers with 60 rushing yards on nine carries, while running back Terrance West rushed for two touchdowns despite being held to 52 yards on 19 carries.

The FCS playoffs pairings will be announced Sunday morning. Towson is expected to receive a first-round bye in the 20-team playoffs.