Bucknell Analysis, Holy Cross Preview
Fordham to face Holy Cross in the final game in the season.
Turnovers and special teams errors are the kind of mistakes that keep football coaches up at night. We don’t know Rams Head Coach Tom Masella’s sleep patterns, but his frustration with such errors during Saturday’s 21-0 loss at the hands of the Bucknell Bison was clear when he sat down with Kyle Kesses and I for the penultimate installment of Monday Night Quarterback. A trio of interceptions, coupled with a pair of lost fumbles contributed to a total of six offensive series that came to a premature end (the Rams also turned the ball over on downs at the beginning of the fourth quarter).
We examined a bumpy first half that saw four turnovers by the Fordham offense as well as a blocked punt and field goal. Despite the setbacks, the Rams entered the locker room within two touchdowns. Coach Masella broke down the struggles of the offense in the second half as well, specifically within the red zone. In a half when they had only four offensive possessions, the Rams came away with no points despite two trips to the red zone and reaching Bison territory each time they had the ball. He attributed the struggles inside the twenty mainly to the lack of a potent running attack, a facet of the game that has plagued his team all season. The lack of offensive execution kept the Rams from overcoming the mistakes of the first half despite a mostly stout defensive effort over the final thirty minutes.
Carlton Koonce, the wide receiver who transitioned from running back earlier this season joined us for our 'Inside the Huddle' segment. He took us through the ins and outs of the switch, as well as what brought him to Fordham as a transfer last season after a season with Hofstra’s now defunct program. We challenged him by asking who is the Ram’s fastest player (hint: he’s definitely in the conversation).
Finally, Coach Masella rejoined us for a brief breakdown of the upcoming battle for the Ram-Crusader Cup on Saturday as Holy Cross comes to Jack Coffey Field. It will also serve as Senior Day, for which Coach shed some light his plans on playing the several Rams who will see their final collegiate action.
Fordham will play their final game of the season on Saturday afternoon when they host the Holy Cross Crusdaders at 1:00. You can listen to the game beginning with the One on One Pre-Game Report at 12:50 on both 90.7 FM and wfuv.org.