Oct. 29, 2013
Patriot League FootbalL Release: Week 10
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Colgate and Lafayette aim to stay undefeated in the Patriot League while Fordham returns from its bye and tries to keep its perfect record intact for the season in Saturday's football action.
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*Colgate and Lafayette aim to go 3-0 in Patriot League play on Saturday.
*The Raiders have won nine consecutive League games, the fourth-longest conference win streak in the FCS.
*Lafayette is trying to get to 3-0 in League action for the first time since 2009.
*Fordham is one of three remaining undefeated FCS teams, along with North Dakota State and Coastal Carolina.
*The Rams remained at No. 8 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 9 in The Sports Network top 25 on Monday.
*Fordham is trying to win at least nine games in a season for the first time since going 9-3 in 2003.
*Bucknell snapped a 15-game skid against Lehigh with a 48-10 win over the Mountain Hawks on Saturday.
*The Bison are going for their first three-game win streak in a season since 2004 when they visit Colgate on Saturday.
*Colgate has won six straight games against Bucknell, while Georgetown has won three in a row versus Lafayette.
*Lehigh fell to No. 21/22 in the rankings, earning a top-25 spot for the 41st consecutive week.
*Holy Cross' Mike Fess is three receptions away from the school record.
*Fordham's Mike Nebrich is in the top seven in the FCS in six different statistical categories.
*Lafayette's Mark Ross is the school's all-time receiving leader in catches (169), yards (2,409) and touchdowns (24).
*Lehigh's Lee Kurfis leads the nation in both receptions (79) and receiving yards (1,095) this season.
Patriot League Notebook
COLGATE, LAFAYETTE GO FOR 3-0 IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
After posing a combined 1-10 record in non-League games, few people would have projected Colgate and Lafayette to share the Patriot League lead going into November. But that's right where the Raiders and Leopards are, as both squads improved to 2-0 in League play with road victories on Saturday. Colgate has won nine consecutive League games dating back to 2011, while Lafayette has its second consecutive 2-0 start. The teams meet in Easton in two weeks, but first will try to stay undefeated on Saturday as the Raiders host Bucknell and the Leopards visit Georgetown.
FORDHAM ONE OF THREE UNDEFEATED TEAMS LEFT IN FCS
Fordham comes off its bye week as one of three remaining undefeated teams left in the FCS, as the Rams are matched only by North Dakota State and Coastal Carolina. Fordham has won its first eight contests for the first time in the modern era, building on a memorable season that already includes its highest ranking in school history, two wins over top-10 opponents and a victory against an FBS foe. Fordham remained at No. 8 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 9 in The Sports Network Top 25 on Monday, and also held as the top-ranked team in the ECAC FCS Lambert Meadowlands Poll for the third straight week.
FRESHMEN MAKING AN IMPACT IN FIRST SCHOLARSHIP SEASON
The first year of athletic scholarships in the Patriot League has produced freshmen that are stepping up at the skill positions. Lafayette quarterback Drew Reed was the latest, going 21-of-22 for 283 yards and five touchdowns in his first career start against Holy Cross on Saturday to become the first freshman ever named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week. Reed ended the Rookie of the Week reign of Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals, who has thrown for 1,516 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 357 yards and six scores. Bucknell's CJ Williams had his third 100-yard game against Lehigh and is at 582 rushing yards and six touchdowns for the season, while Holy Cross' Gabe Guild ran for 142 yards and two scores against Lafayette and Colgate's John Maddaluna III had seven catches for 87 yards and two scores versus Georgetown.
McCARNEY ENTERS ELITE COMPANY AS COLGATE CONTINUES PATRIOT LEAGUE RUN
Colgate senior quarterback Gavin McCarney completed 20-of-28 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 109 yards and a score in the 34-14 win over Georgetown on Saturday. In the process, he became just the third quarterback in FCS history with career totals of 5,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards, joining a group that includes Appalachian State's Armanti Edwards (2006-09) and Morehead State's David Dinkins (1997-2000). McCarney has career totals of 5,243 passing yards and 2,676 rushing for 7,919 yards of total offense, which stands ninth in Patriot League history. He is also in the top 10 in League history in rushing touchdowns (35) and touchdowns responsible for (70), and is third with a 64.69 completion percentage. Most importantly, he wins. Colgate has claimed its last nine Patriot League contests since a victory in the 2011 season finale against Bucknell. Seven of those have been decided by double digits, and Colgate has scored at least 28 points in all eight of its League games since 2012. Colgate's nine-game conference winning streak is the fourth-longest in the country, behind only Bethune-Cookman (17, MEAC), Jackson State (12, SWAC) and North Dakota State (10, MVFC).
BUCKNELL PUTS AN END TO LEHIGH'S STREAK
The longest winning streak in any Patriot League matchup came to an end on Saturday, as Bucknell took out its frustrations for 15 years of losses to Lehigh by manhandling the No. 15 Mountain Hawks 48-10 in Lewisburg. The Bison beat Lehigh for the first time since 1997, as the Mountain Hawks had also won each of the previous 11 meetings by at least 16 points apiece. Bucknell also knocked off a ranked opponent for the first time since beating No. 13 Holy Cross in the 2009 season finale.
ROSS REIGNS SUPREME IN LAFAYETTE RECORD BOOK
As if winning to get to 2-0 in the Patriot League was not good enough, Saturday was a day to remember on the field and in the record book for Lafayette senior wide receiver Mark Ross. He totaled eight catches for 151 yards and three touchdowns, and in the process became the all-time school-record holder in receptions (169) and yards (2,409) while adding to his mark for touchdowns (24) which stands tied for seventh in Patriot League history. Ross is in the top five among all active FCS players in per game career receptions and receiving yards, and in the top 20 nationally in both categories this season. He had the second significant school record in the past two weeks after Bucknell's Brandon Wesley became the school's all-time passing yardage leader on Oct. 19. There is another mark set to fall at Holy Cross with Mike Fess now just three receptions away from the school record after getting to 187, ninth in Patriot League history, on Saturday.
PAYTON CANDIDATES STAND OUT AMONG THEIR PEERS
Fordham quarterback Mike Nebrich and Lehigh wide receiver Lee Kurfis are both on the candidate list for the Walter Payton Award, given to the Most Outstanding Player in FCS. One look at the national statistics makes it easy to see why. Nebrich stands in the top seven in FCS in six different statistical categories, including the top mark in completion percentage (74.1), second in total offense per game (373.8), fourth in passing efficiency (173.6) and points responsible for per game (20.5) and seventh in passing yards per game (323.4) and completions (26.1). Kurfis leads the nation in both receptions (79) and receiving yards (1,095), and has the second-highest single-game total of receptions (14) and third in receiving yards (222) in the FCS this year. The 79 receptions are eighth in Patriot League single-season history, and just 22 away from the League record.
MORE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
Fordham has a spot in the top seven nationally in total, passing and scoring offense...The Rams also lead the nation in completion percentage, rank second in turnover margin and third in passing efficiency...Colgate and Lehigh are both in the top five in the country in fewest penalties per game...Lehigh's Brandon Bialkowski has a spot in the top six nationally in total offense, completions and passing yards per game...Six Patriot League wide receivers are in the top 30 in FCS in receptions per game, led by Lehigh's Lee Kurfis in the top spot at 9.9...Colgate's Mike Armiento and Bucknell's Matthew Steinbeck are both in the top five nationally in interceptions per game both this season and in their careers among active players.
FORDHAM JOINS LEHIGH WITH PERFECT NON-LEAGUE CAMPAIGN
Fordham completed its non-League schedule with a 6-0 mark after beating Yale on Oct. 19, giving the Rams a school record for non-League wins and their first perfect non-League mark since 2003. Fordham joins Lehigh with a perfect non-League record, as the Mountain Hawks finished 5-0 to run their non-League regular-season winning streak to 13. It marked the first time that two Patriot League teams completed a perfect non-League regular-season since 2003, when both Colgate and Fordham pulled off the feat.
Patriot League Football Weekly Awards (Oct. 26)
Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week
DREW REED, LAFAYETTE Fr., QB, 6-0, 185; Lakeland, Tenn./Arlington
Reed becomes the first Patriot League freshman to win the Offensive Player of the Week award, and also takes home the Rookie of the Week honor for a memorable performance in his first career start on Saturday at Holy Cross. Reed completed 21-of-22 passes for 283 yards and five touchdowns without any interceptions to lead the Leopards to a key 41-23 win that pushed them to 2-0 in the Patriot League. Reed completed his final 20 passes in the game, tying the Patriot League record for consecutive completions set just two weeks by Fordham's Mike Nebrich against Georgetown. The five passing touchdowns were the most by a Patriot League quarterback this season, and top mark for a Leopard signal-caller since Rob Curley had a school and Patriot League record with seven against Colgate on Nov. 7, 2009. Reed's passing efficiency rating of 278.5 was the second-best single-game mark in the FCS this season. In the last two games, Reed has completed 38-of-44 passes for 518 yards and seven touchdowns. He is honored by the Patriot League for the first time, and is Lafayette's first winner in either category this season.
Defensive Player of the Week
MATTHEW STEINBECK, BUCKNELL Jr., DB, 6-0, 210; Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny
Steinbeck played a big role in a great defensive effort for Bucknell in a 48-10 upset of No. 15 Lehigh by recording eight tackles and notching two of the team's four interceptions. Steinbeck had his second-highest tackle total of the year and his third career multi-interception game, which put him in the top 10 in the FCS in career interceptions with 10. Bucknell forced five Lehigh turnovers in the game and held the Mountain Hawks to their lowest point total since the 2011 postseason. Steinbeck is selected as Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time.
Special Teams Player of the Week
DEREK MAURER, BUCKNELL Jr., PK, 6-0, 180; Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway
Maurer nailed both of his field-goal attempts and all six of his extra-point tries in Bucknell's 48-10 win over No. 15 Lehigh on Saturday. He made kicks of 32 and 28 yards in the game, both coming in the first 10 minutes to help Bucknell open an early 13-0 lead. Maurer's six made extra points were the most by a Bison player since 2008. He is now 7-of-8 on field goals and 16-of-17 on extra points for the season, and is second on the team with 37 points. Maurer also kicked off for the first time, averaging 64.0 yards on a pair of kickoffs. Maurer is honored by the Patriot League for the first time in his career.
CJ WILLIAMS, BUCKNELL Fr., RB, 6-1, 205; Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall/Navy Prep
Williams carried 28 times for 154 yards and three touchdowns in Bucknell's 48-10 win over No. 15 Lehigh.
GAVIN McCARNEY, COLGATE Sr., QB, 6-1, 205; Jefferson Township, N.J./Jefferson Township
McCarney went 20-of-28 for 248 yards and three touchdowns and carried 12 times for 109 yards and a score in a 34-14 win at Georgetown. It was his 11th game with 300 yards of total offense, and McCarney became just the third player in FCS history with career totals of 5,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards.
MARK ROSS, LAFAYETTE Sr., WR, 6-3, 207; Aliqippa, Pa./Hopewell
Ross had eight receptions for 151 yards and three touchdowns in Lafayette's 41-23 win at Holy Cross, and in the process became the school's all-time record-holder for receptions (169) and receiving yards (2,409).
GABE GUILD, HOLY CROSS Fr., RB, 5-11, 190; Overland Park, Kan./Shawnee Mission South
Guild carried 23 times for a career-high 142 yards and two touchdowns in Holy Cross' loss to Lafayette.
This Week in the Patriot League
Bucknell Bison (3-4, 1-2) at Colgate Raiders (3-5, 2-0)Andy Kerr Stadium; Hamilton, N.Y. - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Two teams coming off big victories meet up when Bucknell visits Colgate on Saturday.
*The game will be shown on Patriot League Network.
*The Raiders have a nine-game Patriot League win streak that started with a 21-6 win over the Bison in the 2011 finale.
*Colgate has won six straight against Bucknell, including a 47-33 victory in Lewisburg last year.
*The last five meetings have all been decided by 15 points or more.
*Colgate has won the last six matchups in Hamilton, with Bucknell's last road victory coming in 1999.
*Colgate leads the all-time series 45-16, with a 19-8 advantage in Patriot League play.
*The Raiders are trying to open 3-0 in the Patriot League for the second straight year.
*The Bison aim to win consecutive League games and get to .500 in League action for the first time since 2011.
*Bucknell also goes for its first three-game overall win streak in a season since claiming the final four games in 2004.
Lafayette Leopards (2-5, 2-0) at Georgetown Hoyas (1-7, 0-2)
Multi-Sport Field; Washington, D.C. - Saturday, 1 p.m.
TV: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60)
*Lafayette shoots for its first 3-0 record in the Patriot League since 2009 when it visits Georgetown on Saturday.
*The game will be televised by Lafayette Sports Network and shown on RCN-4, RCN-8 and WBPH-60.
*However, the Hoyas have had Lafayette's number in recent years with three consecutive victories in the series.
*Georgetown posted a 20-17 win in Easton last year after a 14-13 victory at home in 2011.
*The Hoyas also won 28-24 at Lafayette in 2010 as the last three meetings have been decided by four points or less.
*Prior to Georgetown's streak, Lafayette won six straight matchups from 2004-09.
*Lafayette leads the series 10-6, and has an 8-4 edge in Patriot League play.
*Georgetown tries to avoid going 0-3 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2009.
Holy Cross Crusaders (3-6, 1-2) at No. 8/9 Fordham Rams (8-0)
Jack Coffey Field; Bronx, N.Y. - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Fordham tries to maintain its perfect mark when it returns from its bye to host Holy Cross on Saturday.
*The game will be shown on Patriot League Network.
*Fordham has its best start in school history, and is one of three remaining undefeated teams in the country.
*Fordham posted a 36-32 win at Holy Cross last season to snap a four-game series win streak for the Crusaders.
*Holy Cross posted a 41-21 victory when the teams last met at Fordham in 2011.
*Fordham has not beaten Holy Cross at home since a 24-21 victory in 2007 that clinched the Patriot League title.
*Holy Cross leads the all-time series 27-21-2 with a 12-11 edge in Patriot League games.
*Since 1951, the teams have played for the "Ram-Crusader Cup."
*Fordham is trying to win at least nine games in a season for the first time since going 9-3 in 2003.
*Holy Cross needs a win to avoid a second consecutive losing season after seven straight winning years from 2005-11.
Bucknell Bucknell finally broke through and snapped a 15-game losing streak to Lehigh with a 48-10 win at home on Saturday...The Bison beat the Mountain Hawks for the first time since 1997...Bucknell also knocked off a ranked opponent for the first time since beating No. 13 Holy Cross in the 2009 season finale...The Bison led 27-0 in the second quarter, and held at least a 24-point lead the rest of the way...Freshman CJ Williams carried 28 times for a career-high 154 yards and three
touchdowns, while another freshman, Will Carter, caught six passes for 130 yards...Williams had 109 yards in the second half alone as the Bison were trying to milk the clock...His 582 rushing yards are the most for a Bucknell freshman since 1993...Brandon Wesley completed 16-of-21 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown and ran for 40 yards and a score...Bucknell totaled 296 rushing yards and had five touchdowns on the ground, and held Lehigh to 85 rushing yards...The Bison forced five turnovers while not committing one of their own...Matthew Steinbeck had two of the team's four interceptions and added eight tackles...Steinbeck was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday and is among the top 10 in FCS with 10 career interceptions...It was the third multi-interception game of his career...Evan Byers led the defense with 12 tackles, and has 39 in the last three games....Derek Maurer was named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week after making both of his field-goal attempts and all six extra-point tries in the game...The Bison got their first win towards the Patriot League standings since 2011...Bucknell posted its largest margin of victory since a 51-10 win over Towson in 2001, and highest point total since scoring 48 against Duquesne in the 2008 season opener...The 48 points also equaled the most by Bucknell in the 77-game series with the Mountain Hawks...Bucknell has won two straight games, and tries to even its record when it visits Colgate on Saturday.
Colgate Colgate used a big day from quarterback Gavin McCarney to beat Georgetown 34-14 on Saturday...McCarney completed 20-of-28 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 109 yards and a score in the game...It was just the second time in his career that McCarney threw three touchdown passes, with the other coming against the Hoyas last season...In the process, he became just the third player in FCS history with career totals of 5,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards...McCarney has career totals of 5,243 passing yards and 2,676 rushing for 7,919 yards of total offense, which stands ninth in Patriot League history...He is also in the top 10 in League history in rushing touchdowns (35) and touchdowns responsible for (70), and is third with a 64.69 completion percentage...After trailing briefly 7-6 in the first quarter, Colgate scored three straight touchdowns to take a 27-7 lead by halftime....The Raiders tacked on a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the final score after Georgetown had closed within 27-14...Demetrius Russell ran for 138 yards and a score as Colgate racked up a season-high 309 yards on the ground....John Maddaluna caught seven passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the game...Vinny Russo led the Colgate defense with nine tackles and a sack, while Demitri Diamond had nine tackles and a fumble recovery...Colgate won its ninth consecutive Patriot League game dating back to the 2011 season finale, and tries to extend the run to 10 when it hosts Bucknell on Saturday.
Fordham Fordham is off to an 8-0 start for the first time in its modern era as it prepares to host Holy Cross on Saturday...On its bye week, Fordham saw the list of FCS undefeateds cut to three as only North Dakota State and Coastal Carolina join the Rams with a perfect 8-0 mark...Fordham ranks in the top 10 nationally in total, passing and scoring offense...Quarterback Mike Nebrich, a Walter Payton Award candidate, has been a big reason for the success and stands in the top seven in FCS in six different statistical categories...Those include the top mark in the country in completion percentage (74.1) and second in total offense per game (373.8)...His top receiver, Sam Ajala, is third in the nation with 951 receiving yards and in the top 10 with 10 receiving touchdowns...Ajala had 10 catches for 282 yards and four touchdowns in Fordham's most recent game, a 52-31 win at Yale on Oct. 19...The Rams remained at No. 8 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 9 in The Sports Network top 25 on Monday...The Rams play their home finale against Bucknell next week, then finish out the regular season on the road at Lafayette (Nov. 16) and Colgate (Nov. 23).
Georgetown The Hoyas fell for the sixth straight time as they dropped a 34-14 final at home against Colgate on Saturday... Kyle Nolan threw for 257 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 27 yards and a score in the game, while Zack Wilke had eight receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown...Their 55-yard connection that put Georgetown up 7-6 in the first quarter was the longest play from scrimmage for the Hoyas this season...Four Hoyas had double-digit tackles, led by Patrick Boyle with 15...Georgetown plays its home finale against Lafayette on Saturday.
Holy Cross The Crusaders saw their chances in the Patriot League race take a major hit with a 41-23 home loss against Lafayette on Saturday... Lafayette beat Holy Cross for the second year in a row after losing four straight to the Crusaders from 2008-11...Gabe Guild led the Crusaders with 23 carries for a career-high 142 yards and two touchdowns...Peter Pujals threw for 222 yards and a score, and also ran for 55 yards for Holy Cross...Mike Fess caught six passes for Holy Cross, and moved into the Patriot League top 10 with 187 career receptions...That mark is just three away from the school record of 190 held by Jeff Laboranti (1994-97)...The Crusaders are 0-5 at home this season, but hit the road for their next two games at Fordham on Saturday and Lehigh on Nov. 9.
Lafayette Behind a history-making performance from freshman quarterback Drew Reed, Lafayette dominated Holy Cross 41-23 on Saturday in Worcester...Reed completed 21-of-22 passes for 283 yards and five touchdowns without an interception in his first collegiate start...He completed his final 20 passes, tying the Patriot League record for consecutive completions set two weeks ago by Fordham's Mike Nebrich....Reed's five passing touchdowns are the most by a Lafayette QB since Rob Curley hurled a school-record seven on Nov. 7, 2009 in a 56-49 win over Colgate...His 278.5 passing efficiency rating was the second-best single-game mark in the FCS this season...On Monday, Reed became the first freshman in the 28-year history of the Patriot League to be named Offensive Player of the Week, and was also selected as the Rookie of the Week...Reed added national recognition when he was named National Performer and Quarterback of the Week by College Football Performance Awards...Senior wide receiver Mark Ross had his top game of the season with eight catches for 151 yards and three touchdowns, and it was also memorable for other reasons...Ross became the all-time school-record holder in receptions (169) and yards (2,409), surpassing John Weyrauch `04 (162, 2,406) in both categories...He is in the top five among all active FCS players in per game career receptions and receiving yards, and in the top 20 nationally in both categories this season...Lafayette improved to 2-0 in the Patriot League for the second straight season and fourth in the last six years...The Leopards broke the game open with three straight second-quarter touchdowns, with two strikes from Reed to Ross and a 41-yard interception return by Tyler Robinson for a 27-3 lead...Lafayette held a 27-10 halftime edge, and capped the win with touchdown passes from Reed to Ross Scheuerman and Mark Ross for a 41-10 edge in the fourth quarter...Scheuerman had four receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns...Lafayette beat Holy Cross for the second year in a row after losing four straight to the Crusaders from 2008-11...The Leopards visit Georgetown in League play on Saturday.
Lehigh Lehigh saw its 15-game winning streak against Bucknell come to an end with a 48-10 loss to the Bison on Saturday...The Mountain Hawks fell to No. 21 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 22 in The Sports Network top 25 on Monday, cracking the polls for the 41st consecutive week...The Mountain Hawks fell behind 27-0 in the first half, and never got closer than 24 the rest of the way...Lee Kurfis caught eight passes for 84 yards in the game, and leads the nation with 79 receptions for 1,095 yards...The 79 receptions are eighth in Patriot League single-season history, and just 22 away from the League record... The 38-point margin of defeat was Lehigh's highest since a 35-0 loss at home to Villanova in 2010...The Mountain Hawks have their bye on Saturday, and will try to get back on track when they host Holy Cross on Nov. 9.