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No. 16 Brockport Looks To Stay Perfect At Cortland

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BROCKPORT, N.Y. – The No. 16/18 College at Brockport football team is rolling; they're 4-0 for the first time since 2003, and have defeated each of their first four opponents by at least 14 points. Next up is a matchup with longtime rival, SUNY Cortland.
 
DATE – TIME: September 30, 2017 – 2 p.m.
LOCATION: Stadium Complex – Cortland, N.Y.
LINKS: Video  |  Stats  |  Game Notes
 
The rivalry between these two football programs is a long-standing one, as this will be the 69th matchup between the two teams, having met every year but one after their inaugural game in 1948. Cortland holds a 49-17-2 advantage in the series overall, but the Golden Eagles have won three of the last four matchups, including a 21-19 win in last year's homecoming game.
 
Brockport is currently leading the Empire 8 with a 2-0 record against conference opponents, which is the first time they've sat atop the conference entering week five since joining the league in 2014. The Red Dragons are close behind, having defeated the only Empire 8 opponent they've faced when they beat Hartwick 31-30 on September 16th.
 
The Golden Eagles have showed very few weaknesses thus far this season, as they rank in the top-20 nationally in multiple categories on both sides of the ball. They rank second in time of possession, averaging 37 minutes per-game, which is aided by their first down offense, which is also second nationally with 105 first downs.
 
Defensively, they're tied for fifth in the country in interceptions with nine, and are led by pre-season All-American Jake O'Connell, who has three picks in the first four games. They're ranked ninth in red zone defense, 12th in passing efficiency defense, and 15th in rushing defense.
 
Production from the defense has come from all over the field, with a new player seemingly stepping up every week. Alex West was the most recent linebacker to be recognized for his performance against Utica, being named to the D3football.com Team of the Week. The sophomore recorded eight tackles, including one for a loss, and added a timely interception in the second quarter.
 
On the offensive side, the O-line has been dominant, allowing just two sacks through the first four games (12th nationally), while the team also ranks 12th in total offense (521.5 yards-per-game), 17th in third down conversion percentage, and 19th in completion percentage. The rushing game has been particularly dominant over the past two weeks, racking up 546 yards against St. John Fisher and Utica. Running back Justin Morrison is now ranked in the top-ten nationally in both rushing yards (6th), and yards-per-game (8th).
 
DaQuan Hubbard has emerged as one of the best deep threats in the country, as he received another long touchdown pass on Saturday afternoon. In the three games he's played this year, he's received passes from QB Joe Germinerio of 57, 67, and now 74 yards, all of which went for scores.
 
The football team will have a bye week after this game against Cortland, and then will begin the second half of their schedule with two straight home games against Morrisville State and Hartwick College.
 
Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Golden Eagle scores and awards by following @BportAthletics on Twitter and by liking the "Brockport Golden Eagles" Facebook page.

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