Nov. 1, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – No. 10 Fordham and Bucknell each won at home on Saturday to remain unbeaten in the Patriot League and set up a showdown of undefeated squads when they meet in Lewisburg on Friday.
Fordham rolled to a 37-13 win against Colgate in a matchup of unbeaten League teams, while Bucknell rallied late in regulation and defeated Lafayette 27-24 in overtime. The Rams will visit the Bison on Friday at 6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network, and Fordham can clinch the Patriot League title and automatic FCS playoff berth with a victory.
The Rams (8-1, 4-0 Patriot League) played without starting quarterback Mike Nebrich, but dominated on both sides of the ball for the win over Colgate (4-5, 2-1). Peter Maetzold threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns in place of Nebrich, Chase Edmonds rushed for 114 yards and two scores and the Fordham defense picked off three passes and limited Colgate to 73 passing yards in the game.
Bucknell (7-1, 3-0) had a much tougher time against Lafayette, but the Bison evened the score at 24-24 on a 12-yard touchdown from Trey Lauletta to Jake Hartman with 1:01 left in regulation and won it in overtime on a 33-yard field goal by Derek Maurer after stopping Lafayette on downs. Hartman caught seven passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns for the Bison, who are 3-0 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2001.
Lehigh (2-6, 1-2) earned its first Patriot League win of the year with a 27-19 triumph at Georgetown (2-7, 0-4). Nick Shafnisky threw for 345 yards and two touchdowns for the Mountain Hawks, while Rich Sodeke ran for 110 yards and a score.
Recaps, box scores and a synopsis of each contest will be posted soon.