Honor for Ford
FCS Notes: Jacksonville State rushes for a first; Fordham eyes 3-0
Last Updated - September 12, 2013 4:46 GMT
Celebrating his 76th birthday Wednesday, Albany head coach Bob Ford ran the programís first practice at the schoolís brand-new $19 million multi-sport complex.
The stadium field turf is named in honor of Ford, the only coach the Albany football program has known. Ford, who is in his 44th season, has built the program from the ground up, taking the Great Danes from a club team to an FCS contender. With 265 career victories, Ford ranks second among all active college football coaches and first among NCAA Division I active coaches. Ford, who is set to retire at the end of the year, has won four Northeast Conference Coach of the Year honors and led the Great Danes to six NEC
The state-of-the-art 8,500-seat facility includes a distinct press level with four luxury suites, booths for radio, television, coaching, replay, and print media, as well as 20 high-definition televisions distributed throughout the level.
The stadium also features a $1.1 million Daktronics scoreboard with a 39 by 22 high-definition video display and point-source sound system behind the south end zone.
The Great Danes will officially unveil the new stadium at 7 p.m. ET Saturday when they play Rhode Island in the programís inaugural Colonial Athletic Association game.
Jacksonville State four make an FCS first
Four Jacksonville State offensive players combined for 539 rushing yards and five touchdowns to become the first FCS institution to have four players rush for 100 or more yards (only seventh time overall in Division I history) in the Gamecocksí 48-13 win against Jacksonville. Running back Troymaine Pope had 160 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns and averaged 10.0 yards per carry. Running back Miles Jones had 138 yards on 20 carries, while quarterback Eli Jenkins had 128 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Running back DaMarcus James had 105 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown. The quartet helped establish Jacksonville State rushing records for most yards rushing (523) and most carries (70).
Fordham goes for best start since 1988
The last time Fordham started the season 3-0, Ronald Reagan was President of the United States, cell phones were nowhere to be found and college seniors were not even born yet. And the Rams were not even an FCS program, as their last 3-0 open to a year came in their final season in Division III in 1988. Fordham has a chance to change that at 1 p.m. ET Saturday when it shoots for a 3-0 start while visiting FBS member Temple. The Rams opened 2-0 for the first time since 2003 when they upset Villanova 27-24 on Saturday. Fordham also goes for the first win by a Patriot League team over an FBS opponent since Colgate beat Buffalo in 2003.
Southern Utah moved to 2-0 with a 49-0 victory against Division II Fort Lewis in Cedar City, Utah, last Saturday. The Thunderbirds are 2-0 for the first time since 2006. Southern Utah travels to Washington State on Saturday seeking its first 3-0 start since 1980. Saturdayís shutout over Fort Lewis was the Thunderbirdsí first since a 52-0 win against Dixie State in 2010.
Lighting up the scoreboard
McNeese State improved to 2-0 after a 58-14 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff last Saturday in Lake Charles, La. The Cowboys are 2-0 for the second consecutive season. In the FCS, the Cowboys are ranked No. 1 in the nation in scoring (55.5 ppg) and have scored 50 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time since the 2008 season. McNeese will be looking to score 50 or more in three consecutive games for the first time in school history. An amazing and very proficient statistical mark, the McNeese offense has scored in 17 of its 23 possessions this season, including 17 of the past 19.
Big tally for Taliaferro
Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro is the first player in program history to have more than 200 rushing yards after the first two games of the season. Taliaferro has gained 213 yards on the ground through Coastal Carolinaís first two games of 2013, bettering the old mark of 187 rushing yards after two games by Aundres Perkins in 2004.
Liberty senior Kevin Fogg recorded a 29-yard pick-6 last Saturday against Monmouth ó his sixth career touchdown return and first interception return for a TD. He is the first player in Big South history with return touchdowns on an interception (1), fumble (1), punt (1) and kickoff (3). Fogg is tied as the Big Southís all-time leader for most kickoff return touchdowns, and coupled with his one career punt return score, he is second in league history with four kick return TDs. He needs one to tie the all-time mark of five, set by former Liberty wide receiver Dominic Bolden (3 KR, 2 PR) from 2005-08.
Head of the class
Notably, Missouri Valley Football Conference running backs have recorded the top three individual game performances this year, led by Zach Zennerís 295-yard effort in South Dakota Stateís win against North Dakota on Sept. 7.