Football Falls on Senior Day
Bronx, N.Y. – Scoring against the Colgate defense this year has been as rare as a hen's teeth. The Fordham football squad discovered that today as the #11/12 Raiders shut out the Rams, 41-0, in a Patriot League game on Jack Coffey Field. With the loss, the Rams fall to 1-8 overall, 1-3 in the Patriot League, while Colgate stays perfect at 8-0 overall, 5-0 in the league. The Fordham offense couldn't get on track today, being held to 28 yards of total offense by the number-one ranked defense in the NCAA FCS. Takeaways • Fordham senior tight end Isaiah Searight, who had three catches for 33 yards today, now has 77 career receptions for 983 career yards. • Searight is looking to become the fourth Fordham tight end to reach 1,000 career receiving yards, joining Dan Light (1,594 from 2011-14), Stephen Skelton (1,313 from 2007-2010) and Jim Walls (1,021 from 1996-1999). • The Rams entered the game averaging just 4.25 penalties per game, eighth best in the NCAA FCS, and were whistled for just two today. • Anthony Diodato blocked a Colgate field goal attempt for Fordham, the first blocked field goal attempt for the Rams since 2014. • Fordham honored 22 players, two student managers, and two student trainers prior to the game. • The Rams were shutout for the first time since a 21-0 loss to Bucknell in 2011. • Colgate has won the past two meetings with the Rams. • The Raiders clinched at least a share of the 2018 Patriot League title with the win. By the Numbers 2.0 – Sacks by freshman linebacker Ryan Greenhagen, who entered the game leading the team with 6.0 sacks on the year. 3.0 – Tackles for loss recorded today by sophomore linebacker Glenn Cunningham, who entered the game leading the Rams with 14.5 on the season. 9.0 – Total tackles for loss for the Rams, who entered the game averaging 7.40/game, 24th-best in the NCAA FCS. 11 – Punts today by sophomore Andrew Mevis, one shy of the school single game record. 13 – Total tackles by sophomore linebacker Glenn Cunningham, tying his season-high. 181 – Career receptions for Austin Longi, who had four today, to bring his career total to 181, moving him ahead of Sam Ajala (2011-2014) and into fourth place on the Fordham career list. 2,333 – Career receiving yards for Austin Longi, who had 13 today, moving him ahead of Tom Garlick (1989-1992) and into sixth place on the Fordham career list. What's Next • The Rams take to the road to close out the 2018 season, starting with a trip to Worcester, Mass., to face the Holy Cross Crusaders in a Patriot League contest on Fitton Field next Saturday, November 10, at 12:00 p.m. • It will be 55th meeting between Fordham and Holy Cross on the gridiron. • The Crusaders lead the all-time series, which started in 1902, 28-25-2, including a 42-20 win on Jack Coffey Field last year when Peter Pujals completed 15 of 25 passes for 175 yards and two scores and Gabe Guild rushed ten times for 107 yards and one score. • Prior to Holy Cross' win last year, Fordham had won five straight in the series. • The Rams won the 2016 meeting, 54-14, on November 12 in Yankee Stadium as Chase Edmonds rushed for 119 yards and four scores, and Kevin Anderson completed 28 of 34 passes for 426 yards and three touchdowns. • Fordham is 15-14 against Holy Cross since joining the Patriot League. • The all-time Ram-Crusader Cup series is tied, 16-16. • The Rams are 12-9 against Holy Cross as the home team (7-6 on Jack Coffey Field), 9-15-1 at Holy Cross, 2-2-1 at the Polo Grounds and 1-1 at Yankee Stadium. • The two teams met once in Ireland in 1991 with the Crusaders winning, 24-19, and once in Bermuda, where the Rams prevailed, 17-10, in 1995.