What: Bucknell Bison (1-4, 0-2 PL) at Dartmouth Big Green (2-2, 1-1 Ivy)
Where: Memorial Stadium, Hanover, N.H.
When: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
Internet Video: Ivy League Digital Network
Radio: Eagle 107 (107.3 WEGH)
Internet Radio: BucknellBison.com
Live Statistics: DartmouthSports.com
Probable Starters - Offense
QB 5 RJ Nitti (Fr., 6-4, 220) - 2nd-most single-game passing yards by Bison freshman (271)
RB 4 CJ Williams (Fr., 6-1, 205) - Two 100-yard rushing performances this year
FB 33 Travis Friend (Sr., 6-2, 242) - 3-time All-Patriot League selection
WR 80 Josh Brake (Jr., 6-3, 205) - First career 100-yard game last week
WR 10 Kyle Sullivan (Sr., 5-11, 205) - At least one catch in every game this season
LT 70 Julie’n Davenport (Fr., 6-7, 305) - Only freshman to start season opener vs. Marist
LG 72 Lonnie Rawles (Jr., 6-4, 285) - Moved to LG from LT this year, 23 career starts
C 62 Ned Bent (Fr., 6-2, 290) - First career start last week vs. Holy Cross
RG 79 Nevin Hagman (Jr., 6-3, 285) - Missed Sacred Heart game with injury, 13 career starts
RT 71 Ramy Kased (So., 6-6, 325) - 14 career games, 6 starts
TE 88 Patrick Kelly (Jr., 6-3, 230) - 27 GP, 8 receptions in career
Probable Starters - Defense
DE 97 Demetrius Baldwin-Youngblood (Jr., 6-1, 285) - Expected to make 3rd straight start at DE after playing inside
DT 51 Brent Forbes (Jr., 6-1, 285) - 4 career blocked kicks, including last week vs. Holy Cross
NG 90 Tracey Smith (Sr., 6-1, 265) - Two tackles shy of 100 in career
DE 99 Connor Hayes (Jr., 6-1, 235) - Started in place of Sean Sellers vs. Marist, Sacred Heart, HC
Mike LB 27 Evan Byers (Jr., 6-0, 225) - Second Team All-PL in 2012, Preseason All-PL in 2013
Sam LB 37 Lee Marvel (Jr., 6-0, 205) - At least 7 tackles each of last four games
SS 25 Clayton Ewell (So., 6-1, 195) - 16th nationally in TFL per game (1.6)
FS 43 Louis Taglianetti (So., 5-11, 200) - Career-high 8 tackles two weeks ago vs. Lafayette
Whip DB 26 Matthew Steinbeck (Jr., 6-0, 210) - First Team All-PL in 2012, Preseason All-PL in 2013
CB 2 Derrick Palmer (Sr., 5-10, 175) - Team captain along with Friend, Goyette
CB 21 Nick O’Brien (Fr., 5-10, 195) - Expected to make 1st career start coming off career-high 4 tckls
With a Victory over Dartmouth, Bucknell Would ...
• ... snap a four-game losing streak.
• ... end a seven-game road losing streak.
• ... win against the Big Green in Hanover for the first time in series history.
• ... defeat an Ivy League opponent for the first time since 2011 at Princeton.
About the Game
Bucknell will be taking its longest road trip in more than a decade this week when the Bison travel to Hanover, N.H., to meet Dartmouth. The Bison are coming off a pair of Patriot League games and this will be their second-to-last contest against a non-Patriot League opponent this season (VMI on Nov. 23 is the other). After struggling to put points on the board the previous three outings, Bucknell totaled 27 points last Saturday against Holy Cross. In just his second start, freshman QB RJ Nitti threw for more yards than any Bison QB in more than five years, Josh Brake became Bucknell’s first 100-yard receiver in two years and CJ Williams posted his second 100-yard rushing game of the season as Bucknell equaled its season high for points. Dartmouth, which is among the nation’s leaders in total offense and near the bottom in total defense, is coming off a 20-13 home victory over Yale. The Big Green is 2-2 on the year, but all four contests have been decided by a touchdown or less, including a recent four-overtime loss to Penn. Saturday’s matchup will be the middle contest in a three-game homestand for Dartmouth.
• Dartmouth is 2-2, 1-1 Ivy League this season and is coached by Buddy Teevens. Teevens is in his second tour of duty as the Big Green’s head coach. He led the squad from 1987 through 1991 and returned to the helm in 2005.
• Dartmouth QB Dalyn Williams has completed 83 of 145 passes for 981 yards. The Big Green have 938 rushing yards, with Dominick Pierre (535) and Williams (333) leading the way.
• Pierre and DB Mike Banaciski were named the Ivy League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their performances in a 20-13 victory over Yale in the Big Green’s homecoming game last Saturday.
Bucknell vs. Dartmouth Series Notes
• Dartmouth leads 5-1.
• Dartmouth has won four in a row.
• Bucknell’s lone win in the series came in 1989 by a 36-20 margin. The game took place on the day Bucknell’s Memorial Stadium was renamed as Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
• The teams first played in 1963 and then faced each other four times in a five-year span from 1989 to 1993.
Last Time vs. Dartmouth
Dartmouth 43, Bucknell 20 (Sept. 18, 2010 - Lewisburg, Pa.)
• Bucknell led 20-6, but Dartmouth scored the final 37 points of the contest.
• Dartmouth’s Nick Schwieger rushed for 216 yards, the sixth-highest total in program history.
• Current Bucknell senior captain Derrick Palmer recorded the first interception of his career.
Inside the Holy Cross Box Score
• All 78 of the game’s points were scored in the first 45:42 of the contest.
• Bucknell had a 100-yard rusher (CJ Williams) and 100-yard receiver (Josh Brake) in the same game for the first time since 2011 vs. Georgetown.
• QB RJ Nitti threw for the second-most yards in a game by a Bison freshman (271). That was also the most passing yards by a Bucknell player since 2008.
• Bucknell freshman WR Will Carter made his season debut and totaled seven receptions for 74 yards.
• Bucknell piled up a season-high 423 yards and punted just three times one week after setting the school record for punts in a game.
• Holy Cross forced five Bucknell turnovers (4 INT, 1 fumble).
• Holy Cross freshman QB Peter Pujals threw three touchdowns and ran for three more scores.
Career Highs Set vs. Holy Cross
• Demetrius Baldwin-Youngblood: tackles (5)
• Josh Brake: receptions (8), receiving yards (129), all-purpose yards (129), tackles (1)
• Josh Butler: tackles (2), forced fumbles (1)
• Evan Byers: tackles (14)
• Will Carter: receptions (7), receiving yards (74), long reception (42), receiving TDs (1), all-purpose yards (74), tackles (1)
• Derek-London Dierkes: tackles (4)
• Jimmy King: tackles (2)
• RJ Nitti: passing attempts (39), pass completions (20), passing yards (271), long pass (53), passing TDs (3)
• Nick O’Brien: tackles (4), fumble recoveries (1), kickoff returns (5), kickoff return yards (124), long kickoff return (36), all-purpose yards (124)
• Kyle Sullivan: long punt (53), long reception (20), receiving TDs (1), tackles (2)
• Tajh Turner: pass breakups (2), fumble recoveries (1)
• Bucknell last week vs. Holy Cross often had five freshmen on the field on offense: QB RJ Nitti, WR Will Carter, RB CJ Williams, LT Julie’n Davenport, C Ned Bent.
• Freshmen totaled 104 (of 152) yards rushing, 271 (of 271) yards passing and 88 (of 271) yards receiving.
• Freshman DB Nick O’Brien, who had a career-high four tackles last week, also saw significant playing time against Holy Cross and is now listed first on the depth chart.
Career Day for Nitti
• Bison freshman QB RJ Nitti put together the best game of his young career last week vs. Holy Cross. He completed 20 of 39 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns.
• Nitti’s 271 yards were the second-most by a Bucknell freshman quarterback, behind only Travis Kopp’s 304-yard day against Lafayette in 1991.
• Nitti passed for the most yards by a Bison quarterback since Marcello Trigg totaled 290 in the season opener against Duquesne.
• Nitti now has a team-high 334 passing yards this season, putting hiim sixth on Bucknell’s all-time freshman yardage list.
Freshman QBs with at Least 200 Yards Passing (season)
1. Brandon Wesley (2010): 171-296, 1,699 yards, 6 TD, 9 INT
2. Travis Kopp (1991): 59-131, 834 yards, 5 TD, 6 INT
3. Marcello Trigg (2006): 39-92, 617 yards, 4 TD, 5 INT
4. Peter Harteveldt (1992): 33-76, 413 yards, 1 TD, 5 INT
5. C.J. Hopson (2008): 38-65, 390 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
6. RJ Nitti (2013): 34-71, 334 yards, 4 TD, 5 INT
7. Ed Hughes (1979): 19-55, 304 yards, 0 TD, 8 INT
8. Scott Auchenbach (1986): 25-57, 302 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT
9. Rob Glus (1991): 18-47, 200 yards, 0 TD, 5 INT
Second 100-Yard Day for Williams
• Bucnell freshman RB CJ Williams rushed 19 times for 104 yards and a touchdown vs. Holy Cross. It was his second 100-yard outing of the season after running for 148 last month at Cornell.
• Williams became the 41st player in program history to record at least two career 100-yard games. Hs is just the 34th Bison to post two 100-yard outings in the same season.
• Williams leads Bucknell in rushing this season with 360 yards on 84 carries. It is the most yards by a Bison freshman since A.J. Kizekai (441) in 2006.
• Williams ranks 37th nationally in rushing yards per game (90.0).
Brake Crosses Century Mark
• Bucknell junior WR Josh Brake eastablished career highs in both receptions (8) and receiving yards (129) last week vs. Holy Cross. It was his first career 100-yard performance.
• Brake became the first Bucknell player to post a 100-yard game since Frank DeNick in 2011 against Georgetown.
• Brake’s 129 yards rank him tied for 35th on the program’s single-game receiving ledger.
• Brake has caught at least one pass in 11 consecutive games.
100-Yard Rusher & 100-Yard Receiver
• Bucknell had a 100-yard rusher (CJ Williams - 104 yards) and a 100-yard receiver (Josh Brake - 129 yards) vs. Holy Cross. It marked the first time since 2011 the Bison had two players reach the century mark in those categories.
100-Yard Rusher & 100-Yard Receiver in Same Game (since 1995)
1995 vs. Lehigh: Rich Lemon (142 rushing yards) & John Sakowski (130 receiving yards)
1995 vs. Lafayette: Rich Lemon (111 rushing yards) & Steve Noteboom (107 receiving yards)
1996 vs. Holy Cross: Rich Lemon (149 rushing yards) & Ardie Kissinger (109 receiving yards)
1998 vs. Lafayette: Dan Palko (138 rushing yards) & Ron Rockett (102 receiving yards)
2000 vs. Duquesne: Jabu Powell (215 rushing yards) & Kyle Harris (112 receiving yards)
2001 vs. Columbia: Jabu Powell (110 rushing yards) & Albert Marquardt (110 receiving yards)
2001 vs. Georgetown: Jess Brinson (164 rushing yards) & Albert Marquardt (102 receiving yards)
2002 vs. Cornell: Blamah Sarnor (100 rushing yards) & Albert Marquardt (135 receiving yards)
2003 vs. Holy Cross: Blamah Sarnor (102 rushing yards) & Albert Marquardt (130 receiving yards)
2011 vs. Georgetown: Tyler Smith (114 rushing yards) & Frank DeNick (114 receiving yards)
2013 vs. Holy Cross: CJ Williams (104 rushing yards) & Josh Brake (129 receiving yards)
Byers Leads Defense
• Bucknell junior LB Evan Byers posted a career-high 14 tackles last Saturday vs. Holy Cross. It marked the most tackles by a Bison since Casey Williams had 15 stops at Fordham in 2009.
• Byers did see his string of 14 straight games with at least 0.5 TFL come to an end against the Crusaders.
• Byers leads Bucknell with 50 tackles this season. He ranks 21st in the nation and leads the Patriot League in tackles per game (10.0).
• Byers enters Saturday’s Dartmouth contest just 16 tackles shy of 200 for his career.
This week’s trip to Dartmouth will be Bucknell’s longest in terms of mileage in more than a decade:
Longest Road Trips (since 2003)
1. at Dartmouth (2013): 431 miles
2. at Harvard (2011, 2012): 378 miles
3. at Holy Cross (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012): 341 miles
4. at VMI (2013): 298 miles
5. at Richmond (2006): 288 miles
Bucknell vs. Ivy League
Bucknell, which is 1-13 in its last 14 games vs. Ivy League teams, is 37-102-3 all-time against Ivy League opponents. The Bison last defeated an Ivy League foe in September 2011 when they upended Princeton, 34-9. Bucknell has lost to both Cornell and Harvard twice since that victory over the Tigers.
Piling Up Yards
• Bucknell’s 423 yards of total offense last week vs. Holy Cross marked the second-most by the Bison under fourth-year head coach Joe Susan.
• The only time Bucknell had more yards since Susan took over in 2010 was last year against Colgate when it registered 531 yards in a 47-33 loss.
Most Yards of Total Offense (since 2010)
1. 531 (Oct. 27, 2012 - Colgate 47, Bucknell 33)
2. 423 (Oct. 12, 2013 - Holy Cross 51, Bucknell 27)
3. 372 (Oct. 2, 2010 - Cornell 21, Bucknell 12)
4. 367 (Sept. 18, 2010 - Dartmouth 43, Bucknell 20)
5. 365 (Sept. 22, 2012 - Lafayette 20, Bucknell 14)
Susan To Move Into 11th Place
• Fourth-year head coach Joe Susan will coach his 39th game at Bucknell Saturday afternoon. He will break a three-way tie with By Dickson (1910-13) and Carroll Huntress (1965-68) for 11th place on the program’s games coached list.
• Next up for Susan to catch is Pete Reynolds, who coached 48 games from 1919-1923.
• Bison seniors Travis Friend and Jeff Goyette have played in all 38 games over the last four years.
• Bison opponents have scored points in nine consecutive quarters.
• Bucknell had 13 turnovers in 2012. The Bison have 19 turnovers in 2013.
• Earlier this year, Bucknell used three different starting QBs (Brandon Wesley vs. Cornell, Trey Lauletta vs. Sacred Heart, RJ Nitti vs. Lafayette) in consecutive games for the first time since 2008 (Marcello Trigg vs. Holy Cross, Andrew Lair vs. Lafayette, C.J. Hopson vs. Lehigh).
• This is the first time Bucknell has used three different starting quarterbacks in a season since 2008.
• 65 of Bucknell’s 74 points this season have come in the first half.
• Bucknell’s 86 tackles vs. Holy Cross equaled the most by the Bison under Joe Susan. The squad also had 86 tackles in 2010 vs. Marist and in 2012 against both Delaware and Georgetown.
• Brandon Wesley is 36 passing yards shy of tying Scott Auchenbach for first place on Bucknell’s career list.
• Brandon Wesley needs three touchdown passes to move into tie for sixth place on program’s career list with Rob Glus.
• Tracey Smith is two tackles shy of becoming the fifth current Bison to reach 100 career tackles.
• Josh Brake is three receptions shy of 50 in his career.
• Travis Friend is 21 yards shy of reaching 500 all-purpose yards in his career.
• Matthew Steinbeck is 11 tackles shy of 100 in his career.
• Kyle Sullivan is 55 yards shy of reaching 500 all-purpose yards in his career.
Bucknell will return home to face Patriot League rival Lehigh next Saturday as it continues its pattern of alternating home and road games. The Bison and Mountain Hawks will kick off at 1 p.m. at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. It will be Homecoming on the Bucknell campus. Lehigh leads the all-time series 44-29-3 and has won each of the last 15 meetings.