Colgate runs all over Fordham for a 38-14 victory.
Last season, the Fordham Rams were soundly defeated by Colgate, 47-12, on Senior Day. In that game, star Raiders running back Nate Eachus shredded the Rams for 204 yards on 30 carries, a whopping 6.8 yards per carry, as Colgate picked up 316 yards on the ground in total. All told, the Raiders racked up 514 yards of offense that day.
Fast forward 10½ months to Saturday, and about the only thing that changed from last season’s loss was the venue. Eachus, now a senior, gashed Fordham for 228 yards this time and Colgate rushed for 347 yards in all. Add in 173 yards from sophomore quarterback Gavin McCarney, and the Raiders rolled up 520 yards of offense en route to a 38-14 victory over the Rams.
With the loss, the Rams dropped to 1-3 on the season.
The game started slowly, as the teams traded punts on the first three possessions of the game. After Fordham went for it on 4th-and-2 from the Colgate 40 and was stopped, the Raiders drove 58 yards, capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass from McCarney to Ed Pavalko, and Colgate had a 7-0 lead. Undaunted, freshman quarterback Peter Maetzold led the Rams right back, capping an 11-play, 62-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown strike to running back Carlton Koonce, who made an acrobatic catch in the end zone.
It looked like this year’s result would be different than last year’s, when the Raiders jumped out to a 40-0 lead en route to the easy victory. But immediately after Fordham tied the game, Colgate drove downfield for a field goal, and after forcing a punt, Eachus scored from 16 yards out to give the Raiders a 17-7 lead with 3:20 left in the first half.
In the second half, the Rams started with the ball and on the legs of running backs Darryl Whiting and Langston Lacroix drove down to the Colgate 3-yard line. However, on 3rd-and-2, Fordham was flagged for a false start, and on 3rd-and-7, Maetzold was sacked, fumbled, and the Raiders recovered. Colgate covered 82 yards in nine plays, capped off by a 7-yard touchdown run by McCarney on a keeper, and the Raiders had a 24-7 lead.
Colgate would score 14 more points to make it 31 unanswered before Ryan Higgins replaced Maetzold and led a 50-yard touchdown drive, as Langston Lacroix scored from four yards out for the final 38-14 margin.
The post-game report with all the highlights and an interview with Coach Masella is below.