CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- Lafayette, Colgate and No. 6/8 Lehigh are all tied at 2-0 in the Patriot League, but on Saturday the Leopards and Raiders have a chance to take a half-game edge on the idle Mountain Hawks.
Lafayette welcomes Georgetown in the evening in a game that will be shown on RCN-4, RCN-8 and WBPH-60, while Colgate heads to Bucknell in the afternoon. Also, Fordham goes to Holy Cross in a game that will not count towards the Patriot League standings and will be televised on Charter TV3.
The Leopards, Raiders and Mountain Hawks all separated further from the rest of the group with wins at home on Saturday. Lafayette had a stellar defensive effort in a 30-13 win over Holy Cross, Colgate exploded on offense once again in a 57-36 win over Georgetown and Lehigh used early special teams plays and late offense to pull out a 42-19 victory against Bucknell.
Lehigh heads into its bye week as one of only two undefeated teams left in the FCS, along with Cal Poly. The Mountain Hawks are also now ranked No. 1 in the ECAC FCS Lambert poll in addition to being in the top 10 in both national FCS rankings. Lehigh's eight-game overall and 17-game regular-season win streaks are both the top active marks in the FCS.
Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PatriotLeagueFB *Lafayette and Colgate go for a 3-0 Patriot League record on Saturday. *Each team is off to its best start in League action since 2009. *The Raiders have scored 155 points in their last three games. *The Leopards lead the nation with 17 interceptions. *Lehigh is one of only two remaining undefeated teams in the FCS. *The Mountain Hawks are No. 1 in the latest ECAC FCS Lambert rankings. *Lehigh is No. 6 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 8 in The Sports Network top 25. *Lehigh has won 17 straight against Patriot League opponents, just two games off the League record set by Holy Cross from 1988-92. *Lehigh leads FCS in both overall (8) and regular-season (17) win streaks. *Lafayette is trying to beat Georgetown for the first time since 2009. *Colgate has a five-game win streak against Bucknell. *Holy Cross has won the last four matchups with Fordham. *Colgate's Gavin McCarney and Lehigh's Laquan Lambert each earned Sports Network national player of the week awards on Monday. *McCarney is in the top five nationally in scoring, passing efficiency and points responsible for and is 12th in the country in total offense. *Georgetown's Robert McCabe leads the nation with 116 tackles, 21 more than any other player in the FCS. *McCabe has set a Georgetown career record with his 364 tackles. *Colgate's Jordan McCord and Fordham's Carlton Koonce are fourth and ninth, respectively, in rushing in the FCS. *McCord has 100-yard rushing efforts in all seven Colgate games this season.
Patriot League Players of the Week (Oct. 20) Offensive Player of the Week: GAVIN McCARNEY, COLGATE Jr., QB, Jefferson Twp, N.J.; 22-28, 377 yds, 3 TD/133 rush yards, 2 TD Defensive Player of the Week: MIKE BOLES, LAFAYETTE Jr., LB, WInter Park, Fla.; 8 TT, 1 INT Special Teams Player of the Week: LAQUAN LAMBERT, LEHIGH Fr., DB, Chichester, Pa.; 2 blocked punts, 60-yd TD return Rookie of the Week: KYLE NOLAN, GEORGETOWN Fr., QB, Branford, Conn.; 16-39, 260 yards, 3 TD
Patriot League Notebook
FAMILIAR NAMES AT TOP OF PATRIOT LEAGUE STANDINGS Lehigh, Colgate and Lafayette separated further from the Patriot League pack by winning at home on Saturday. Of course, a race between those three teams is nothing new. The trio has combined for 22 Patriot League titles, and at least one of the three has claimed an outright or shared title in 17 of the past 20 seasons. Lehigh has won 17 straight Patriot League games, while Colgate and Lafayette are each 2-0 in League action for the first time since 2009.
LEHIGH REMAINS UNDEFEATED, MOVES UP THE NATIONAL RANKINGS Lehigh is now one of only two undefeated teams in the country, as only No. 11 Cal Poly can match the Mountain Hawks with an unblemished mark this season. Both teams are tied with eight-game overall win streaks, while Lehigh's 17-game regular-season win streak is nine longer than the Mustangs for the top mark in the nation. The Mountain Hawks moved up one spot to No. 6 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 8 in The Sports Network top 25, and took over the top spot in the ECAC FCS Lambert Meadowlands Poll. Lehigh's run of 26 consecutive weeks in the FCS rankings is the seventh-longest streak in the nation.
MOUNTAIN HAWKS BOAST SECOND-LONGEST PATRIOT LEAGUE WIN STREAK If Lehigh can complete an undefeated season, it would also end up with the longest-ever win streak against Patriot League opponents. Lehigh's 17-game win streak against Patriot League teams, which dates back to 2009, is the second-longest in League history and only two off the all-time record set by Holy Cross from 1988-92. The Mountain Hawks have beaten Fordham four times and knocked off Lafayette, Bucknell and Georgetown three times during the streak.
COLGATE'S "Mc-ATTACK" LEADING TO OFFENSIVE OUTBURSTS Colgate's Gavin McCarney and Jordan McCord continue to take out opposing defenses at an extraordinary pace. The Raiders have scored 155 points in the last three weeks after beating Georgetown 57-36 on Saturday, their second straight 50-point effort to open Patriot League play. McCarney earned Patriot League and Sports Network FCS weekly honors for totaling 510 yards and five touchdowns, while McCord pushed his season-opening string of 100-yard rushing games to seven. McCarney is in the top five nationally in scoring, points responsible for and passing efficency, while McCord ranks fourth in the nation in rushing. They are leading a Colgate team that is now in the top 10 in the FCS in total, scoring and rushing offense.
McCABE SETS GEORGETOWN TACKLE RECORD AS STRONG SENIOR SEASON CONTINUES Georgetown's Robert McCabe matched a career high with 17 tackles on Saturday, and in the process the Buck Buchanan Award candidate set a school record with 364 career tackles. He is only six away from becoming the first player this century to crack the Patriot League career top 10. McCabe leads the FCS with 116 tackles this season, 21 more than any other player.
MORE PATRIOT LEAGUERS LEADING THE FCS STATISTICAL LEADERBOARD Two more seniors join McCabe at the top of the FCS statistics. His teammate, Jeremy Moore, tops the FCS with five interceptions while Fordham's Patrick Murray leads the nation with 15 field goals while also ranking third with a 46.33 punting average. On the team side, Lafayette ranks first in the country with 17 interceptions, and is third with a 1.57 turnover margin.
EMPTYING OUT THE NOTEBOOK A group of Patriot League wide receivers had strong performances on Saturday...Georgetown's Kevin Macari notched eight receptions for 181 yards and three touchdowns against Colgate, the top receiving yardage mark for a Hoya since 2003...Lafayette's Mark Ross had 12 receptions for 168 yards and a touchdown, becoming the first Leopard since 2001-02 with four consecutive 100-yard receiving games...He is also in the top 20 nationally in both receiving yards and receptions per game for the season...Lehigh's Lee Kurfis stepped up with eight catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns against Bucknell as the Mountain Hawks played without three top pass-catchers, including All-American Ryan Spadola...Colgate's matchup at Bucknell will be a case of strength against strength...The Raiders stand eighth in rushing offense, while the Bison are fifth in the nation in rushing defense...Lafayette has already exceeded last year's win total with its 5-2 start, and is one win away from equaling its combined total from the 2010 and 2011 seasons...Lehigh is in the top five in the country in both sacks per game (3.38) and sacks allowed per contest (0.63)...Lehigh's Mike Colvin is ninth and Colgate's Gavin McCarney is 12th in the nation in total offense per game, while Colvin is also 14th in the nation in passing yardage per contest...Colgate's Jordan McCord is fourth and Fordham's Carlton Koonce ninth in the nation in rushing yardage per game...McCord has rushed for at least 100 yards in all seven games for the Raiders.
This Week in the Patriot League
Colgate Raiders (4-3, 2-0) at Bucknell Bison (1-6, 0-3): Saturday, 1 p.m. Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium; Lewisburg, Pa. *Colgate looks for its best Patriot League start since 2008 when it visits Bucknell on Saturday. *The Raiders last began 3-0 in that season, when they went on to win the League title with an undefeated mark. *Colgate has won the last five and 10 of the past 12 meetings with Bucknell. *The Raiders posted a 21-6 win at home last season, and won 31-7 at Bucknell in 2010. *The last four games have been decided by 15 points or more. *The Raiders are eighth in the country in rushing offense, while the Bison are fifth in rushing defense. *Bucknell aims to end its longest Patriot League-opening skid since dropping its first five games in 2007. *Colgate has a 44-16 lead in the all-time series, and an 18-8 advantage in Patriot League games.
Georgetown Hoyas (3-5, 0-2) at Lafayette Leopards (5-2, 2-0): Saturday, 6 p.m. Fisher Stadium; Easton, Pa.;TV: LSN - RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60 *Lafayette tries to maintain its longest Patriot League-opening win streak since 2009 when it hosts Georgetown Saturday. *The Leopards started 4-0 in that campaign before dropping their final two contests. *A win would also give Lafayette its first over .500 regular season since going 8-3 in 2009. *Georgetown has won competitive games between the teams in each of the last two seasons. *The Hoyas won 14-13 at home last season, and 28-24 at Lafayette in 2010. *Lafayette still leads the all-time series 10-5, with an 8-3 edge in Patriot League games. *The Leopards won six straight against the Hoyas from 2004-09. *Georgetown needs a victory to avoid an under .500 overall and Patriot League season.
Fordham Rams (4-3) at Holy Cross Crusaders (1-6, 1-2): Saturday, 1 p.m. Fitton Field; Worcester, Mass.; TV: Charter TV 3 *Fordham and Holy Cross square off at Fitton Field in a game that will not count towards the Patriot League standings. *Holy Cross has gotten the better of the matchup recently with wins in four consecutive games. *The Crusaders posted a 41-21 victory at Fordham last year after winning 36-31 at home in 2010. *Fordham's last win came in 2007, when a 24-21 victory gave the Rams the Patriot League title. *Holy Cross has won five of the last six meetings after Fordham won five straight from 2001-05. *Fordham is trying to match its best overall win total since going 8-4 in 2007. *Holy Cross leads the all-time series 27-20-2, with a 12-10 edge in Patriot League games.
BucknellThe Bison played Lehigh tight for three quarters, but saw the Mountain Hawks pull away in the fourth for a 42-19 win on Saturday at Goodman Stadium...Jeremiah Young had a big day for Bucknell with 23 carries for 100 yards and three touchcdowns...He scored in the first half, but Bucknell trailed 21-6 at the break as Lehigh used multiple blocked kicks to set up scores... The Bison came roaring back in the second half, with Young scoring on runs of five and six yards as Bucknell cut Lehigh's lead to 21-19 with 5:38 to play in the third quarter...Bucknell even had a chance to go ahead with the ball, but went three-and-out and Lehigh scored the final three touchdowns to pull away...The Bison had a 117-26 edge in rushing yardage...Bucknell matched its season high with 19 points, but fell to Lehigh for the 15th consecutive year...Bucknell had a pair of sacks, and stands seventh in the nation with 3.00 per game...The Bison are fifth in the FCS in rushing defense at 79.57 yards per game, and on Saturday they host a Colgate team that is eighth in rushing offense.
ColgateThe offensive fireworks continued for Colgate, which set a school record with 707 total yards and topped 50 points for the second consecutive game in a 57-36 win over Georgetown on Saturday at Andy Kerr Stadium...It was another big day for Colgate junior quarterback Gavin McCarney, who completed 22-of-28 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 133 yards and two scores to accumulate 510 yards of total offense...McCarney stands in the top five in the nation in passing efficiency, points responsible for and scoring, and is 12th in total offense...Jordan McCord had his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the year with 35 carries for 154 yards and two touchdowns, and is fourth in the country with 145.43 rushing yards per game...Colgate had a 37-14 lead by halftime, as McCarney had two touchdown passes and a touchdown run while McCord and Nat Bellamy each added rushing touchdowns as well...Georgetown cut it to 37-29 with a pair of touchdowns early in the third quarter, but Colgate pulled away again with touchdown runs by McCord and McCarney and another touchdown pass by the junior quarterback... Colgate has scored 155 points in the last three weeks, and has opened Patriot League play with 51 and 57-point games...The Raiders posted the highest point total for a Patriot League team since Holy Cross beat Lehigh 59-10 on Oct. 20, 2007...Colgate's yardage total was just 29 away from the Patriot League single-game record set by Holy Cross in 1987...The Raiders are in the top 10 nationally in total, scoring and rushing offense...Colgate is 2-0 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2009, and tries to get to 3-0 when it visits Bucknel on Saturday.
FordhamThe Rams had their bye on Saturday...Fordham has a 4-3 record for the season, and all four of its remaining games are against Patriot League teams...The Rams are at Holy Cross and Bucknell in consecutive weeks, then host Lafayette and Colgate to finish the year...Fordham is trying for a major improvement from last year's 1-10 season...The Rams fell 49-17 at FBS No. 20/21 Cincinnati in their most recent action on Oct. 13...Patrick Murray hit three field goals in that game, including a school and Patriot League record 55-yarder...He is 15-for-18 on field goals for the season, two more than any other FCS player, and stands third in the country with a 46.33 punting average...Carlton Koonce is ninth in the FCS in rushing.
GeorgetownThe Hoyas could not keep up with a clicking Colgate offense and fell to the Raiders 57-36 on Saturday...Despite the loss, Georgetown had a number of stellar individual efforts...Kevin Macari caught eight passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns and also had a rushing score, while Kyle Nolan was 16-of-39 for 260 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start...Robert McCabe tied his career high with 17 tackles, and in the process became Georgetown's career leader in tackles with 364....The nation's leading tackler is already up to 116 for the season, just 18 off the school record he set last year and 21 more than any other player in the country...McCabe is six tackles away from becoming the first player this century to crack the Patriot League top 10...Georgetown was down 37-14 at halftime despite touchdowns of 25 and nine yards from Nolan to Macari...The pair hooked up for a 62-yard score in the first minute of the third quarter, and Macari's three-yard touchdown run just two minutes later had the Hoyas within 37-29...Georgetown would get no closer, as Colgate had the next two touchdowns and went on to the 57-36 win...Georgetown has never won in five trips to Colgate...Jeremy Moore had 13 tackles in the game, and continues to lead the nation with five interceptions...The Hoyas are at Lafayette on Saturday before hitting their bye on Nov. 3.
Holy CrossThe Crusaders fell two games back in the Patriot League race with a 30-13 loss at Lafayette on Saturday...Holy Cross also dropped to 1-6 overall, and will finish under .500 for the first time since 2004...It lost to the Leopards for the first time since 2007...Holy Cross was down 9-0 at the half, and fell behind 16-0 before getting on the board with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Steven Elder to Alex Schneider...After falling behind 23-6, Kalif Raymond had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to keep the Crusaders close before Lafayette added a late touchdown to seal the 30-13 win... Elder completed 22-of-34 passes for 197 yards and the touchdown for the Crusaders, with Mike Fess catching nine passes for 93 yards...Holy Cross completes its home schedule next week against No. 6/8 Lehigh.
LafayetteLafayette is 2-0 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2009 after beating Holy Cross 30-13 on Saturday...The Leopards also improved to 5-2 overall, exceeding last year's win total...Lafayette's defense shut out Holy Cross in the first half, one week after shutting out Yale in the second half of a 20-10 win...The game remained scoreless into the second quarter when Andrew Shoop scored on a 10-yard touchdown run and Ryan Gralish kicked a 31-yard field goal as Lafayette took a 9-0 lead at the half...Shoop tossed a five-yard touchdown to Mark Ross for a 16-0 lead with 11:11 to play in the third quarter, and the Leopards would not let Holy Cross get any closer than 10 points the rest of the way...With Lafayette leading 23-13, Mike Boles' interception and return to the two-yard line set up Vaughn Hebron's touchdown run to seal the 30-13 victory...Shoop completed 20-of-28 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for the score, with Ross catching 12 passes for 168 yards and a score for his fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving game...Ross is into the top 20 nationally in both receptions and receiving yards per game...Hebron carried 13 times for 95 yards and the touchdown...Lafayette picked off two passes in the game and leads the FCS with 17 interceptions, three more than any other team in the nation...Boles had eight tackles and the interception while Rick Lyster picked up two of the team's six sacks...Lafayette beat Holy Cross for the first time since 2007, and knocked off the Crusaders at home for the first time since 2004...Lafayette heads on a two-game road trip at Colgate (Nov. 3) and Fordham (Nov. 10).
Lehigh Lehigh was tested in the second half against Bucknell before scoring the final three touchdowns of the game to pull away for a 42-19 win over the Bison on Saturday at Goodman Stadium...Lehigh is the only 8-0 team in the country to record the longest FCS overall winning streak, and also has the longest regular-season mark in the nation at 17...The Mountain Hawks are one of only two remaining undefeated teams in the country along with Cal Poly...Lehigh extends its run against Patriot League opponents to 17 games, just two off the League record...The Mountain Hawks took a 21-6 lead into the half on the strength of its special teams, particularly from Laquan Lambert...The freshman blocked a punt and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown to give the Mountain Hawks an early 7-0 lead, and later had a blocked punt that set Lehigh up at the Bucknell 15 and led to Michael Colvin's 14-yard touchdown pass to Lee Kurfis which made the score 21-6 with 11:40 to play in the second quarter...Colvin threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Kurfis earlier in the period to put Lehigh up 14-6...Lehigh blocked the extra point after Bucknell's touchdown and had three blocked punts in the first half to tie a Patriot League record with four blocked kicks in the game...The Bison got within 21-19 in the third quarter, and even had possession with a chance to take the lead...Lehigh shut down that effort in three plays, and went on a three-play, 76-yard drive that ended with Colvin's two-yard touchdown run for a 28-19 lead with 2:24 left in the third quarter...The Mountain Hawks put the game away in the fourth as Colvin had a four-yard touchdown run and four-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Coyle for the 42-19 final...Lehigh beat Bucknell for the 15th consecutive season...Colvin completed 20-of-32 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for the pair of scores...With multiple top wide receivers out, including All-American Ryan Spadola, Kurfis stepped up with eight catches for 129 yards and the two scores and Josh Parris had five receptions for 114 yards...Lehigh had five sacks in the game, though the Mountain Hawks uncharacteristically allowed a pair of sacks...Lehigh is in the top five nationally in both sacks and sacks allowed...The Mountain Hawks have their bye on Saturday, and return to action on Nov. 3 at Holy Cross.