Maroon and White Head to Bronx
Nov. 6, 2012
THE OPENING KICK-OFF
MATCH-UP: Lafayette (5-4) plays the rare non-conference game against a Patriot League opponent when it travels to Fordham (5-4) on Saturday. The game has no bearing on the Patriot League standings, but the winner will be guaranteed a winning season with just one regular-season game following.
• Fordham comes into the weekend with a 5-4 record, as the most improved program in the Patriot League. The Rams are coming off a 1-10 mark in 2011. •The Rams return seven starters on offense and eight on defense.
• The passing game has been a key to the Rams’ offensive attack in 2012. Senior QB Ryan Higgins has completed 212-of-314 attempts (67.5%) for 2,404 yards. The native of Merrick, N.Y., has thrown 10 touchdowns to seven interceptions.
• Sophomore WR Brian Wetzel and senior TB Carlton Koonce are Higgins’ favorite targets. Wetzel has reeled in 55 catches for 755 yards and three TD’s while Koonce has 41 grabs for 253 yards and a pair of scores.
• Koonce is the team’s top rusher, racking up 1,175 yards on 236 carries for nine touchdowns. Koonce is averaging 130.6 yards per game and five yards per carry.
• Defensively, senior LB Michael Martin leads the team with 93 tackles, including nine tackles for loss with four sacks and five forced fumbles.
• The Rams feature one of the top kickers in the Patriot League in senior Patrick Murray. Murray has yet to miss a PAT this season and has hit 21-of-24 field goal attempts, including a career-long 55 yarder vs. Cincinnati.
• Joe Moorhead (Fordham ’96) is in his first season as the head coach at his alma mater.
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