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Cliff's Notes: Fordham at UC

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For those who haven't been paying close enough attention this week, I don't condone it, but here is a helpful cheat sheet so you can be an informed fan heading into Saturday's game against Miami.

Where: Nippert Stadium, (turf, outdoors)

When: Saturday, 7 p.m., FoxSportsOhio/700WLW. Also on Time Warner 315 (Sports Pass)

Forecast: Temperature in 60s, 20 percent chance of rain

2012 records: Bearcats 4-0, 1-0 Big East, Rams 4-2, 1-1 Patriot League

Tickets: Seats still available. Call 1-800-Cats-Tix or stop by the box office.

What to wear: There are no clothing mandates.

BearcatsD.jpgPast results: This is the first meeting between the two teams, they were the last team added to the schedule after West Virginia dropped out of the Big East. 

Need to know: The FBS Rams come from the Patriot league and will be outmanned in size, speed, quickness, experience, depth and pedigree. Other than that ...

Who to know: Fordham RB Carlton Koonce. He will run early and often. The Rams aren't shy giving the 5-8, 180-pound scat back opportunities. Koonce carried 35 times for 250 yards in a win against Columbia. In fact, over the last four weeks he carried at least 27 times every game for a average of 31 rushes for 158 yards. 

Defining matchup: Fordham defensive line vs. UC offensive line. The Rams lack the size and power of UC and struggle against the run even at the FCS level. Of 121 FCS teams their defense ranks 74th overall and 49th against the run. Meanwhile, the UC rushing attack runs 22nd in the nation and 15th in yards per rush. If the Bearcats decide to use their size, they can push Fordham up and down the field.   

Delving deeper: Looking for perspective, Fordham played one FBS AQ school last year when they traveled to UConn for the opener. That Connecticut team went on to finish 5-7 on the year but rolled up a 35-0 score through the first 41 minutes and eventually let the scrubs hold on for a 35-3 victory.

Connections: The Iron Major, Frank Cavanaugh began his legendary coaching career at UC in 1889, he eventually served in WWI then finished his coaching career at Fordham. So, there's that. 

By the numbers: Fordham placekicker Patrick Murray is a beast. He was named Sports Network placekicker player of the of the week for the third time this season this past week.

On the year he's 12 of 14 on field goals, including two from 50 or longer. He's also averaging 46.2 yards per punt. In the FBS, that number would be good for seventh in the country.,

By the numbers, Part II: Typical of these types of matchups, UC has jumped out early and often in recent years against FCS opponents. In the last five games against teams from the former Division I-AA, the first half scoring has been a combined 148-10.

Quotent Quotables: Munchie Legaux on if he works on different aspects of his game in a contest like this where the score can get out of hand quickly:

"No, you do the same thing. Same preparation, same gameplan. You go out with the same attitude. You don't want to take these guys lightly. We just want to go out there and execute. I am still working on those same small details whether it is Fordham, whether it is the next team."


Looking ahead: The sneaky scary game of the season looms next week as UC makes their first official road trip to an opponent's home stadium to play at Toledo. The Rockets haven't lost since nearly knocking off Arizona in the season opener. 

Hype video: No official movie trailer this week, but we do have this timelapse from the Battle for the Victory Bell. Enjoy the game.


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