WEEK #9: Lafayette 27, Fordham 7

Go Leopards!

Nov. 6, 1999

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette extended its win streak to three games as it jumped out toa 19-0 lead in the first half and never looked back en route to a 27-7 domination of winless Fordham. The Leopards' defense recorded six sacks and limited Fordham to just 30 rushing yards on the day.

Lafayette (4-5, 2-3 Patriot League) scored on its first two possessions, with sophomore quarterback Harry Armstrong, who is now 3-0 as the Leopards' starting quarterback, completing touchdown passes to cap off both drives. The first was an eight-yard fade pass to junior split end Phil Yarberough just 4:21 into the game, and the second was a 12-yard connection with senior flanker Joe Luke with 5:13 left in the first quarter.

Senior tailback Brian Tuma, who exited the game in the third quarter with a sprained right knee (MCL), scored Lafayette's third touchdown on a one-yard run with 1:40 left in the second quarter to give the Leopards a 19-0 halftime lead.

Fordham (0-9, 0-4 Patriot League) opened the scoring in the second half with a 75-yard pass from Matt Georgia to Kendal Creerwith 4:19 remaining in the third quarter.

Lafayette answered immediately as Luke caught his second touchdown pass, connecting with Armstrong for a 47-yard pass play with 2:45 left in the third quarter. The only points of the fourth quarter came on a Lafayette safety when Matt Curcio tackled Fordham's Arthur Gaskin for a two-yard loss in the Fordham end zone.

Senior outside linebacker John Fistner spearheaded the Lafayette defense, recording three sacks and five pass break-ups.

Lafayette concludes a four-game homestand next week when Duquesne visits Fisher Field for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff.