Patriot League Football Release - 9.27.11

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Brandon Wesley leads Bucknell into its League opener against Georgetown.
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Sept. 27, 2011

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Center Valley, Pa. - The Georgetown/Bucknell matchups have rarely registered in the Patriot League race over the years, but that's not the case on Saturday as each team enters a crucialLeague contest with a head of steam.

The Hoyas and Bison each take 3-1 overall records into Saturday's game in Lewisburg, with Georgetown also holding a 1-0 record in the Patriot League. The Hoyas look to take sole possession of first place with a victory, while the Bison will attempt to match Holy Cross at 1-0 by winning its League opener for the fourth year in a row.

It will not be the only matchup between Patriot League teams on Saturday as Colgate hosts Fordham in a League game that will not count towards the standings for either team with Fordham ineligible to compete for the Patriot League title.

Elsewhere, Holy Cross, No. 13/14 Lehigh and Lafayette each face challenges in non-League action. After a bye, the Crusaders head on the road for the first time this year and face a tough test at No. 7/9 New Hampshire. Lehigh hosts a 2-0 Yale squad, while Lafayette plays its home opener against perennial Ivy League power Harvard.

The 2011 season has featured mainly non-League competition to date, with Patriot League teams holding a 12-10 record after a 3-3 mark last week.

Lehigh, Bucknell and Georgetown each posted victories on Saturday, with the Mountain Hawks winning a matchup of ranked squads by defeating No. 23 Liberty, 27-24. Bucknell and Georgetown each won big on the road, with the Bison trouncing Princeton 34-9 and the Hoyas rolling past Marist 52-28.

Patriot League Players of the Week (Sept. 24)

Offensive Player of the Week: SCOTT DARBY, GEORGETOWN
Sr., QB, Tewksbury, Mass. 18-22, 211 yards, 4 TD; 1 rush TD

Defensive Player of the Week: JOSH EDEN, BUCKNELL
Sr., DE, State College, Pa. INT ret. for TD, safety, 5 TT, 1 TFL, 1 FR

Special Teams Player of the Week: TIM DIVERS, LEHIGH
So., K, Wayne, N.J. 2-2 FG, 3-3 PAT

Rookie of the Week: ROSS SCHEUERMAN, LAFAYETTE
Fr., RB, Creamridge, N.J. 303 all-purpose yards

Honorable Mention Brandon Wesley, So., QB, Bucknell; Keith Sherman, So., RB, Lehigh; Andrew Shoop, Jr., QB, Lafayette; Andrew Schaetzke, Sr., DE, Georgetown

Patriot League Notebook

Similar Scripts For Bucknell, Georgetown
Bucknell and Georgetown each enter Saturday's showdown with a chance to go 4-1 , and are proving that they are not going to be an afterthought in the Patriot League race in 2011. Each team has experienced success in similar ways, particularly on defense. Both teams rank in the top 10 nationally in rushing defense, with the Bison also in the top 20 in scoring and total defense and the Hoyas standing sixth in the country in sacks per game. The Bison and Hoyas are also among the best in the nation in turnover margin, with the Bison second in the FCS with a +11 and the Hoyas tied for fourth with a +7 margin. The units are both led by a standout senior defensive end, Bucknell's Josh Eden and Georgetown's Andrew Schaetzke. Bucknell's Brandon Wesley and Georgetown's Scott Darby and Isaiah Kempf have provided solid play at the quarterback position, and the running back and wide receiver spots have been strong for each squad. On Saturday, the Hoyas go for their first 4-1 record since 1999, while the Bison try to hit the mark for the first time since 2001.

Six-Team Patriot League Race Again in 2011
The contest between Fordham and Colgate on Saturday marks the first Patriot League game for the Rams, but once again the matchups involving Fordham will not count towards the Patriot League standings for either team. Because the school permits athletic merit aid for football student-athletes, Fordham is ineligible for both the Patriot League title and automatic FCS playoff berth as well as any weekly or season-ending awards from the Patriot League.

Lehigh's Offense Continues to Shine
Saturday was a relative struggle for the Lehigh offense, as their 27-point output fell below the lofty standards the team has set early in the 2011 season. Lehigh ranks fourth in the nation in passing offense (357.8), fifth in total offense (486.3) and ninth in scoring (37.8) while leading the Patriot League in each category. The Mountain Hawks are being led by senior quarterback Chris Lum, who leads the nation in total offense per game (370.5), ranks second in passing yards per contest (357.8) and is in the top 10 in completions and passing efficiency per game. He has thrown for at least 300 yards in every contest and his 16 passing touchdowns are five more than any other FCS quarterback as he leads the country in points responsible for per game...Junior wide receiver Ryan Spadola stands third in the country with 138.3 receiving yards per game, and his career average of 80.9 yards per game is the highest among active FCS players. At the other wideout Jake Drwal stands in the top 20 among all active players in receptions and receiving yards for his career.

Quarterbacks Blossoming Throughout the Patriot League
Lum is just one of a handful of Patriot League quarterbacks that are making a name for themselves in 2011. Holy Cross senior Ryan Taggart ranks in the top 20 nationally in both passing and total offense per game and has led the Crusaders to consecutive victories. Colgate sophomore Gavin McCarney is in the top 15 in rushing per game, while Bucknell sophomore Brandon Wesley and Fordham freshman Peter Maetzold are each playing beyond their years. Georgetown and Lafayette each have two quarterbacks who have experienced success, and players who started the season as backups shined on Saturday as Scott Darby accounted for five touchdowns to earn Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors for the Hoyas and Andrew Shoop posted Lafayette's first 400-yard passing game since 2003.

Four Years in a Row Over a Ranked Foe
Lehigh's win over No. 23 Liberty on Saturday gave the Patriot League a victory over a non-League ranked opponent for the fourth consecutive season. The Mountain Hawks have done it two years in a row in a meeting of ranked teams, as they were at No. 19/18 when they won in the first round of the playoffs at No. 16 Northern Iowa last season. In 2009 No. 23 Holy Cross edged No. 25 Harvard at home, while the cycle started in 2008 when Lafayette won at No. 14 Liberty.

Lehigh Maintains Non-CAA Winning Streak, Moves Up in Polls
Lehigh's victory over Liberty on Saturday was the 15th straight for the Mountain Hawks against opponents outside of the Colonial Athletic Association, considered the top conference in the FCS. Lehigh's streak started with the final two games of the 2009 season, and has included wins against two ranked teams, eight Patriot League opponents and three foes from the Ivy League. The Mountain Hawks have dropped a pair of games to New Hampshire and one to Delaware and Villanova in that time, with each opponent coming in ranked in the top 20 nationally. Lehigh has Yale this week before playing its final six games against Patriot League opponents. The Mountain Hawks moved up two spots in each of the national rankings on Monday, and are now at No. 13 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com poll and No. 14 in the FCS Coaches Poll. Holy Cross is among the top teams receiving votes in each ranking.

Patriot League with Solid Non-League Showing
The non-League slate is more than halfway complete, and the Patriot League has represented well so far with a 12-10 record. That mark includes a victory over a top 25 opponent as well as a 5-3 record against the Ivy League despite playing six of the first eight matchups on the road. Patriot League teams are also a perfect 3-0 against both the Northeast Conference and Pioneer Football League. Patriot League squads have 13 non-League contests remaining, with another eight against the Ivy League.

Patriot Leaguers Racking Up National Honors
Patriot League players have collected national hardware each week during the 2011 season. On Sunday, it was Fordham punter Patrick Murray honored as he was named the FCS Punter of the Week for the second time in Fordham's three games by College Football Performance Awards. The Sports Network/Fathead.com has honored Lehigh's Chris Lum as Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 5) and Lafayette's Kyle Simmons as Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 19), while College Sporting News has named Georgetown's Jeremy Grasso (Sept. 5) and Simmons (Sept. 19) as National All-Stars. The ECAC has honored Lum and Simmons in its first two weeks of selections, while College Football Performance Awards named Lehigh junior wide receiver Ryan Spadola its FCS Wide Receiver of the Week on Sept. 18 in addition to Murray's honors on Sept. 4 and 25.

Fordham, Murray Enjoying More Punting Success
Fordham has a history of accomplished punters, from Patriot League 25th Anniversary selection Barry Cantrell to Ben Dato earning All-America honors in recent years. The Rams appear to have yet another star on their hands, as Patrick Murray leads the nation with a 47.44 average to put Fordham first nationally in net punting at 47.74. Murray boomed eight kicks for a 52.1 average in Saturday's loss at Rhode Island, placing six inside the 20 to help keep the Rams in the game.

Payton Candidate Eachus Closing in on Payton Winner Branch
Colgate running back Nate Eachus 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 as well, 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.

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 29 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.

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

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 (3-1, 1-0) at Bucknell Bison (3-1, 0-0)
Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium; Lewisburg, Pa. Saturday, 1 p.m.

Series: Bucknell, 13-9-1
Streak: Bucknell, Three Wins Last Meeting: Bucknell 24, Georgetown 21 (10.16.2010)
Last Georgetown Win: 20-17 (10.20.2007) Last Five Games: Bucknell, 4-1

Despite being picked in the bottom of the preseason Patriot League poll, Georgetown and Bucknell each have the look of a potential contender as they meet in a key League contest in Lewisburg...The Hoyas already have a win to their credit against Lafayette on Sept. 10, while the Bison are playing their Patriot League opener...Bucknell has opened its League schedule with a win over Georgetown in each of the last three seasons, but the games have been hotly contested with the last six meetings between the schools decided by 10 points or less...Bucknell has won four of those games, including a come-from-behind 24-21 win at Georgetown last season...The Bison also posted a 14-6 victory in the last meeting in Lewisburg in 2009, but the Hoyas have enjoyed success at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium with wins in 2007 (20-17) and 2005 (19-16 in OT)...Georgetown is in search of its second consecutive 2-0 start in Patriot League action after doing so for the first time last year...Bucknell goes for its fourth-straight win in a League opener...The teams each come in at 3-1 overall, with the Hoyas going for their first 4-1 mark since 1999 and the Bison trying for the record for the first time since 2001.

Georgetown The Hoyas improved to 3-1 for the second straight season with their top scoring output as a Patriot League member in a 52-28 win at Marist on Saturday...Georgetown ran its record to 3-1 for the second consecutive season...The Hoyas defeated the Red Foxes for the second year in a row and won at Marist for the first time since 1999...Georgetown jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a touchdown pass and run from Scott Darby, and used touchdown runs by Brandon Durham and Nick Campanella to build the lead to 28-7...The Hoyas would lead by at least 14 points the rest of the way, scoring the final 10 to pull away for the 52-28 final...Darby completed 18-of-22 passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for 50 yards and a score to earn the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award...His 81.8 completion percentage is the best single-game mark in Georgetown history... Durham had 103 yards on the ground and Campanella finished with 80 as Georgetown held a 279-49 edge in rushing yardage...The Hoyas racked up a 490-354 advantage in total offense...The defense forced four turnovers, with Robert McCabe recording 12 tackles and an interception...Andrew Schaetzke finished with nine tackles and two sacks, bringing him just one away from the Patriot League career top 10 with 22 sacks...He has a sack in each of his last three games, and sits in the top 10 nationally in both sacks and tackles for loss per game this season...Georgetown's 52-point output was its most since Oct. 31, 1998...The Hoyas continue their five-game road trip next week with a visit to Wagner.

Bucknell Just one year removed from a 1-10 season, Bucknell is off to a 3-1 start for the first time since 2008 after an impressive 34-9 victory at Princeton on Saturday at Princeton Stadium...The Bison won at Princeton for the first time in 13 tries, and also snapped a nine-game losing skid against Ivy League foes...Senior defensive end Josh Eden earned the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award after almost single-handedly giving the Bison a 17-3 lead at the half...He got the Bison on the board with a safety, recovered a fumble inside the Princeton 10 to set up a touchdown run by Brandon Wesley and returned an interception 27 yards for his first collegiate touchdown to complete the half...Wesley ran for two more touchdowns in the second half as the Bison pulled away...He became the first Bucknell player to run for three scores in a game since 2007 while completing 16-of-23 passes for 138 yards and also rushing for 76 yards...The Bison scored their most points since putting up 48 in the 2008 season opener...The Bison forced six turnovers while not committing a miscue of their own, and stand second nationally with a +11 turnover margin...Bucknell ranks in the top 20 nationally in total, rushing and scoring defense..They limited Princeton to 74 yards on the ground and 248 yards of total offense...Bryce Robertson intercepted a pair of passes in the end zone, and is second in the country with four interceptions this season...The Bison play their three Patriot League home games in the month of October, with Lehigh coming to town next Saturday.

Fordham Rams (1-2) at Colgate Raiders (1-3, 0-1)
Andy Kerr Stadium; Hamilton, N.Y.; Saturday, 1 p.m.

Series: Colgate, 18-4 TV: Time Warner Sports Central New York
Streak: Colgate, Three Wins Last Meeting: Colgate 47, Fordham 12 (11.20.2010)
Last Fordham Win: 34-31 (9.29.2007) Last Five Games: Colgate, 4-1

Two teams that are trying to get back on track meet in Hamilton on Saturday afternoon as Fordham visits Colgate in a Patriot League matchup...Because Fordham is ineligible for the Patriot League title due to its awarding of athletic merit aid to football student-athletes, the came will not count towards the Patriot League standings for either team...While Colgate has lost three in a row, the Raiders may welcome playing a Fordham team that they have beaten in three straight, seven of the past eight and 13 of the last 15 meetings...Colgate has an 18-4 edge in the all-time series and a 17-4 lead in Patriot League matchups...Colgate closed the regular season with a 47-12 win at Fordham last year...The Raiders also won the last meeting in Hamilton by a 20-12 final in 2009, though Fordham posted a 34-31 win at Colgate in 2007.

Fordham The Rams took a late lead but could not hold on and fell at Rhode Island 21-17 on Saturday afternoon...Fordham fell behind 14-3 at the half, but started to rally in the third quarter...Peter Maetzold threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Carlton Koonce to cut Rhode Island's lead to 14-10 with 3:03 left in the period...It stayed that way until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter when Maetzold scored on a 19-yard rush to give Fordham its first lead of the game at 17-14 with 3:52 left...But the Fordham defense could not hold the advantage, as Rhode Island went 78 yards in 2:32 to claim a 21-17 lead with 1:13 to play...Fordham advanced to the Rhode Island 21 yard line in the closing seconds, but Maetzold was picked off to end the threat...Maetzold completed 19-of-35 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown...The Rams stayed in the game despite being outrushed 350-28 and outgained 451-194 in total yardage... Punter Patrick Murray was a big reason why, as he averaged 52.1 yards per punt and placed six of his eight kicks inside the 20...Murray was named the National FCS Punter of the Week by College Football Performance Awards for the second time this season...His 47.44 average leads the nation, and Fordham has the national lead in team punting as well...Andre Delaire led the defense with 16 tackles, including 11 solo stops...Fordham completes its three-game road trip at Penn next week.

Colgate The Raiders fell to Towson for the first time in 10 meetings, dropping a 42-17 final to the Tigers on the road Saturday evening...Colgate had won all seven meetings as Patriot League members from 1997-03 as well as non-League tilts in 1996 and 2007...Towson scored 35 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to take control... Zauhn Lewis had a career-high 144 yards on the ground, while Gavin McCarney ran for 94 while completing 14-of-27 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown...The Raiders had 232 yards rushing in the game...Jordan McCord had 14 tackles to lead the defense, while Chris DiMassa had 11 stops...Colgate heads on the road to face Monmouth next week.

Holy Cross Crusaders (2-1, 1-0) at No. 7/9 UNH Wildcats (2-1, 1-0 CAA)
Cowell Stadium; Durham, N.H.; Saturday, 12 p.m.

Series: Holy Cross, 6-5
Streak: New Hampshire, One Win Last Meeting: New Hampshire 14, Holy Cross 13 (11.10.1984)
Last Holy Cross Win: 42-30 (9.24.1983) Last Five Games: Holy Cross, 3-2

Despite being separated by less than 100 miles, Holy Cross and No. 7/9 New Hampshire play for the first time since 1984 and just the 12th overall when they meet on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Cowell Stadium...The Wildcats won the most recent meeting, though Holy Cross posted a win the last time the teams faced off at New Hampshire in 1983...The teams split eight meetings overall from 1973-84...Holy Cross is playing a ranked opponent for the second time this season after falling at home against No. 25 Massachusetts in the season opener on Sept. 1...Patriot League teams are just 1-12 all-time against New Hampshire, with Lehigh dropping a 48-41 overtime heartbreaker at home on Sept. 10.

Holy Cross Holy Cross had its bye week after beating Harvard 30-22 at home on Sept. 17...The Crusaders completed their season-opening homestand with a 2-1 mark, beating both Colgate and Harvard and losing only in the first contest to No. 25 Massachusetts...Ryan Taggart completed 22-of-35 passes for a career-high 320 yards and a touchdown in the win, and ran for 34 yards and a score...Taggart has thrown 201 consecutive passes without an interception, the longest such streak in the nation...He ranks in the top 15 nationally in both passing yards and total offense per game this season...The Crusaders are 12th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 17.7 points per game.

Yale Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 Ivy) at No. 13/14 Lehigh Mountain Hawks (3-1, 0-0)
Goodman Stadium; Bethlehem, Pa.; Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

Series: Yale, 15-5 TV: SE2 (live), FCS (tape delay)
Streak: Yale, Three Wins Last Meeting: Yale 7, Lehigh 0 (10.17.2009)
Last Lehigh Win: 28-21 (OT) (10.15.2005) Last Five Games: Yale, 3-2

No. 13/14 Lehigh wraps up its non-League slate on Saturday when Yale pays a visit to Goodman Stadium...The Mountain Hawks will be looking for payback from Yale's last trip to Bethlehem, as the Bulldogs posted a 7-0 victory on Oct. 17, 2009 to give Lehigh its first shutout loss since 1986...It was Yale's third straight win in the series after beating Lehigh at home in both 2006 and 2007...Prior to that stretch, Lehigh had won four straight matchups with Yale...Patriot League teams have struggled with Yale over the years, with a 12-34 record that includes Georgetown's 37-27 loss in New Haven on Sept. 17...No Patriot League team has defeated Yale since 2009, with Lafayette also getting a chance against the Bulldogs on Oct. 15.

Lehigh The Mountain Hawks earned a key victory against a fellow top 25 team as No. 15/16 Lehigh held on for a 27-24 win over No. 23 Liberty on Saturday...It was the first win for a Patriot League team in four games against top 25 opponents this season, and the first for any League squad over a ranked non-League opponent in the regular season since 2009...The Mountain Hawks scored 20 points in the second quarter to go ahead for good...Chris Lum threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Spadola and later a 73-yard strike to Keith Sherman to give Lehigh a 20-17 halftime lead... Lehigh built its lead to 27-17 on a touchdown run by Michael Colvin early in the third quarter...Liberty answered later in the period, but the Mountain Hawks kept the Flames off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter... Fred Mihal forced a fumble and Billy Boyko recovered deep in Lehigh territory to give the Mountain Hawks possession with 5:34 left, and after Lehigh ran nearly the entire clock down Liberty missed a 54-yard field goal as time expired... Lum had his fourth 300-yard game of the season, completing 18-of-38 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns...Spadola caught seven passes for 121 yards and a touchdown, while Jake Drwal had seven receptions for 69 yards...Sherman ran for a career-high 81 yards in addition to the touchdown reception...Mike Groome led the defense with 12 tackles, and the unit forced three Liberty turnovers....Lehigh's offense remains among the top in the country, ranking in the top 10 in total, passing and scoring offense with Lum leading the nation in both total offense and touchdown passes...Lehigh plays its Patriot League opener at Bucknell next week, as the Mountain Hawks have only League games remaining.

Harvard Crimson (1-1, 1-0 Ivy) at Lafayette Leopards (1-3, 0-1)
Fisher Stadium; Easton, Pa.; Saturday, 1 p.m.

Series: Harvard, 12-3 TV: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60 (live), MASN (tape delay)
Streak: Harvard, One Win Last Meeting: Harvard 35, Lafayette 10 (10.2.2010)
Last Lafayette Win: 35-18 (10.17.2009) Last Five Games: Harvard, 4-1

For the first time this season, Lafayette will step on the field at Fisher Stadium as the Leopards host Ivy League rival Harvard on Saturday at 1 p.m....The last two seasons have produced blowout wins for the road team, with Harvard winning at Lafayette 35-10 in 2010 after the Leopards posted a 35-18 win at Harvard in 2009...That Lafayette win ended Harvard's eight-game winning streak in the series... The Leopards have lost the past four meetings in Easton, with the last home win coming in a 31-29 triumph in 1992...Patriot League teams are 28-33 all-time against Harvard, with two consecutive wins after Holy Cross beat the Crimson at home on Sept. 17...Bucknell also visits Harvard on Oct. 15.

Lafayette Despite a 400-yard passing game from quarterback Andrew Shoop, Lafayette could not keep up on the scoreboard and fell at Stony Brook, 37-20, on Saturday evening...The game was tied 6-6 at halftime, but Stony Brook took the lead with a pair of touchdowns to open the second half...Shoop threw touchdown passes to Mitchell Bennett and Mark Ross, but Stony Brook answered each time to go on to the victory...Shoop completed 32-of-56 passes for 400 yards with two touchdowns, becoming the the first Lafayette quarterback to hit 400 since Marko Glavic threw for a school-record 453 yards vs. Columbia on Oct. 22, 2003...Ross Scheuerman had 303 all-purpose yards in the game, including 90 on the ground on 10 carries and four receptions for 69 yards...Bennett had 10 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown, while Ross had seven catches for 92 yards and the score and Greg Stripe caught seven balls for 83 yards...Lafayette had a 486-335 advantage in total offense. Evan McGovern and Ben Eaton led the defense with eight tackles apiece...Lafayette heads into its bye next week before continuing its five-game homestand against Yale on Oct. 15.

This Day in Patriot League History

Sept. 26-Oct. 2

September 26, 1987 Jeff Wiley sets a Holy Cross and Patriot League record by throwing for seven touchdowns against Lehigh. Holy Cross also sets a Patriot League team record with 736 yards gained. The Crusaders win the game 63-6, handing Lehigh its only loss of the year. Holy Cross finished 11-0 and 4-0 in the Patriot League for the team's second title.

September 27, 2003 Towson's Steve Bulcavage boots a Patriot League record 89-yard punt in a game against Colgate.

September 27, 2008 Georgetown's Nick Parrish notches a Patriot League record with two interception returns for touchdowns against Holy Cross.

September 29, 1990 Holy Cross sets two Patriot League records by recording 12 QB sacks for 97 yards against Harvard.

September 30, 1989 Bucknell's newly renovated stadium opens and is rededicated in honor of Christy Mathewson, as the Bison defeat Dartmouth 36-20.

September 30, 2000 Colgate's Brandon Tinson sets a school record when he blocks three punts in a game against Towson.

October 1, 2005 Bucknell's Dante Ross sets a Patriot League record for rushing yards gained by a QB with 268 vs. Marist.