Sept. 13, 2011
Patriot League Football Release - 9.13.11
Center Valley, Pa.
-- Every Patriot League team will go outside the conference for its action over the weekend, but will see familiar faces as Ivy League opponents fill Saturday's slate for all seven squads.
Only two Patriot League teams will host their foe from the Ancient Eight, with Fordham welcoming Columbia and Holy Cross hosting Harvard in afternoon kickoffs.
Among the visitors, the Georgetown at Yale and Colgate at Dartmouth games will kick off in the afternoon while Bucknell visits Cornell, Lafayette goes to Penn and No. 16/19 Lehigh heads to Princeton at 6 p.m.
Each team has at least a recent history with their opponent, with four of the series being contested more than 50 times. The Lafayette/Penn matchup enters its 88th rendition. The series between the conferences has been very tight since the formation of the Patriot League in 1986, with the Ivy League holding a slim 233-213-3 advantage. The leagues will square off 16 times this season.
The full slate of games against the Ivy League comes one week after a pair of early contests in Patriot League play. Holy Cross and Georgetown earned the all-important opening victory at home, with the Crusaders beating Colgate, 37-7, and the Hoyas rallying for a 14-13 win over Lafayette.
Elsewhere, Lehigh rallied from an 18-point deficit to take the lead in the fourth quarter but ultimately fell in overtime to No. 13 New Hampshire, 48-41. Bucknell ran its record to 2-0 for the first time since 2008 by defeating Marist, 28-14, on Saturday.
The Harvard/Holy Cross, Lafayette/Penn and Lehigh/Princeton games will all be televised on Saturday.
Patriot League Players of the Week (Sept. 10)
Offensive Player of the Week: CHRIS LUM, LEHIGH
Sr., QB, Lake Orion,Mich.; 36-54, 401 yards, 6 TD
Defensive Player of the Week: JIMMY THOMAS, HOLY CROSS
Sr., LB, Severn, Md.; 10 TT, 60-yard INT return for TD
Special Teams Player of the Week: MATT MACZURA, GEORGETOWN
So., P, Cranberry Township, Pa.; 9 punts, 35.8 avg
Rookie of the Week: JORDAN DUDAS, BUCKNELL
Fr., DB, Lake City, Pa.; 6 TT, 1 INT, 1 PBU
Patriot League Notebook
Another Good Start for Holy Cross, Georgetown
Holy Cross and Georgetown will sit atop the Patriot League standings for at least the next two weekends after winning their League openers on Saturday. Starting Patriot League play with a victory is certainly nothing new for Holy Cross Head Coach Tom Gilmore, who led his team to a League-opening win for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. And it's suddenly becoming nothing new for Georgetown, who opened League play with a win over Lafayette for the second season in a row. Previously Georgetown had started the League slate with a victory just once in its first eight years in the Patriot League.
All Not Lost for Colgate, Lafayette
Though losing the Patriot League opener has proven to be an uphill climb to winning a League title, there is at least some history for Colgate and Lafayette to look at for inspiration after dropping their contests over the weekend. The Raiders in particular can take solace in knowing that they went on to win a share of the League title after dropping their League opener in both 1999 and 2002. Those seasons are certainly the exception to the rule, as the other 28 of 30 teams to win at least a share of the title in the Patriot League's 25 years all won their first League contest, with 16 completing undefeated campaigns.
Bottom-Feeders No More
Georgetown's victory over Lafayette gave the Hoyas a 2-0 start for the second straight season, while Bucknell opened up at 2-0 for the first time since 2008 by beating Marist on Saturday. It may seem like a small accomplishment, but both teams hope the fast start is an indication of progress in the right direction after recent struggles. The Hoyas went 0-11 in 2009 before finishing with a 4-7 mark last season, while Bucknell finished 1-10 in Head Coach Joe Susan's first season at the helm in 2010.
Crusaders Have Colgate's Number
Very few teams can claim getting the best of Colgate during the Dick Biddle era, with the 16th-year head coach holding a 70-21 Patriot League record even after the loss to Holy Cross on Saturday. But the Crusaders have put together one of the most impressive stretches against the Biddle-coached Raiders by beating Colgate for the third straight time and fourth in the past five years on Saturday. The 37-7 final was just the third loss of 30 points or more for the Raiders in Patriot League play under Biddle. Holy Cross has six victories against the Raiders in Biddle's tenure, second only to the seven of Lehigh.
Lehigh's Offense Continues to Shine
Senior quarterback Chris Lum, senior wide receiver Jake Drwal, junior wide receiver Ryan Spadola and the rest of the Lehigh Mountain Hawk offense is putting on quite a show early in the 2011 season. The No. 14 Mountain Hawks fell to No. 13 New Hampshire 48-41 in overtime on Saturday after beating Monmouth, 49-24, in the season opener on Sept. 3. Lehigh ranks fourth nationally in total offense (517.5 yards per game), fifth in passing (373.5) and sixth in scoring (45.0) through the first two weeks. Lum, who was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight time on Monday, leads the nation in points responsible for and ranks in the top five in total offense, completions and yards per game. Drwal is fourth in the nation in both receptions and receiving yards per contest, while running back Zach Barket places third with 15.0 points per game. Spadola has started off the same way he finished last year and ranks 11th nationally in receiving yards per game.
Payton Candidate Eachus Closing in on Payton Winner Branch
Colgate running back Nate Eachus had a subpar game by his own lofty standards on Saturday, though Eachus' subpar still resulted in 96 rushing yards and a touchdown in the loss to Holy Cross. Eachus stands fifth in the FCS with 130.0 rushing yards per game for the season. He remains the active leader nationally in career rushing yards and yards per game, rushing touchdowns and overall scoring, and stands second among all players in career yards per carry and all-purpose yardage. Eachus continues to climb up the Patriot League record book, and the Walter Payton Award candidate has a former winner in his sights. At 3,983 career rushing yards, Eachus is seventh in Patriot League annals and just 115 yards from former Colgate standout and Walter Payton Award winner Jamaal Branch (2000-04). Eachus has 49 career rushing touchdowns, good for sole possession of third place in Patriot League history and just one behind former Lafayette standout Joe McCourt (2001-04) for second.
Patriot League Partners with USA Football
The Patriot League has partnered with USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, to promote a national campaign titled "Put Pride Aside for Player Safety" to emphasize concussion awareness in youth sports. The Patriot League and its schools will showcase educational videos, promotional fliers, web and gameday ads and PSAs promoting the USA Football campaign. Through television, radio and website media placements, "Put Pride Aside for Player Safety" continues USA Football's commitment toward youth sport concussion education and management.
Patriot League Renews Rivalry with Ivy League Saturday
In its 26th season of play, the Patriot League will go over 450 all-time matchups against the Ivy League when all seven teams face a foe from the Ancient Eight on Saturday. The Ivy League currently holds a 233-213-3 edge in the all-time series, with the like-minded conferences set to face off 16 times in 2011. Here is a breakdown of the Patriot League's history against the eight Ivy League schools, with games coming against each opponent this season.
Patriot League vs. Brown - 22-18; vs. Columbia: 44-19-2
vs. Cornell: 32-32-1; vs. Dartmouth: 31-23
vs. Harvard: 27-33; vs. Penn: 17-39
vs. Princeton: 28-36; vs. Yale: 12-33
Lehigh Remains in Top 20; Holy Cross, Georgetown, Bucknell Get Votes
Lehigh did enough to impress the pollsters in its 48-41 overtime loss to New Hampshire on Saturday that the Mountain Hawks remained in the top 20 of both The Sports Network/Fathead.com ranking and the FCS Coaches Poll. Lehigh fell just two spots to No. 16 in The Sports Network top 25, while the Mountain Hawks slipped a bit further in the FCS Coaches Poll with a five-spot drop to No. 19. After posting victories, Holy Cross, Georgetown and Bucknell all received votes in the Sports Network poll.
CBS Sports Network Headlines 2011 Television Schedule
The Patriot League kicked off the 2011 season on national television on Sept. 1 when Holy Cross faced No. 25 Massachusetts in front of 16,000 people at the first-ever night game at Fitton Field. The League returns to CBS Sports Network on Oct. 29 with a doubleheader as Lehigh plays at Colgate at 12 p.m. before the Fordham at Army game at 3:30 p.m. The national outings highlight a television schedule that currently includes 28 games, with regional coverage for Lafayette, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate and Georgetown. The Leopards will televise their final nine games through Lafayette Sports Network, while the Mountain Hawks have television coverage for seven games in addition to the matchup with Colgate.
Four Former Patriot Leaguers Open Season on Active NFL Rosters
The Patriot League is enjoying its greatest presence in the National Football League in years with four former student-athletes beginning the year on active rosters. That total includes a pair of rookies, as third-round draft selection Will Rackley (Lehigh) is started the season opener for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Isa Abdul-Quddus (Fordham) made the New Orleans Saints roster as an undrafted free agent. They join a pair of veterans as former Fordham quarterback John Skelton is in his second season with the Arizona Cardinals after being drafted by the team in the fifth round in 2010 and Blake Costanzo (Lafayette) has joined the San Francisco 49ers for his fifth NFL season after playing with the Cleveland Browns (2009-10) and Buffalo Bills (2007-08).
Patriot League 25th Anniversary Coverage Continues Throughout Season
The 25th Anniversary Team kicked off the Patriot League's coverage for the season in July, but there will be more to come for the rest of the 2011 season. Both "This Day in Patriot League History" and "Where Are they Now" segments were added last week, and throughout the year articles will be produced chronicling the history for each Patriot League program and each position on the field, which will also include Q and As with former student-athletes. To wrap up the season, fans will have an opportunity to vote on the top Patriot League team of all-time in November. For all of the Patriot League Football 25th Anniversary content, go to http://www.patriotleague.org/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/25th-anniversary-football.html.
APR Grade is A-OK
Patriot League schools once again excelled when the NCAA released its most recent Academic Progress Rate in May. Ninety-seven percent of League teams came in at or above the national Division I four-year average score of 970. In addition, over 65 percent of League teams tallied a score of 990 or better. Eighty-two teams from full-member institutions and 73 League-sponsored squads were awarded NCAA Public Recognition Awards for scoring in the top 10 percent of their sport's APR.
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This Week in the Patriot League
Georgetown Hoyas (2-0, 1-0) at Yale Bulldogs (0-0, 0-0 Ivy)
Yale Bowl; New Haven, Conn.; Saturday, 12 p.m.
Series: Yale, 4-0
Streak: Yale, Four Wins Last Meeting: Yale 40, Georgetown 35 (9.18.2010)
Georgetown goes in search of its first-ever win against Yale after the Bulldogs narrowly denied the Hoyas their first 3-0 start since 1999 last season...Yale scored a touchdown from one yard out to beat the Hoyas, 40-35, last season at the Yale Bowl...The teams are meeting for the fifth consecutive year after starting the series in 2007...Yale won the first three matchups by 14 points or more...Patriot League teams are 12-33 all-time against Yale, including losses by the Hoyas and Fordham last season...Lehigh (Oct. 1) and Lafayette (Oct. 15) host the Bulldogs later in the year.
Georgetown After winning their Patriot League opener just once in their first eight seasons, Georgetown has started League action with a win for the second year in a row by rallying for a 14-13 victory over Lafayette on Saturday in Washington...The Hoyas also opened the League slate with a win over the Leopards last year...In that game Max Waizenegger caught the game-winning touchdown,
and the junior wideout did it again by catching a 13-yard TD pass from Isaiah Kempf that provided the final margin with 6:09 to go...Lafayette drove down into Georgetown territory, but the Hoyas recovered a fumble with 1:10 left to preserve the victory...Kempf and Waizenegger hooked up for both of the Hoyas' touchdowns, with the junior quarterback completing 21-of-37 passes for 196 yards without an interception...Waizenegger had his first-ever two-touchdown game...Andrew Schaetzke led a strong defensive effort with nine tackles and 1.5 sacks, including one as Lafayette set up a Hail Mary on the final play of the game...The Hoyas held Lafayette to 4.7 yards per play and 296 yards of total offense, and forced the Leopards to punt seven times...Matt MacZura punted nine times for Georgetown for a 35.2 average, and was named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week...Georgetown defeated Lafayette in Washington for the first time in Patriot League action...The Hoyas have started 2-0 for the second straight year...The Hoyas continue on a five-game road trip as they visit Marist on Sept. 24.
Harvard Crimson (0-0, 0-0 Ivy) at Holy Cross Crusaders (1-1, 1-0)
Fitton Field; Worcester, Mass.; Saturday; 1 p.m.
Series: Harvard, 39-23-2 TV: WCTR-TV 3
Streak: Harvard, One Win Last Meeting: Harvard 34, Holy Cross 6 (9.18.2010)
Last Holy Cross Win: 27-20 (9.19.2009) Last Five Games: Harvard, 3-2
Holy Cross plays the finale of its season-opening three-game homestand when it welcomes long-time regional rival Harvard to Fitton Field on Saturday afternoon...The Crimson came away with a 34-6 victory over Holy Cross last season in Cambridge, but most of the recent matchups have been much closer...The three previous games had been decided by less than seven points, with Holy Cross winning the last two contests at Fitton Field in 2009 (27-20) and 2007 (31-28)... Harvard has won seven of the last nine and 13 of the past 17 in the series...Patriot League teams are 27-33 all-time against Harvard, with Lafayette (Oct. 1) and Bucknell (Oct. 15) playing the Crusaders later in the year.
Holy Cross The Crusaders put together a dominating performance from start to finish to roll past Colgate, 37-7, in the Patriot League opener for both squads on Saturday at Fitton Field...It continued a recent run of success in the matchup for Holy Cross, who has beaten Colgate three straight times and in four of the past five meetings...The Crusaders also won the third straight meeting in Worcester...Holy Cross won its Patriot League opener for the sixth time in the past seven years...Holy Cross led 16-0 at halftime, 30-0 at the end of the third quarter and finally completed its scoring when Jimmy Thomas returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter...Thomas also made 10 tackles and was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week...Ryan Taggart had an outstanding game at quarterback by completing 13-of-16 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns without an interception and also rushing for 14 yards and a score...He averaged 12.5 yards per play in the game, and the Crusaders had four touchdowns and a field goal in his five drives...Holy Cross held a 403-319 edge in total yardage and limited Colgate to 4.7 yards per play...After a three-game season-opening homestand, the Crusaders enter their bye next Saturday before a two-game road trip to start October.
Columbia Lions (0-0, 0-0 Ivy) at Fordham Rams (0-1)
Jack Coffey Field; Bronx, N.Y.; Saturday, 1 p.m.
Series: Columbia, 12-7
Streak: Fordham, One Win Last Meeting: Fordham 16, Columbia 9 (9.18.2010)
Last Columbia Win: 40-28 (9.19.2009) Last Five Games: Fordham, 3-2
Fordham plays its home opener on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Columbia as the teams again face off for the Liberty Cup, instated to honor alumni from both schools and all others who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001...Fordham came away with the trophy last season by scoring the final 13 points of the game to score a 16-9 victory at Columbia...It was the third win in the last four meetings for the Rams, and the third straight victory for the road team in the series...Columbia won the last matchup at Fordham, 40-28, in 2009... Patriot League teams have a 44-19-2 all-time mark against Columbia.
Fordham The Rams opened the season with a 35-3 loss at Connecticut on Sept. 3...It was the first of two FBS games this season for Fordham, which also plays at Army on Oct. 29...Patrick Murray gave the Rams their lone points on a 24-yard field goal in the final minute, and also had a great day punting with five punts for a 49.8 average...He earned the FCS Punter of the Week honor from
College Football Performance Awards...Murray stands seventh among active FCS players with a 40.5 career average, and second this year with the 49.8 mark...Peter Maetzold threw for 149 yards in his first start, while Sam Ajala caught seven passes for 47 yards...Fordham starts a three-game road trip next week when it visits Colonial Athletic Association member Rhode Island.
Colgate Raiders (1-1, 0-1) at Dartmouth Big Green (0-0, 0-0 Ivy)
Memorial Field; Hanover, N.H.; Saturday; 1:30 p.m.
Series: Colgate, 18-5-1
Streak: Colgate, Four Wins Last Meeting: Colgate 34, Dartmouth 15 (9.19.2009)
Last Dartmouth Win: 26-21 (9.17.2005) Last Five Games: Colgate, 4-1
After one year off from the matchup, Colgate and Dartmouth renew their series on Saturday in Hanover...The Raiders have dominated the Big Green, with wins in four straight games and 10 of 11 under Head Coach Dick Biddle...The teams are playing for the second straight time in Hanover after Colgate rolled to a 34-15 victory in the last meeting in 2009... Colgate has won 16 of the last 18 games against Dartmouth since 1953, and is 9-2 on the road during that span...Patriot League teams are 31-23 all-time against Dartmouth, with Holy Cross hosting the Big Green on Oct. 15.
Colgate The Raiders continued their recent struggles against Holy Cross as they were dealt a 37-7 loss at the hands of the Crusaders on Saturday in Worcester...Colgate lost to Holy Cross for the third straight year and fourth time in the past five seasons, dropping the matchup in Worcester for the third consecutive time...Colgate dropped a Patriot League opener for the first time since 2007 and only the second in the past nine years...The Raiders' lone touchdown came late as senior running back Nate Eachus rushed in from one yard out...It was his 49th career rushing touchdown, putting Eachus alone in third place in Patriot League history...He ran for 96 yards in the game and stands fifth in the FCS with 130.5 rushing yards per game this season while continuing to lead all active players in career rushing, rushing touchdowns and overall scoring...The bright spot on the afternoon was junior linebacker Patrick Friel, who made 15 tackles with two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery...Friel received an honorable mention as the FCS Linebacker of the Week from College Football Performance Awards...The Raiders complete their three-game road trip next week with a visit to Towson.
No. 16/19 Lehigh Mountain Hawks (1-1, 0-0) at Princeton Tigers (0-0, 0-0 Ivy)
Princeton Stadium; Princeton, N.J.; Saturday, 6 p.m.
Series: Princeton, 39-13-2 TV: WFMZ-TV, FCS
Streak: Lehigh, One Win Last Meeting: Lehigh 35, Princeton 22 (9.18.2010)
Last Princeton Win: 17-14 (9.26.2009) Last Five Meetings: Princeton, 3-2
No. 16/19 Lehigh will try to beat Princeton in consecutive years for the first time since 2002-03 when the Mountain Hawks visit the Tigers at Princeton Stadium on Saturday evening...Lehigh snapped a two-game losing skid to Princeton last year when it came away with a 35-22 victory at home...Princeton won in both 2008 and 2009, including the last matchup at Princeton Stadium by a 10-7 final in 2008...Lehigh won on the road by a 32-21 score in 2007... Lehigh has won nine of the last 12 matchups after Princeton won 36 of 42 from 1887-1993...The teams are playing for the sixth year in a row...Patriot League teams have a 28-36 mark against Princeton, with Bucknell also visiting the Tigers next week.
Lehigh The No. 16/19 Mountain Hawks put on an offensive show for the second straight week but a second-half rally was not enough in a 48-41 overtime loss to No. 13 New Hampshire on Saturday...It was the second huge game in a row for senior quarterback Chris Lum, who threw for 401 yards and six touchdowns in the losing effort...He had three touchdown strikes as Lehigh rallied from a 38-20 deficit to take a 41-38 lead in the fourth quarter...New Hampshire responded with a field goal to tie the score and won it by scoring on the first possession of overtime and holding the Mountain Hawks on downs...Lum's passing yardage total was the highest for a Lehigh quarterback since Phil Stambaugh in 1999, and it was the first six-touchdown game for a Lehigh QB since 2005...Lum leads the FCS by a wide margin with 60 points responsible for this season, and is in the top five nationally in both completions and passing yardage...Jake Drwal had 11 receptions for 142 yards and two scores, while Zach Barket caught 10 balls for 84 yards and a pair of touchdowns...Drwal is fourth nationally in both receptions and receiving yards per game, while Barket is third in the nation with five touchdowns in Lehigh's first two games...The Mountain Hawks are in the top six in total, passing and scoring offense through two games...Lehigh returns home for another ranked opponent when it welcomes No. 22/20 Liberty to Bethlehem on Sept. 24.
Bucknell Bison (2-0, 0-0) at Cornell Big Red (0-0, 0-0 Ivy)
Schoellkopf Field; Ithaca, N.Y.; Saturday, 6 p.m.
Series: Cornell, 39-11
Streak: Cornell, Four Wins Last Meeting: Cornell 21, Bucknell 12 (10.2.2010)
Last Bucknell Win: 20-5 (9.16.2006) Last Five Games: Cornell, 4-1
Bucknell has a chance to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 1997 when it goes on the road to face Cornell on Saturday evening...The Bison won their first 10 games in that season...The Big Red have defeated Bucknell in each of the past four seasons, including a 21-12 triumph in Lewisburg last year...Cornell beat Bucknell by a 33-9 final the last time the teams matched up in Ithaca in 2009, and has won the past five meetings on its home turf...Bucknell's last victory at Cornell came in 1995 when the Bison posted a 10-7 win... Patriot League teams are an even 32-32-1 all-time against Cornell, with Colgate hosting the Big Red on Oct. 15.
Bucknell After finishing with a 1-10 record last season, Bucknell is off to a fast start by moving to 2-0 with a 28-14 win over Marist on Saturday evening...The Bison are at 2-0 for the first time since 2008...They beat Marist for the sixth time in the past seven seasons, earning payback for a loss on
the road last year...The Bison scored the first two touchdowns of the game, with Brandon Wesley tossing scoring strikes to both Victor Walker and Frank DeNick for a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter...Though Marist closed the gap to 14-7 and later 20-14, the Bison never relinquished the early lead...Bucknell put the game away when Jeremiah Young scored on an eight-yard touchdown run with 3:42 left for the 28-14 final...Young ran for 70 yards and the touchdown, while Tyler Smith had 51 yards and a score on the ground as part of another big all-purpose game that included 81 yards on two kickoff returns...Smith is sixth nationally with a 35.8 kickoff return average this season, and leads all FCS players with a career average of 29.73 per return...Wesley threw for 120 yards and the two touchdowns without an interception...The Bison defense had three sacks and limited Marist to 227 yards of total offense...Bucknell plays a second straight Ivy League opponent on the road next week when it visits Princeton.
Lafayette Leopards (0-2, 0-1) at Penn Quakers (0-0, 0-0 Ivy)
Franklin Field; Philadelphia, Pa.; Saturday, 6 p.m.
Series: Penn, 62-21-4 TV: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60 (live), MASN (tape delay)
Streak: Penn, One Win Last Meeting: Penn 19, Lafayette 14 (9.18.2010)
Last Lafayette Win: 20-17 (OT) (9.26.2009) Last Five Games: Lafayette, 3-2
Lafayette continues its daunting season-opening four-game road trip with a visit to Ivy League power Penn at Franklin Field on Saturday evening...Lafayette had won three straight games against the Quakers until Penn scored the final 16 points to rally past the Leopards for a 19-14 victory in Philadelphia last season...Lafayette's wins were close as well, beating the Quakers in overtime in 2009 (20-17), by a touchdown in 2008 (24-17) and by one point on the road in 2007 (8-7)... The Leopards hope to avoid a second-consecutive 0-3 start to the season...Patriot League teams have a 17-39 mark against Penn, with Fordham visiting the Quakers on Oct. 8.
Lafayette The Leopards suffered a heartbreaking defeat in their Patriot League opener as Georgetown rallied for a 14-13 win on Saturday in Washington...It was the second straight year that Lafayette dropped its League opener in a nail-biter against the Hoyas...A 38-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Shoop to Mitchell Bennett and a 31-yard field goal by Austin O'Brien helped the Leopards overcome a 7-3 halftime deficit and take a 13-7 lead in the fourth quarter...Georgetown
went back ahead with just over six minutes to play...Lafayette had a chance to go ahead late as it drove deep into Georgetown territory, but a fumble ended that opportunity with 1:10 to play in the game...It was the first time Lafayette lost a Patriot League game to the Hoyas in Washington...Bennet had five catches for 82 yards and the score...The Lafayette defense limited the Hoyas to 269 total yards, with just 73 on the ground...Ben Eaton led the unit with 10 tackles, while Leroy Butler had nine tackles and a sack...Lafayette completes its season-opening four-game road trip with a visit to Stony Brook next week.
This Day in Patriot League History
September 13, 1986 Lehigh and Holy Cross play the first-ever Patriot League contest, with the Crusaders prevailing 17-14 in Worcester. Holy Cross went on to complete a perfect Patriot League season to be crowned the inaugural champion.
September 13, 2010 Georgetown earns its first national player of the week award when defensive end Andrew Scaetzke is named-The Sports Network / Fathead.com FCS National Player of the Week.
September 14, 2002 Fordham defeats Colgate, 40-31, in the Bronx in both teams second game of the season and first Patriot League contest. Fordham and Colgate both finish 6-1, but Fordham earns the Patriot League's automatic qualifier with the victory over the Raiders.
September 16, 2000 Bucknell's Jabu Powell sets a school record with 282 yards rushing against Cornell.
September 17, 1988 Lafayette defeats Holy Cross 28-20 in Easton. Lafayette went on to win the Patriot League at 5-0, while Holy Cross finished 3-1 in second place in the only season the Crusaders did not win the crown from 1986-91.
September 17, 2005 Georgetown opens its new football stadium, Multi-Sport Field, hosting Brown in the inaugural game.