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Football Opens 2018 Home Schedule

Bronx, N.Y. - The Fordham University football Rams their 2018 home schedule, the 118th varsity season at Rose Hill, by hosting the Stony Brook University Seawolves on Jack Coffey Field on Saturday, September 15, at 6:00 p.m. in a game presented by DKMS, a non-profit advocacy group that works to raise awareness of the need for donors for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, which people with blood cancers need for treatment. The game will be streamed live on Stadium and Facebook Watch with Gregg Caserta (p-b-p) and Ricky Cibrano (color) announcing and broadcast live on with Raffaele Elia (p-b-p), Emmanual Berbari (color) and Dominic Capone (sidelines) handling the announcing chores. Fordham enters the game with an 0-2 record, coming off a loss at Richmond last weekend, while Stony Brook is 1-1 on the season and is coming off a home win over Bryant University last Saturday. This will be the third meeting between Fordham and Stony Brook on the gridiron. It will be the first meeting on the NCAA FCS level as the previous two meeting occurred on the NCAA Division III level. The all-time series is tied 1-1. Fordham took the first meeting, 14-6, on Jack Coffey Field in 1987 while the Seawolves won the second, shutting out the Rams, 3-0, at Stony Brook in 1988. A few notes on the game: • On Jack Coffey Field, Fordham is 23-28 since 1970 in home openers but the Rams have won seven of their past eight home openers, having a six-game winning streak stopped by a 14-7 loss to then second-ranked Villanova in 2014. • Senior wide receiver Austin Longi, a Preseason All-Patriot League selection, has 12 catches for 121 yards and one touchdown this year to bring his career totals to 143 receptions, 1,836 yards and 16 touchdowns. • Longi ranks ninth on the Fordham career reception list, tenth on the career receiving yards list and tied for eight on the all-time touchdown reception list. • The Fordham captains for 2018 are senior defensive back Dylan Mabin, and senior tight end Isaiah Searight. • No New York area football team has won more games since 2012 than Fordham, who has amassed 50 victories over that stretch. The closest collegiate competitors are Stony Brook (41), Sacred Heart (38), and Rutgers (34), while the NFL's Giants and Jets have 42 and 38 wins, respectively, each.

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