Where: Andy Kerr Stadium, Hamilton, N.Y.
When: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 1 p.m.
Internet Video: Patriot League Network (FREE!)
Radio: Eagle 107 (107.3 WEGH)
Internet Radio: BucknellBison.com
Live Statistics: GoColgateRaiders.com
Probable Starters - Offense
QB 14 Brandon Wesley (Sr., 6-2, 195) - Bison record for comp., att., yards, total offense
RB 4 CJ Williams (Fr., 6-1, 205) - Most rushing yards by Bison freshman since 1993
FB 33 Travis Friend (Sr., 6-2, 242) - 3-time All-Patriot League selection
WR 80 Josh Brake (Jr., 6-3, 205) - 193 yards shy of 1,000 for career
WR 10 Kyle Sullivan (Sr., 5-11, 205) - At least one catch in 6 of 7 games this year
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, 25 career starts
C 62 Ned Bent (Fr., 6-2, 290) - Moved into starting lineup vs. Holy Cross
RG 79 Nevin Hagman (Jr., 6-3, 285) - Missed Sacred Heart game with injury, 15 career starts
RT 71 Ramy Kased (So., 6-6, 325) - 16 career games, 8 starts
TE 88 Patrick Kelly (Jr., 6-3, 230) - 29 GP, 10 receptions in career
Probable Sttarters - Defense
DE 40 Sean Sellers (Sr., 6-0, 240) - 9.5 sacks, 15.5 TFL in career
DT 97 Demetrius Baldwin-Youngblood (Jr., 6-1, 285) - Career-high 9 tackles last week vs. Lehigh
NG 90 Tracey Smith (Sr., 6-1, 265) - Bison Athlete of the Week after 8 tackles, 2.5 sacks vs. Dartmouth
DE 99 Connor Hayes (Jr., 6-1, 235) - 12 of 15 tackles this year in home games
Mike LB 27 Evan Byers (Jr., 6-0, 225) - First Bison since 2010 to reach 200 career tackles (209)
Sam LB 37 Lee Marvel (Jr., 6-0, 205) - At least 7 tackles in five of seven games this year
SS 25 Clayton Ewell (So., 6-1, 195) - 21st nationally in TFL per game (1.4)
FS 43 Louis Taglianetti (So., 5-11, 200) - At least 5 tackles four times this season
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) - Career-high 9 tackles in 1st career start vs. Dartmouth
With a Victory over Colgate, Bucknell Would ...
• ... post its first in-season three-game winning streak since 2004.
• ... defeat the Raiders for the first time since 2006.
• ... have a .500 record through eight games for the second time in the last three years.
• ... win Patriot League games (that count in standings) in back-to-back weeks for the first time since 2004.
• ... surpass its win total from all of 2012.
• ... improve to 4-2 in November over the last three years.
• ... win two straight road games for the first time since 2011 (at Lafayette, at Fordham).
About the Game
Bucknell is coming off one of its biggest wins in recent memory with a 48-10 victory over No. 15 Lehigh last Saturday. The Bison will look to keep that momentum going Saturday at Colgate, a place it has not won since 1999. Bucknell ranks first in the Patriot League (and 12th nationally) in rushing defense, while the Raiders are first in the league (and 24th nationally) in rushing offense. The Bison defense has been the standout unit for the squad this year as it is also No. 1 in the Patriot League in sacks and total defense. The offense, though, scored its most points since 2008 last week and is averaging nearly 31 points per game over the last three outings. Colgate, the defending PL champion, enters the weekend with a 2-0 league mark and is tied for first place with Lafayette. The Raiders have won three of their last four overall after opening the season with an 0-4 record.
• Colgate, which is guided by 18th-year head coach Dick Biddle, is 3-5 this year and a perfect 2-0 in Patriot League play. The Raiders are still looking for their first home win in 2013 as all three of their wins have come away from Andy Kerr Stadium.
• Senior QB Gavin McCarney is the focal point of the Colgate offense. Despite playing in just six of the team’s eight games he leads the squad in rushing (520) and passing (1,222) yards. He is averaging 7.4 yards per rush and is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes.
• Two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week Mike Armiento leads Colgate’s defense with 62 tackles and his five interceptions place him among the nation’s leaders.
Bucknell vs. Colgate Series Notes
• Colgate leads 45-16.
• Colgate has won six in a row.
• Bucknell has not won in Hamilton since 1999.
• First meeting was in 1894.
• The winning team has scored at least 28 points in eight of the last 10 meetings. The average score for the winning team has been nearly 35 points over that span.
Last Time vs. Colgate
Colgate 47, Bucknell 33 (Oct. 27, 2012 - Lewisburg, Pa.)
• Bucknell piled up 531 yards of total offense, its most since the 2008 season opener vs. Duquesne.
• The 80 combined points Bucknell and Colgate scored were the most in a game involving the Bison since the same two teams combined for 80 points (Colgate 52, Bucknell 28) in 2008.
• Jeremiah Young rushed for a career-high 131 yards for Bucknell. It was his second consecutive 100-yard outing.
Inside the Lehigh Box Score
• Bucknell snapped a 15-game losing streak to Lehigh.
• Bucknell defeated Lehigh at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium for the first time since 1993.
• The 48 points for Bucknell were its most since defeating Duquesne 48-42 in the 2008 season opener. It also equaled the most points for a Bison team in the 77-game series with the Mountain Hawks.
• The 38-point margin of victory marked Bucknell’s largest win since defeating Towson 51-10 in 2001.
• Bucknell defeated a ranked team for the first time since a 23-17 home win over Holy Cross to close the 2009 campaign.
• The Bison defense forced five Lehigh turnovers and held the Mountain Hawks to 316 yards, 175 below their season average.
• Bucknell had offensive plays of 54, 47 and 36 yards.
• Lehigh scored its fewest points since a 24-0 loss to North Dakota State in the 2011 NCAA Championships. The last time the Mountain Hawks lost by more than 38 points was a 59-10 loss to Holy Cross in 2007.
• Bucknell dominated the time of possession, 36:44-23:16, including 20:31-9:29 in the second half.
• Bucknell’s four interceptions marked its most since posting five picks vs. Robert Morris in 2009.
• Bucknell did not have a turnover for the second time this season.
• Matt DelMauro collected all 72 of his rushing yards on Bucknell’s final two drives. He carried the ball five times and covered all 66 yards on the final scoring drive of the contest.
• Bucknell won a Homecoming game for the first time since 2005 and improved to 42-43-5 all-time on Homecoming.
• Bucknell had a 100-yard rusher (CJ Williams) and 100-yard receiver (Will Carter) in the same game for the second time this year, marking the first time the Bison have accomplished that feat twice in the same season since 2001.
• The win marked Bucknell’s first victory over a team with at least six wins since 2009 vs. eight-win Holy Cross.
Career Highs Set vs. Lehigh
• Demetrius Baldwin-Youngblood: tackles (9)
• Thomas Bodolus: fumble recoveries (1)
• Will Carter: receiving yards (130), long reception (54), rushing attempts (1), rushing yards (19), long rush (19), all-purpose yards (149)
• Julie’n Davenport: rushing attempts (1), rushing yards (15), long rush (15), all-purpose yards (15)
• Matt DelMauro: long rush (23)
• Clayton Ewell: pass breakups (3)
• Matt Johnson: pass breakups (1)
• Derek Maurer: PATs (6)
• Nick O’Brien: pass breakups (2), long kickoff return (40)
• Charles Thompson: tackles (1), forced fumbles (1)
• CJ Williams: rushing yards (154), rushing TDs (3)
Another 100-Yard Game for Williams
• CJ Williams rushed 28 times for a career-high 154 yards last week vs. Lehigh. It marked his third 100-yard game of the season.
• Williams is the 30th player in program history to post three career 100-yard outings, and is just the 22nd to do it three times in one season.
• Williams leads Bucknell in rushing yards (582) this season. That is the most rushing yards by a Bison freshman since Rich Lemon set the program freshman mark of 1,151 in 1993.
• Williams ranks 30th nationally in rushing yards per game (97.0) and his six rushing touchdowns place him 48th nationally.
• 109 of Williams’ 154 yards vs. Lehigh came in the second half.
• Against Lehigh, Williams became the first Bison to rush for three touchdowns since Jeremiah Young in 2012 at Lehigh.
100-Yard Day for Carter
• Freshman WR Will Carter has played in just three games this season, but already has 21 catches for 273 yards. He ranks second on the team in both categories.
• Carter’s 21 receptions are the most by a Bison freshman since the program’s No. 2 all-time receiver Jim Horan had 31 in 1999.
• Carter already has three receptions of longer than 40 yards.
• Carter caught six passes for 130 yards last week against Lehigh. That ranks tied for 34th on Bucknell’s single-game receiving yards list.
• Carter’s 130 yards receiving were the most by a Bison since A.J. Kizekai had 140 in 2009 at Lafayette.
Most Receiving Yards - Single Game (since 2000)
1. Shaun Pasternak vs. Duquesne (2008) - 166
2. Shaun Pasternak vs. Fordham (2008) - 156
3. Shaun Pasternak vs. Colgate (2008) - 150
4. A.J. Kizekai at Lafayette (2009) - 140
5. Albert Marquardt vs. Cornell (2002) - 135
6. Albert Marquardt vs. Holy Cross (2003) - 130
Will Carter vs. Lehigh (2013) - 130
Freshmen with 100 Receiving Yards in a Game
1. Mike Guerrini at Harvard (1987) - 150
2. Will Carter vs. Lehigh (2013) - 130
3. Mike Guerrini at Lafayette (1987) - 108
4. Daniel Zvara vs. Lehigh (2005) - 107
5. Victor Walker vs. Dartmouth (2010) - 105
6. Mike Guerrini vs. Lehigh (1987) - 103
Mike Guerrini vs. Holy Cross (1987) - 103
8. Craig Cavlovic at Cornell (1987) - 101
Mike Guerrini at Cornell (1987) - 101
• Bucknell has 20 turnovers on the season, seven more than it had in all of 2012.
• The Bison have just one turnover total in their three wins, including zero miscues against both Marist and Lehigh.
• Bucknell has forced 15 turnovers this season.
• The Bison have forced eight turnovers in their three wins and seven in their four losses.
Bucknell vs. Ranked Opponents
• Bucknell defeated No. 15 Lehigh last week, marking its first win over a ranked opponent since Nov. 21, 2009, vs. No. 13 Holy Cross.
• Bucknell had lost four in a row to ranked foes.
Bucknell’s Wins Over Ranked Teams (since 2000)
Bucknell 31, No. 14 Fordham 10 (Oct. 4, 2003)
Bucknell 42, No. 22 Colgate 7 (Nov. 13, 2004)
Bucknell 38, No. 18 Fordham 24 (Nov. 17, 2007)
Bucknell 23, No. 13 Holy Cross 17 (Nov. 21, 2009)
Bucknell 48, No. 15 Lehigh 10 (Oct. 26, 2013)
Piling Up Yards
• Bucknell registered a season-high 509 yards of total offense last week vs. Lehigh. It marked the second-most yards for the Bison since fourth-year head coach Joe Susan took over prior to the 2010 campaign.
• Bucknell has gone over 500 yards of total offense four times since the beginning of the 2004 season.
• Bucknell’s 296 rushing yards vs. Lehigh marked its most since posting 321 in 2009 win over Holy Cross.
Most Yards of Total Offense (since 2004)
1. 537 (Sept. 6, 2008 - Bucknell 48, Duquesne 42)
2. 531 (Oct. 27, 2012 - Colgate 47, Bucknell 33)
3. 520 (Sept. 25, 2004 - Bucknell 42, Columbia 13)
4. 509 (Oct. 26, 2013 - Bucknell 48, Lehigh 10)
More INTs for Steinbeck
• Junior safety Matthew Steinbeck had eight tackles, two interceptions and a pass breakup last week against Lehigh.
• Steinbeck moved into a tie for seventh place in program history in career interceptions with 10.
• Last Saturday’s contest marked Steinbeck’s third career two-interception game.
• Six of Steinbeck’s 10 career interceptions have come against Lehigh Valley teams (Lehigh - 4, Lafayette - 2).
• Steinbeck, who led the Patriot League in interceptions a year ago, is tied for fifth nationally in interceptions per game (0.6).
Weekly Awards for Bison
• Bucknell players received plenty of recognition following last Saturday’s win over nationally ranked Lehigh. Freshman RB CJ Williams was named the Bison Athlete of the Week, junior S Matthew Steinbeck earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors and junior K Derek Maurer was honored with the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week award.
• It was the first career weekly honor for each Bison.
• Maurer became the second Bison to be named PL Special Teams Player of the Week this season, following two-time winner Kyle Sullivan.
• Williams became the second consecutive football player to earn Bison Athlete of the Week honors, following Tracey Smith.
• Fourth-year starting QB Brandon Wesley made his return to the Bison starting lineup last week vs. Lehigh and completed 16 of 21 passes for 213 yards and one touchdown.
• Wesley started for the first time since game two at Cornell. He missed three games due to a leg injury.
• Bucknell is now 4-2 in Wesley’s last six starts, including 2-1 in 2013.
• Wesley is Bucknell’s record holder in career pass completions (507), career pass attempts (880), career passing yards (5,560) and career total offense (6,131).
• Bucknell has nine freshmen listed on its two-deep this week, including four in starting positions.
• Freshmen have accounted for 49.2% (545 of 1,108) of the team’s rushing yards, 34.9% (371 of 1,064) of the passing yards and 29.5% (314 of 1,064) of the receiving yards.
Time of Possession
• Bucknell ranks fifth nationally in time of possession (33:39).
• The four teams ahead of the Bison - North Dakota State, Gardner-Webb, Charleston Southern, Southern Utah - are a combined 26-8.
• The Bison have won the time of possession battle in five of seven games this year.
• Since Joe Susan took over the program in 2010, Bucknell has had 13 games with at least 35 minutes of possession time, including last week vs. Lehigh (36:44).
• Bucknell is 10-2 in its last 12 games it has scored at least 20 points.
• The Bison are 11-5 when scoring 20 points since Joe Susan took over as head coach in 2010.
• Eleven of Bucknell’s 13 wins under Joe Susan have come when the team has scored 20 points.
• Brandon Wesley needs two touchdown passes to move into tie for sixth place on program’s career list with Rob Glus.
• Josh Brake is 193 receiving yards shy of 1,000 in his career.
• Lee Marvel is five tackles shy of equaling his career high (58).
• Sean Sellers is 20 tackles away from 100 in his career.
• Matthew Steinbeck is three tackles shy of equaling his career high (44).
Byers Leads Defense
• Bucknell junior LB Evan Byers has a team-high five double-figure tackle games this season, including three in a row.
• Byers ranks 11th nationally in tackles per game (10.7) and also leads the Patriot League in that category.
• Last week vs. Lehigh, Byers became the first Bison to reach 200 tackles in a season since Travis Nissley in 2010.
• Byers is on pace to become the first Bison since Greg Jones in 2008 and 2009 to lead the team in tackles in back-to-back years.
• Byers is also on pace to become the first Bison with back-to-back 100-tackle campaigns since Willie Hill in 1996 (102) and 1997 (133).
Career Tackles (since 2001)
1. Dorian Petersen (2003-06) - 304
2. Kevin Ransome (2001-04) - 258
3. Greg Jones (2006-09) - 257
4. Travis Nissley (2007-10) - 256
5. Ryan Slater (2004-07) - 232
6. Virgil Rush (2001, 03-04) - 228
7. Evan Byers (2011-pres.) - 209
• Bison seniors Travis Friend and Jeff Goyette have played in all 40 games over the last four years.
• Bucknell is 4-2 in the last six games Brandon Wesley has started at quarterback.
• Junior WR Josh Brake has at least one reception in 13 consecutive games.
• Each of the four teams that Bucknell has lost to in 2013 (Cornell, Sacred Heart, Lafayette, Holy Cross) have lost their next game.
Bucknell will continue its only two-game road trip of 2013 next Saturday, Nov. 9, when it travels to nationally ranked Fordham for a 1 p.m. contest. The Bison defeated the Rams 27-24 last November at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Bucknell holds an 18-10 edge in the all-time series.