Fordham Runs Away From Sacred Heart for First Playoff Win Since 2002

by Mike Watts
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Rams move on to Second Round to face #7 Towson

Behind an offensive outburst in the first half, and an impressive second half defensive performance, the Fordham Rams (12-1) defeated Sacred Heart (10-3) in the opening round of the FCS Playoffs, 37-27.

Michael Nebrich, the Patriot League offensive player of the year, threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, as the Rams jumped out to a 14 point half time advantage.  Keshaudas Spence, the newly minted NEC offensive player of the year, used a 65 yard first quarter touchdown run in the first half to key a 194 yard, two touchdown effort on the ground.  In the end, the Pioneers running game, which amassed nearly 250 yards, wasn't enough to overcome Fordham's explosive offense, and gutsy defensive performance, including two key second half interceptions.

Sacred Heart, who led the country in turnover margin and turnovers created, finished -3 in margin and only created one Fordham interception in their third loss of the season. The Sacred Heart defeat ends their first trip to the NCAA FCS Playoffs and their first winning season since 2008.

The Rams' dream season continues, as Fordham travels to Johnny Unitas Stadium outside Baltimore for a showdown with the #7 Towson Tigers in the Round of 16.

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