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Fordham’s powerful offense brings a taste of Rocky Top to the Bronx

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Coffee Field, the 7,000-capacity capacity on the campus of Fordham University, is so far from the Southeast Conference — literally and figuratively — that the home team’s offense hits the field.

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The Rams brought a taste of Rocky Top to the Bronx.

The Jesuit Catholic school that produced Vince Lombardi and the Seven Blocks of Granite has the most prolific offense in Major League Soccer.

Fordham (9-2) enters the first round NCAA Championship Subdivision playoff game Saturday at New Hampshire averaging 612 yards per game while running essentially the same scheme as Tennessee, which leads the Bowl Subdivision at 540 yards per game..

Fordham quarterback Tim Dimora grew up in Orlando, Florida, rooting for Chris Lake and the Gators in the 2000s. But his association with the Ninth Volunteers led him to a new allegiance.

“I was definitely rooting for Tennessee all season,” he said.

The Rams of the Patriot League are on course to become just the second FCS team to average over 600 yards per game in a season. Mississippi Valley State set the record at 640 yards per game with future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice at wide receiver in 1984.

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