Fordham Rams Remain Undefeated After Dominating Columbia
Added by Justin O'Connell on September 23, 2013.
(Photo from FordhamObserver.com)
Bronx, NY – After two close games, the Fordham Rams took their frustration out on the Columbia Lions, with a 52-7 victory, in the Bronx on Saturday. The Rams went into halftime up 10-0, but in the third quarter they came out and scored 28 points.
“To be honest we really didn’t make any schismatic adjustments. If you look at the first half numbers, offensively we had almost 350 yards at halftime and ten points to show for it. We just weren’t capitalizing on offense or in the red zone. We were turning the ball over and not finishing drives, so we just talked about the little things because we didn’t take care of the little things in the first half. So I said if we’re going to win this game we are going to have to take care of business. We were able to capitalize better on our opportunities in the red zone in the second half,” Moorhead said.
Fordham’s first drive of the second half ended with a fumble by its quarterback, Michael Nebrich. However, on Columbia’s next drive, its quarterback, Brett Nottingham, fumbled the ball and it was returned into the end zone for a touchdown, from there Fordham never looked back.
The Rams finished the game with over 600 yards of total offense, led by their quarterback, Michael Nebrich, who finished 32-of-38 for 347 yards, and three touchdowns. His favorite target on the day was Brian Wetzel. Wetzel had eight receptions for 116 yards, including two long touchdown receptions and was close to unstoppable on third down. Running back, Carlton Koonce also had a fantastic day, with 163 rushing yards on 24 attempts and two touchdowns.
While Fordham’s offense was surging, the defense was just as good, if not better. The Rams had five sacks, including two from Ian Williams, who also led the team in tackles (6), and seven tackles for loss. Nottingham was constantly under pressure, as he was being chased around the pocket, looking for receivers that were not open. The defense forced four turnovers, two interceptions and two fumbles.
“Our defense was tremendous and I’m very excited. After the opening game where we gave up 250 plus yards rushing, to come out against Villanova and create all those turnovers. Then against Temple to hold strong and now against Columbia for the third successful week and now for a complete game and almost get the shutout. It’s a complementary game and our offense, special teams, and defense are all chipping in to do their part. I’m just fired up about how our defense is playing,” Moorhead said.
The only way Fordham allowed its offense to stutter, was when they turned the ball over. They had five turnovers, including three fumbles by Nebrich, who even with the turnovers still had a better game than last season, where he severely injured his knee. Nebrich never let the turnovers affect him though, as he repeatedly got his team into the end zone.
“I don’t really like to talk about what happened last year, but it felt good to come out today. Obviously in the first half we struggled to get into the end zone, but we made some corrections and had a little more juice in the second half. I think we played a pretty good game, but me personally I have to limit all those turnovers,” Nebrich said.
This was a relieving win, after two extremely close games the past two weeks. Now, the Rams will have to face St. Francis in Pennsylvania to keep the momentum going. They are currently tied for first in the conference with a 1-0 record.