What: Bucknell Bison (4-4, 2-2 PL) at No. 6/7 Fordham Rams (9-0)
Where: Jack Coffey Field, Bronx, N.Y.
When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, 1 p.m.
Internet Video: Patriot League Network (FREE!)
Radio: Eagle 107 (107.3 WEGH)
Internet Radio: BucknellBison.com
Live Statistics: FordhamSports.com
Probable Starters - Offense
QB 14 Brandon Wesley (Sr., 6-2, 195) - Completed 37 of last 46 passes for 440 yds.
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) - 184 yards shy of 1,000 for career
WR 10 Kyle Sullivan (Sr., 5-11, 205) - At least one catch in 6 of 8 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, 26 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, 16 career starts
RT 71 Ramy Kased (So., 6-6, 325) - 17 career games, 9 starts
TE 88 Patrick Kelly (Jr., 6-3, 230) - 30 GP, 10 receptions in career
Probable Starters - Defense
DE 40 Sean Sellers (Sr., 6-0, 240) - 9.5 sacks, 16.5 TFL in career
DT 97 Demetrius Baldwin-Youngblood (Jr., 6-1, 285) - 31 tackles in 2013 after 17 tackles last two years
NG 90 Tracey Smith (Sr., 6-1, 265) - At least 5 TFL in three straight years
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 (222)
Sam LB 37 Lee Marvel (Jr., 6-0, 205) - First career INT last week at Colgate
SS 25 Clayton Ewell (So., 6-1, 195) - 29th nationally in TFL per game (1.3)
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 Fordham, Bucknell Would ...
• ... post its first four-game winning streak since 2004.
• ... defeat the Rams for a third consecutive year.
• ... post a second victory over a ranked opponent in three weeks.
• ... push its record over .500 for the first time since winning the season opener vs. Marist.
• ... win three straight road games for the first time since 1997.
• ... improve to 5-2 in November over the last three years.
• ... guarantee a .500 road record in 2013.
About the Game
Bucknell has won five of its last seven meetings with Fordham, but the Rams enter Saturday’s contest ranked sixth nationally in the coaches poll and seventh in The Sports Network poll with an unblemished 9-0 mark. Fordham had one of its closest wins of the year last Saturday in come-from-behind fashion against Holy Cross, while the Bison are playing perhaps their best football in close to a decade, winning three in a row, including the last two in convincing fashion. Bucknell ranks first in the Patriot League and 15th nationally in total defense, while Fordham is fourth nationally in total offense and sixth in scoring offense. According to Patriot League rules, the contest will not count in the conference standings for either team since Fordham started giving merit aid to its football student-athletes a couple years earlier than the rest of the league.
• After going 6-5 a year ago, Fordham is a perfect 9-0 this year under second-year head coach Joe Moorhead. The Rams have climbed to No. 6/7 in the national rankings and impressive wins over FBS opponent Temple and nationally ranked Villanova this year.
• QB Mike Nebrich leads the offense that is averaging close to 41 points per game. He set a school record with 524 passing yards last week vs. Holy Cross and is 248-for-331 for 3,111 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.
• LB Stephen Hodge has posted a Patriot League-leading 90 tackles this year and his 14 tackles for loss also lead the conference.
• Fordham is 9-0 for the first time in school history.
Bucknell vs. Fordham Series Notes
• Bucknell leads 18-10 and has won five of the last seven meetings.
• This is the seventh straight year the two teams have met in the month of November.
• Bucknell and Fordham have met every year since 1989 after not playing for a span of more than 55 years.
• Bucknell’s last shutout came against Fordham (21-0 win Nov. 12, 2011)
Last Time vs. Fordham
Bucknell 27, Fordham 24 (Nov. 3, 2012 - Lewisburg, Pa.)
• Bucknell scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to turn a 21-7 deficit into a 27-21 lead.
• Bucknell snapped a 24-game losing streak when trailing at halftime.
• Tyler Smith rushed for a season-high 179 yards for Bucknell, marking his fourth career 100-yard outing.
• There were three plays of longer than 70 yards in the game (Fordham’s Brian Wetzel’s 79-yard KOR, Smith’s 76-yard TD run, Bucknell’s Matthew Seinbeck’s 78-yard INT return).
• Bison QB Brandon Wesley broke Scott Auchenbach’s 23-year-old school record for career pass attempts.
Inside the Colgate Box Score
• Bucknell defeated Colgate for the first time since 2006 and won in Hamilton for the first time since 1999.
• Bucknell possessed the ball for more than 22 minutes in the second half, including 12:03 in the third quarter.
• Both Colgate turnovers came on the first play of a drive and led directly to Bucknell scores.
• Bucknell scored in all four quarters for a second consecutive game.
• Bobby Kaslander became the third Bison to post a 100-yard receiving game in 2013 with nine catches for 119 yards in his second career start.
• Evan Byers was in on 13 of Bucknell’s 48 tackles. It was his fourth consecutive double-figure tackle outing.
• Lee Marvel recorded his first career interception in the second half. Bucknell forced two turnovers and did not turn the ball over.
• Brandon Wesley ran for a two-point conversion early in the fourth quarter to put the Bison up 21-7.
• Colgate entered the game averaging nearly 400 yards per game and was held to 194, including 36 on the ground. The Raiders had ranked 24th nationally in rushing yards per game (216.1).
• Colgate All-Patriot League QB Gavin McCarney entered the game averaging 7.4 yards per rush and was held to six yards on 10 carries.
• Bucknell scored points in all four quarters for a second consecutive game.
• Bucknell shut an opponent out for a half for a second straight contest.
Career Highs Set vs. Colgate
• Matt DelMauro: receiving yards (7), long reception (7)
• Connor Hayes: kickoff returns (1), kickoff return yards (10), long kickoff return (10), all-purpose yards (10)
• Bobby Kaslander: receptions (9), receiving yards (119), long reception (38), all-purpose yards (119)
• Lee Marvel: interceptions (1), long interception return (18)
• Nick O’Brien: tackles for loss (1)
• Wayne Stewart: tackles (2)
Recent Accomplishments for Bucknell
• First three-game winning streak since final game of 2007 and first two games of 2008.
• First in-season three-game winning streak since 2004.
• First time defeating Lehigh and Colgate in the same season since 1996.
• First time winning back-to-back games by 20+ points since 2011 (Lafayette - 39-13 & Fordham - 21-0)
• First back-to-back Patriot League victories since 2004.
• Most points (76) in back-to-back games since final game of 2007 (38 points) and first game of 2008 (48 points).
• Most points in back-to-back games in the same season since 2004 vs. Columbia (42 points) and Georgetown (35 points).
Patriot League Title
Bucknell is still alive to tie for a Patriot League title in 2013. For this to occur, the following has to happen over the final three weeks of the regular season:
• Nov. 9: Holy Cross defeats Lehigh & Colgate defeats Lafayette
• Nov. 16: Bucknell defeats Georgetown & Lehigh defeats Colgate
• Nov. 23: Lehigh defeats Lafayette
Patriot League Title, Part Two
• In the above scenario, as many as five teams could tie for first place with matching 3-2 records.
• A number of tiebreaker scenarios would be used to decide the Patriot League’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championships, but one of them is how tied teams fared against Fordham.
• Bucknell’s only Patriot League title came in 1996.
Another 100-Yard Game for Williams
• CJ Williams rushed 29 times for 115 yards last week at Colgate. It marked his fourth 100-yard game of the season.
• Williams is the 19th player in program history to post four career 100-yard outings, and is just the 12th different Bison to do it four times in one season.
• Williams leads Bucknell in rushing yards (697) 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 27th nationally in rushing yards per game (99.6) and his seven rushing touchdowns place him 44th nationally.
Rushing Yards - Season (since 2005)
1. Dante Ross (2005) - 845
2. Tyler Smith (2011) - 795
3. CJ Williams (2013) - 697
• Three Bison - Josh Brake (129 vs. Holy Cross), Will Carter (130 vs. Lehigh) and Bobby Kaslander (119 at Colgate) - have recorded 100-yard receiving games this season. It marks the second time in program history three different Bucknell players have posted 100-yard outings in the same season.
• The only other time three Bison had 100-yard receiving games in the same season was 1987 when Craig Cavlovic, Mike Guerrini and Scott Lillis accomplished the feat.
100-Yard Rusher/100-Yard Receiver
• Bucknell had a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in the same game just 10 times from 1995 to 2012. The Bison have already had it occur three times this year:
- vs. Holy Cross: CJ Williams (104 rushing yards) & Josh Brake (129 receiving yards)
- vs. Lehigh: CJ Williams (154 rushing yards) & Will Carter (130 receiving yards)
- at Colgate: CJ Williams (115 rushing yards) & Bobby Kaslander (119 receiving yards)
10 Straight Quarters with Points
• Bucknell has scored points in 10 consecutive quarters, dating back to the Dartmouth game.
• Bucknell last scored in that many quarters in a row in 2008 when it had points in 11 consecutive quarters spanning four games (Marist, Hofstra, Georgetown, Colgate).
• Bucknell’s last 11 scores have been either rushing touchdowns or field goals.
Breakout Performance by Kaslander
• Sophomore WR Bobby Kaslander made his second career start last week at Colgate and led the Bison with nine catches for 119 yards.
• The nine receptions were the most by a Bison player since Shaun Pasternak in 2008.
Most Catches - Single Game (since 2002)
1. Shaun Pasternak vs. Cornell (2008) - 11
2. Shaun Pasternak at Lehigh (2008) - 9
Shaun Pasternak vs. Fordham (2008) - 9
Bobby Kaslander at Colgate (2013) - 9
5. Shaun Pasternak vs. Colgate (2008) - 8
Tyler Smith vs. Cornell (2010) - 8
Victor Walker vs. Cornell (2012) - 8
Josh Brake vs. Holy Cross (2013) - 8
Will Carter at Dartmouth (2013) - 8
Wins vs. Losses
• QB Completions: Wins - 58; Losses - 51
• Turnovers: Wins - 1; Losses - 19
• Forced Turnovers: Wins - 10; Losses - 7
• Rushing Yards Allowed: Wins - 236; Losses - 580
• Time of Possession (avg.): Wins - 36:22; Losses - 32:08
• Bucknell was on of just four teams to rank in the top 10 nationally against the run in both 2011 and 2012, joining Sam Houston State, Harvard and North Carolina A&T.
• Bucknell ranks seventh nationally in rush defense in 2013, allowing just102.0 yards per game.
• Bucknell has held 12 opponents under 50 yards rushing since the beginning of 2011 (30 games), including last week’s foe Colgate.
• The Bison defense has held opponents to under 100 yards rushing 19 times over that same span, including five times this year.
• Opponents are averaging 59.0 yards rushing per game in Bucknell’s four wins in 2013.
Bucknell vs. Ranked Opponents
• Bucknell defeated No. 15 Lehigh two weeks ago, 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)
Time of Possession
• Bucknell ranks third nationally in time of possession this year. The Bison are on the field an average of 34:16.
• Bucknell has won the time of possession battle in six of eight games this year.
• Since Joe Susan took over the program in 2010, Bucknell has had 14 games with at least 35 minutes of possession time, including last week vs. Colgate (38:37).
Bucknell’s Most Time of Possession (since 2000)
1. at Cornell (2013) - 39:30
2. vs. Duquesne (2000) - 39:26
3. at Georgetown (2010) - 38:44
4. at Princeton (2011) - 38:42
5. at Colgate (2013) - 38:37
Bucknell’s Most Time of Possession (since 2000)
1. North Dakota State - 34:37
2. Charleston Southern - 34:36
3. Bucknell - 34:16
• Bucknell won for the third time in its last four November games last week at Colgate.
• Since 2011, November is Bucknell’s most successful month. The Bison are 4-2 (.667) in November, 5-6 (.455) in September and 4-9 (.308) in October over that span.
• Fourth-year starting QB Brandon Wesley has completed 37 of his last 46 passes for 440 yards dating back to the second half of the Dartmouth game three weeks ago.
• Wesley missed three games due to a leg injury. The Bison are 5-2 in his last six starts, including 3-1 in 2013.
• Wesley is Bucknell’s record holder in career pass completions (522), career pass attempts (899), career passing yards (5,736) and career total offense (6,324).
• Bucknell has nine freshmen listed on its two-deep this week, including four in starting positions.
• Freshmen have accounted for 51.2% (660 of 1,288) of the team’s rushing yards, 29.9% (371 of 1,240) of the passing yards and 26.0% (323 of 1,240) of the receiving yards.
• Bucknell is 11-2 in its last 13 games it has scored at least 20 points.
• The Bison are 12-5 when scoring 20 points since Joe Susan took over as head coach in 2010.
• Twelve of Bucknell’s 14 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 184 receiving yards shy of 1,000 in his career.
• Evan Byers is 12 tackles shy of his second straight 100-tackle season.
• Lee Marvel is three tackles shy of equaling his career high (58).
• Sean Sellers is 18 tackles away from 100 in his career.
Byers Leads Defense
• Bucknell junior LB Evan Byers has a team-high six double-figure tackle games this season, including four in a row.
• Byers ranks seventh nationally in tackles per game (11.0) and also leads the Patriot League in that category.
• Last month, 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.) - 222
• Bison seniors Travis Friend and Jeff Goyette have played in all 41 games over the last four years.
• Bucknell is 5-2 in the last six games Brandon Wesley has started at quarterback.
• Junior WR Josh Brake has at least one reception in 14 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.
• Road teams are 6-3 in Patriot League play this year.
Bucknell will return home for its final game of the season at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium next Saturday, Nov. 16, when it hosts Georgetown. The Bison are 5-2 against the Hoyas in their last seven meetings and have not lost a home game to them since 2007.