Fordham is New York's playoff team

December, 2, 2013
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The Giants and Jets are going nowhere this season, but New York does have a football team it can be proud of.

The Fordham Rams continued their magical season Saturday, defeating Sacred Heart 37-27 in the first round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Two years removed from going 1-10, Fordham is now 12-1 -- the most wins in school history in the modern era (since 1920).

The Rams' prolific offense is led by junior quarterback Mike Nebrich, who has thrown for nearly 4,000 yards (3,986) and leads the FCS in completion percentage (73.5 percent).

Nebrich has plenty of weapons at his disposal. Fordham features three 1,000-yard receivers (Sam Ajala, Tebucky Jones Jr. and Brian Wetzel, all juniors) and a 1,000-yard running back (senior Carlton Koonce). Ajala leads the FCS in receiving yards (1,526).

And Nebrich did not play due to injury in the Rams' lone loss, a 27-14 defeat at Lafayette on Nov. 16.

Next up is a game at 10-2 Towson, on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. (The game will be broadcast via ESPN3.)

Towson is the No. 7 seed in the bracket. Eight teams received seeds and first-round byes.

It should be a high-scoring affair. Fordham is ranked 12th in the FCS in scoring (38.3 points per game), while Towson is 16th (37.2).

The Tigers have the second-leading rusher in the FCS, Terrance West (1,875 yards). West leads the FCS in rushing touchdowns (30).

Both teams own wins over Football Bowl Subdivision teams this season. Towson beat Connecticut, while Fordham took down Temple.

In terms of common opponents, both Fordham and Towson defeated Holy Cross. Fordham beat Villanova, but Towson lost to the Wildcats.

The winner of this game will play the winner of No. 2 seed Eastern Illinois and Tennessee State in the national quarterfinals.

The national championship game will played on Saturday, Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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