BRONX, N.Y. (Nov. 30) Quarterback Michael Nebrich passed for 413 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 9 Fordham (12-1) to a 37-27 win over Sacred Heart in the first round of the NCAA FCS playoffs at Coffey Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Rams will travel to Unitas Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 7, to face the seventh-seeded Tigers (10-2) in the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs. Buses will be leaving from the Rose Hill campus.
Michael Marando kicked a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter for the Rams as they held off Sacred Heart. The Pioneers had rallied from a 31-17 halftime deficit to cut their deficit to 31-27 at the end of the third quarter.
Fordham forced four turnovers in the victory.
Fordham and Towson were rivals in the Patriot League from 1997 to 2003. The schools played seven times and the Rams own a 4-3 series lead. The teams played four times at Unitas Stadium and each team won twice.
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The NCAA FCS championship appearance is the third for Fordham, the first since 2007 (the other occurred in 2002). In 2002, Fordham won its first ever NCAA FCS playoff game with a 29-24 win at Northeastern before being eliminated by Villanova in the second round, 24-10. In 2007, Fordham dropped a first round decision at Massachusetts, 49-35.