The Rams and the FCS No. 1 meet CAA co-champion Wildcats on Saturday
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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – No. 13/16 Fordham (9-2, 5-1 PL) will open play in the NCAA DI FCS Championship if they travel to play in the first round against CAA Co-Champion No. 16/15 New to compete in Hampshire. Live coverage on ESPN+ begins at 2 p.m. with Ben Shulman and Craig Haubert in conversation. An audio broadcast featuring Andrew Gullotta and Danny Scott in the dressing room will also be available at WFUVSports.org. The winner of the Rams – Wildcats game will play Patriot League Champion Holy Cross on Saturday, December 3 at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass.
NO. 13/16 FORDHAM RAMS (9-2, 5-1 PL) AT NO. 16/15 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILDCATS (8-3 CAA)
Durham, NH/Wildcat Stadium 2 p.m. ET (ESPN+)
BROADCAST (ESPN+): PxP – Ben Shulman; Analyst – Craig Haubert
RADIO BROADCAST (WFUV 90.7 FM/WFUVSports.org): PxP Andrew Gullotta; Analyst – Danny Scott
SERIES HISTORY: Fordham and New Hampshire meet for the second time in series history. The Rams earned a 44-19 win over the Wildcats in the second round of the 2014 NCAA DI FCS Championship.
LAST MEETING (December 6, 2014) – 1st New Hampshire 44, Fordham 19 – Fordham RB Chase Edmonds rushed for 208 yards including a 91-yard touchdown on 18 carries but the Rams fell to 1st New Hampshire , 44 -19 to end their season. Edmonds, then a freshman, set a Patriot League season record with 2,473 all-purpose yards. Placekicker Michael Marando connected with two field goals to give him 47 field goals, a career record in the Patriot League. DB JQ Bowers had 12 tackles in the team-high loss.
HOLY CROSS AND FORDHAM MAKE THE NCAA DI FCS CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Holy Cross earned the No. 8 finish in the NCAA DI FCS championship to earn a first-round bye, the first league program to accomplish that feat since Colgate in 2018. Fordham also made it onto the field, giving the Patriot League two representatives in the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2015, when the Rams and Colgate received bids. This season marks the sixth time since 1997 that the league has had two bids.
PATRIOT LEAGUE ANNOUNCES MAJOR AWARDS AND ALL LEAGUE TEAMS
Fordham Sr. QB Tim DeMorat was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year for the third straight year. Lafayette Sr. DL Malik Hamm received his second Defensive Player of the Year honor as the league announced the 2022 major football awards and All-League honors. Lehigh Fr. WR Geoffrey Jamiel was named Rookie of the Year. Holy Cross head coach Bob Chesney was named Dick Biddle Coach of the Year for the second year in a row and third overall after leading the Crusaders to their fourth straight league title.
EIGHT NAMED FINALISTS FOR STATS AWARD NATIONAL FCS AWARDS
Seven Patriot League student-athletes and one coach were named among the finalists for the FCS National Honors when announced by Stats Perform. Fordham’s DeMorat, Sr. WR Fotis Kokosioulis and Holy Cross Jr., QB Matt Sluka were named among the finalists for the Walter Payton Award, presented to national offensive player of the year. Lafayette’s Hamm and Fordham Gr. LB Ryan Greenhagen is among the nominees for the Buck Buchanan Award for National Defender of the Year. Georgetown Fr. DB Wedner Cadet is a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award given to FCS Freshman of the Year. Holy Cross Sr. RB Peter Oliver is a finalist for the Doris Robinson Award given to FCS Student Athlete of the Year for the second year running. Chesney of the Crusaders is a nominee for the Eddie Robinson Award, presented to FCS Coach of the Year. The winners will be announced on January 7th.
DEMORAT SCRATCHES HIS NAME ON THE LISTS OF CAREER LEADERS
Fordham Sr. QB Tim DeMorat tied in with Holy Cross’ Dominic Randolph by being named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year for the third straight year. Tim DeMorat is in the middle of his record season. He owns the league’s single-season records for passing yards (4,561), passing touchdowns (53), and touchdowns in charge (58) while leading FCS in all three categories. He broke Randolph’s records for career touchdowns accounting for (137) and touchdown passes (120). He is now 324 passing yards away from Randolph’s career record for passing yards. DeMorat leads FCS with 414.6 passing yards per game.
PL RUNNING EXECUTIVES
1. Michael Nebrich, Fordham (2006-09), 13,455
2. Tim DeMorat, Fordham (since 2018), 13.131
HAMM FINISHES FOURTH IN THE CAREER BAGS
Lafayette Sr. DL Malik Hamm recorded a late-game sack against Lehigh (Nov. 19) to give him 32.0 career sacks during his decorated career on College Hill. The two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year ranks third among active FCS players and also ranks 15th at FCS with 0.77 sacks per game this season.
PATRIOT LEAGUE CAREER APPROACHED LEADER
1. Andrew Hollingsworth, Towson (1997-90), 43.0
2. Tom Smith, Holy Cross (1986-88), 34.0
3. Nick Wheeler, Colgate (2016-19), 33.0
4. Malik Hamm, Lafayette (since 2018), 32.0
RAMS’ KOKOSIOULIS CLIMBING CAREER TD RECEPTION LIST
Fordham Sr. WR Fotis Kokosioulis took sole possession of second with two touchdown receptions in the Rams’ regular season finale against Colgate. He’s three touchdown receptions away from Lehigh’s Troy Pelletier for the Patriot League career record. Earlier this season, he had a record 320 receiving yards and four touchdowns at Ohio University. His 14 touchdown victories is second in the FCS and the second-best single-season total in Patriot League history, two just short of the 1993 record of 15 set by former Lehigh All-American and current Bucknell head coach Dave Cecchini. to break.
PATRIOT LEAGUE CAREER TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONIST GUIDE
1. Troy Pelletier, Lehigh (2014-17), 37
2. Fotis Kokosioulis, Fordham (since 2019), 35
GREENHAGEN FAR AWAY FROM THE TACKLES RECORD
Fordham Gr. LB Ryan Greenhagen finished third in the Patriot League and 24th in FCS with 9.4 tackles per game and amassed 100+ tackles for the third time in his distinguished career. Greenhagen ranks fourth in Patriot League history with a total of 414 tackles, 12 fewer than the league’s career record of 425 set by Lehigh’s Lee Picariello (1988-91) and Holy Cross’s David Streeter (1993-96). .
THE PATRIOT LEAGUE CAREER HIRES EXECUTIVES
1. Lee Picariello, Lehigh (1988-91), 425
1. David Streeter, Holy Cross (1993-96), 425
3. Rob McGovern, Holy Cross (1986-88), 420
4. Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham (since 2018), 414
HOLY CROSS’S NG BREAKS LEAGUE KICK SCORING RECORD
Holy Cross Sr. PK Derek Ng’s five-point performance against Lafayette helped him surpass Fordham’s Michael Marando for the Patriot League career kick-scoring record on October 22. Ng, who scored 46 field goals during his time in Worcester, also closes in Marando’s career field goals record of 47. The Las Vegas native moved up to fifth in the Patriot League career scoring charts ahead of Lehigh’s Dom Bragalone, who collected 312 points between 2015 and 18. Fordham’s Chase Edmonds holds the league record with 444 career points
PATRIOT LEAGUE CAREER SCORING LEADER
3. Nate Eachus, Colgate (2008-11), 330
4. Joe McCourt, Lafayette (2001-04), 326
5. Derek Ng, Holy Cross (since 2018), 315
ABOUT THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
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