Seniors Set for Final Game at Fisher vs. #5 Fordham
Nov. 12, 2013
| Lafayette vs. Fordham
|Date||Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. | Gameday Central|
|Location||Easton, Pa. | Fisher Stadium|
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In-Game: Gary Laubach (Play-By-Play), Mike Joseph '88 (Color), John Leone (Sideline)
Game Day Studio: Dan Mowdy, Maurice Bennett '06, Phil Ng '88
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THE OPENING KICK
MATCH-UP: Coming off a four-point loss to Colgate (the Leopards' first Patriot League blemish of the season), Lafayette will play No. 5 Fordham (10-0) on Saturday at Fisher Stadium. Prior to the game, Lafayette's senior class will be recognized.
NON-LEAGUE TILT: Lafayette's matchup with Fordham is essentially a non-league game as the Rams are not currently eligible to compete for the Patriot League title and the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA FCS Playoffs. Fordham will be eligible in 2014 when it has a full complement of scholarship athletes and the remainder of the schools will have two classes.
PATRIOT LEAGUE TITLE RACE: It's a three-team race for the Patriot League title with Colgate and Lafayette tied for first place at 3-1 and Lehigh at 2-1. Colgate, which hosts Lehigh on Saturday, controls its own destiny, already holding the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Leopards. Lafayette will be "rooting" (in the loosest sense of the term) for Lehigh, as a Lehigh win would set up a title game scenario on Nov. 23. If Colgate beats Lehigh, then Colgate captures the league title and the NCAA automatic qualifier.
HALF THE DEFENSE: In the first half against Colgate, Lafayette surrendered 172 rushing yards, 95 passing yards and 28 points against Colgate's option. In the second half, Lafayette allowed just 25 rushing yards, 54 in the air and held the Raiders scoreless. It was the second time this season (Bucknell) that Lafayette held an opponent scoreless in the second half.
WITH PURPOSE: Junior tailback Ross Scheuerman racked up 291 all-purpose yards against Colgate. Scheuerman carried 15 times for 56 yards and a touchdown while also reeling in a career-high five catches for a career-best 91 yards and two receiving touchdowns. He also managed five kick returns for 144 yards (28.9 yards per return) with a long of 41 yards.
ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Seniors Mark Ross and Brad Bormann have been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District II Team, the second career selections for the offensive duo. Both will be placed on a ballot for possible selection to the Academic All-America Team.
GSR: Lafayette football boasted the fourth best Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in the NCAA, achieving a mark of 96. Overall, for the 18 sports measured at Lafayette, a total of 14 Lafayette programs registered a graduation rate of 100 percent, the fourth best mark in the NCAA.
REED'S RECORDS: In a short stint as the starting quarterback, freshman Drew Reed has broken Lafayette and Patriot League records. Reed holds the Patriot League record (along with Fordham QB Mike Nebrich) for consecutive completions in a game (20 in a row at Holy Cross). His 21-of-22 (95.5%) performance in that game is also the top completion percentage game at Lafayette, topping 87.5% games by Rob Curley in 2009, Brad Maurer in 2004 and Frank Baur vs. Kutztown in 1988.
Reed has completed 80.6% of his passes (75-of-93) which is also the top season mark all-time at Lafayette (minimum 75 attempts).
ROSS ATOP THE LISTS: Senior WR Mark Ross is the College's career receiving leader. He holds the all-time marks for receptions (180), receiving yards (2,538) and receiving touchdowns (25 which are sixth all-time in Patriot League). Ross shares the record for catches in a game (13 in 2012 at Robert Morris) while ranking second for catches in a season (75 in 2012) and fourth and fifth for receiving TD's in a season (10 in 2012 and nine in 2011).
REED AT QB: In three and a half games this season, freshman Drew Reed has completed 81 percent (75-of-93) of his passes for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns with just one interception.
Completed 19-of-25 for 271 yards and 2 TDs; third straight game without an INT.
Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week (11/4), completing 18-of-24 for 275 yards and four touchdowns.
Threw passes to nine receivers and had TD tosses to four different targets.
At Holy Cross
Named Patriot League Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week (10/28), the first time that a freshman has won the offensive honor and the lone occurrence of a student-athlete winning both awards concurrently.
Completed 21-of-22 (95.5%) for 283 yards and five touchdowns, setting a school record for accuracy in a game (previous was 85.7% shared by three players)
Garnered the College Football Performance Awards FCS National Performer of the Week.
Connected on his final 20 passes, tying a Patriot League record for consecutive completions in a game set earlier this season by Fordham's Mike Nebrich.
It was the first time since Nov. 7, 2009 that a Lafayette QB threw for 5+ touchdowns when Rob Curley tossed a Patriot League record seven.
Reed's passing efficiency rating of 278.5 was the second-best single-game mark in the FCS this season.
Reed's first significant action of the season came at Harvard (10/19) where he completed 17-of-22 (77%) for 235 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
FORDHAM: Fordham comes into the week with a 10-0 record, the best start in school history. The Rams are ranked fifth in both national polls and own quality wins over Temple and Villanova. Fordham is ineligible for the Patriot League championship this season.
The Rams return 11 starters (5 on offense, 6 on defense) from a squad that went 6-5.
UConn transfer Michael Nebrich has thrown for a Patriot League leading 3,181 yards and 23 TD passes this season. The junior ranks fourth nationally in passing yards and has been named PL Offensive Player of the Week five times which ties a single-season league record. Nebrich was knocked from the Bucknell game with a leg injury and did not return.
Senior TB Carlton Koonce boasts the top rushing numbers in the Patriot League with 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns. The Rams are second in the Patriot League in rushing offense (175.1 yards per game).
Junior wideout Sam Ajala leads all of FCS with 1,263 receiving yards on a team-leading 70 catches and 11 TD receptions. He is one of three Ram receivers with more than 700 yards this season, joining juniors Tebucky Jones (716) and Brian Wetzel (789) .
The Rams' offense ranks fourth in the FCS in total offense (528.5 ypg) and is third in passing (353.4 ypg).
Junior LB Stephen Hodge leads the Fordham defense with 98 stops, 15 tackles for loss and five sacks. Hodge has been named PL Defensive POW three times this season. Senior DB Ian Williams was the POW this week, coming off the Bucknell game when he blocked the potential game-winning field goal and intercepted two passes.
Joe Moorhead (Fordham '96) is in his second season as head coach.