PATRIOT LEAGUE ON ESPN WEEK WEEK PREVIEW
Patriot League’s Maria Trivelpiece previews Week 9 around the League, including the game between No. 15/22 Fordham and No. 8/5 Holy Cross. She also reflects on the performance of second-year Colgate quarterback Michael Brescia against Georgetown and the game-winning kick of Bucknell freshman kicker Matt Schearer against Lehigh.
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HOLY CROSS’S REYNOLDS SPECIALIZED IN PICKS AND PICKS
Holy Cross senior free safety Walter Reynolds, who ranks among FCS’ active leaders with seven interceptions, talks to Patriot League’s Maria Trivelpiece about realizing his talent for photography. The sociology major discusses the switch from video to photography during the pandemic and everything he’s learned about his new craft along the way.
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FORDHAM QUARTERBACK TIM DEMORAT WAS TO MAKE HISTORY
After having the most yards per game (431.9) and passing touchdowns (33) in Week Seven, DeMorat is down to just three touchdown passes to break New York’s record 35 touchdown passes. the Patriot League established by Michael Nebrich of Fordham. This season, DeMorat is averaging 4.71 touchdowns per game, and he has the opportunity to go down in the record books this weekend against Holy Cross. He remained a favorite for the Walter Payton Award after his time off last week and is ranked second in this week’s FCS Quarterback Power Rankings. Holy Cross junior quarterback Matthew Sluka is tied for fifth in this weekend’s game against the Rams.
FCS QUARTER RANKING
NCAA.COM HIGHLIGHTS ‘BALANCE’ AS KEY TO HOLY CROSS SUCCESS
NCAA.com’s Stan Becton posted one thing that every undefeated FCS team does better than anyone else. He determined that the offensive-defensive balance made No. 8 Holy Cross special this year. Not only do they have the seventh-leading defense in eight weeks, but quarterback Matthew Sluka has led a consistent offense, averaging 36 points per game.
NCAA UNDEFEATED ARTICLE
HOLY CROSS AND FORDHAM RISE IN CBSSPORTS.COM POWER RANKINGS
Heading into Week 9 action, Holy Cross and Fordham each moved up Emory Hunt’s FCS Power rankings on CBSSports.com. Holy Cross comes in at No. 5 and Fordham at No. 12. The Crusaders remain one of three undefeated teams remaining in the top 10. The two programs face off this Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN+.
FCS COACH SURVEY CBSSPORTS.COM
HOLY CROSS PROJECTED AN AUTOMATIC OFFER IN HERO SPORTS BRACKETOLOGY
Hero Sports’ Sam Herder released his predictions for the FCS playoffs and listed Holy Cross as the No. 8 seed. of the season could prevent an 11-0 team from getting a seed. Fordham was the first bubble team left out, and a win over the Rams could help the Crusaders earn that seed.
PREDICTIONS FOR HERO SPORTS FCS PLAYOFFS
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Jeremy Huber chats with Georgetown head football coach Rob Sgarlata about last week’s game at Colgate before previewing the Hoyas’ week nine game at Lafayette. Sgarlata shares the team’s theme of “finishing” as they look to take another step towards improvement and late execution in close games. He also talks about the performances of graduate wide receiver Joshua Tomas, linebacker Justin Fonteneaux, senior defensive back Jovone Campbell and freshman defensive lineman Mateen Ibirogba.
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CHANGES IN MOMENTUM, CHANGES IN MIND: INSIDE DEVIN HASKINS’ REVOLUTIONARY SEASON
Holy Cross senior cornerback Devin Haskins is introduced midway through his breakout season for the Crusaders. The Prosper, Texas native’s love of special teams and childhood love of football are discussed. He also talks about the change in perspective after spending part of the spring semester in Texas helping his family after his father was seriously injured in an accident.
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LAFAYETTE SPORTS NETWORK BEHIND THE MICROPHONE AND INSIDE THE HUDDLE
Lafayette Sports Network’s Gary Laubach and Mike Joseph reflect on the Leopards’ heartbreaking loss to No. 8/5 Holy Cross, then look to this Saturday’s game against Georgetown on behind the mic. Joseph goes Inside the caucus to talk about the importance of “staying on schedule” on offense. He talks in depth about gaining positive yards at the start of a series of downs to allow a team to open the playbook.
LOOK BEHIND THE MIC | INSIDE THE NUDDLE
GEORGETOWN HOYAS (1-6, 0-3 PL) AT LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (2-5, 1-1 PL)
Fisher Stadium/Easton, PA 12:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
BROADCAST (ESPN+): PxP – Gary Laubach; Analyst – Mike Joseph; On the Sidelines – Meghan Caffrey, John Leone, Phil Ng
Series History: Georgetown and Lafayette will meet for the 25th time in series history, with the Leopards holding a 15-9 advantage. The two programs first met in 1902 in Lafayette’s 23-0 victory.
Last meeting: (October 30, 2021) – Lafayette 24, at Georgetown 23 – Despite WR Joshua Tomas’ then-career-high 137 receiving yards and one touchdown, Lafayette was able to erase a 17-0 deficit to claim a 24 – 23 wins at Cooper Field. Leopards QB Ah-Shaun Davis completed 15 of 22 for 203 yards and a touchdown, while RB Selwyn Simpson had 92 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in the comeback victory.
REMARKS: GEORGETOWN | LAFAYETTE
COLGATE RAIDERS (2-5, 1-1 PL) AT BUCKNELL BISON (1-6, 1-2 PL)
Christy Mathewson – Memorial Stadium/Lewisburg, PA 1 p.m. (ESPN+)
BROADCAST (ESPN+): PxP – Doug Birdsong; Analysts – Kevin Herr
RADIO BROADCAST (WVLY 100.9 The Valley): PxP – Joe Vasile
Series history: Colgate and Bucknell meet for the 70th time in series history, with the Raiders holding a 51-18 advantage in a series that began in 1894. The Raiders had won six straight games in the series until the Bison recorded a 32-14 win in 2019.
Last Meeting: (Oct. 30, 2021) – At Colgate 33, Bucknell 10 – In his first start for the Raiders, QB Michael Brescia completed 13 of 15 pass attempts for 162 yards and rushed 13 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns. LB Milton Braasch II finished with 11 tackles and 3.0 TFL to lead the Colgate defense. Bucknell QB Nick Semptimphelter went 5-for-7 for 66 yards and a touchdown, and S Jonathan Searcy had a career-high 10 tackles.
NOTES: COLGATE | BUCKNEL
NOPE. 15/22 FORDHAM RAMS (6-1, 2-0 PL) AT NO. 8/5 HOLY CROSS CROSS (7-0, 3-0 PL)
Fitton Field/Worcester, Mass. 1 p.m. (ESPN+)
BROADCAST (ESPN+): PxP – Kevin Gehl; Analyst – Kevin Shea; Sideline – Andy Lacombe
RADIO BROADCAST (WFUV 90.7 FM/WFUVSports.org): PxP – Andrew Gullotta; Analyst – Ryan Gregware
Series history: Holy Cross and Fordham meet for the 60th time in series history and the 37th time since the Ram-Crusader Cup was awarded in honor of Maj. Frank Cavanaugh, who served as coach Head of both programs. The Crusaders have won five straight since 2017, helping them go 32-25-2 in the series. Holy Cross is 21-15 against Fordham in Ram-Crusader Cup games.
Last Meeting: (November 13, 2021) – At Holy Cross 35, Lafayette 10 – Holy Cross scored the game’s final 35 points to clinch at least a share of the Patriot League title and their third straight trip to the FCS Playoffs with a 55-24 victory over Fordham. Crusaders QB Matthew Sluka completed 11 of 18 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 105 yards and two other scores. RB Jordan Fuller rushed for a career-high three touchdowns. Fordham QB Tim DeMorat threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
REMARKS: FORDHAM | THE HOLY CROSS
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