Fordham outlasts Bison in OT
November 8, 2014 - Finding Carter
LEWISBURG — With Patriot League championship hopes on a line it was Bucknell’s diversion to remove late in a affair.
Tied during 17, Bucknell’s Evan Byers forced a fail low in Fordham domain with underneath 5 mins left to play. With 3:15 remaining in a diversion quarterback Trey Lauletta connected with Will Carter for a 28-yard touchdown pass on third-and-25 to put a Bison adult 24-17 after a additional point.
But a preseason Patriot League favorite Fordham Rams weren’t done. The Rams used 65 seconds to shelve adult 75 yards with Chase Edmonds capping off a expostulate with a four-yard touchdown to send a diversion to overtime, where a Rams went on to win 30-27.
“Our kids played their hearts out, and they do all a time,” Bucknell manager Joe Susan pronounced after a loss. “But we only told them, there’s no condolence in close-game mentality. You can’t have that and be a championship program.”
Bucknell began overtime with possession during a 25-yard line. A three-and-out resulted in kicker Derek Maurer backing adult for a 44-yard margin idea attempt, that he drilled to give a Bison a 27-24 edge.
Fordham wasn’t prepared to concede a diversion to go any further. On a Rams’ second play of their possession quarterback Peter Maetzold strike receiver Sam Ajala for 18 yards, environment Fordham adult with first-and-goal during a 10. A touchdown was all they would need to finish a diversion and explain during slightest a share of a joining crown.
After an incompletion on initial down, Maetzold rolled right before throwing behind opposite his physique to a far-reaching open Tebucky Jones who ran a dilemma route. Jones held a ball, dragged his feet and pennyless a hearts of a Bison true as a Rams claimed a 30-27 win.
“I ran a small brief post-corner and we knew my male was on me, we pennyless to a post and we had it. we knew a diversion was over,” Jones pronounced of a game-sealing play.
“I feel empty,” Susan said. “The immediacy of overtime sets in when we know if they measure a game’s over.”
The Rams started a diversion with possession and looked well-spoken as silk for their initial 7 plays of a game, with Maetzold going 5-5 flitting to get his side into a redzone. Maetzold’s sixth pass was damaged adult in a endzone before being intercepted by Louis Taglianetti to pitch movement to Bucknell. Taglianetti had dual interceptions for a Bison.
After a three-and-out though, Fordham would tip off a second expostulate with Edmonds cashing in on a third-and-goal dive play. The additional indicate put a Rams adult 7-0 with only over 3 mins left in a first.
On Bucknell’s subsequent expostulate they looked to have stalled during a Rams 30-yard line as they were forced into a fourth-and-12 situation. With a breeze during their face, they inaugurated to go for it instead of perplexing a margin goal. The risk paid off with Lauletta anticipating Carter for a initial down, and dual plays after Lauletta found Jake Hartman in a dilemma of a endzone to even a measure during 7 a piece. Lauletta finished a diversion going 13-26 by a atmosphere for 191 yards and 3 touchdowns.
“I suspicion he played a gutsy opening since that’s a good defensive team,” Susan pronounced of his quarterback, who was stuffing in for harmed starter R.J. Nitti. “It’s well-developed when a immature male like him, who has been a second-stringer his whole career, has a possibility to step up.”
Fordham responded with a 10-play expostulate that resulted in a Michael Marando 24-yard margin idea to put a Rams behind on tip with 10 mins to play in a initial half.
Not to be outdone, Bucknell’s Derek Maurer nailed a 31-yard margin idea on a indirect possession to even a measure 10-10 with underneath 5 mins to play in a quarter.
Fordham would recover a lead though, regulating 2:13 to expostulate 80 yards capped off with Maetzold attack Dan Light on a join track for a 29-yard score, giving a Rams a 17-10 advantage streamer into halftime.
Bucknell took a second half kickoff and gathering to within Maurer’s range, though a kicker’s 47-yard try was hardly far-reaching right. Fordham went three-and-out after a turnover, giving a Bison a round during their possess 25.
True to a back-and-forth inlet of a game, Bucknell evened a measure once again, this time with a 13-play, 75-yard drive. Lauletta strike Patrick Kelly on first-and-goal from a dual to even a measure during 17 with 4:30 left in a third quarter.
The furious fourth entertain that came to a conduct in overtime with Fordham winning set a Bison behind to 7-2 on a deteriorate and handed them their initial joining detriment of a year. Fordham moves to 9-1 altogether and 5-0 in Patriot League play, giving them during slightest a share of a joining climax and a involuntary FBS playoff birth.
Note: The diversion was promote nationally on CBS Sports Network. The diversion lasted scarcely 4 hours long, due to visit radio timeouts and also a glow in a benefaction mount that resulted in a check in a initial quarter.