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Football defeats Bucknell in OT, Wins Patriot League Title

Football defeats Bucknell in OT, Wins Patriot League Title
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Fordham wins the Patriot League for the first time since 2007.

Fordham defeated to Bucknell 30-27 in overtime to clinch the Patriot League title and an automatic bid in the FCS playoffs. 

With Michael Nebrich still sidelined after his appendectomy, Peter Maetzold started in his second straight game for the Rams. Fordham lead 17-10 heading into the third, but Bucknell would tie it on a touchdown reception by tight end Patrick Kelly from quarterback Trey Lauletta. 

Scoring started late in the fourth as well, and it came off Forhdam's third turnover on the day. Bucknell forced Maetzold to fumble, which gave them the ball at the Fordham 16. The turnover led to a Will Carter touchdown reception to put Bucknell ahead 24-17 late the fourth but the Ram offense responded with a four play, 75 yard drive that ended with an Edmond's touchdown to tie the score again at 24.

No one would score in the last two minutes of the fourth and the game went to overtime. Bucknell got the ball first in OT and hit a 44 yard field goal to go up 27-24, but Maetzold found Tebucky Jones Jr. in the endzone for the touchdown and the 30-24 victory, giving Fordham the Patriot League championship. 

Despite three turnovers, Maetzold completed 24 of 34 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Chase Edmonds added two touchdowns as well giving him 20 on the season, a single season record, along with 105 yards on 21 carries. 

The Patriot League champions return home to Rose Hill next Saturday, Nov. 15, to take on Georgetown University on Senior Day. 

Listen below for the final play, head Coach Joe Moorhead, Maetzold, Jones Jr. and the One on One post game report.