Oct. 15, 2013
Patriot League Football Release: Week 8
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - There are two Patriot League games on Saturday's schedule, including Colgate visiting Holy Cross in a matchup that kicks off at Noon on CBS Sports Network.
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*Saturday's schedule features Colgate-Holy Cross and Georgetown-Lehigh in Patriot League action.
*The Colgate-Holy Cross game kicks off at Noon and can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
*Georgetown-Lehigh is available on Patriot League Network and Service Electric 2 Sports at 12:30 p.m.
*Fordham aims to go 8-0 for the first time in the modern era when it visits Yale.
*The Rams are one of five undefeated teams left in the FCS, and one of only two with a 7-0 record.
*Fordham earned its highest ranking in school history when it came in at No. 8 in both national polls Monday.
*Lehigh was ranked for the 39th straight week when it was placed at No. 16/18 in the polls.
*Fordham came in at No. 1 while Lehigh was No. 5 in the first ECAC FCS Lambert Meadowlands Poll of the season.
*Fordham's Mike Nebrich and Lehigh's Lee Kurfis were added to the Walter Payton Award watch list on Tuesday.
*Nebrich is in the top 10 nationally in six statistical categories, and first in completion percentage (74.2%).
*Kurfis leads the nation in both overall and per game receptions and receiving yards.
*Holy Cross' Peter Pujals became the first player since 2008 to win four straight Patriot League Rookie of the Week awards.
*Pujals is a candidate for the Jerry Rice Award, which goes to the FCS Freshman of the Year.
*Lafayette's Mark Ross and Holy Cross' Mike Fess are each closing in on the school record for receptions.
Patriot League Notebook
TWO LEAGUE GAMES SATURDAY, WITH COLGATE-HOLY CROSS ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK
We're just one week away from having three Patriot League games on the schedule, but Saturday will mark the first time that two League games that count towards the standings will be played on the same day. Colgate visits Holy Cross at Noon in a game shown on CBS Sports Network, while Lehigh hosts Georgetown at 12:30 p.m. in a game broadcast by Service Electric 2 Sports and also shown on Patriot League Network. The Raiders, Mountain Hawks and Hoyas are playing their first game that counts in the League standings, while the Crusaders started 1-0 with a 51-27 win at Bucknell on Saturday.
No. 8 FORDHAM TRIES TO MAKE MORE HISTORY
Saturday's schedule also includes three games on the road at Ivy League opponents, and provides a chance for even more history from this year's Fordham Rams. Fordham started 7-0 for the first time since 1930 with a 34-12 win at Georgetown on Saturday, and will try to open 8-0 for the first time in the modern era when it visits Yale at Noon on Saturday. Fordham's only prior 8-0 mark was part of 28-0 season in 1886 where a number of the games were against local athletic clubs. Fordham had some history on Monday when it reached its highest-ever national ranking at No. 8 in both The Sports Network top 25 and FCS Coaches Poll, and debuted at No. 1 in the ECAC FCS Lambert Meadowlands Poll. The Rams are one of five remaining undefeated teams in the FCS. Saturday's action also includes Lafayette at No. 25 Harvard and Bucknell visiting Dartmouth.
FORDHAM'S NEBRICH, LEHIGH'S KURFIS NAMED TO WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCH LIST
Fordham junior quarterback Mike Nebrich and Lehigh senior wide receiver Lee Kurfis have been among the top players in the FCS at their positions all season, and their performances were acknowledged on Tuesday when each player was named to the Walter Payton Award watch list by The Sports Network. Nebrich stands in the top 10 nationally in six different categories, including first in the FCS in completion percentage and third in total offense, while Kurfis leads the nation in both overall and per game receptions and receiving yards.
MORE ON NEBRICH
Nebrich's spot on the Payton Award watch list seemed almost guaranteed in recent weeks, as he punctuated his early-season performance with a Patriot League and FCS record-setting outing on Saturday. Nebrich set a League record for consecutive completions at 20, which also tied the FCS consecutive streak to start a game, while going 35-of-45 for 405 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 51 yards and a score in a 34-12 win at Georgetown. He won his fourth Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award on Monday, and now stands first in the FCS in completion percentage at 74.2%, third in total offense (365.6), fourth in points responsible for (19.1), seventh in passing efficiency (166.4), eighth in passing yards (309.4) and ninth in completions (27.1). Even with all of the gaudy numbers, the most impressive may be that Nebrich has now gone 212 attempts without an interception since his only pick of the season in the second game against Villanova.
MORE ON KURFIS
Lee Kurfis earned his spot on the Walter Payton Award watch by performing as the top receiver in the country through the first six weeks of Lehigh's season. The senior leads the FCS in both receptions (10.7) and receiving yards (155.7) per game. He has 64 receptions for 934 yards and six touchdowns this season, easily leading the FCS in both receptions and receiving yards for the year despite playing one fewer game than a number of players. Kurfis has the second-highest single-game reception (14) and receiving yardage (222) marks in the FCS this season, and already has four double-digit reception games on the year and a streak of seven consecutive 100-yard receiving games dating back to last season.
STANDOUT WIDE RECEIVERS ACROSS THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
While Kurfis has the spot on the prestigious Payton list, he certainly isn't the only Patriot League wideout enjoying a strong season or career. The Patriot League has six wideouts among the top 30 in receptions per game, with Fordham's Tebucky Jones (7th), Brian Wetzel (20th) and Sam Ajala (26th) along with Lafayette's Mark Ross (12th) and Holy Cross' Mike Fess (20th). Ajala and Ross also join Kurfis among the top 20 in FCS in receiving yards per game. Ross stands in the top five among all active FCS players in career receptions and receiving yards per game, and his 158 catches are just four from the school record. Fess has 178 career receptions, leaving him six away from the Patriot League top 10 and 13 from the school record.
PUJALS MAKING HIS CASE FOR THE RICE AWARD
Nebrich and Kurfis are the Patriot League's candidates for the Walter Payton Award watch, but the League's representative for the Jerry Rice Award (FCS Freshman of the Year) also looks capable of one day competing for the top individual honor in the nation. Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals continued the amazing start to his career by going 19-for-29 for 298 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 80 yards and three scores in a 51-27 win over Bucknell on Saturday. One of only five true freshmen on the Rice Award watch list, Pujals has his name at the top of the candidate pool by throwing for 1,062 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushing for 247 yards and five scores while starting only the last three games. On Monday he became the first player since Colgate's Nate Eachus in 2008 to claim four straight Patriot League Rookie of the Week awards.
LEHIGH COMPLETES ANOTHER PERFECT NON-LEAGUE MARK
With its 24-10 win at Columbia, Lehigh ran through its non-League schedule for the second year in a row. The Mountain Hawks finished 5-0 in non-League play and have won 13 straight non-League regular-season games dating back to 2011. The victory was also Lehigh's eighth-straight against an Ivy League foe 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 came in at No. 16/18 in the national polls on Monday, earning a ranking for the 39th consecutive week. The Mountain Hawks also debuted at No. 5 in the ECAC FCS Lambert Meadowlands Poll.
CHECKING IN ON THE STATISTICS
With the sixth-most turnovers gained (18) in the nation and only two interceptions thrown, Fordham ranks sixth in the FCS with a +1.6 turnover margin per game...The Rams are the only team in the Patriot League with a positive turnover margin...Lehigh stands third in the FCS in third-down conversion percentage (53.9%) and tied for first in fourth-down conversion percentage (100.0%), where the Mountain Hawks are a perfect 8-for-8...Lehigh and Colgate are each in the top five nationally in fewest penalties per game...Fordham, Lehigh and Holy Cross each rate in the top 10 in the country in first downs, with the Rams ranking first with 183...Lehigh senior quarterback Brandon Bialkowski is second in the FCS in per game averages for passing yards (362.3), total offense (368.3) and completions (29.3)...Fordham's Carlton Koonce (111.0) and Lafayette's Ross Scheuerman (109.2) are each in the top 20 in the nation in rushing yards per game.
Patriot League Football Weekly Awards (Oct. 12)
Offensive Player of the Week
MIKE NEBRICH, FORDHAM Jr., QB, 6-1, 205; Burke, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary
Nebrich set a Patriot League record for consecutive completions on his way to a stellar showing in a 34-12 win over Georgetown on Saturday. Nebrich opened the game by completing his first 20 passes, which also tied an FCS record for consecutive completions to start a game. He finished at 35-of-45 for 405 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 51 yards and a score. Nebrich set career highs for both completions and passing yards as he notched his first 400-yard game and the 10th-highest yardage total in Fordham history. Nebrich stands in the top 10 nationally in six different statistical categories, including first in FCS with a completion percentage of 74.2% and third with 365.6 yards of total offense per game. He is named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight time and fourth this season.
Defensive Player of the Week
STEPHEN HODGE, FORDHAM Jr., LB, 6-0, 202; Medford, N.J./Shawnee
Hodge racked up 14 tackles and a sack to lead a stout defensive effort in a 34-12 victory on Saturday at Georgetown. He had 10 solo tackles on his way to the career-high total, and led a Fordham defense that did not allow a touchdown until the final minutes. Hodge leads the Patriot League in both overall (60) and solo tackles (43), and is second with four sacks. He is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Special Teams Player of the Week
TIM DIVERS, LEHIGH Sr., P, 5-10, 180; Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills
Divers aided Lehigh in the field-position game with a 45.8 average on four punts in a 24-10 win at Columbia on Saturday. He booted two of the four punts inside the 20, including a season-long of 64 that pinned Columbia at its one yard line and helped set up Lehigh's insurance touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also had a 51-yard punt in the game and had just one kick returned. Divers is named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week for the first time this season and the fourth in his career.
Rookie of the Week
PETER PUJALS, HOLY CROSS Fr., QB, 6-2, 185; Glenview, Ill./Loyola Academy
Pujals continued the amazing start to his career by completing 19-of-29 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 80 yards and three scores in Holy Cross' 51-27 win at Bucknell on Saturday. Pujals led an offense that averaged 6.8 yards per play and punted only once in the game. He had a hand in the last six touchdowns for the Crusaders to help maintain a double-digit lead after the first quarter. Pujals has now thrown 129 consecutive passes without an interception, and the Jerry Rice Award candidate has thrown for 1,062 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 247 yards and five scores while starting only the last three games. Pujals is the first player to earn four Patriot League Rookie of the Week awards in a season since Lafayette's Ross Scheuerman in 2011, and first to do it consecutively since Colgate's Nate Eachus in 2008.
LEE KURFIS, LEHIGH Sr., WR, 6-2, 190; West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin
Kurfis had a school record-tying 14 receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-10 win over Columbia.
ROSS SCHEUERMAN, LAFAYETTE Jr., RB, 6-1, 202; Creamridge, N.J./Allentown
Scheuerman had 22 carries for 155 yards and three touchdowns and totaled 237 all-purpose yards in a 42-26 loss to Princeton on Saturday.
TIM NEWTON, LEHIGH Jr., DL, 6-5, 245; Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley
Newton had 10 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in Lehigh's 24-10 win at Columbia.
MATT BHAYA, HOLY CROSS So., DB, 6-0, 187; Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield Memorial
Bhaya had 10 tackles and an interception in Holy Cross' 51-27 win at Bucknell on Saturday.
This Week in the Patriot League
Colgate Raiders (1-5, 0-0) at Holy Cross Crusaders (3-4, 1-0)
Fitton Field; Worcester, Mass. - Saturday, 12 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network
*Colgate visits Holy Cross on Saturday at Noon in a game shown on CBS Sports Network.
*Andrew Catalon, Tom Bradley and Lauren Gardner will have the call from Fitton Field.
*Defending champion Colgate opens Patriot League play with seven consecutive League wins dating back to 2011.
*Included in that list is a 51-35 victory at home against Holy Cross last season.
*The Crusaders had won the prior three meetings, including a 37-7 win when the teams last met in Worcester in 2011.
*Holy Cross has also won three straight matchups at Fitton Field, with Colgate's last win in Worcester coming in 2005.
*Holy Cross holds a 40-30-5 advantage in the all-time series, and 16-11 in Patriot League play.
*The Crusaders are trying to open League play at 2-0 for the second time in three years and seventh in the last nine years.
*Colgate aims to win its League opener for the second straight year and fifth in the past six seasons.
*The Raiders have a 12-5 record in Patriot League openers under 18th-year Head Coach Dick Biddle.
Georgetown Hoyas (1-5, 0-0) at No. 16/18 Lehigh Mountain Hawks (5-1, 0-0)
Goodman Stadium; Bethlehem, Pa. - Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
TV: Service Electric 2 Sports
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Georgetown and Lehigh play their first game that counts towards the League standings on Saturday in Bethlehem.
*The contest will be televised by Service Electric 2 Sports and carried on Patriot League Network.
*Lehigh leads the all-time series 13-5, and has won all 12 meetings as Patriot League members.
*Lehigh's 17-14 win at Georgetown last season was the only one of the 12 League games decided by single digits.
*Lehigh won the other 11 Patriot League matchups by at least 17 points apiece.
*Lehigh has a League loss to Fordham, but is trying to win the first game towards the standings for the sixth straight year.
*Georgetown also lost to Fordham, and has not won its first game in the League standings since 2010.
No. 8/8 Fordham Rams (7-0) at Yale Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 Ivy)
Yale Bowl; New Haven, Conn. - Saturday, 12 p.m.
*No. 8/8 Fordham tries to make more history when it visits Yale on Saturday.
*The Rams have never started a season 8-0 in their modern era, only doing so while going 28-0 in 1886.
*Yale leads the all-time series 5-1, including a 7-6 win at home when the teams last met in 2010.
*Fordham's only win over the Bulldogs was a 12-10 victory at home in 2008.
*Patriot League teams are 16-36 all-time against Yale, including a loss for Colgate to the Bulldogs on Sept. 21.
Lafayette Leopards (1-4, 1-0) at No. 25 Harvard Crimson (4-0, 2-0 Ivy)
Harvard Stadium; Cambridge, Mass. - Saturday, 1 p.m.
TV: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60)
*Lafayette concludes its non-League schedule with a trip to Harvard on Saturday afternoon.
*The game will be broadcast by Lafayette Sports Network and carried on RCN-4, RCN-8 and WBPH-60.
*Harvard leads the all-time series 13-3 and has won the last two meetings against the Leopards in Easton in 2010 and 2011.
*Lafayette posted a 35-18 win in the last matchup at Harvard Stadium in 2009.
*Lafayette is playing its third Ivy League foe on the road this year after falling at Penn (Sept. 21) and Princeton (Oct. 12).
*Patriot League teams are 28-38 against the Crimson, including a triple overtime loss for Holy Cross on Oct. 5.
Bucknell Bison (1-4, 0-2) at Dartmouth Big Green (2-2, 1-1 Ivy)
Memorial Field; Hanover, N.H. - Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
*After two League games, Bucknell goes outside of Patriot League action for a trip to Dartmouth.
*The teams have only faced off once since 1993, which came when Dartmouth won at Bucknell 43-20 in 2010.
*The Big Green lead the all-time series 5-1, with Bucknell's lone win coming at home in 1989.
*Bucknell is playing its second Ivy League opponent after falling at Cornell on Sept. 21.
*Patriot League teams are 33-25 against Dartmouth, including Holy Cross' 31-28 win on Sept. 28.
Bucknell Bucknell fell to 0-2 in the Patriot League with a 51-27 loss at home against Holy Cross on Saturday...The Bison turned the ball over five times, but were able to stay close most of the way behind a solid day from RJ Nitti...The freshman quarterback completed 20-of-39 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns, though he did throw the four interceptions...Nitti recorded the most passing yards by a Bucknell quarterback since Marcello Trigg's 290 in the 2008 season opener vs.
Duquesne...Another Bison freshman, CJ Williams, ran for 104 yards and a score on the ground...Josh Brake caught eight passes for 129 yards for the Bison while freshman Will Carter had seven catches for 74 yards and a score...Evan Byers led the Bucknell defense with a career-high 14 tackles...Bucknell dropped its ninth straight Patriot League game dating back to 2011, and lost to Holy Cross for the fourth year in a row and eighth in the last nine...The Bison continue their non-League schedule with a visit to Dartmouth on Saturday.
Colgate Colgate completed its non-League schedule with a 27-3 home loss to Stony Brook on Saturday...Senior quarterback Gavin McCarney, who left with an injury last week at Cornell, did not play in the game...The Raiders trailed 24-0 by halftime...James Travellin had 27 carries for 116 yards in the game, while Mike Armiento recorded his third interception in the last two weeks...Armiento has 10
interceptions in 29 games, putting him third among all active FCS players with 0.34 interceptions per game for his career...Colgate has all Patriot League games remaining beginning with a visit to Holy Cross on Saturday at 12 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
Fordham Fordham has its highest ranking in school history at No. 8 in both the FCS Coaches Poll and the Sports Network top 25 on Monday...The Rams also debuted at No. 1 in the ECAC FCS Lambert Meadowlands Poll...Fordham receives the high rankings after beating Georgetown 34-12 on Saturday to open a season at 7-0 for the first time since 1930...The Rams are at 7-0 for only the fourth time in
school history... They have won each of their last four games by at least 18 points...Fordham has also won its first two Patriot League games for the first time since 2007...Fordham built a 28-0 lead by halftime as quarterback Mike Nebrich set a Patriot League record with 20 consecutive completions...It also tied an FCS record for completions to start a game...Nebrich finished 35-of-45 for 405 yards and a touchdown and ran for 51 yards and a score...He won the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award for the second straight time and fourth this season on Monday...Nebrich is completing 74.2% of his passes for 2,166 yards and 17 touchdowns with just one interception for the season, and has rushed for 393 yards and five scores...He stands in the top 10 nationally in six different categories, including first in the FCS in completion percentage and third in total offense...Nebrich was named to the Walter Payton Award watch list on Tuesday...Fordham's 21-0 first-quarter lead included a touchdown pass and run by Nebrich, and a 29-yard interception return for a score by Jordan Chapman...Tebucky Jones led the Rams with 12 catches for 182 yards, while Sam Ajala had eight receptions for 91 yards and Brian Wetzel had six for 55 yards and a touchdown...All three are in the top 30 in FCS in receptions per game, with Jones standing seventh with 7.1 receptions per contest...Stephen Hodge led the Fordham defense with 14 tackles and a sack and earned the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award for the second time this season...Fordham held a 536-293 edge in total offense, including 405-158 through the air...The Rams have won 17 of the last 19 games against the Hoyas...Fordham is highly rated in a number of FCS statistical categories, including top-15 spots in total, passing and scoring offense...The Rams are averaging 40.6 points per game, and their 284 points are the most in school history over the first seven games of any season...Fordham Head Coach Joe Moorhead stands at 13-5 all-time, and became the fastest in school history to reach 13 wins...The Rams play their final non-League game of the season at Yale Saturday, which is followed by their bye week...Fordham is trying to get to 8-0 for the first time in the modern era.
Georgetown The Hoyas played a strong second half against a top-10 Fordham team, but the 28-0 halftime deficit was too daunting in a 34-12 loss to the Rams on Saturday... Georgetown held a 12-6 advantage in the second half, which included a field goal, safety and 15-yard touchdown pass from Tim Barnes to Michael Cimilluca...Barnes was 16-of-31 for 124 yards and a touchdown in his
collegiate debut after entering the game in the second quarter...Matt MacZura averaged 42.0 yards on eight punts and made a career-long 49-yard field goal for the Hoyas...Jordan Richardson recorded six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a safety and a blocked extra point in the game...Georgetown has all five of its games that count towards the Patriot League standings remaining, starting with a trip to No. 16/18 Lehigh on Saturday afternoon.
Holy Cross Holy Cross' Peter Pujals accounted for 378 yards and six touchdowns in a 51-27 win over Bucknell on Saturday...Pujals completed 19-of-29 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, and ran for 80 yards and three scores...He was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the fourth straight time on Monday, becoming the first to take the honor in four
consecutive weeks since Colgate's Nate Eachus in 2008...Pujals has now thrown 129 consecutive passes without an interception, and the Jerry Rice Award candidate has thrown for 1,062 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 247 yards and five scores while starting only the last three games...Holy Cross opened up a 14-0 lead less than five minutes into the game on a 79-yard interception return for a touchdown by Kyle Young and an eight-yard Pujals run...The Crusaders led 17-7 at the end of the first quarter and held a double-digit advantage the rest of the way...Holy Cross put the game away by scoring the last two touchdowns on Pujals passes to Kalif Raymond and Tyler Artim...The Crusaders had four interceptions and forced five turnovers in the game, with Matt Bhaya recording 10 tackles and a pick...Holy Cross held a 514-423 edge in total offense as the teams combined for only four punts...The Crusaders beat Bucknell for the fourth straight season and eighth in the last nine, and had the highest point total against the Bison since 2008..Holy Cross won its League opener for the third year in a row and eighth in the last nine seasons...The Crusaders aim to go 2-0 in the Patriot League for the second time in three years when they host Colgate Saturday at Noon on CBS Sports Network.
Lafayette Princeton pulled away in the second half for a 42-26 win over Lafayette on Saturday...The Leopards were up 20-11 at the end of the first quarter, but were outscored 31-6 the rest of the way...Ross Scheuerman had touchdown runs of 69, 18 and 1 yard in the first quarter and finished with 155 rushing yards and three scores in the game...Scheuerman had 237 all-purpose yards in the
game, and has 517 all-purpose yards in the last two contests...He is up to 3,292 all-purpose yards for his career, the top mark among active Patriot Leaguers...Mark Ross caught six passes for 112 yards, his 11th career 100-yard receiving game...Ross is up to 158 career receptions, just four away from the school record...He is in the top five among active FCS players in career receptions and receiving yards per game...Lafayette had 401 yards in the game, going over the 400-yard mark for the second week in a row...The Leopards play their non-League finale at Harvard on Saturday, then continue their road trip at Holy Cross (Oct. 26) and Georgetown (Nov. 2).
Lehigh A big day from Lee Kurfis lifted Lehigh to a 24-10 victory at Columbia on Saturday...The senior wide receiver caught a school record-tying 14 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns...He has 64 receptions for 934 yards and six touchdowns this season, leading the FCS in both receptions and receiving yards for the year...Kurfis was named to the Walter Payton Award watch on Tuesday...Both
of his scores gave Lehigh two-touchdown leads, putting the Mountain Hawks ahead 17-3 in the second quarter and 24-10 in the fourth...Kurfis has notched seven consecutive 100-yard receiving games...Brandon Bialkowski has thrown for at least 300 yards in all six games this season after completing 33-of-50 passes for 320 yards and three scores...Bialkowski has thrown for 2,174 yards and 17 touchdowns for the season, and stands second in the nation in passing yards, completions and total offense per game...Lehigh held a 440-223 advantage in total offense, and limited Columbia to 71 passing yards...Tim Newton led the Lehigh defense with 10 tackles and two sacks...Lehigh completed a 5-0 non-League record for the second straight season, and has won 13 straight non-League regular season games since 2011...The Mountain Hawks have won all eight of their games against Ivy League teams since 2010...Lehigh has its five games that count towards the League standings remaining, beginning on Saturday at home against Georgetown.