Patriot League Football Release - Week 10

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Nov. 1, 2012

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Colgate and No. 6/8 Lehigh will meet in a game shown on CBS Sports Network on Nov. 10. If both teams win on Saturday, that nationally-televised matchup will be for the Patriot League title.

The Raiders and Mountain Hawks stand at the top of the Patriot League standings, with Colgate holding a half-game lead after beating Bucknell 47-33 on Saturday. The No. 6/8 Mountain Hawks were idle.

Colgate hosts Lafayette on Saturday at 1 p.m. on RCN-4, RCN-8 and WBPH-60, while Lehigh visits Holy Cross at 12:30 p.m. Victories by both teams would set up a winner-take-all showdown for the Patriot League title the next week.

Lafayette has other designs, as the Leopards are still in the race even after dropping to 2-1 in the Patriot League with a 20-17 home loss against Georgetown on Saturday. The Leopards can win the Patriot League title by beating Colgate on Saturday and winning at home against Lehigh on Nov. 17.

Fordham remains ineligible for the Patriot League title, but the Rams are enjoying a turnaround season that continued with a 36-32 win at Holy Cross on Saturday. Fordham is 5-3 overall after going 1-10 last season. The Rams can record their top win total since their Patriot League title season in 2007 if they can win at Bucknell on Saturday.

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*Colgate and Lehigh remain unbeaten in the Patriot League.
*If both the Raiders and Mountain Hawks win on Saturday, they would set up a showdown for the Patriot League title next week in Bethlehem.
*Lafayette still controls its own destiny, and would win the League crown and playoff berth with wins over Colgate on Saturday and Lehigh on Nov. 17.
*Lehigh is the last undefeated team in the country after Cal Poly lost Saturday.
*The Mountain Hawks lead the FCS with eight-game overall and 17-game regular-season win streaks.
*Lehigh's 17-game win streak against Patriot League opponents is just two shy of the League record set by Holy Cross from 1988-92.
*Fordham can record its first winning record since 2007 if it defeats Bucknell.
*Colgate has scored 47 points or more in each of its four consecutive wins.
*Five different Patriot Leaguers lead a category in the FCS statistics.
*Colgate's Gavin McCarney leads the nation in scoring, and is also in the top 10 in points responsible for and passing efficiency.
*Georgetown's Robert McCabe has an FCS-best 132 tackles, 30 more than any other player in the nation.
*McCabe is seventh in Patriot League history with 380 tackles, becoming the first player this century to crack the top 10 list.
*Colgate's Jordan McCord and Fordham's Carlton Koonce are in the top 10 in the nation in rushing and top 15 in all-purpose yardage.
*Fordham's Patrick Murray leads the nation with 18 field goals and is second with a 46.4 punt average.

Patriot League Players of the Week (Oct. 27)
Offensive Player of the Week: RYAN HIGGINS, FORDHAM
Sr., QB, Merrick, N.Y.; 38-56, 407 yards, TD/rush TD
Defensive Player of the Week: PATRICK FRIEL, COLGATE
Sr., LB, St. Charles, Ill.; 16 TT, 2 sacks
Special Teams Player of the Week: PATRICK MURRAY, FORDHAM
Sr., P/K, Mahwah, N.J. 3-3 FG, 46.7 punt avg.
Rookie of the Week: JO'EL KIMPELA, GEORGETOWN
Fr. RB, Dem. Rep. of Congo.; 80 rush yds, 5-yd rec. TD

Patriot League Notebook

COLGATE TAKES LEAD HEADING INTO BIDDLE's 100th PATRIOT LEAGUE GAME
Colgate took a slim half-game lead on idle Lehigh for the lead in the Patriot League standings with a 47-33 win at Bucknell on Saturday. The Raiders improved to 3-0 in the Patriot League for the first time since their last undefeated campaign in 2008. It was the 75th career Patriot League victory for 17th-year Head Coach Dick Biddle, who will be at the helm for his 100th Patriot League game on Saturday against Lafayette.

RAIDERS, MOUNTAIN HAWKS ON COLLISION COURSE FOR TITLE SHOWDOWN?
If Colgate beats Lafayette and Lehigh knocks off Holy Cross on Saturday, the Raiders and Mountain Hawks will square off with the Patriot League title at stake when they meet in Bethlehem on Nov. 10, a game that will be shown nationally on CBS Sports Network. Lafayette is still very much in the mix as well, even after a loss to Georgetown on Saturday. If the Leopards can win at Colgate on Saturday and at home against Lehigh on Nov. 17, they would win at least a share of the Patriot League title and the League's automatic playoff berth. Colgate, Lehigh and Lafayette have 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 THE LAST UNDEFEATED TEAM STANDING IN FCS
Lehigh was off on Saturday, but there was still news as a loss by Cal Poly left the Mountain Hawks as the lone remaining undefeated squad in the FCS. Lehigh's eight-game overall and 17-game regular-season win streaks top the nation. The Mountain Hawks remained at No. 6 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 8 in The Sports Network top 25 on Monday, and held the top spot in the ECAC FCS Lambert Meadowlands Poll for the second week in a row. Lehigh's run of 27 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.

PATRIOT LEAGUE BOASTS FIVE NATIONAL LEADERS IN FCS STATISTICS
Colgate's Gavin McCarney, Georgetown's Robert McCabe and Fordham's Patrick Murray have been stars in the Patriot League all season, and continue to shine among peers in the entire FCS. McCarney now leads the nation in scoring with 11.5 points per game, a remarkable feat as no other quarterback ranks in the top 70 on the charts. He is also third in points responsible for, eighth in passing efficiency and 11th in total offense in the country. McCabe continues to rack up tackles at an amazing pace, as his 132 stops are an astonishing 30 more than any other player in the country. He has 380 career tackles, becoming the first player this century to crack the Patriot League top 10. Murray leads the FCS and has already tied a Fordham single-season record with 18 field goals, and is second in the country with a 46.4 punting averagae. Also, Fordham's Michael Martin is tied for the national lead with four forced fumbles and Georgetown's Jeremy Moore is tied with four fumbles recovered.

COLGATE'S McCORD, FORDHAM's KOONCE RUNNING WILD
The Patriot League continues to showcase two of the top running backs in the country, and both showed why once again on Saturday. Fordham's Carlton Koonce ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns and had 239 all-purpose yards in a 36-32 win at Holy Cross, while Colgate's Jordan McCord totaled 147 yards and two scores in a 47-33 win over Bucknell. McCord, who has at least 100 yards in all eight games this year, is fourth while Koonce is eighth in the country in rushing. Both players are in the top 15 in all-purpose yards, with Koonce 11th and McCord 14th.

EMPTYING OUT THE NOTEBOOK
Colgate and Fordham each received votes in The Sports Network top 25 on Monday, while the Raiders also came in just outside of the ECAC top 10...It was a shootout in Worcester on Saturday, with Fordham's Ryan Higgins going 38-of-56 for 407 yards with a passing and rushing touchdown in a 36-32 win and Holy Cross' Ryan Laughlin completing 18-of-23 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns and also rushing for a score in the loss...Georgetown's Jo'el Kimpela became the ninth different player to win the Patriot League Rookie of the Week award this season...On the other hand, Fordham's Patrick Murray claimed his fifth Special Teams Player of the Week honor...Georgetown has forced seven turnovers in two of its last thre games, and is second in the country with 25 turnovers gained this season.

This Week in the Patriot League
No. 6/8 Lehigh Mountain Hawks (8-0, 2-0) at Holy Cross Crusaders (1-7, 1-2)
Fitton Field; Worcester, Mass.; Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
*Lehigh looks to continue its undefeated season when it visits Holy Cross on Saturday.
*Lehigh is the last undefeated team in the FCS and has eight-game overall and 17-game regular-season win streaks.
*Lehigh has also won 17 straight against Patriot League opponents, the second-longest streak in League history.
*The Mountain Hawks have won the last two meetings, with a 14-7 victory at home in a key November game last season.
*Lehigh also posted a 34-17 win the last time the teams met in Worcester in 2010. *Holy Cross won the previous three meetings from 2007-09.
*Lehigh aims to start 3-0 in the Patriot League for the third year in a row.
*Lehigh leads the all-time series 14-12-1, with a 14-12 edge in Patriot League games.

Lafayette Leopards (5-3, 2-1) at Colgate Raiders (5-3, 3-0)
Andy Kerr Stadium; Hamilton, N.Y.; Saturday, 1 p.m. (LSN - RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60)
*Two teams with Patriot League title designs meet in Hamilton when Lafayette visits Colgate on Saturday.
*Both teams control their own destiny for the League's automatic bid if they win Saturday and also defeat Lehigh.
*Lafayette posted a 37-24 overtime win at home against the Raiders last season.
*Colgate won the last matchup in Hamilton by a 24-14 final in 2010.
*The Raiders are 13-3 against the Leopards under Head Coach Dick Biddle, who is coaching his 100th Patriot League game.
*Colgate is trying to go 4-0 in the Patriot League for the first time since its last undefeated season in 2008.
*Lafayette aims for a 3-1 start that would be its best since 2009.
*Colgate is 39-12-4 all-time against the Leopards, and 16-9-1 in Patriot League games.

Fordham Rams (5-3) at Bucknell Bison (1-7, 0-4)
Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium; Lewisburg, Pa.; Saturday, 1 p.m.
*Fordham shoots for its first winning record since 2007 when it visits Bucknell on Saturday.
*The game will not count towards the Patriot League standings with the Rams ineligible for the League title.
*Bucknell posted a 21-0 win at Fordham last season to stop a two-game win streak in the series for the Rams.
*Fordham won the last meeting in Lewisburg by a 33-21 final in 2010.
*Fordham is 4-1 in games decided by seven points or less, while Bucknell is 1-3 in those contests.
*Bucknell has a 17-10 lead in the all-time series, with a 15-7 edge in Patriot League games.

Team Notebooks

Bucknell The Bison had one of their best offensive games in years, but could not stop Colgate's high-powered attack and fell 47-33 to the Raiders on Saturday...Bucknell lost its seventh straight game, falling to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the Patriot League for the 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...Jeremiah Young carried 18 times for a career-high 131 yards and a score, while Brandon 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...Josh Brake caught six passes for 87 yards and a score, while Lee Marvel led the defense with 10 tackles...The Bison are back home on Saturday against Fordham, and complete their League slate at Georgetown on Nov. 10.

Colgate Colgate won its fourth consecutive game with another offensive outburst as the Raiders ran past Bucknell 47-33 on Saturday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium...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...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 took over the national lead in scoring with 11.5 points per game, while no other quarterback ranks in the top 70...He is also third in the nation in points responsible for, eighth in passing efficiency and 11th in total offense...McCord is fourth in the nation with 145.63 rushing yards per game, while standing 14th in all-purpose yardage...Colgate is in the top seven in the country in rushing, total and scoring offense, as well as passing efficiency...McCarney's three scores had Colgate up 21-12 at halftime, while Daniel Cason had a rushing touchdown for a 28-12 lead early in the third quarter...After a Bucknell score, a 13-yard scoring run by McCord and McCarney's 12-yard touchdown pass to CJ Stempeck made it 41-19 with 3:39 left in the third quarter and Colgate led comfortably the rest of the way... Colgate went for 284 yards and six touchdowns on the ground against a Bucknell team that was allowing under 80 rushing yards per game...Patrick Friel led the defense with 16 tackles and a pair of sacks...The Raiders can win the Patriot League title with wins over Lafayette on Saturday and at Lehigh on Nov. 10.

Fordham Carlton Koonce scored a one-yard touchdown with 11 seconds to play to send Fordham to a 36-32 win at Holy Cross on Saturday at Fitton Field...Fordham defeated Holy Cross for the first time since 2007, snapping a four-game losing streak to the Crusaders..Koonce carried 34 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the game, while Ryan Higgins completed 38-of-56 passes for 407 yards and a score and also ran for a touchdown 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....Patrick Murray added two field goals later in the period as Fordham took a 23-10 lead into the half...Holy Cross scored in the third period and again in the fourth to take a 24-23 lead...That set up a frantic final minutes, beginning with Higgins' one-yard touchdown that gave Fordham a 29-24 lead with 4:50 left...Holy Cross came back 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...Higgins completed 10-of-12 passes for 61 yards on the drive...Koonce had a great all-around game that also included seven receptions for 64 yards as he racked up 239 all-purpose yards...He stands eighth in the FCS in rushing and 11th in all-purpose yardage after the performance...Wetzel had nine receptions for 130 yards and the score and totaled 221 all-purpose yards in the game, cracking the FCS top 20 in the category...Dan Light added nine receptions for 66 yards from the tight end position as five Rams caught five passes or more from Higgins...The quarterback has completed 126-of-177 passes (71.2%) for 1,347 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in the past three games....Murray had another brilliant game, making all three of his field-goal attempts and punting six times for a 46.7 average...He leads the FCS with 18 field goals, tying a single-season school record, and is second in the nation with a 46.4 punting 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...The Rams play their final two games at home, with Lafayette coming to the Bronx on Nov. 10 and Colgate on Nov. 17.

Georgetown The Hoyas scored the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter and sealed the win with their seventh forced turnover of the game to post a 20-17 victory over Lafayette on Saturday at Fisher Stadium...The Hoyas stop a four-game losing streak, and defeat the Leopards for the third year in a row...The Hoyas were up 6-0 early, but fell behind 10-6 at the half...They took the lead back late in the third quarter when Kyle Nolan's five-yard pass to Jo'el Kimpela made it 13-10, but Lafayette answered with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter...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 stops to seal the win, forcing a Lafayette punt with 3:06 left and then clinching the victory when Chris Gamble intercepted a pass at midfield with 32 seconds to go...The Hoyas recovered four fumbles and had three interceptions to keep the Lafayette offense at bay...They are second in the nation in turnovers gained (25) and fumbles recovered (14)...It was the second time in three games that the Hoyas forced seven turnovers, also doing so against Lehigh on Oct. 13...Robert McCabe had 16 tackles to increase his FCS-leading total to 132, and became the first player this century to crack the Patriot League career top 10 with 380 tackles...He has an astonishing 30 more tackles than any other player in the country...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...Georgetown has its bye Saturday, then plays its last two games at home beginning with Bucknell on Nov. 10.

Holy Cross The Crusaders fought back all day, but Fordham scored the game-winning touchdown with 11 seconds left to send Holy Cross to a 36-32 defeat on Saturday at Fitton Field...It was the first loss for the Crusaders against Fordham since 2007, snapping a four-game win streak...Holy Cross got a 30-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Laughlin to Gerald Mistretta in the first half, but was down 23-10 at the half...The Crusaders came back as Laughlin threw touchdown passes of 24 and nine yards to Mike Fess for a 24-23 lead...Fordham went ahead 29-24 with 4:50 to go, but Holy Cross re-gained the lead on Laughlin's 27-yard touchdown run with 3:22 left...Fordham came down the field and got the winning score to send Holy Cross to its third straight loss... Laughlin completed 18-of-28 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 36 yards and the score...He set career highs across the board...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...Holy Cross fell to 1-3 in games decided by a touchdown or less...It completes its home schedule on Saturday against No. 6/8 Lehigh.

Lafayette Seven turnovers proved costly as Lafayette suffered its first Patriot League loss of the year, 20-17 at home against Georgetown on Saturday...Despite the defeat, the Leopards still control their own destiny for the League title and automatic playoff berth if they can defeat Colgate on Saturday and Lehigh on Nov. 17...Lafayette led 10-6 at halftime with Andrew Shoop's six-yard touchdown pass to Mark Ross, and took a 17-13 lead in the fourth quarter when Shoop tossed a 36-yard touchdown to Greg Kessel with 11:50 left...A turnover in Georgetown territory led to the Hoyas taking a 20-17 lead, and Shoop was picked off at midfield on the final possession as the Leopards fell... 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...Rick Lyster had 10 tackles and a sack and Darius Safford totaled eight tackles and a pair of sacks...The Leopards are on the road the next two weeks before the home fiinale with Lehigh.

Lehigh Lehigh had its bye on Saturday, but there was still news as a loss by Cal Poly made the Mountain Hawks the last undefeated team in the FCS...Lehigh leads the FCS in both overall (8) and regular-season (17) win streaks, and also has a 17-game win streak against Patriot League opponents that is just two off the League record...The Mountain Hawks defeated Bucknell 42-19 in their most recent action on Oct. 20...Lehigh saw the Bison rally from a 21-6 deficit to get within two points, but scored the final three touchdowns of the game to pull away...Quarterback Michael Colvin stands in the top 15 nationally in both passing yardage and total offense per game...The Mountain Hawks stand fifth in the FCS in both sacks and sacks allowed per game...Lehigh has three Patriot League games remaining, with trips to Holy Cross on Nov. 3 and Lafayette on Nov. 17 and a home matchup with Colgate on Nov. 10 on CBS Sports Network.