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Fordham, Bucknell Remain Unbeaten in Patriot League Football

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 and caught another and Troy Pelletier had seven receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown.

Recaps, box scores and a synopsis of each contest are included below.

at No. 10 Fordham 37, Colgate 13
Box Score
*No. 10 Fordham got a complete effort and defeated Colgate 37-13 in a matchup of unbeaten squads in the Patriot League.
*With starting quarterback Mike Nebrich out, Peter Maetzold went 27-of-38 for 279 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rams to the win.
*Chase Edmonds rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns, going over the 100-yard mark for the seventh-straight time and eighth this season.
*Maetzold threw touchdown passes of one and 31 yards to Tebucky Jones Jr. to give Fordham a 13-0 lead in the first quarter.
*Colgate’s Bret Mooney ran in from one yard out to cut the margin to 13-6, but Edmonds put Fordham up 19-6 on an eight-yard run with 26 seconds until the half.
*Maetzold threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Brian Wetzel and Edmonds scored on a one-yard run as Fordham built its lead to 37-6 until Colgate scored in the final minute.
*Jones caught eight passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns, while Wetzel had seven receptions for 69 yards and a score.
*Fordham held a 459-275 edge in total yardage, and 279-73 through the air.
*The Fordham defense had three interceptions and forced a safety.
*Three Colgate running backs topped 50 yards on the ground as the Raiders ran for 202 yards in the game.
*Mike Armiento had nine tackles and his 15th career interception for the Raider defense.
*Fordham beat Colgate for the second year in a row, and won at home against the Raiders for the first time since 2002.
*The Rams have won all 12 of their home games over the last two years.
*The Rams have won their first four Patriot League games for the second year in a row.

at Bucknell 27, Lafayette 24 (OT)
Box Score
*Derek Maurer kicked the game-winning 33-yard field goal in overtime to send Bucknell to a 27-24 victory over Lafayette on Saturday.
*The Bison improved to 3-0 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2001, and their 7-1 overall mark is their best through eight games since 1997.
*Bucknell had tied the score on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Trey Lauletta to Jake Hartman with 1:01 remaining in regulation.
*Bucknell stopped Lafayette on downs to start overtime before Maurer won the game with a field goal.
*Hartman had three receiving touchdowns in the game, while Lafayette’s Ross Scheuerman had a trio of rushing scores.
*Scheuerman had a two-yard run to open the scoring, but Hartman caught touchdown passes of 45 and 19 yards from R.J. Nitti to put Bucknell up 14-7 going into the half.
*Scheuerman scored on a pair of three-yard runs early in the third quarter as Lafayette surged ahead 21-14, and the teams exchanged field goals until Bucknell scored the tying touchdown.
*Hartman caught seven passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns, while Will Carter had five receptions for 104 yards for the Bison.
*Nitti threw for 252 yards and two scores while Lauletta came on in relief to throw for 66 yards and the score.
*Lee Marvel had 10 tackles and two of Bucknell’s seven sacks in the game.
*Scheuerman ran for 83 yards and three touchdowns, while Drew Reed threw for 222 yards and Tim Vangelas notched 10 receptions for 75 yards.
*Chris Brockman led the Leopards with 10 tackles, while Matt Smalley had an interception and five pass breakups.
*Bucknell had lost 11 of the last 12 meetings to Lafayette, and beat the Leopards at home for the first time since 2000.
*Bucknell has won five consecutive home games, and is 12-2 in its last 14 contests overall.
*The Bison have reached seven wins in a season for the first time since 2004.

Lehigh 27 at Georgetown 19
Box Score
*Lehigh held off Georgetown 27-19 to earn its first Patriot League win on Saturday at Multi-Sport Field.
*Nick Shafnisky completed 17-of-26 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns for Lehigh, while Troy Pelletier notched seven receptions for 187 yards and a score.
*Rich Sodeke ran for 110 yards and a score and also caught a touchdown pass.
*Lehigh opened a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a field and 16-yard touchdown from Nick Shafnisky to Troy Pelletier.
*The Mountain Hawks pushed the advantage to 20-3 on Shafnisky’s eight-yard touchdown to Sodeke with 4:39 left in the third quarter.
*Georgetown got closer with a safety, and Jo’el Kimpela’s one-yard touchdown run with 13:48 to play brought the Hoyas within 20-11.
*Sodeke ran in from six yards out to put Lehigh up 27-11, but Georgetown got within 27-19 on Kyle Nolan’s nine-yard touchdown run with 8:49 to play.
*The Hoyas had two more possessions, but were unable to get into Lehigh territory.
*Colton Caslow led Lehigh with 12 tackles and added 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
*Kimpela ran for 92 yards while Nolan and Justin Hill each added 57 as the Hoyas put up 228 yards on the ground.
*Nick Alfieri led the Georgetown defense with a career-high 18 tackles, while Alec May had another sack to bring his season total to 14.5.
*Lehigh has won all 14 Patriot League meetings against Georgetown.

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