Colgate, Lehigh Claim Patriot League Football Victories Fordham moves to 8-0 with victory at Yale
Oct. 19, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Colgate and Lehigh faced off for last year's Patriot League football title, and both teams took their first step towards reaching that goal again by posting victories on Saturday.
The Raiders (2-5, 1-0 Patriot League) recorded a thrilling win on national television, scoring a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat Holy Cross (3-5, 1-1 PL) on CBS Sports Network. Gavin McCarney threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Brian Lalli for the winning score with 59 seconds left as Colgate opened League play with a win for the second straight year and fifth in the past six seasons.
No. 16/18 Lehigh (6-1, 1-0 PL) had an easier time, cruising to a 38-3 halftime lead on its way to a 45-24 win at home against Georgetown (1-6, 0-1). Keith Sherman had a career day with 157 yards and two touchdowns on the ground for the Mountain Hawks, who have won all 13 Patriot League meetings against the Hoyas.
No. 8/8 Fordham continued its magical season with a 52-31 win at Yale as the Rams moved to 8-0 for the first time in the modern era. Wide receiver Sam Ajala had 10 catches for a school-record 282 yards, the second-most in Patriot League history, and also tied a League record with four touchdown receptions.
Bucknell (2-4) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 17-14 win at Dartmouth. The Bison rallied with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, while quarterback Brandon Wesley set the school record for career passing yardage during the victory. Lafayette (1-5) concluded its non-League schedule with a 35-16 loss at Harvard.
Recaps and box scores from Saturday's games are included below, with a synopsis from each contest added later.
Colgate 28 at Holy Cross 24 Box Score
*Colgate scored a dramatic victory as Gavin McCarney threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Brian Lalli with 59 seconds to play.
*The Raiders held the Crusaders on downs to preserve the victory.
*Colgate's final drive was set up when Mike Armiento picked off a pass in the endzone on a 3rd-and-goal play from the five yard line.
*It was the second turnover of the day inside the 10 yard line for the Crusaders.
*The Raiders had closed to within 24-21 on a touchdown run by Ed Pavalko earlier in the fourth quarter.
*Holy Cross had scored 17 straight points to take the 24-14 lead, including 10 in the third quarter.
*McCarney went 18-of-23 for 241 yards and a touchdown and had 71 rushing yards and a score in his return to the lineup from injury.
*Dan Cason had six catches for 123 yards for the Raiders.
*Armiento had a team-high 10 tackles and a fumble recovery to go with the interception.
*Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals was 25-of-40 for 232 yards and a touchdown and ran for 55 yards and a score.
*Tyler Zeoli led the Holy Cross defense with seven tackles and an interception.
*Colgate won its Patriot League opener for the second straight year and fifth in the past six seasons.
*The Raiders have won eight straight Patriot League games dating back to 2011.
*Colgate won at Holy Cross for the first time since 2005, and beat the Crusaders for the second year in a row.
at No. 16/18 Lehigh 45, Georgetown 24 Box Score
*No. 16/18 Lehigh opened up a 38-3 lead by halftime and cruised to a 45-24 in over Georgetown.
*It was the highest first-half point total for the Mountain Hawks since 2001.
*Keith Sherman ran for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns, while Sean Farrell had three rushing touchdowns.
*Brandon Bialkowski was 26-of-36 for 299 yards and a touchdown for Lehigh, just missing his seventh-consecutive 300-yard passing game.
*Lee Kurfis had seven catches for 77 yards as his seven-game streak of 100-yard receiving games came to an end.
*Lehigh held a 532-369 edge in total offense, including 298-140 through the air.
*Georgetown's Nick Campanella had 129 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, and also caught a touchdown pass.
*Lehigh has won all 13 of the Patriot League matchups with Georgetown.
*The Mountain Hawks start 1-0 in the Patriot League for the sixth straight season.
No. 8/8 Fordham 52 at Yale 31 Box Score
*No. 8/8 Fordham starts a season at 8-0 for the first time in the modern era after a 52-31 win at Yale on Saturday.
*Wide receiver Sam Ajala had a huge day with 10 catches for 282 yards and four touchdowns.
*The 282 receiving yards are a school record and the second-most in Patriot League history, and top mark for any player since 1992.
*The four touchdown receptions tied a Patriot League and school record last set in 2009.
*All four touchdowns were big plays, as Ajala hauled in a pair of 68-yard scores as well as 33 and 29-yarders.
*Fordham led 17-7 at halftime, then broke the game open with a 21-10 advantage in the third quarter to take a 38-17 lead.
*The Rams had 35 points in the second half to finish with more than 50 points for the fourth time this season.
*Mike Nebrich completed 19-of-26 passes for 421 yards and four touchdowns, his second-straight 400-yard passing game.
*Nebrich also ran for a score, while Carlton Koonce had 102 yards on the ground and Jared Crayton ran for two touchdowns.
*Stephen Hodge and Ian Williams each led the Fordham defense with 14 tackles, while Hodge had five of the team's 11 tackles for loss.
*The Rams also forced four turnovers in the game, with Hodge forcing two fumbles and Williams forcing one.
*Fordham gained 614 yards of total offense, the Rams' third 600-yard total offense game of the year.
*Fordham is one of four undefeated teams in FCS, and the only one with eight wins.
*Fordham finished its non-League slate at 6-0 for the first time, and recorded its first undefeated non-League campaign since its pre-Patriot League era in 1988.
Bucknell 17 at Dartmouth 14 Box Score
*Bucknell scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally for a 17-14 win at Dartmouth on Saturday.
*Matt DelMauro rushed in from 15 yards out to make it 10-7 early in the quarter, then C.J. Williams followed with an 11-yard scoring rush for a 17-7 lead.
*Dartmouth scored in the final minute to get within three, but the Bison secured the onsides kick to preserve the win.
*DelMauro and Williams combined for 143 yards and the two scores on the ground.
*Brandon Wesley completed 11-of-21 passes for 127 yards in his return to the lineup.
*Wesley became the school's all-time passing yardage leader in the game, and now stands with 5,347 for his career.
*Will Carter caught eight passes for 69 yards in the game.
*The Bucknell defense finished with seven sacks in the game, led by Tracey Smith with 2.5 and Demetrius Baldwin-Youngblood with two.
*Evan Byers led the Bucknell defense with 13 tackles, while Clayton Ewell had nine tackles and a sack.
*Bucknell limited Dartmouth to 252 total yards, and only 76 on the ground.
*Bucknell's win marked its first over an Ivy League team since 2011 at Princeton.
at No. 25 Harvard 35, Lafayette 16 Box Score
*Lafayette completed its non-League schedule with a 35-16 loss at No. 25 Harvard.
*The Leopards trailed 14-3 at the half, and fell behind 28-3 before tacking on two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
*Freshman Drew Reed went 17-of-22 for 231 yards and two scores in the game after coming in off the bench.
*Ross Scheuerman had 63 yards on the ground and led the team with seven receptions for 31 yards.
*The Leopards were outgained 450-412, and had 327 yards through the air.
*Mike Boles led the defense with a career-high 16 tackles.
*Lafayette had 11 tackles for loss and four sacks in the game.
*Lafayette finishes its non-League slate with an 0-5 mark.