Seniors Set for Final Game at Fisher vs. #5 Fordham
Nov. 12, 2013
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.
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.
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).
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.
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