Patriot League Rundown: Week 1
With all the fine FCS play against the big boys this opening weekend, we wanted to pay tribute by shining a spotlight on one of the fine FCS conferences: the Patriot League, which had a decidedly mixed bag of results in its opening week on non-conference action.
Fordham 51, Rhode Island 26
Michael Nebrich threw for four touchdowns, completing 17 of 25 pass attempts for 267 yards, to lead the Fordham Rams to a 51-26 victory over the Rhode Island Rams Thursday night. Robbie Delgado had 113 yards rushing for the visiting Rams, who had two turnovers to negate a huge time of possession and rushing advantage.
Wagner 28, Georgetown 21
Homestanding Wagner scored 21 straight points to end the game, including 14 in the fourth quarter and the game-winning TD with just under 3 minutes to go in the game, as the NEC champion Seahawks stunned the visiting Hoyas, 28-21 Saturday.
Georgetown dominated the passing game, 204 yards to 106, but Hoyas QB Isaiah Kempf had a key fourth quarter interception for a touchdown to turn the tide for the Seahawks. Dominique Williams had 162 yards and one TD rushing for the Seahawks.
Air Force 38, Colgate 13
Air Force racked up 481 yards, including 409 on the ground, as the Falcons overcame a sluggish start to beat visiting Colgate, 38-13. The Raiders jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, then allowed the Falcons the next six scores, including five touchdowns, before scoring with under a minute to go.
John Wilkins finished with 90 yards rushing for the Raiders, while Broam Hart and Jon Lee each went over 100 yards and scored twice for the Falcons.
Bryant 17, Holy Cross 16
Tom Alberti kicked a 30 yard field goal with 38 second left to carry homestanding Bryant to a thrilling 17-16 win over visiting Holy Cross Saturday. The field goal capped a 10 play, 70 yard drive for the Bulldogs, in a seesaw game that saw four lead changes.
Holy Cross’ Kyle Toulouse returned a Bryant punt 77 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter but kicker John Macomber missed the extra point, a miscue that cost the Crusaders. Bryant outgained Holy Cross 487-306, rolling up 164 rushing yards to the Crusaders’ -3.