Fordham, Georgetown Win Patriot League Games Saturday

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Stephen Skon helped lead Georgetown to a 10-3 win over Bucknell on Saturday.
Stephen Skon helped lead Georgetown to a 10-3 win over Bucknell on Saturday.

Nov. 10, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - While most of the attention was on Colgate winning the Patriot League football title by beating Lehigh, other squads had something to play for on Saturday with Fordham and Georgetown each posting key victories in their quest for winning seasons.

The Rams clinched their first winning season since 2007 with a 36-27 victory over Lafayette, while the Hoyas kept their hopes at a winning campaign alive by moving to .500 with a 10-3 victory over Bucknell.

Also on Saturday, it was more heartbreak for Holy Cross as the Crusaders surrendered a lead in the final minute and lost 31-30 at Wagner.

Next week, the final Saturday of the regular season, will have No. 5/8 Lehigh at Lafayette, Colgate at Fordham, Holy Cross at Georgetown and Bucknell hosting Bryant in a non-League contest.

Recaps and box scores from the trio of games are included below, along with a synopsis from each contest. For the write-up from the Colgate-Lehigh game, go here.

at Fordham 36, Lafayette 27
Box Score | ESPN3 highlights

BRONX, N.Y. - Fordham (6-4) clinched its first winning season since 2007 by rallying from early deficit to defeat Lafayette (5-5) 36-27 on Saturday at Jack Coffey Field.

The Rams have engineered an impressive turnaround after going 1-10 last season. Lafayette fell for the third straight game, and will have one more chance to earn its first winning season since 2009 when it hosts rival Lehigh next week.

The Leopards had the early advantage, with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Zach Zweizig to Mark Ross and a field goal for a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Fordham got on the board with a one-yard touchdown run by Carlton Koonce later in the period. Lafayette boosted its lead to 17-7 on Ross Scheuerman's five-yard touchdown run with 13:54 to go in the second quarter, but Fordham came back just over a minute later to get within 17-14 on an 89-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Higgins to Brian Wetzel. The teams exchanged field goals later in the period as the Leopards held a 20-17 halftime lead.

Fordham grabbed its first lead of the day in the third quarter, as Higgins hit Wetzel from five yards out for a 24-20 advantage with 9:10 left. The Rams built the advantage to 31-20 in the final minute of the period on a 64-yard interception return for a touchdown by Jordan Chapman. Fordham went up 34-20 in the fourth quarter, but Lafayette got to within 34-27 on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Shoop to Jamel Smith with 1:25 to play in the game. Lafayette had one last desperation chance in the final seconds, but a holding penalty in the end zone gave the Rams a safety and the 36-27 win.

Koonce carried 31 times for 189 yards and a touchdown, while Higgins completed 10-of-18 passes for 150 yards and two scores and Wetzel caught three balls for 100 yards and the pair of touchdowns. Patrick Murray, the nation's leader in both field goals and punting, made a pair of field goals and also averaged 48.4 yards on five punts, placing three inside the 20. Ian Williams paced the Fordham defense with 14 tackles.

Ross had 10 receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown while Smith caught nine balls for 60 yards and a score for the Leopards. Mike Duncan added five receptions for 124 yards. Zweizig completed 22-of-35 passes for 285 yards and a score, but also threw three interceptions. Shane Black led the defense with seven tackles and an interception.

The Fordham post-game press conference is below, while highlights from ESPN3 are available here

at Georgetown 10, Bucknell 3
Box Score

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A suffocating defense propelled Georgetown (5-5, 2-2 PL) to its first win over Bucknell (2-8, 0-5) with a 10-3 victory against the Bison on Saturday at Multi-Sport Field.

Georgetown's only scoring came in the first half, with a 20-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 28-yard touchdown pass from Stephen Skon to Kevin Macari for the only touchdown of the game in the second period.

Bucknell missed a short field goal attempt to try and get closer in the third quarter, but converted with 8:47 left in the game to cut the Hoya lead to 10-3. The Bison had two more possessions, but punted and turned it over on downs as Georgetown held on for the win.

The Hoya defense limited Bucknell to seven first downs, a 2.2 yards per carry average and 168 yards of total offense. Robert McCabe, the leading tackler in the nation, was at the center of the action again with 12 tackles and two sacks. Jo'el Kimpela had 98 yards on the ground, while Skon completed 19-of-29 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown and Macari caught seven balls for 71 yards and the score. Georgetown held a 356-168 edge in total offense.

The Bison end their Patriot League campaign without a win for the first time since 2005. Evan Byers led the Bucknell defense with 12 tackles and a tackle for loss.

at Wagner 31, Holy Cross 30
Box Score

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - A heartbreaking season continued for Holy Cross (1-9), as Wagner (7-3) scored the game-winning touchdown with 18 seconds left to beat the Crusaders 31-30 on Saturday at Hameline Field.

It was the fifth time this season that Holy Cross has fallen on a score in the final two minutes. The Crusaders have lost those five games by a combined 12 points, including one-point defeats in each of the past two weeks.

Holy Cross trailed throughout the first half, but did get to within 14-10 with 36 seconds left until the break on a three-yard touchdown by Eddie Houghton. The Crusaders kept the momentum up in the third period, dominating the quarter with a four-yard touchdown pass from Steven Elder to Gerald Mistretta and 12-yard touchdown run by Matt Bellomo as they built a 27-17 lead going into the fourth quarter. Holy Cross went up 30-17, but Wagner scored with 7:09 left and then got the game-winning points on a four-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds to play. Wagner's game-winning score was set up by a 66-yard fumble return that stopped a drive where Holy Cross was trying to put the game away.

Holy Cross had its third consecutive impressive game on offense, gaining 446 yards with 189 on the ground and 257 through the air. Houghton ran for 92 yards and the score, while Elder completed 16-of-25 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown. Mike Fess caught six passes for 101 yards, while Mistretta had five receptions for 50 yards and the score. Erik Wachter had a big day on defense with 20 tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced and recovered fumble.