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Bryant falls to Fordham, 29-14, Saturday

Louis Walker Photo
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SMITHFIELD, R.I.  – Fordham University scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, defeating the Bryant University football team, 29-14, on Saturday afternoon at Beirne Stadium.

The Bulldogs led 7-6 at the half and 14-6 heading into the fourth quarter but the Rams scored on four-straight fourth-quarter possessions to earn the victory.

Sophomore Daniel Adeboboye (Toronto, Ont.) rushed for a career-high 99 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 22 carries, while Anthony Frederick (Hollywood, Fla.) caught four passes for 62 yards, including his first-career touchdown.

Senior Tomas Wright (St. Augustine, Fla.) led the defense with a career-high 11 tackles, while sophomore Joe Andreessen (Depew, N.Y.) posted seven tackles, two sacks and three tackles for a loss. Junior David Onyemem (Dracut, Mass.) intercepted his second-career pass.  

GAME INFORMATION
Fordham 29, Bryant 14
Records: Bryant (0-3), Fordham (1-2)
Attendance: 1,362

Coach Merritt's Comments

"We played good football in the first half. We played with a purpose. In the second half, when our backs are against the wall, we have to find a way to make plays. We need to find a way to execute when our backs are against the wall."

Key Moment

  • Fordham took the lead for the first time and for good when Tim DeMorat connected with Fotis Kokosioulis for a 45-yard touchdown with 6:40 left in the game.

How It Happened

  • Bryant grabbed the lead with a 12-play, 85-yard drive late in the first quarter. The drive was aided by a targeting foul on Fordham. Frederick then caught a 14-yard pass and added 14 more on a reverse to help setup a four-yard TD run from Adeboboye.
  • The Rams would make it 7-6 game at the half as Andrew Mevis kicked a pair of field goals.
  • Bryant extended its lead on its second drive of the second half. Redshirt sophomore Chris Hindle (Cranston, R.I.) connected with graduate student Hunter Hill (Memphis, Tenn.) on third-and-long and then hit Frederick for a 38-yard scoring strike.
  • Mevis then capped a 15-play drive with his third field goal of the game, starting a string of four-straight scoring drives. Kokosioulis' TD catch gave the Rams the lead, Zach Davis' 48-yard TD run extended the lead to eight and DeMorat's 20-yard TD run put the game away.

Stats

  • Fordham outgained Bryant, 444-238. The Rams ran 25 more plays than the Bulldogs.
  • Bryant was 4-of-15 on third downs, while Fordham was 8-for-21.
  • Hindle finished 14-of-25 for 137 yards and a touchdown.
  • Adeboboye rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.
  • Frederick caught four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.
  • Senior Vincent Nisivoccia (Nutley, N.J.) caught six passes for 31 yards.
  • Wright posted 11 tackles, a strip sack and a QB hurry.
  • Onyemem posted eight tackles to go along with his interception.
  • Andreessen had seven tackles, two sacks and three TFLs.
  • Senior Jesse Nemerowicz (Hudson, Mass.) posted five tackles and a sack.

Notes and Notables

  • Bryant falls to 3-2 all-time against Fordham. 
  • The Bulldogs had a six-game winning streak in home openers snapped. Bryant is now 10-2 in home openers at the DI level. 
  • Nemerowicz's five tackles give him 249 in his career.
  • Wright's 11 tackles are a new career high.  
  • He now has 23 career sacks and 30.0 career tackles for a loss.  
  • Nisivoccia's six catches give him 101 for his career. He's the seventh player in program history to post 100 career receptions.  
  • Andreessen posted the first two sacks of his career.
  • Adeboboye set a career high in rushing for the second-straight week.
  • Onyemem's interception is the second of his career. He also posted an INT at Howard last fall.

Up Next

The Bulldogs continue their three-game homestand next Saturday when they welcome in-state rival Brown to Beirne Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.