Sept. 11, 2009
Center Valley, Pa. - Five Patriot League football teams will get a chance to play under the lights on Saturday, with Lafayette visiting Georgetown in a League contest and the first-ever night game at the Hoyas' Multi-Sport Field. Colgate and Bucknell will also host non-League night games, while Lehigh has a huge test at No. 3/3 Villanova. Holy Cross is the only team with an afternoon kickoff, as the Crusaders host Sacred Heart.
Holy Cross gets things started at 1 p.m., against Sacred Heart, while games kicking off at 6 p.m. include Lafayette at Georgetown, Stony Brook at Colgate and Robert Morris at Bucknell. Lehigh will have a 7 p.m. start time at Villanova. Fordham has its bye week on Saturday.
Holy Cross and Colgate will each try to move their record to 2-0 with a victory, while every other Patriot League team goes in search of its first win of the 2009 campaign. Lafayette is playing its season opener, while Georgetown, Bucknell and Lehigh all fell last week.
There will once again be plenty of ways to follow the weekend action. All live stat, audio and video links for each game are included in the Patriot League composite schedule, which will also include game recaps and statistics at the conclusion of the day. The Patriot League will continue to offer wall-to-wall coverage, with updates on the Gameday Blog and Twitter page, as well as a full recap at the end of the night on www.patriotleague.org. Also, talk about the action with other fans on the Patriot League Facebook page
For more information on all of this week's games, read the Patriot League Football Release
and check out the League notebook and game previews below, which include institutional game notes and access to any video, audio and live stat links.
Patriot League Notebook
Holy Cross Opens League Schedule With a Win
It didn't come easy, but preseason favorite Holy Cross opened its Patriot League schedule with a 20-7 victory over Georgetown on Saturday. The Crusaders gave up the opening touchdown and still trailed, 7-6, going into the fourth quarter before scoring a pair of touchdowns in the final period. Holy Cross won't return to League action until hosting defending champion Colgate on Oct. 24.
Colgate Claims First Night Game at Andy Kerr Stadium
The suddenly bright lights of their home field suited Colgate just fine, as the Raiders earned a 35-23 victory over Monmouth in the first-ever night game at Andy Kerr Stadium. Colgate came back from a 16-14 halftime deficit by scoring the first three touchdowns of the second half. The Raiders won their ninth consecutive regular-season game, and fourth straight home outing, going back to last year. The results were not as good for other Patriot League teams in non-League action, as Lehigh, Fordham and Bucknell all lost.
Lights, Patriot League Action at Georgetown Saturday
Another Patriot League team will play its first home night contest this weekend, and it will come in League action. Georgetown will host Lafayette in a Patriot League contest at 6 p.m. in the first night game at Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas are 0-1 in the League, while the Leopards play their first game of the year. Holy Cross (Sacred Heart), Colgate (Stony Brook) and Bucknell (Robert Morris) will host non-League games, while Lehigh faces a very stiff test with a trip to No. 3/3 Villanova. Fordham has its bye week.
Holy Cross' Randolph All Over the Record Book Now
After throwing for 414 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over Georgetown, Holy Cross quarterback Dominic Randolph now lays claim to nearly every career Patriot League passing and total offense record. Randolph broke or tied five Patriot League career records in the game, and now has the lead in eight different categories in the League career record book. Randolph took over as the Patriot League all-time leader in passing yardage (10,093), becoming the first Patriot Leaguer to crack the 10,000-yard barrier. He also became the all-time League leader in total offense (10,415). He tied the mark for most career 400-yard passing games (6), and now holds sole possession of the record for most games with 400 yards or more of total offense (7). He also tied the record for most touchdowns responsible for (94). Randolph extended his career League records for completions, passing touchdowns and 300-yard passing games, as the Walter Payton Award candidate threw for 300 yards or more for the ninth consecutive game and 19th time overall.
Patriot League Offensive Stars Among Nation's Best
Randolph isn't the only Patriot Leaguer to put up a big-time performance on the season's first weekend, as three other schools also boast an individual among the top 10 in the Football Championship Subdivision in at least one offensive category. Randolph is second nationally in passing yards, completions and total offense per game, while Fordham senior quarterback John Skelton is in the top 10 in each category as well as in points responsible for. Skelton also moved into the Patriot League career top 10 in completions, attempts, touchdowns responsible for and total offense. Colgate running back Nate Eachus and Bucknell counterpart C.J. Hopson are both in the top 10 in rushing average, with Eachus at No. 9 with 139.0 and Hopson right behind at 136.0. Eachus is also tied for the national lead in scoring after notching three touchdowns against Monmouth. He has already passed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in his career while playing just nine games at running back.
Holy Cross Remains at No. 25
Holy Cross maintained its spot at No. 25 in this week's Sports Network FCS rankings, and is closing in on a spot in the FCS Coaches Poll where it ranks 26th. When they were ranked in the preseason, it marked the first time that the Crusaders had appeared in the poll since Sept. 16, 2002. The Crusaders also became the first Patriot League team ranked by The Sports Network in the preseason since Lehigh in 2005
Keep Track of the Patriot League Through Social Media
In addition to visiting www.patriotleague.org, League fans and followers have plenty of new ways to stay updated and involved during the 2009 season and beyond. The Patriot League has accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and has now started a blog to give more information on the action on the field. All three accounts are accessible through the multimedia link at the right-hand sidebar on the front page of www.patriotleague.org.
Patriot League Teams Hit the Airwaves
Patriot League fans won't have to go far to keep track of the action in 2009, with 24 games already scheduled for regional or national television. The highlight comes on Oct. 8, when Colgate visits Princeton in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU. There will be at least two televised games every week during the 2009 season, with Lafayette once again televising each of its contests through the Lafayette Sports Network. Lehigh will have nine televised games, including each home game live on Service Electric 2 Sports. Holy Cross and Colgate each have three home games televised regionally. Every Patriot League team will appear on television at least once during the 2009 season.
Home Cooking on Non-League Schedule
Fans will have plenty of opportunities to see their team in action in 2009, as 21 of the 35 non-League contests will be played at the home of the Patriot League school. Lehigh has four of its five non-League contests at home, while every other team except Bucknell plays three non-League games at home. The Patriot League plays an all Division I schedule, facing off with five FCS conferences. The slate includes 18 games against Ivy League foes.
Under the Lights
With new lights installed, Colgate defeated Monmouth in the first night action at Andy Kerr Stadium on Saturday. The Raiders will play two more home night games this month. Georgetown follows with its first night contest at Multi-Sport Field on Saturday against Lafayette. Bucknell, Fordham and Lafayette will also play at least one home game under the lights this season, as Patriot League teams host 10 night games in September and October.
Former Lafayette Star Costanzo Active with Cleveland Browns
Blake Costanzo will begin his third season on an NFL active roster on Sunday, as the former All-Patriot League linebacker from Lafayette has earned a spot with the Cleveland Browns. Costanzo played 19 games over the past two years with the Buffalo Bills, including all 16 contests in the 2008 campaign. Former Colgate offensive lineman Nick Hennessey, who was a consensus All-America selection last year, starts the year on the Bills' practice squad.
This Week in the Patriot League
Lafayette (0-0, 0-0) at Georgetown (0-1, 0-1)
Multi-Sport Field; Washington, D.C. - Saturday, 6 p.m.
Series Lafayette, 9-3 TV Lafayette Sports Network
Streak Lafayette, Five Wins Last Meeting Lafayette, 24-6 (9.13.2008)
Last Georgetown Win 17-10 (10.4.2003) Last Five Meetings Lafayette, 5-0
Lafayette Head Coach Frank Tavani, Lebanon Valley, 1976
Career Record 52-50 (10th Season) Overall/Lafayette; 31-26 Patriot League
Georgetown Head Coach Kevin Kelly, Springfield, 1982
Career Record 5-28 (Fourth Season) Overall/Georgetown; 1-17 Patriot League
Lafayette opens its season by traveling to Georgetown for a Patriot League contest, where the Hoyas will play the first night game at Multi-Sport Field in their home opener...The Leopards have opened their Patriot League schedule with a win over Georgetown for the past two seasons, and have not dropped a Patriot League opener since 2003...Lafayette has a seven-game winning streak in overall season openers on the line, with the last loss coming against Towson in 2001...Lafayette Head Coach Frank Tavani is 7-2 in season openers...Georgetown is trying to avoid starting 0-2 in League action for the fourth straight year.
Lafayette The Leopards were idle for the first week of the season...Lafayette had a share of third place in the Patriot League preseason poll...The Leopards have 12 returning starters, with six on both offense and defense...Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Mark Leggiero is part of that group at linebacker...Leggiero, placekicker Davis Rodriguez, defensive lineman Andrew Poulson and offensive lineman Brian Wycinowski were all named preseason All-Americans...Leggiero and Rodriguez were also named All-Patriot League players last year, along with offensive lineman Ryan Hart-Predmore...The Leopards open their home schedule next week against Liberty.
Georgetown The Hoyas took an early lead with upset on their mind, but gave up two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 20-7 loss to Holy Cross on Saturday...Georgetown went up, 7-0, by scoring on its opening drive, and held a 7-6 lead early in the fourth quarter...It was Georgetown's 10th straight loss to Holy Cross, including all nine in Patriot League play...The Hoyas dropped their League opener for the fourth year in a row...Wayne Heimuli had five tackles and three tackles for loss, while Rick Rattay had a pair of interceptions off Holy Cross quarterback Dominic Randolph...The Hoyas are playing the first of a three-game homestand, with Yale coming next week and Howard in a cross-town matchup on Sept. 26.
Lafayette Game Notes
Georgetown Game Notes
Sacred Heart (0-1, 0-0 NEC) at No. 25 Holy Cross (1-0, 1-0)
Fitton Field; Worcester, Mass. - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Series Holy Cross, 1-0
Streak Holy Cross, One Win Last Meeting Holy Cross, 56-21 (9.3.2005)
Sacred Heart Head Coach Paul Gorham, New Hampshire, 1984
Career Record 23-31 (Sixth Season) Overall/Sacred Heart
Holy Cross Head Coach Tom Gilmore, Penn, 1986
Career Record 31-25 (Sixth Season) Overall/Holy Cross; 18-13 Patriot League
Holy Cross tries to get off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2005 when it hosts Sacred Heart in the second of a three-game homestand on Saturday...The 2-0 start in 2005 also came in home games against Sacred Heart and Georgetown, with the Crusaders winning the opener over Sacred Heart, 56-21, in the only all-time meeting between the schools...Holy Cross puts a four-game home winning streak on the line...Patriot League teams are 2-0 all-time against Sacred Heart, with Lafayette earning the other victory in 2006.
Holy Cross The Crusaders trailed going into the fourth quarter at home against Georgetown, but Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Dominic Randolph threw a pair of touchdown passes to lead the team to a 20-7 win...Randolph was 36-for-56 for 414 yards and two touchdowns, and set or tied five Patriot League career records in the game...He became the first player in League history with more than 10,000 passing yards (10,093), and also set career marks for total offense (10,415) and 400-yard total offense games (7) while tying marks for touchdowns responsible for (94) and 400-yard passing games (6)...The Crusaders had a 519-169 edge in total offense...Holy Cross won its 10th straight game against Georgetown, including all nine in League action...The Crusaders opened their Patriot League schedule with a win over Georgetown for the fifth straight year...It was the first season-opening win for the Crusaders since beating Georgetown in 2006...Holy Cross concludes its season-opening three-game homestand next week when it takes on Harvard.
Holy Cross Game Notes
Stony Brook (0-1, 0-0 Big South) at Colgate (1-0, 0-0)
Andy Kerr Stadium; Hamilton, N.Y. - Saturday, 6 p.m.
Series Stony Brook, 1-0
Streak Stony Brook, One Win Last Meeting Stony Brook, 42-26 (8.30.2008)
Stony Brook Head Coach Chuck Priore, Albany, 1982
Career Record 55-27 (10th Season) Overall/16-18 (Fourth Season) at Stony Brook
Colgate Head Coach Dick Biddle, Duke, 1971
Career Record 105-49 (14th Season) Overall/Colgate; 62-16 Patriot League
Colgate will attempt to earn payback for last year's loss and start the season with two wins for the first time since 2003 when it hosts Stony Brook on Saturday...The Raiders fell at Stony Brook, 42-26, in the 2008 season opener in the only prior meeting between the schools...Colgate's only 2-0 start in Head Coach Dick Biddle's previous 13 seasons came during the national runner-up season in 2003 when it opened 15-0...Patriot League teams are 4-3 all-time against Stony Brook.
Colgate The Raiders started the season on a strong note in the first night game at Andy Kerr Stadium, scoring three straight second-half touchdowns to go on to a 35-23 win over Monmouth...Nate Eachus and Greg Sullivan each had big efforts on the ground, with Eachus rushing for 139 yards and three touchdowns and Sullivan running for 99 yards...Eachus went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career in the first game of his sophomore season...He had two touchdown runs in a 45-second span in the third quarter...Sullivan was also 8-for-14 through the air for 136 yards and two touchdowns, both to Pat Simonds...Colgate and Monmouth were meeting for just the second time, with the Raiders earning payback for a 17-12 home loss in 2006...Colgate Head Coach Dick Biddle has a 4-10 record in season openers, but has won the first contest in two of the last three years...Colgate has four of its first five at home, but plays the road game in that period next week at Dartmouth.
Colgate Game Notes
Robert Morris (0-1, 0-0 NEC) at Bucknell (0-1, 0-0)
Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium; Lewisburg, Pa. - Saturday, 6 p.m.
Series Bucknell, 1-0
Streak Bucknell, One Win Last Meeting Bucknell, 17-14 (9.13.2008)
Robert Morris Head Coach Joe Walton, Pittsburgh, 1957
Career Record 91-62-1 (16th Season) Overall/Robert Morris
Bucknell Head Coach Tim Landis, Randolph-Macon, 1986
Career Record 81-92-1 (17th Season) Overall/28-40 (Seventh Season) at Bucknell; 14-23 Patriot League
The Bison and Robert Morris meet for the second year in a row after Bucknell won in the final moments on the road last year...Sam Nana-Sinkam blocked a field goal with three seconds left as the Bison held on for the three-point win...Both teams are looking for their first victory of the season, as Bucknell lost at Duquesne and Robert Morris fell at VMI last week...The Bison are playing their home opener and are trying to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2005...Patriot League teams are 2-0 all-time against Robert Morris.
Bucknell The Bison could not make it four years in a row with a season-opening win over Duquesne, as the Dukes pulled out a 24-19 victory in Pittsburgh...Bucknell had won five consecutive games in the series overall including the three-straight openers...Marcello Trigg accounted for all three Bison touchdowns, throwing for 154 yards and two scores and also running for a touchdown...He had a career-high 34 pass attempts, completing 18...C.J. Hopson had a career-high 136 yards on the ground...A.J. Kizekai had 182 all-purpose yards, including 107 yards on four kickoff returns...He broke a school record with 85 career kickoff returns...Kizekai has 4,548 all-purpose yards in his career, just 51 off the Patriot League career top 10...John von Paris had career highs with five tackles and two sacks...The Bison open a stretch of three of the next four games at home, but travel to Cornell next week.
Bucknell Game Notes
Lehigh (0-1, 0-0) at No. 3/3 Villanova (1-0, 0-0 CAA)
Villanova Stadium; Villanova, Pa. - Saturday, 7 p.m.
Series Tied, 5-5 TV WFMZ-TV, Fox College Sports Atlantic, Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh (tape-delay)
Streak Villanova, Two Wins Last Meeting Villanova, 33-14 (9.13.2008)
Last Lehigh Win 31-28 (9.9.2006) Last Five Meetings Villanova, 4-1
Lehigh Head Coach Andy Coen, Gettysburg, 1986
Career Record 16-18 (Fourth Season) Overall/Lehigh; 11-7 Patriot League
Villanova Head Coach Andy Talley, Southern Connecticut, 1967
Career Record 194-119-1 (30th Season) Overall/166-101-1 (25th Season) at Villanova
Lehigh will take its crack against one of the top teams in the country when the Mountain Hawks visit No. 3/3 Villanova on Saturday night...The Mountain Hawks fell at Villanova, 33-14, last season, but the road team has won three of the four contests since the teams resumed the series in 2004...They are playing for the fifth time inthe last six years after not meeting since 1927...Lehigh's 31-28 win at Villanova in 2006 was the first career victory for Head Coach Andy Coen...Lehigh is trying to avoid its first 0-2 start since joining the Patriot League, with the last
occurence coming in 1982..Villanova defeated FBS Temple in its opener..Patriot League teams are just 3-19 all-time against Villanova, with an 0-2 mark last year that included Lehigh's loss and a loss by Colgate in the NCAA Division I Football Championship first round.
Lehigh The Mountain Hawks could not score the equalizer in a back-and-forth game with Central Connecticut State, and fell, 28-21, at Goodman Stadium on Saturday...Lehigh never led in the contest, but answered the first three CCSU touchdowns with a score of its own...The Mountain Hawks were shut out in the fourth quarter...Lehigh fell to 1-3 in season openers under Head Coach Andy Coen...John Kennedy had a 92-yard kickoff return for Lehigh's first touchdown...It was the first kickoff return for a score by a Mountain Hawk since Gerran Walker did it in 2004...B.J. Benning had a career-high 12 tackles to go with a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss...Lehigh allowed 228 rushing yards and nearly 44 minutes of time in possession to CCSU...The Mountain Hawks had the ball for just 2:12 in the fourth quarter...Lehigh will have its open date next week, then begin a four-game homestand from Sept. 26-Oct. 17.
Lehigh Game Notes