Oct. 8, 2013
Patriot League Football Release: Week 7
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - No. 9/10 Fordham goes for its first 7-0 start since 1930 when it visits Georgetown on Saturday, while Holy Cross and Bucknell face off in Lewisburg and Lehigh, Lafayette and Colgate are all in action in non-League contests.
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*No. 9/10 Fordham goes for its first 7-0 start since 1930 when it visits Georgetown on Saturday.
*The game will not count towards the Patriot League standings for either team.
*The Rams have started 6-0 for the first time since 1988, when they were still a Division III member.
*Fordham is one of seven undefeated FCS teams, and one of three to hold a 6-0 record.
*Fordham moved up in both the FCS Coaches Poll and Sports Network top 25 following its 52-34 win over Lehigh.
*Lehigh fell four places in both rankings to No. 14/17 in the FCS.
*The Mountain Hawks are ranked for the 38th consecutive week.
*Lehigh is trying to go unbeaten in non-League play for the second year in a row when it visits Columbia Saturday.
*Holy Cross plays its League opener at Bucknell on Saturday on Patriot League Network.
*The Crusaders are trying to open League play with a win for the third year in a row and eighth in the last nine seasons.
*The Bison aim to avoid going 0-2 in League action for a second straight year, and get their first League win since 2011.
*Lafayette has the only win in the Patriot League standings after beating Bucknell 31-7 on Saturday.
*Fordham quarterback Mike Nebrich won FCS weekly awards from three different organizations on Monday.
*Colgate defensive back Mike Armiento also won an FCS weekly honor from College Football Performance Awards.
Patriot League Notebook
FORDHAM GOES FOR FIRST 7-0 START SINCE 1930
It's already been a season for the history books for Fordham, and the Rams can add another chapter with a win at Georgetown on Saturday. A victory would give Fordham a 7-0 start for the first time since 1930 and just the fourth time in school history, joining squads from 1886 and 1925. Fordham made some history with its 52-34 win over Lehigh on Saturday, as the Rams have now notched 50 or more points three times in a season for the first time in school history. Also this season, Fordham recorded its first home win against a top-10 opponent when it beat No. 8/11 Villanova on Sept. 7 and earned the school's first win over an FBS opponent when it beat Temple 30-29 on Sept. 14. Fordham is one of seven remaining undefeated FCS teams is up to No. 9 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 10 in The Sports Network top 25.
NEBRICH CONTINUES HIS REMARKABLE RUN BY SWEEPING FCS WEEKLY HONORS
Fordham junior quarterback Mike Nebrich had his finest performance in an already spectacular season when he went 26-for-36 for 384 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 56 yards and a score against Lehigh. Nebrich swept through FCS weekly honors on Monday when he earned recognition from The Sports Network, College Sporting News and College Football Performance Awards. Nebrich has completed 73.5% of his passes for 1,764 yards and 16 touchdowns with just one interception this season. He leads the nation in completion percentage and is in the top 10 in completions, passing yardage and total offense per game as well as passing efficiency.
LEAGUE PLAY PICKING UP, NON-LEAGUE SCHEDULES WINDING DOWN
Lafayette jumped out to the Patriot League lead with a 31-7 win over Bucknell on Saturday, and there is another game towards the Patriot League standings this weekend when Holy Cross visits the Bison. Fordham will play at Georgetown in a game that does not count towards the League standings. Lehigh completes its non-League schedule with a trip to Columbia, while Colgate does so as well at home against Stony Brook. Lafayette opens a four-game road trip at Princeton.
SOME STREAKS SNAPPED FOR MOUNTAIN HAWKS
Lehigh saw two very lengthy streaks come to an end in Saturday's 52-34 loss to Fordham. The Mountain Hawks had won 16 straight regular-season road games since 2010, and had a 10-game Patriot League road winning streak dating back to 2009. But there is still a very impressive list of success for a Lehigh team that has a 25-4 record since the start of the 2011 season. Lehigh comes into Saturday's game at Columbia with nine straight non-League victories, and is trying to complete a perfect 5-0 non-League record for the second year in a row. The Mountain Hawks have won 12 straight non-League regular-season games since a loss to New Hampshire early in the 2011 season, and seven straight against the Ivy League since 2010. Lehigh also maintains its 12-game winning streak in games decided by seven points or less, which includes comebacks from 20, 19 and 16 points down this season. Lehigh dropped four spots in both FCS polls on Monday to fall to No. 14/17 in the nation, and was ranked for the 38th consecutive week.
BIALKOWSKI, KURFIS CONNECT AGAIN
Despite the loss, Lehigh's passing combination of quarterback Brandon Bialkowski and wide receiver Lee Kurfis put up another outstanding show on Saturday. Bialkowski went 28-of-46 for 324 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a score in the game, while Kurfis had nine receptions for 102 yards for his sixth-consecutive 100-yard receiving game. Bialkowski stands in the top five in the country in passing yards, completions and total offense per game, while Kurfis leads the nation with 160.8 receiving yards per game and is second with 10.0 receptions per contest.
MORE STANDOUT WIDE RECEIVERS
Making the All-Patriot League Team at wide receiver looks like a very daunting task, as Kurfis is not the only one putting up big numbers this season. Lafayette's Mark Ross and Holy Cross' Mike Fess each rank in the top 20 in FCS in receptions per game, with Fordham's Brian Wetzel and Tebucky Jones tied for 22nd and Sam Ajala 35th. In receiving yards per contest, Kurfis has the FCS lead while Ajala (18th), Ross (27th), Fess (33rd) and Wetzel (49th) rate in the top 50. Ross stands in the top five among all active FCS players in career receptions and receiving yards per game, while Fess' 174 career receptions leave him 10 away from the Patriot League top 10 and 17 from the Holy Cross school record.
PUJALS BECOMING A STAR AT HOLY CROSS
It might just be two good games, but Holy Cross freshman Peter Pujals sure looks like a star in the making for years to come in the Patriot League. He completed 33-of-50 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in a 41-35 triple overtime loss to Harvard on Saturday, one week after he had 415 total yards and four total touchdowns in a 31-28 victory at Dartmouth. Pujals has completed 71-of-108 passes for 764 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 167 yards and two scores this season, and has earned three straight Patriot League Rookie of the Week awards for his performances. Pujals was one of three Patriot Leaguers named to the CFPA National FCS Freshman Performer of the Year Watch list last week, where he was joined by Bucknell running back CJ Williams and Fordham wide receiver/return specialist Jorge Solano.
A SHUTDOWN FOR LAFAYETTE
Lafayette's defensive performance on Saturday was a much more entertaining shutdown than the one in Washington. The Leopards held Bucknell to just 80 yards on 60 plays (1.3 avg) in a 31-7 Patriot League-opening win in Easton. Lafayette limited Bucknell to only 16 rushing yards in the game, and forced the Bison to punt a Patriot League-record 13 times.Lafayette stands in the top 20 nationally in both total and passing defense this season.
BUCKNELL'S SMITH, HOLY CROSS' MACOMBER NAMED SEMIFINALISTS FOR CAMPBELL TROPHY
The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced last week the 170 student-athletes who are candidates for the 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, with Bucknell's Tracey Smith and Holy Cross' John Macomber each representing their schools. The Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
TWO MORE WEEKS OF NATIONAL TELEVISION FOR PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL
The first two Patriot League football games on national television were quite entertaining, with Lehigh rallying for a 29-28 win at Princeton on Sept. 21 on NBC Sports Network and Fordham posting a 52-34 win over Lehigh in a top-15 matchup on CBS Sports Network on Saturday. There are two more games to come in the next two weeks, as Lehigh visits Columbia on Saturday at Noon on NBC Sports Network and Colgate is at Holy Cross on Oct. 19 at Noon on CBS Sports Network.
Patriot League Football Weekly Awards (Oct. 5)
Offensive Player of the Week
MIKE NEBRICH, FORDHAM Jr., QB, 6-1, 205; Burke, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary
Nebrich completed 26-of-36 passes for a career-high 384 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 56 yards and a score to lead No. 12/13 Fordham to a 52-34 win over No. 10/13 Lehigh on Saturday. The touchdown passes were for 25, 40, 62, and 12 yards, with three of them going to Sam Ajala. Nebrich recorded his third-straight game of at least three touchdown passes, and notched his third 300-yard passing game of the year. Nebrich leads the nation in completion percentage at 73.5%, and stands in the top 10 nationally in passing yards, total offense, completions and points responsible for per game as well as passing efficiency. He was also named the College Football Performance Awards National Performer and Quarterback of the Week, and is selected as Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the third time.
Defensive Player of the Week
MIKE ARMIENTO, COLGATE Jr., DB, 5-11, 175; Sunrise, Fla./ Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy
Armiento racked up 11 tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned 85 yards for a touchdown, to help lead Colgate to a 41-20 win at Cornell on Saturday. The interception return for a score gave Colgate a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, while Armiento returned the second interception 49 yards to set up the Raiders' final touchdown. His 134 interception return yards set a school single-game record, and the 85-yard return tied the fifth-longest in school history. Armiento leads the team with 48 tackles, and now has three interceptions this season and nine for his career. He was named the College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Performer and Defensive Back of the Week, and earns the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award for the first time.
Special Teams Player of the Week
KYLE SULLIVAN, BUCKNELL Sr., P/RS/WR, 5-11, 205; Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's
Sullivan was a jack of all trades on special teams as he punted, returned punts and kickoffs and served as the holder in Bucknell's 31-7 loss to Lafayette on Saturday. He set Patriot League records for punts (13) and punting yards (474), posting a 36.5 average per kick with three inside the 20 and seven fair catches. He returned kickoffs for the first time in his career with 90 yards on five returns (18.0 avg) and had a punt return for eight yards. Sullivan added a six-yard reception to his total as he also played at wide receiver. He is named the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Rookie of the Week
PETER PUJALS, HOLY CROSS Fr., QB, 6-2, 185; Glenview, Ill./Loyola Academy
Pujals put up another great performance by going 33-of-50 for 345 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in Holy Cross' 41-35 triple overtime loss to Harvard on Saturday. He threw a 20-yard touchdown with 3:11 left in the fourth quarter to give Holy Cross a 21-14 lead, and added a seven-yard scoring pass to put the Crusaders up 28-21 in the first overtime. Pujals set career highs for completions, passing yards and touchdown passes, and earns his third consecutive Patriot League Rookie of the Week award.
ROSS SCHEUERMAN, LAFAYETTE Jr., RB, 6-1, 202; Creamridge, N.J./Allentown
Scheuerman carried 20 times for a career-high 188 yards and two touchdowns and had 280 all-purpose yards in Lafayette's 31-7 win over Bucknell on Saturday.
MIKE FESS, HOLY CROSS Sr., WR, 6-0, 187; Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell
Fess had 11 receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-35 triple overtime loss to Harvard on Saturday.
JIMMY DeCICCO, COLGATE Jr., RB, 6-0, 201; Hurley, N.Y./Kingston
DeCicco had 22 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns in Colgate's 41-20 win over Cornell on Saturday.
JAKE MELVILLE, COLGATE Fr., QB, 6-1, 180; Sparta, N.J./Sparta
Melville totaled 114 yards and two touchdowns in Colgate's 41-20 win over Cornell on Saturday.
This Week in the Patriot League
No. 9/10 Fordham Rams (6-0) at Georgetown Hoyas (1-4, 0-0)
Multi-Sport Field; Washington, D.C. - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Coverage: Hoya Vision
*Fordham aims for its first 7-0 start since 1930 when it visits Georgetown on Saturday.
*The only other 7-0 starts for the Rams came in 1886 and 1925.
*The Rams are also trying to win their first two Patriot League games for the first time since 2007.
*Fordham has a 32-22-3 all-time edge against Georgetown, and a 10-2 advantage in Patriot League games.
*The Rams have won 16 of the last 18 against the Hoyas, including a 38-31 victory at home last season.
*Georgetown posted a 30-13 win the last time the teams met at Multi-Sport Field in 2011.
*The Hoyas are trying to win their Patriot League opener for the third time in the last four years.
Holy Cross Crusaders (2-4, 0-0) at Bucknell Bison (1-3, 0-1)
Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium; Lewisburg, Pa. - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Holy Cross and Bucknell square off in a Patriot League contest on Saturday in Lewisburg.
*The game will be streamed on Patriot League Network.
*Holy Cross leads the all-time series 19-10, with a 17-10 edge in Patriot League play.
*The Crusaders have won the last three meetings, including a 13-6 victory at home last season.
*Holy Cross held off Bucknell for a 16-13 victory in the teams' last matchup in Lewisburg in 2011.
*Bucknell's last win in the series was in 2009, a 23-17 home victory that kept Holy Cross from an unbeaten League season.
*Holy Cross won the previous four matchups and has won seven of the past eight overall in the series.
*Holy Cross is trying to open League play with a win for the third year in a row and eighth in the last nine seasons.
*The Bison aim to avoid going 0-2 in League action for a second straight year, and get their first League win since 2011.
No. 14/17 Lehigh Mountain Hawks (4-1, 0-0) at Columbia Lions (0-3, 0-1 Ivy)
Lawrence A. Wein Stadium; New York, N.Y. - Saturday, 12 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Network
*No. 14/17 Lehigh hopes to get back on track when it visits Columbia on Saturday.
*The game will kickoff at Noon and be shown on NBC Sports Network.
*Lehigh has an 11-5-1 all-time series lead, including a 35-14 win at home last year in the first matchup since 1999.
*Lehigh has not lost to Columbia since 1963, going 8-0-1 in that span which included eight meetings from 1987-99.
*The Mountain Hawks have won nine straight non-League games, and are trying for a second straight 5-0 non-League mark.
*Lehigh has won 12 straight non-League regular-season games since a loss to New Hampshire in 2011.
*The Mountain Hawks also have a streak of seven straight wins vs. Ivy League opponents which began in 2010.
*Lehigh beat Princeton 29-28 on the road, also on NBC Sports Network, in its earlier Ivy League matchup this year.
*Patriot League teams are 48-19-2 all-time against Columbia, including Fordham's 52-7 win at home on Sept. 21.
Lafayette Leopards (1-3, 1-0) at Princeton Tigers (2-1, 1-0 Ivy)
Princeton Stadium; Princeton, N.J. - Saturday, 1 p.m.
TV: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60)
*Lafayette begins a four-game road trip with a short journey to Princeton on Saturday.
*The game will be broadcast by Lafayette Sports Network and carried on RCN-4, RCN-8 and WBPH-60.
*Princeton has a 38-4-3 all-time lead in the series, and has won the last six meetings.
*Lafayette's last victory over Princeton came at home in 2003, while the Leopards last won on the road in 1982.
*Princeton posted a 35-14 win at Lafayette last year, and 36-33 in double overtime at home in 2010.
*Lafayette plays all three of its Ivy League games on the road, falling at Penn on Sept. 21 and going to Harvard on Oct. 19.
*Patriot League teams are 33-38 all-time against Princeton after Lehigh's win on Sept. 21 and Georgetown's loss on Sept. 28.
Stony Brook Seawolves (2-3, 1-2 CAA) at Colgate Raiders (1-4, 0-0)
Andy Kerr Stadium; Hamilton, N.Y. - Saturday, 6 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Colgate closes out its non-League schedule at home against Stony Brook on Saturday.
*The game kicks off at 6 p.m. and will be shown on Patriot League Network.
*Stony Brook leads the all-time series 2-1, with the home team winning each contest.
*The Seawolves posted a dramatic 32-31 victory over the Raiders when the teams met last season.
*Colgate's lone win came in 2009, while Stony Brook won the other meeting in 2008.
*Patriot League teams are 6-5 all-time against Stony Brook.
Bucknell Bucknell could not get going on offense and fell at Lafayette 31-7 in the Patriot League opener for both teams...The Bison dropped their League opener to the Leopards for the second year in a row after winning it the previous four seasons...Bucknell lost to the Leopards for the 11th time in the past 12 seasons...The Bison gained only 80 yards of total offense and 16 rushing yards... Bucknell's Kyle Sullivan set a Patriot League record for punts (13) and punting yards (474), while also returning kickoffs and punts, serving as the team's holder and playing at wide receiver...Sullivan was named the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week...Matthew Steinbeck had two interceptions for the Bison, while Clayton Ewell totaled three tackles for loss and an interception...The Bison played without senior quarterback Brandon Wesley...The Bison will try to break a three-game losing streak and even their Patriot League record when they host Holy Cross on Saturday.
Colgate Colgate earned its first win of the year by holding a 24-0 second-half advantage for a 41-20 victory at Cornell on Saturday...The Raiders went ahead when they took a 23-20 lead on a six-yard run by quarterback Jake Melville with 7:55 to play in the third quarter...Jimmy DeCicco added touchdown runs of
four and 77 yards in the fourth quarter for a 35-20 lead, and Melville tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Nat Bellamy to complete the scoring...DeCicco carried 22 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns to lead a ground game that amassed 258 yards in his first start at running back...He started the previous three contests at wide receiver...Gavin McCarney started at quarterback and completed 14-of-18 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 74 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter...Melville threw for 60 yards and a score and rushed for 54 and a touchdown off the bench...Daniel Cason notched eight catches for 120 yards in the game...Mike Armiento tallied 11 tackles and two interceptions, including one he returned 85 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter...Armiento also had a 49-yard interception return which set up Colgate's final touchdown...The 134 interception return yards set a school record, and the 85-yard return tied the fifth-longest in school history...Armiento was named both the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week and CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Week on Monday...Demitri Diamond led the defense with 12 tackles as Colgate also recorded four sacks...The Raiders beat Cornell for the fifth straight time and 15th in the last 17 meetings...Colgate completes its non-League slate at home against Stony Brook on Saturday.
Fordham The Rams scored three straight touchdowns in the second half to pull away for a 52-34 win over Lehigh Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd in a game shown on CBS Sports Network..Fordham moved up to No. 9 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 10 in The Sports Network top 25 after winning the meeting of top-15 Patriot League squads... Fordham improves to 6-0 for the season, matching the 1988 Division III team for the best start since the Rams opened 7-0 in 1930...The Rams scored with 1:25 left in the third quarter and 12:01 and 6:18 left in the fourth to turn a 31-28 game into a 52-28 lead...Fordham never trailed, taking an early 10-0 lead before the teams exchanged touchdowns to get to the 31-28 margin...Fordham quarterback Mike Nebrich went 26-of-36 for 384 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 56 yards and a score...He was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week and earned national FCS weekly honors from The Sports Network, CFPA and College Sporting News for his performance...Nebrich has completed 73.5% of his passes for 1,764 yards and 16 touchdowns with just one interception this season...He leads the nation in completion percentage and is in the top 10 in completions, passing yardage and total offense per game as well as passing efficiency...Sam Ajala caught seven passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns for the Rams, while Brian Wetzel had 11 receptions for 133 yards, all in the first half...Carlton Koonce ran for 127 yards and a score in the game...Fordham outgained Lehigh 630-429 as both teams picked up 29 first downs...The Rams are in the top 10 in the country in total and scoring offense...Fordham beat Lehigh for the first time since 2007, snapping a five-game series win streak for the Mountain Hawks...The Rams beat a top-10 team for the second time this season, also knocking off No. 8/11 Villanova 27-24 on Sept. 7...It was the first matchup of ranked Patriot League teams since 2009...The Rams go for their first 7-0 start since 1930 when they visit Georgetown on Saturday.
Georgetown The Hoyas come off their bye week to begin Patriot League action at home against No. 9/10 Fordham on Saturday...Georgetown has all Patriot League games remaining, with one more bye still scheduled for Nov. 9...The Hoyas have dropped three straight games, and allowed at least 40 points in each of the losses...Georgetown plays its first game that will count towards the Patriot
League standings next week when it visits No. 14/17 Lehigh.
Holy Cross Harvard outlasted Holy Cross with a touchdown in the third overtime for a 41-35 win in Worcester on Saturday...The Crusaders took a 21-14 lead with 3:11 to play in regulation, but Harvard evened the score on a touchdown with 38 seconds left...Both teams scored touchdowns in each of the first two overtimes, but Holy Cross missed a field goal in the third OT before Harvard scored the winning touchdown...Holy Cross outgained the Crimson 461-342, and totaled 30 first downs in the contest...Freshman quarterback Peter Pujals had another big day with 33-of-50 passing for 345 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, and was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the third straight time on Monday...Mike Fess had 11 receptions for 117 yards and two scores...He is up to 174 career receptions, just 10 away from the Patriot League top 10 and 17 from the Holy Cross career record...Gary Acquah led the defense with seven tackles and one of the team's six sacks...Holy Cross lost to Harvard in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2005-06...The Crusaders have all Patriot League games remaining beginning with Saturday's trip to Bucknell.
Lafayette Lafayette won its Patriot League opener for the eighth time in 10 years with a 31-7 triumph over Bucknell on Saturday...The Leopards held the Bison to 80 yards of total offense and only 1.3 yards per play, and limited Bucknell to 16 rushing yards...Lafayette took a 21-0 lead with 11:44 left in the second quarter...Ross Scheuerman carried 20 times for a career-high 188 yards
and two touchdowns, including a a career-long 78-yard run to close the scoring in the fourth quarter...He also had four catches for 69 yards and finished with 280 all-purpose yards, putting him over 3,000 career all-purpose yards...Lafayette had a balanced attack with 193 rushing yards and 235 through the air for 428 yards of total offense...Andrew Dzurik went 22-of-37 for 235 yards and two touchdowns, and overcame three interceptions...The Lafayette defense had 13 tackles for loss and five sacks, with three of those coming from Tyrus White...The Leopards are in the top 20 in the country in both total and passing defense...Lafayette snapped a seven-game losing streak dating back to last season, and beat Bucknell for the 11th time in the last 12 meetings...They Leopards opened League play with a win over the Bison for the second year in a row...Lafayette begins a four-game road trip at Princeton on Saturday, and will also make stops at Harvard (Oct. 19), Holy Cross (Oct. 26) and Georgetown (Nov. 2).
Lehigh Lehigh could not pull off another comeback as Fordham scored three straight touchdowns to pull away for a 52-34 win on Saturday in the Bronx...Lehigh never led, but did get to within three points on four ocassions after Fordham opened a 10-0 advantage...Fordham turned a 31-28 lead into a 52-28 advantage in the middle of the fourth quarter...Lehigh's Brandon Bialkowski was 28-of-46 for 324 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a score, and still stands in the top five in the country in passing yards, completions and total offense per game...Lee Kurfis had nine receptions for 102 yards, his sixth-consecutive 100-yard receiving game....He leads the nation with 160.8 receiving yards per game and is second with 10.0 receptions per contest...Lehigh saw its five-game win streak over Fordham come to an end, fallling to the Rams for the first time since 2007...The Mountain Hawks also had their 16-game regular-season road winning streak and 10-game road winning streak in Patriot League contests snapped...It was the first matchup of ranked Patriot League teams since 2009, though the game did not count towards the standings with Fordham ineligible for the League title...Lehigh will try to get back on track when it completes its non-League schedule with a visit to Columbia on Saturday at Noon...The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network and mark Lehigh's third national television appearance in the last four weeks.