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Nebrich fuels Fordham past Sacred Heart

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Fordham quarterback Michael Nebrich threw for 413 yards and had four total touchdowns in the first half before the Rams held off Sacred Heart, 37-27, in the first round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.

Fordham (12-1) became the fourth 12-game winner in Patriot League history while advancing to face No. 7 seed Towson in the second round next Saturday in Maryland.

Nebrich, a junior, helped the Rams to a 31-17 halftime lead with touchdown passes to three different receivers, Tebucky Jones, Sam Ajala and Carlton Koonce. Nebrich also scored on a 1-yard run.

Sacred Heart (10-3) closed within 31-27 in the third quarter, including Keshaudas Spence's second touchdown run.

But Michael Marando kicked his second and third field goals of the game in the fourth quarter to help Fordham close out the win.

Nebrich was 32-for-51 and intercepted once. Ajala had seven receptions for 128 yards and Dan Light caught nine passes for 68 yards.

Fordham's Levon Williams had eight tackles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. The Rams forced four turnovers.

Spence finished with 194 yards on 25 carries, but lost two fumbles. Quarterback RJ Noel was just 11-of-28 for 166 yards and two interceptions.

Despite the close proximity of the schools - Sacred Heart, from the Northeast Conference, is located in Fairfield, Conn. - they were meeting for the first time.

11/30 21:27:44 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
17th
DUR 6
NOR 8
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
9th
DET 2
CLE 3
 
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
8th
TEX 1
SEA 2
 
7th
CWS 3
BOS 1
 
7th
HOU 4
KAN 2
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
2nd
ANA 0
OAK 0
 
2nd
SDP 0
COL 0
 
1st
SFG 0
LOS 0
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
 
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
 
4th
MEM 91
DAL 90
 
4th
OKC 108
DET 111
 
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
4th
MIA 85
PHI 97
 
4th
NYK 94
TOR 90
 
1st OT
MIN 112
UTA 115
 
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
1st OT
TAM 4
MON 4
 
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
1st
ANA 1
DAL 0
 
17th
DUR 6
NOR 8