Road Teams Sweep Saturday's Patriot League Football Games

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Fordham's Carlton Koonce had 176 rushing yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 11 seconds left, in a 36-32 win at Holy Cross.
Fordham's Carlton Koonce had 176 rushing yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 11 seconds left, in a 36-32 win at Holy Cross.

Oct. 27, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- The Patriot League football standings featured a three-way tie at the top heading into Saturday's games, but Colgate emerged from the group with a 47-33 win at Bucknell to improve to 3-0 in League action.

The Raiders moved a half-game ahead of No. 6/8 Lehigh, which had its bye on Saturday and is 2-0 in League contests. Lafayette fell out of the tie, as the Leopards gave up a late touchdown and fell 20-17 at home against Georgetown.

The most dramatic game was in Worcester, as Fordham's Carlton Koonce scored his third touchdown of the day with 11 seconds to play to send the Rams to a 36-32 win at Holy Cross in a matchup that did not count towards the Patriot League standings.

The undefeated Raiders and Mountain Hawks each have challenging League contests next week, as Colgate hosts Lafayette and No. 6/8 Lehigh heads to Holy Cross. If both teams win, it would set up a Patriot League title game at Lehigh on Nov. 10. Next week's action also includes Fordham at Bucknell in a game that will not count towards the Patriot League standings, while Georgetown has its bye.

Recaps and box scores from Saturday's games are included below.

Colgate 47 at Bucknell 33
Box Score

LEWISBURG, Pa.- Colgate (5-3, 3-0 Patriot League) won its fourth consecutive game with another offensive outburst as the Raiders ran past Bucknell (1-7, 0-4) 47-33 on Saturday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

The Raiders have scored at least 47 points in each of the four consecutive wins, and for the third straight game both quarterback Gavin McCarney and running back Jordan McCord went over 100 yards on the ground. McCarney ran 18 times for 121 yards and three first-half touchdowns and completed 10-of-18 passes for 163 yards and a score, while McCord had his eighth-straight 100-yard effort to start the season by carrying 31 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns.

McCarney got Colgate on the board on its opening possession with a five-yard touchdown run. The offense was actually slow in the early going, with the score staying at 7-0 through the first quarter and the Bison getting to within 7-6 with a pair of second-quarter field goals. Both teams fired on offense later in the period, with McCarney putting Colgate up 14-6 with a two-yard touchdown run, Bucknell getting back to within 14-12 on Brandon Wesley's one-yard touchdown run and Colgate claiming a 21-12 lead that it took into the half on a six-yard McCarney touchdown rush.

The Raiders pushed the advantage to 28-12 with a 17-yard touchdown run by Daniel Cason with 10:03 left in the third quarter, though Bucknell came back a minute later with a 10-yard touchdown run by Jeremiah Young. Colgate pulled away from there, with a 13-yard scoring run by McCord and McCarney's 12-yard touchdown pass to CJ Stempeck making it 41-19 with 3:39 left in the third quarter. After Wesley threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Josh Brake, McCord completed Colgate's scoring with a 13-yard run that made it 47-26 in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Bucknell got to within 47-33 on Tyler Smith's three-yard run with 9:06 left in the game, but the Colgate defense kept the Bison from getting any closer as the Raiders improved to 3-0 in the Patriot League.

Colgate, which came into the game eighth in the nation in rushing average, went for 284 yards and six touchdowns on the ground against a Bucknell team that was allowing under 80 rushing yards per game. Cason had five receptions for 83 yards in addition to the touchdown run, while Patrick Friel led the defense with 16 tackles and a pair of sacks. Colgate starts 3-0 in the Patriot League for the first time since winning the League title in 2008, and defeats Bucknell for the sixth consecutive year.

Despite the loss, it was a huge day for the Bucknell offense. The Bison ran for 268 yards, and outgained Colgate 531-447 in the game. It was Bucknell's highest yardage output since 2008. Young carried 18 times for a career-high 131 yards and a score, while Wesley completed 22-of-38 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown and ran for 87 yards and a score. He became the school's all-time leader with 425 career completions. Brake caught six passes for 87 yards and a score, while Lee Marvel led the defense with 10 tackles.

Georgetown 20 at Lafayette 17
Box Score

EASTON, Pa.- Georgetown (4-5, 1-2 Patriot League) scored the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter and sealed the win with its seventh forced turnover of the game to post a 20-17 victory over Lafayette (5-3, 2-1) on Saturday at Fisher Stadium.

The Hoyas stop a four-game losing streak, and defeat the Leopards for the third year in a row. Lafayette falls out of a first-place tie in the Patriot League, though the Leopards still control their own destiny for the League crown with games remaining against both Colgate and Lehigh.

Georgetown took a 6-0 lead in the second quarter on a pair of Matt MacZura field goals, but the Leopards came back to take a 10-6 lead by halftime with a Ryan Gralish field goal and Andrew Shoop's six-yard touchdown pass to Mark Ross. The Hoyas took the lead back late in the third quarter when Kyle Nolan's five-yard pass to Jo'el Kimpela made it 13-10 for Georgetown. Lafayette answered early in the fourth, with Shoop tossing a 36-yard touchdown pass to Greg Kessel for a 17-13 lead with 11:50 to play in the game. Lafayette had a chance to extend the lead, but Georgetown's Jeremy Moore forced and recovered a fumble at the Hoya 39. The Hoyas made the most of the opportunity, driving all the way for a two-yard touchdown run by Nick Campanella that made it 20-17 with 5:08 to go. Georgetown's defense came up with a pair of big stops to seal the win, forcing a Lafayette punt with 3:06 left and then clinching the victory when Chris Gamble picked off Shoop at midfield with 32 seconds to go.

The Hoyas recovered four fumbles and had three interceptions to keep the Lafayette offense at bay. Robert McCabe had 16 tackles to increase his FCS-leading total to 132 for the season, and became the first player this century to crack the Patriot League career top 10 with 380 tackles. Kimpela ran for 80 yards while Campanella had 78 on the ground for the Hoyas. Nolan completed 15-of-32 passes for 193 yards and the score, while Kevin Macari had seven receptions for 114 yards. Six different players forced a turnover, with Stephen Atwater netting both a fumble recovery and an interception. It was the second time in three games that the Hoyas forced seven turnovers, also doing so against Lehigh on Oct. 13.

Shoop completed 17-of-34 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a team-high 84 yards, but was hurt by three interceptions. Nine different players caught a pass, with Ross grabbing three for 30 yards and the touchdown as his string of four straight 100-yard receiving efforts came to an end. Colton Kirkpatrick led the Lafayette defense with 12 tackles, while Rick Lyster had 10 tackles and a sack and Darius Safford totaled eight tackles and a pair of sacks.

The Hoyas have defeated Lafayette by a combined eight points in the last three years, also winning 28-24 in Easton in 2010 and 14-13 in Washington last season. Georgetown is 3-2 this season in games decided by three points or less.

Fordham 36 at Holy Cross 32
Box Score

Worcester, Mass.- Carlton Koonce scored a one-yard touchdown with 11 seconds to play to send Fordham (5-3) to a 36-32 win at Holy Cross (1-7) on Saturday at Fitton Field.

The game did not count towards the Patriot League standings with the Rams ineligible for the 2012 title. Fordham defeated Holy Cross for the first time since 2007, snapping a four-game losing streak to the Crusaders.

Koonce carried 35 times for 176 yards and three touchdowns in the game, while Ryan Higgins completed 38-of-56 passes for 407 yards and a score as Fordham held a 569-488 edge in total offense.

It looked like the Rams would blow the game open early, as a 24-yard touchdown pass from Higgins to Brian Wetzel and Koonce's nine-yard touchdown run made it 17-3 early in the second quarter. Holy Cross got closer with Ryan Laughlin's 30-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Mistretta, but Patrick Murray added two field goals later in the period as Fordham took a 23-10 lead into the half.

The Crusaders got within 23-17 in the third quarter on Laughlin's 24-yard touchdown pass to Mike Fess, and the duo hooked up again from nine yards out to give Holy Cross a 24-23 lead with 11:06 to play in the game. That set up a frantic final minutes, beginning with Koonce's one-yard touchdown that gave Fordham a 29-24 lead with 4:50 left. Holy Cross came back with Laughlin's 27-yard touchdown run with 3:22 to go to take a 32-29 lead, but Fordham drove 78 yards in 15 plays to set up Koonce's game-winning score in the final seconds.

Koonce had a great all-around game that also included seven receptions for 64 yards as he racked up 240 all-purpose yards. Wetzel had nine receptions for 130 yards and the score and totaled 221 all-purpose yarsd in the game. Dan Light added nine receptions for 66 yards from the tight end position as five Rams caught five passes or more from Higgins. Murray had another brilliant game, making all three of his field-goal attempts and punting six times for a 46.7 average. Jake Rodriques led the Fordham defense with 11 tackles and an interception, while Ian Williams added nine tackles and a pick. Fordham improved to 4-1 this season in games decided by a touchdown or less.

Laughlin completed 18-of-28 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 36 yards and the score. Reggie Woods led the Holy Cross ground game with 71 yards as the Crusaders ran for 145 as a team. Fess had a big day with eight catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns, while Mistretta had five catches for 59 yards and the score. John Macomber averaged 44.2 yards on five punts, placing four inside the 20. Tom Mannix led the Holy Cross defense with 12 tackles, while Roman SanDoval had 11 stops. Holy Cross fell to 1-3 in games decided by a touchdown or less.