Patriot League Football Release - Week 4

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Ross Scheuerman and Lafayette visit Bucknell on Saturday at 12 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
Ross Scheuerman and Lafayette visit Bucknell on Saturday at 12 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

Sept. 18, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - After three weeks of non-League contests, the Patriot League slate is ready to kick off when Lafayette visits Bucknell on Saturday at Noon on CBS Sports Network.

It is the first of two games on CBS Sports Network this season as part of the League's multi-year contract with the network. The Colgate-Lehigh game will also be shown on Nov. 10.

Bucknell will try to win its League opener for the fifth year in a row, while Lafayette aims to do so for the first time since 2009. Dave Ryan and Ron Zook will call the action from Christy-Mathewson Memorial Stadium.

It is not the only national television appearance for the Patriot League this weekend, as Georgetown visits Princeton on Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. It will be the the first-ever national television appearance for the Hoyas.

The non-League slate also includes four games on Saturday. No. 13/16 Lehigh hopes to continue the nation's longest regular-season winning streak when it visits Liberty at 7 p.m., a game that will be shown on WFMZ-TV and Fox College Sports Atlantic as well as ESPN3. Fordham visits Columbia for the Liberty Cup at 12:30 p.m., Holy Cross hosts Dartmouth at 1 p.m. on WCTR-TV 3 and Colgate heads east to No. 20/20 Stony Brook at 6 p.m.

To get ready for the weekend, watch this preview video from Patriot League Football Round-Up!

Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PatriotLeagueFB
*Lafayette is at Bucknell to open the Patriot League schedule Saturday at Noon.
*The game will be shown nationally on CBS Sports Network.
* Bucknell has started Patriot League play with a win in four consecutive seasons.
* Lafayette won its League opener six straight years from 2004-09, but has fallen the past two seasons.
*Georgetown also plays on national TV Friday at Princeton on ESPNU at 7 p.m.
*Lehigh's 12-game regular-season win streak is now the longest in the FCS.
*Lehigh has won 20 of the past 21 games in the regular season (22 of 25 overall).
*Lafayette and Lehigh are two of only 15 teams in the country that remain undefeated with two wins or more.
*Lehigh is trying to start 4-0 for the first time since an undefeated regular season in 2001, while Lafayette aims to go 3-0 for the first time since 2008.
*The Patriot League's 11-7 non-League record is tied for second in winning percentage among all FCS conferences.
*Lehigh's Ryan Spadola became the sixth Patriot Leaguer with 3,000 career receiving yards on Saturday.
*He is also tied for the League record with 14 career 100-yard receiving games.
*Georgetown's Robert McCabe leads the nation with 15.0 tackles per game.
*Fordham is trying to win the Liberty Cup against intra-city rival Columbia for the third straight year and fifth in the past six meetings.
*Lehigh remained at No. 13/16 in the national rankings on Monday, while Lafayette is receiving votes in both national FCS polls.

Patriot League Players of the Week (Sept. 15)
Offensive Player of the Week: CARLTON KOONCE, FORDHAM
Sr., RB, Lumberton, N.J.; 31 carries, 176 yards, 2 TD
Defensive Player of the Week: JEREMY MOORE, GEORGETOWN
Sr., DB, New Haven, Conn.; 12 TT, 2 INT (41-yard TD), 1.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR
Special Teams Player of the Week: KEVIN MACARI, GEORGETOWN
So., WR/PR, Stamford, Conn.; 79-yd PR TD
PK, Mars, Pa.; 4-4 XP, 62.0 KO avg.

Patriot League Notebook

The Patriot League has long been among the top FCS conferences for television coverage, and this weekend that exposure goes to some of the top sports stations in the nation. Lafayette and Bucknell open the 2012 Patriot League schedule at Noon on Saturday in Lewisburg in a game shown on CBS Sports Network, with Dave Ryan and Ron Zook on the call. The night before, Georgetown heads to Princeton for a 7 p.m. kickoff on ESPNU that is the first nationally-televised contest for the Hoyas. Patriot League teams currently combine for 24 games on national or regional television this year, and Saturday also features a pair of additional telecasts with Dartmouth at Holy Cross on Charter TV 3 in Central Massachusetts at 1 p.m. and the Lehigh at Liberty game shown on WFMZ-TV Allentown Channel 69 as well as Fox College Sports Atlantic at 7 p.m. For the full Patriot League television schedule, see page five of the weekly release or go here

Lehigh and Lafayette are two of just 15 teams in the Football Championship Subdivision that remain undefeated with at least two victories on the season. The Mountain Hawks extended their start to 3-0, their best mark since 2003, with a 17-14 win over Princeton on Saturday. The Leopards went 2-0 for the first time since 2008 by defeating Penn 28-21, with a school record-tying seven interceptions leading the way to the victory. On Saturday, Lehigh goes for its first 4-0 start since an undefeated regular season in 2001 when it visits Liberty while the Leopards shoot to extend their best start in four years by opening Patriot League play at Bucknell on CBS Sports Network. Lehigh remained at No. 13 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 16 in The Sports Network top 25 on Monday, with the Leopards receiving votes in both polls.

With a third straight winning weekend, the Patriot League remains among the best conferences in the FCS in non-League record. The Patriot League has a combined mark of 11-7 (.611), tied with the Southern Conference for the second-best mark in the FCS. The top mark goes to the Ivy League at 5-3 (.625), though the conference has played just one weekend and Patriot League teams went 3-2 against the Ivies on Saturday. Other winning marks have been put up by the Missouri Valley Football Conference (17-11, .607), Colonial Athletic Association (14-12, .538) and Big Sky (18-17, .514), and the Patriot League joins the MVFC, SoCon, CAA and Big Sky as the group that boasts more than one undefeated team with at least two wins.

With a win over Princeton and Sam Houston State's loss at Baylor, Lehigh now holds the longest regular-season win streak in the FCS at 12 games. The No. 13/16 Mountain Hawks, who will be tested at Liberty on Saturday, have not lost in the regular season since a 48-41 overtime heartbreaker against New Hampshire on Sept. 10, 2011. Lehigh has not dropped a game in regulation in the regular season since falling to the Wildcats on the road in September 2010.
Active FCS Regular-Season Win Streaks (Next opponent)
1. Lehigh, 12 games (at Liberty, 9/22)
2. Harvard, 10 games (at Brown, 9/22)
3. Old Dominion, 7 games (New Hampshire, 9/22)
4. Delaware, 6 games (at William & Mary, 9/22)

Lehigh senior wide receiver Ryan Spadola hit a pair of milestones in Saturday's win over Princeton. With 102 receiving yards in the game, Spadola now has 3,055 for his career to become the sixth Patriot Leaguer and third Mountain Hawk to cross the 3,000-yard mark. He stands sixth in Patriot League history in both receiving yards and receptions (193), where he is tied with his partner in crime from last season, Jake Drwal. It was the 14th 100-yard receiving game of Spadola's career, tying the Patriot League record first set by Fordham's Javarus Dudley (2000-03).

While Spadola is off to a solid start after being selected as the Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, the pick as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year is having a great three games as well. Georgetown senior linebacker Robert McCabe had 16 tackles and a sack in the Hoyas' 24-21 loss to Yale on Saturday, and now leads the nation with 15.0 tackles per game for the year. McCabe stands seventh among active FCS players with 293 career tackles.

This Week in the Patriot League

Lafayette Leopards (2-0, 0-0) at Bucknell Bison (1-1, 0-0): Saturday, 12 p.m.
Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium; Lewisburg, Pa.; (CBS Sports Network)
*Lafayette and Bucknell kick off the 2012 Patriot League schedule on Saturday at 12 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
*It is the first of two Patriot League games on CBS Sports Network this season (Colgate at Lehigh, Nov. 10)
*Bucknell snapped a nine-game skid to the Leopards with a 39-13 win in Easton last season.
*Lafayette has won the last five matchups in Lewisburg, with a 33-22 victory in the last meeting in 2010.
*Bucknell has started Patriot League play with a win in four consecutive seasons.
*Lafayette won its League opener six straight years from 2004-09, but has fallen the past two seasons to Georgetown.
*The last time the teams played in a League opener, Lafayette posted a 31-0 win at Bucknell on Sept. 9, 2006.
*The Leopards are trying to start 3-0 in a season for the first time since 2008.

Georgetown Hoyas (2-1, 0-0) at Princeton Tigers (0-1, 0-0 Ivy): Friday, 7 p.m.
Princeton Stadium; Princeton, N.J.; (ESPNU,
*Georgetown plays on national television for the first time when it visits Princeton on Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
*The teams are facing off for the first time in nearly 100 years, as Princeton holds a 4-0 series lead in games from 1903-15.
*Georgetown is trying to open the year with a 3-1 record for the third straight season.
*Patriot League teams are 31-36 all-time against the Tigers, with six wins in the last seven meetings after Lehigh's 17-14 triumph last week.

Fordham Rams (2-1) at Columbia Lions (1-0, 0-0 Ivy): Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Kraft Field; New York, N.Y.
*Fordham and Columbia face off in the annual intra-city Liberty Cup game on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Kraft Field.
*The Liberty Cup honors the alumni of both schools and all people who were lost in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
*Columbia leads the all-time series 12-8, but Fordham has won the past two and four of the last five against the Lions.
*Patriot League teams are 45-19-2 all-time against Columbia, with Lehigh also hosting the Lions on Oct. 6.

Dartmouth Big Green (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) at Holy Cross Crusaders (0-2, 0-0): Saturday, 1 p.m.
Fitton Field; Worcester, Mass.; (Charter TV3)
*Holy Cross completes its season-opening three-game homestand when it faces Dartmouth on Saturday at 1 p.m.
*The Crusaders hold a slim 36-35-4 all-time edge versus Dartmouth with wins in seven of the last eight seasons.
*Holy Cross defeated Dartmouth 25-17 at home last year, and has won four straight vs. the Big Green at Fitton Field.
*Patriot League teams are 32-24 all-time against the Big Green.
*The Crusaders are trying to avoid an 0-3 start, which has not happened since Head Coach Tom Gilmore's first year in 2004.

Colgate Raiders (1-2, 0-0) at No. 20/20 Stony Brook Seawolves (2-1, 0-0 Big South): Saturday, 6 p.m.
Kenneth LaValle Stadium; Stony Brook, N.Y.
*It's a New York state showdown when Colgate visits No. 20/20 Stony Brook on Saturday at 6 p.m.
*The teams have split two games all-time, with Stony Brook winning at home in 2008 and Colgate at home in 2009.
*The Raiders are trying to beat a non-League ranked opponent for the first time since topping Massachusetts in 2005.
*Patriot League teams are 6-4 all-time against Stony Brook.

No. 13/16 Lehigh Mountain Hawks (3-0, 0-0) at Liberty Flames (0-3, 0-0 Big South): Saturday, 7 p.m.
Williams Stadium; Lynchburg, Va.; (WFMZ, FCS Atlantic, ESPN3)
*No. 13/16 Lehigh takes the nation's longest regular-season win streak (12) into Liberty on Saturday at 7 p.m.
*The Mountain Hawks won a thriller at home last year, outlasting the Flames 27-24 on Sept. 24.
*Lehigh also posted a 34-16 win at Liberty in 2004.
*Lehigh is trying to start the year 4-0 for the first time since 2001, when the Mountain Hawks went undefeated in the regular season.
*Patriot League teams are 3-1 all-time against the Flames, with Lafayette notching a 35-21 win at No. 14 Liberty in 2008.

Team Notebooks

Bucknell The Bison held tough with one of the top teams in the FCS for a half, but No. 13/14 Delaware pulled away after intermission for a 19-3 victory over the Bison on Saturday at Delaware Stadium...Bucknell was denied in its bid to go 2 0 for the second straight season...Sean Cobelli converted on a 21-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter to tie the score at 3-3, and Bucknell was down just 6-3 at the half...Delaware pulled away with two field goals and a touchdown after intermission...Bucknell's defense acquitted itself well against the perennial FCS power, holding the Blue Hens to 322 yards with 161 both through the air and on the ground...Evan Byers led the Bucknell defense with 10 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, while Sean Sellers totaled seven tackles and 1.5 sacks...The Bison are starting on a two-game homestand when they host Lafayette Saturday, with a matchup against Cornell in Lewisburg to follow on Sept. 29.

Colgate The Raiders scored three second-half touchdowns to break open a tie game at the half and racked up more than 300 yards on the ground in a 35-14 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday at Andy Kerr Stadium...Jordan McCord led the way with 28 carries for 167 yards and two third-quarter touchdown runs that put the Raiders ahead for good...McCord ranks sixth in the nation with 143.0 rushing yards per game...Colgate never trailed, but went to the half tied at 14-14 as Sacred Heart scored late to even the score...Colgate had three quick touchdown drives in the third quarter to pull away...McCord finished an 8-play, 91-yard drive that spanned 1:57 by scoring from five yards out with 9:06 left in the period...Colgate started its next possession at the Sacred Heart 27, and McCord's two-yard touchdown run with 6:40 left in the period came less than a minute into the drive...Gavin McCarney capped the big quarter with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Chris Looney that proved to be the final score...Colgate held a 304-99 edge in rushing yardage, and a 445-244 advantage in total offense...Colgate outgained Sacred Heart 292-17 in the second half...McCarney completed 10-of-19 passes for 141 yards and the two touchdowns to Looney, who caught four passes for 73 yards...It was Colgate's only non-League home game of the year, as the Raiders wrap up the pre-Patriot League slate by playing at No. 20 Stony Brook on Saturday and at Yale on Sept. 29.

Fordham An offensive explosion in the second half, led by running back Carlton Koonce, lifted Fordham to a 34-27 win over Cornell on Saturday at Jack Coffey Field...Koonce finished with 31 carries for a career-high 176 yards and two touchdowns in the shootout...Ryan Higgins completed 19-of-26 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns while Brian Wetzel hauled in eight balls for 153 yards and a score...The Rams were down 14-6 in the third quarter before they got going on offense...Koonce cut the gap to 14-12 on a 15-yard TD with 6:17 left, and Fordham went ahead just over three minutes later when Higgins' 35-yard strike to Sam Ajala made it 20-14...Fordham got some breathing room three minutes into the fourth quarter when Higgins found Wetzel for a 23-yard touchdown that made it 27-14...Cornell got back within six and had a chance to go ahead with possession, but the Ram defense came through to force a three-and-out with a second-down sack by Jake Rodriques as the big play...Fordham's offense sealed the win, going on a 71-yard drive that was capped off by a 10-yard Koonce touchdown run with 54 seconds to go that gave the Rams a 34-21 lead before Cornell scored on the game's final play for the 34-27 final...Fordham held a decisive 165-29 edge in rushing yardage despite allowing more than 450 yards through the air...Fordham has exceeded its win total from last year's 1-10 season...The Rams have two big road games ahead, going to Columbia to play for the Liberty Cup on Saturday before heading to Lehigh for their first Patriot League game on Sept. 29.

Georgetown A pair of red-zone turnovers proved costly as Georgetown fell 24-21 to Yale on Saturday at Multi-Sport Field...For the third straight season, Yale denied Georgetown's bid at a 3-0 start...In the second quarter, the Hoyas took the lead with a pair of touchdown returns...Kevin Macari put the Hoyas on the board and tied the score at 7-7 with a 79-yard punt return for a score and Jeremy Moore followed with a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown to give the Hoyas a 14-7 lead with 7:25 left until the half...Yale added a field goal, then went ahead 17-14 in the final minute of the period on a 98-yard touchdown on the first play after a Georgetown turnover...The Hoyas went ahead on a 32-yard touchdown run by Dalen Claytor in the third quarter, but a turnover inside its own 20 hurt Georgetown as Yale cashed in for a 24-21 lead...The Hoyas seemed poised to tie or take the lead when they got a first down on the Yale 17 with 40 seconds to go, but an interception in the endzone put an end to the threat...Georgetown turned it over four times, which helped negate a rushing attack that churned out 260 yards...Moore had 12 tackles, two interceptions including the touchdown return, 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced and recovered fumble...Robert McCabe continued his outstanding start to the season with 16 tackles and a sack, and now leads the FCS with 15 tackles per game for the year.

Holy Cross Brown scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally for a 24-21 win over Holy Cross on Saturday at Fitton Field...Holy Cross went ahead 7-3 at the half and upped it to 14-3 in the third quarter on Kevin Watson's six-yard touchdown pass to Alex Schneider...After Brown cut it to 14-10, Holy Cross went back up two scores when Eddie Houghton's one-yard run made it 21-10 late in the third period...But Brown owned the fourth quarter, going on two 13-play touchdown drives and scoring the game-winning points with 1:24 to play...Holy Cross had one more chance, but Ryan Laughlin's pass was intercepted and the Bears held on for the win...Watson completed 26-of-40 passes for 223 yards and the score, while Houghton led the ground game with 62 yards and the touchdown...Gerald Mistretta, Kyle Toulouse and Mike Fess combined for 20 receptions and 164 yards...Tom Mannix led the defense with 14 solo tackles and an interception...The teams played a game decided by seven points or less for the sixth time in the last seven seasons, but Brown ended a stretch of four consecutive years where the home team earned the victory...Holy Cross starts the season with two losses for the first time since 2008...The Crusaders have not opened the year 0-3 since 2004, when they suffered five losses to begin Head Coach Tom Gilmore's first season.

Lafayette A school record-tying seven interceptions and eight overall turnovers lifted Lafayette to its first 2-0 start since 2008 with a 28-21 victory over Penn on Saturday at Fisher Stadium. The biggest two interceptions of the night came from Darius Safford, who had a 31-yard return for a score in the first quarter and the game-clinching pick with 1:19 to go...Lafayette first set the school record of seven interceptions in 1944 against Ursinus...The total was just two off the Patriot League record set by Holy Cross in 1986 against Harvard...More than half of the picks came in the first quarter as Lafayette built a 21-0 lead...Kasheem Hill had an interception that led to a Zach Zweizig touchdown run, Safford hit paydirt with the pick-six and a Ben Aloi interception led to a 17-yard touchdown pass from Zweizig to Rodney Gould...A Kyni Scott interception led to to Zweizig's 26-yard touchdown pass to Mike Duncan that gave the Leopards a 28-7 edge with just 22 seconds left in the third period, but Penn got within 28-21 with 5:24 to play in the game...The Quakers had the ball near midfield as they tried to tie the score, but Safford came up with the big seventh interception to seal the victory for the Leopards...Zweizig completed 13-of-20 passes for 134 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and also ran for 17 yards and the score... Lafayette was outgained 423-236, but was helped by the interceptions and a strong day by punter Ethan Swerdlow, who averaged 41.3 yards on six attempts...Scott had nine tackles and an interception, while Aloi had eight tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery...Six different players had an interception led by Safford's two picks... The Leopards beat Penn for the fifth time in the last six meetings, and third in a row in Easton...Lafayette looks for its first 3-0 start to a season since 2008 when it visits Bucknell on Saturday at Noon on CBS Sports Network.

Lehigh Lehigh improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2003 by dominating the first half and holding on after intermission for a 17-14 win over Princeton on Saturday at Goodman Stadium...Lehigh's 12-game regular-season winning streak is the longest mark in the FCS...The Mountain Hawks held at No. 13 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 16 in The Sports Network top 25 in rankings released on Monday...Lehigh did not allow a first down until building its 17-0 lead in the first half...Zach Barket scored on a five-yard run while Keith Sherman plunged in from two yards out for the touchdowns...Princeton had a pair of touchdowns to get back within 17-14 with 4:54 to go... Princeton took over possession down by three with 3:15 left, but the Lehigh defense stepped up to force a three-and-out... Then the Lehigh offense came through when it mattered most, as Michael Colvin had a 27-yard completion to Dylan Colgate and a 10-yard run for another first down that allowed Lehigh to run out the clock and seal the win...Lehigh held a 405-206 edge in total offense, and forced 12 Princeton punts in the game...Colvin completed 21-of-34 passes for 276 yards without a touchdown or interception, while also leading the team with 57 rushing yards...Ryan Spadola caught seven passes for 102 yards for his 14th-career 100-yard receiving game, and also became the sixth Patriot Leaguer and third Mountain Hawk to go over 3,000 yards in his career...The 14 100-yard games tie Spadola with Fordham's Javarus Dudley (2000-03) for the most in Patriot League history...Nigel Muhammad had a big day for the defense with 12 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, while Sam Loughery added nine tackles...Tim Divers averaged 40.1 yards on nine punts to aid Lehigh in the field position battle...Lehigh beat Princeton for the third straight time and 11th in the last 14 meetings...The Mountain Hawks are 47-22-1 against Ivy League members since the formation of the Patriot League in 1986...Lehigh has one more Ivy League opponent left when it hosts Columbia on Oct. 6, but not before it begins Patriot League play at home against Fordham on Sept. 29...On Saturday, the Mountain Hawks will try to start the season 4-0 for the first time since going undefeated in the regular season in 2001.

A recap of last Saturday's action is included below from Patriot League Round-Up.