This Week in Patriot League Football Presented by TIAA (10.13.22)
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HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN TO PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL MATCHES THIS WEEK
Four of the seven Patriot League teams are in action in Week 7, with three non-league games on ESPN+ and another on CBS Sports Network. Saturday’s action kicks off at noon on ESPN+, with Bucknell looking for his first victory of the season at Yale. Lehigh heads to Cornell for a 1 p.m. start and Fordham hosts Stony Brook at 6 p.m. with action available for both games on ESPN+. CBS Sports Network will broadcast Colgate’s midday game against FBS Army opponent West Point from Michie Stadium.
HOLY CROSS AND FORDHAM RISE IN AFCA AND STATS PERFORM ALL 25 FCS TOP 25 POLLS
Defending three-time champion Holy Cross moved up two spots in the AFCA FCS coaches poll to No. 8 while rising to No. 7 in the Stats Perform FCS poll after a 57-0 victory over Bucknell to improve to 6-0 for the first time since 1991. Fordham improved to 2-0 in League play with a 40-28 victory at Lehigh. They slipped one spot to No. 17 in the FCS Coaches Poll and moved to No. 22 in the Stats Perform Poll. This is the fifth straight week with two Patriot League teams in the standings during the regular season.
2022 Patriot League Football Rankings (as of October 13)
|School||PL||PL percent.||Globally||Overall percentage.|
|the holy cross||2-0||1.000||6-0||1.000|
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GEORGETOWN’S GUDGER, HOLY CROSS’ HASKINS HIGHLIGHT LAST WEEK’S SPECIAL TEAMS SATURDAY
Special Teams Excellence highlighted week six around the Patriot League. Georgetown Fr. RB/RS Mason Gudger returned kickoffs for touchdowns for 94 and 89 yards to tie a single-game Patriotic League record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a loss against Penn on October 8. Gudger, who won FedEx Ground FCS National Freshman of the Week honors for performance, tied Bucknell’s Dante Ross, who returned a pair of kickoffs for scores against Georgetown in 2004. Lehigh Sr. WR/ RS Jalen Burbage also returned a kick-off for a touchdown against Fordham, going 89 yards on the first play of the game. .
Holy Cross Sr. CB Devin Haskins also had a banner day after blocking a punt and returning it for a score in the Crusaders’ 57-0 win over Bucknell. It was Haskins’ third straight game with a punt blocked, tying the league single-season record for punt blocks with Colgate’s Brandon Tinson (2000) and Georgetown’s Hunter Kiselick (2016). Lafayette Sr. DL Malik Hamm blocked an extra point that was returned 90 yards for two runs against Princeton. It was Hamm’s third blocked kick of the season.
DEMORAT CLIMBING LEAGUE CAREER LISTS
Two-time defending Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Tim DeMorat continues to inch closer to career milestones, throwing for 499 yards and four touchdowns in a 40-28 win over Lehigh. The active FCS leader in passing yards is 473 yards shy of Holy Cross’ Peter Pujals for second in the league record books in career passing yards. His 97 passing touchdowns make him the FCS’ active leader and second in league history behind Dominic Randolph of Holy Cross (117). His 30 assists this season are five behind the League single-season record set by Fordham’s Michael Nebrich in 2013.
PL CAREER PASSING LEADERS
1. Dominic Randolph, St. Croix (2006-09), 13,455
2. Peter Pujals, Holy Cross (2013-17), 11,695
3. Tim DeMorat, Fordham (2018-pres.), 11,222
4. John Skelton, Fordham (2006-09), 9,923
RAMS’ KOKOSIOULIS CLOSES IN LEAGUE TOP 10 LIST
Fordham Sr. WR Fotis Kokosioulis took sole possession of sixth place with a touchdown reception against Georgetown on Oct. 1. top-10 receptions. He leads the PL and FCS with eight touchdown receptions in five games. He also leads the FCS in yards per game (128.3) and receptions per game (8.7).
PATRIOT LEAGUE CAREER TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION LEADERS
1. Troy Pelletier, Lehigh (2014-17), 37
2. Corey Hill, Colgate (1995-98), 34
2. Javarus Dudley, Fordham (2000-03), 34
4. Brian Wetzel, Fordham (2011-14), 32
5. Gatlin Casey, Lehigh (2015-17), 30
6. Fotis Kokosioulis, Fordham (2019-pres.), 29
FIVE PL WR AMONG THE 15 LEADERS OF THE FCS TOP 15
Five Patriot League wide receivers rank among the FCS leaders in receiving yards per game, led by Fordham’s Kokosioulis (128.3), the nation’s leader in receiving yards and touchdowns (8). Rams Sr. WR MJ Wright is fifth at 101.9 ypg after posting a career-high 226 receiving yards at Lehigh. Holy Cross Jr. WR Jalen Coker recorded his career-high 166 yards in a win at Harvard and is now seventh in the FCS with 100.5 yards per game and fourth with seven TD receptions. Fordham Sr. WR Dequece Carter is 11th in FCS with an average of 94.7 YPG and Georgetown Gr. WR Joshua Tomas is 13th with 93.3 YPG and third with 8.2 receptions per game.
HC’S SMITH SECOND AMONG ACTIVE FCS LEADERS AT INTS
Holy Cross Sr. DB John Smith is second among active FCS players with 12 career steals, one behind Tarleton State’s Jalen Car. Smith led the League and was among the FCS leaders last season with six INTs. His 149 interception return yards rank him 15th among FCS active players.
HAMM MAKES A BREAK FROM ACTIVE FCS SACKS LEADERS
Lafayette Sr. DL Malik Hamm recorded 2.0 sacks in the Leopards’ loss to Princeton (October 8), taking him to 28.5 career sacks, passing Simeon Page of Bucknell and Pat Afriyie of Colgate on the career list of the Patriot League to take sole possession of seventh place. The Baltimore, Maryland native and preseason Defensive Player of the Year is tied for fourth among active FCS players with 26.5 sacks.
FCS CAREER BAGS LEADERS
1. Jordan Lewis, South, 36.0
2. Devonnsha Maxwell, Chattanooga, 31.0
3. Zach Strand, Southern Utah, 30.0
4. Malik Hamm, Lafayette, 28.5
DEVIN HASKINS EQUALS PATRIOT LEAGUE RECORD
Holy Cross Sr. CB Devin Haskins blocked a punt and returned it eight yards for a touchdown in the Crusaders’ 57-0 win over Bucknell. Haskins’ blocked punt was his third in as many games against Colgate’s Brandon Tinson and Georgetown’s Hunter Kiselick for the Patriot League’s three-season record. He is now two blocked punts behind the FCS single-season record of five held by Domonic Jones of the Citadel (2011) and Tevin Richard of South Carolina State (2015).
PL FCS STATISTICAL LEADERS ENTER WEEK SEVEN
Fordham’s offense is among the nation’s elite, ranking first in FCS programs in total offense (626.0), scoring offense (49.8) and passing offense (442.0) . The Rams are also 23rd in rushing offense (184.0), behind Holy Cross, who ranks 14th in FCS (213.3). The Crusaders’ 6-0 start was also helped by a 1.50 turnover margin, fourth-best in FCS. The Crusaders are also third in the nation in lost turnovers (3), second in blocked punts (3) and 10th in goal defense (15.5).
HOLY CROSS’S NG CLOSES ON LEAGUE SCORING RECORDS
Holy Cross Sr. PK Derek Ng passed Crusaders legend Gordie Lockbaum to earn the program’s career scoring record Oct. 1 against Harvard. Coming off an eight-point performance against Bucknell on Oct. 8, Ng has 279 career points, five shy of the Patriot League record of 283 points held by Fordham’s Michael Marando. Ng is also within striking distance of Marando’s career field goal record. The Las Vegas native had 42 career field goals in his career at Worcester, Mass., five behind Marando’s current League record of 47 career field goals.
COLGATE AND LEHIGH AMONG FCS DEFENSIVE LEADERS
Colgate and Lehigh rank second and sixth respectively in the FCS in defensive touchdowns for six weeks. Raiders senior DB Mikey Jarmolowich returned a fumble for 48 yards against Cornell (October 1). So. DB Marquis Cooper and So. DB Asauni Allen has also found the end zone this season for the Raiders defense. Lehigh has two defensive touchdowns this season, both from Sr. DL Dean Colton, who picked up a fumble and an interception over the past two weeks.
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