Fordham Rams fall to Colgate 41-39 in Epic Finale

by Alex Smith
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The Rams Can’t Complete Comeback, but Program’s Future is Very Bright

On Saturday afternoon, the 2012 Patriot League Champion Colgate Raiders defeated
the Fordham Rams 41-39 in a game that electrified the fans at Jack Coffey Field.

It was Senior Day at Rose Hill. Vital members of the Rams’ past four seasons, like
Ryan Higgins, Michael Martin, Patrick Murray, Brendan Melanophy, and many others were
all honored before the game for their contributions to the Fordham football program. Once
the action got underway, it didn’t stop. The Rams trailed 7-0 early, but came right back to
score 16 unanswered points. The Raiders would answer right before halftime to make the
score 16-14 Fordham through two quarters of play.

The second half was one to remember. After a relatively quiet third quarter in
which Colgate took the lead 21-19, the fireworks were on full display in the 4 th quarter. The
teams would go blow for blow in what turned out to be a heavyweight bout. Every time
it looked like the Raiders were about to KO the Rams, the Fordham offense stayed in the
game by giving the ball to Carlton Koonce, who would rack up a total of 232 rushing yards
on the afternoon, giving him the best single-season rushing total in Fordham history.
After Koonce scored his third touchdown of the afternoon, the score was 35-33 Colgate
with 2:53 left on the clock. The Rams needed a defensive stop, but on third down and
two from the Fordham 36, Raiders QB Gavin McCarney ran for 30 yards to take it to the
Fordham six yard line.

After a the Rams burned their final timeout, Joe Moorhead decided to tell his defense
to let the Raiders score and then go block the extra point. It was the only way for the Rams
to stay in the game. The Raiders ran it in untouched on the next play, making the score 41-
33. The Rams hadn’t blocked a PAT all season. That all changed on one memorable play.
The snap was slightly high, and the kick from Andrew Burgess was swatted down at the
line.

Fordham got the ball back, down eight points with one minute and fifty five seconds
on the clock, no timeouts remaining.

Ryan Higgins knew that he had one last drive in his Fordham career, and the senior
signal caller marched the team down the field, completing a couple of huge passes to Brian
Wetzel. Playing at a frenetic pace, the Rams would march down to Raiders 19 yard line.
On a fourth down and six play, Higgins stared down the pressure and completed a pass
to Wetzel down the sidelines for a 19 yard touchdown. With the score 41-39 Colgate, the
Rams went for two, but an option to Blake Wayne was stopped shy of the goal line.

The Raiders took the game 41-39, but they could take nothing away from the
unbelievable effort and extraordinary season from the 2012 Rams. Coming off of a 1-10
year, with a new coaching staff in place, there weren’t many high expectations in the Bronx.
Don’t tell that to Joe Moorhead or to his players. Moorhead won over the team right away
and they gave 110% every game. The Rams lost three conference games by a grand total of
eight points, and showed the rest of the Patriot League that these aren’t the same Rams as
in seasons past. With Joe Moorhead at the helm, the future of Fordham football is very
bright.

To hear the complete One on One Postgame report with Mack Rosenberg, DJ Sixsmith and
myself, click the plug-in below.

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