A blocked field goal at the buzzer kept Fordham's perfect season alive on Saturday
There's a great football story brewing in New York City, and it has nothing to do with the Giants or Jets. Over in the Bronx, Fordham outlasted Bucknell on Saturday, 23-21, to move to 10-0 on the season. But they didn't get there without a little luck.
As Fordham attempted to kneel the ball with 55 seconds to play, Bucknell pulled a page out of Greg Schiano's playbook and rushed the line of scrimmage. For once, the strategy worked as the Bison knocked the ball out of quarterback Peter Maetzold's hands and took possession of the ball. Fifty-three seconds later, Bucknell lined up for a game-winning 37-yard field goal.
The kick was blocked.
The win was Fordham's fourth by three points or less this season, and second in as many weeks. Only road trips to Lafayette and Colgate (combined record: 7-12) stand in between Fordham and a perfect season.
No matter the outcome from here on out, though, second-year head coach Joe Moorhead has already produced one of the best turnaround efforts in college football. Fordham was 1-11 the year before his hiring, and jumped to 6-5 in his debut season. Now they're 10-0 and ranked seventh nationally. A record-setting quarterback at Fordham in the 1990's and returning to his alma mater after three seasons as Connecticut's offensive coordinator, Moorhead has the Rams ranked fourth in FCS in total offense, third in passing offense, fourth in passing efficiency, 12th in scoring offense, fourth in third down conversions and third in first downs. This is the same team that ranked 119th nationally in scoring offense two seasons ago.
Fordham is ineligible for the Patriot League title because the Rams use scholarship players but, after where they were two years ago, settling for a 12-0 season and a top five final ranking is an ending we're guessing Moorhead and his team will happily accept.