Football 4/3/2021 7:47:11 PM
Bucknell clinches South Division; Fordham earns first North Division win
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Bucknell clinched the Patriot League South Division title to earn a spot in the first Patriot League Football Championship Game. The Bison defeated Lehigh, 6-0, to finish divisional play 2-0.
The North Division crown will be decided on the final day of the regular season on Saturday, April 10. The Patriot League Football Championship Game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network on Saturday, April 17 at 2 p.m.
2020-21 Patriot League Spring Football Standings
|School||DIV.||DIV. PCT.||PL||PL PCT.|
! Clinched a berth in the Patriot League Championship Game
BUCKNELL BISON (2-0 PL, 2-0 South) 6, AT LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (0-2 PL, 0-1 SOUTH) 0
Goodman Stadium | Bethlehem, Pa. ………………………………………Saturday, April 3, Noon, ET (ESPN+)
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Senior placekicker Ethan Torres connected on a pair of field goals, and Bucknell’s defense stifled Lehigh on their way to a 6-0 victory to clinch the South Division title and a spot in the Patriot League Football Championship Game.
*Torres connected on a 26-yard field goal with 4:50 remaining in the second quarter. He hit from 24 yards with 6:13 left in the third quarter to complete the scoring for the game.
*The Bison defense held the Mountain Hawks to 190 yards of total offense, recording five sacks, led by two from freshman defensive lineman Mike Bright Jr. Senior linebacker Gerrit Van Itallie finished with a team-leading seven tackles and 1.0 sack.
*Junior wide receiver Dominic Lyles led Bucknell’s offense with 14 catches for 103 yards. His 14 receptions matched junior wide receiver Brandon Sanders’s single-game program record.
*Senior quarterback Logan Bitikofer completed 13-of-18 passes for 83 yards, while junior quarterback Tarrin Earle finished 9-of-16 for 64 yards and 33 rushing yards.
*Lehigh sophomore quarterback Cross Wilkinson completed 17-of-28 pass attempts for 167 yards, and junior wide receiver Austin Dambach finished with four catches for 65 yards.
*Senior linebacker Pete Haffner made a game-high 11 tackles, while freshman defensive back Corey Melzer added eight tackles.
*Freshman defensive lineman Trevor Harris had two tackles, 1.5 TFLs and 1.0 sack for the Mountain Hawks defense.
RECAPS: BUCKNELL | LEHIGH
AT FORDHAM RAMS (1-1 PL, 1-1 North) 40, COLGATE RAIDERS (0-2 PL, 0-1 NORTH) 8
Jack Coffey Field | Bronx, N.Y……………………………………….Saturday, April 3, 4 p.m., ET (ESPN+)
BRONX, N.Y. – Junior quarterback Tim DeMorat and senior running back Trey Sneed each rushed for two touchdowns, and the Rams’ defense forced seven turnovers to lead Fordham to a 40-8 North Division victory over Colgate at Jack Coffey Field.
*Sneed rushed 23 times for 93 yards and two scores while catching five passes for another 62 yards to lead the Rams’ offense. DeMorat completed 22-for-31 passes for 274 and an interception along with two rushing touchdowns.
*Senior defensive lineman Jackson Imperati intercepted a tipped pass and returned it for a touchdown in the first quarter, helping set the tone for the Rams’ defense.
*Fordham sophomore defensive back Stephen Williams II intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble on the day, while sophomore defensive backs Jackson Barletta and B.J. Ferguson also picked off passes.
*Junior linebacker Ryan Greenhagen finished with a Patriot League season-high 16 tackles to go along with 1.0 TFL to hold the Raiders to eight points.
*Colgate senior quarterback Grant Breneman rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown while completing 16-of-33 pass attempts for 182 yards and four interceptions. Junior wide receiver Garrett Oakey had four catches for 73 yards to lead the Raiders.
*Colgate junior linebacker Jared Petrichick finished with eight tackles and 1.0 sack, and junior defensive back Will Gruber had an interception in the loss.
RECAPS: COLGATE | FORDHAM
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