LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell football team is set to square off against Cornell on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Ithaca, N.Y. The Bison, who hosted four of their first five games at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium, will play their next three on the road.
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When: Saturday, October 14 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Schoellkopf Field – Ithaca, N.Y.
Internet Video: Ivy League Network ($)
Radio: Eagle 107 (107.3 WEGH)
Internet Radio: BucknellBison.com
Live Stats: CornellBigRed.com
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With a victory the Bison would...
• resume Patriot League play with a .500 record
• finish above .500 in non-conference action at 3-2
• secure their sixth winning record in non-conference play during Joe Susan's tenure as head coach
• win two in a row against the Big Red in Ithaca, N.Y. for the second time (first in 1987 (20-6) and 1990 (42-21))
• take three of four meetings from Cornell for the third time in program history and first since 1995 (10-7), 1998 (19-23), 2000 (38-15) and 2002 (14-3)
• improve to 15-11 on the road since 2013
Inside the Monmouth Box Score
• Monmouth toppled Bucknell, 35-13, in the first meeting between the teams on Sept. 30 at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
• Four different Hawks rushed for touchdowns, and Erik Zokouri enjoyed his first career 100-yard rushing game, to help Monmouth move to 4-1 on the season.
• The Bison trailed, 14-6, at halftime. The Hawks pulled away in the third quarter, scoring two rushing touchdowns and limiting the Bison to 15 yards of total offense.
• In his second-straight start, QB John Chiarolanzio finished with a career-best 204 yards on 19 for 34 passing. His 34 passing attempts matched his career-high total, set against Sacred Heart a week earlier.
• WR Jack Horan led the Bison with a career-best 95 yards on four catches.
• RB Marquis Carter became the first freshman to find the end zone in 2017, rushing for a three-yard score in the fourth quarter.
• TE Marcus Ademilola's second-quarter touchdown reception was the second of his career. His first came at Lafayette on Oct. 31, 2015. At 56 yards, it was the longest touchdown catch by a Bison that season.
• S Brandon Benson led the Bison with a career-high 15 tackles (six solo), matching Bucknell's season high set by LB Ben Richard against Sacred Heart on Sept 23.
• Benson also posted his first career sack, forcing his first career fumble in the process. Through the first four games of the 2017 campaign, the freshman had recorded just one assisted tackle.
• During the first quarter, Chiarolanzio found Horan for a 76-yard gain. It was Chiarolanzio's longest pass and Horan's longest reception.
• The Hawks rushed for 289 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry. By halftime, they had piled up 170 yards on the ground.
• Entering the game, the Bison stood 31st among FCS teams in rushing defense (107.3). They held their first four opponents—Marist (24), Holy Cross (134), William & Mary (176) and Sacred Heart (95)—under 200 rushing yards.
Bucknell at a Glance
• Bucknell is currently 2-3 (0-1 Patriot League) on the season.
• The Bison, who placed fourth in the Patriot League with a 3-3 record a year ago, were picked to take fifth in the 2017 preseason poll.
• Bucknell returns 39 of its 59 letterwinners from 2016. That group includes 15 seniors, 14 juniors and nine sophomores. Six seniors—DL Abdullah Anderson, S Connor Golden, CB Trey Johnson, TE Andrew Podbielski, LB Mark Pyles and LB Ben Richard—are three-time letterwinners.
• Anderson, RB Joey DeFloria, Pyles and Richard are team captains. DeFloria was added to the leadership group in week four.
• Bucknell boasts two Preseason All-Americans: Anderson (STATS, Third Team) and CB Bryan Marine (College Sports Madness, Third Team). In addition, Anderson, Marine and Richard were honored on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team while Anderson was named to the Reese's Senior Bowl's 2018 Watch List.
• Bucknell ranks in the FCS's top 30 in net punting (16th, 38.30) and total defense (22nd, 309.8). The Bison, who ranked in the FCS's top 35 in rushing defense from week one through week four, fell to 55th (143.6) after the Monmouth game.
• Bucknell has excelled at stopping the passing game. The Bison held four of their five opponents under 200 passing yards: Marist (130), Holy Cross (178), William & Mary (105) and Monmouth (174).
• Most notable was Bucknell's performance against Holy Cross. The Bison held QB Peter Pujals to 178 yards (0 TD). Pujals averaged 329.4 yards in the Crusaders' other five games, which would rank sixth in the FCS. He threw for more 300 yards against UConn (358, 1 TD), then No. 11/9 New Hampshire (367, 5 TD) and Monmouth (509, 4 TD). His 509 yards against the Hawks broke his own school record by one yard.
Cornell at a Glance
• The Big Red is 1-3 (1-1 Ivy) on the season. After losing its first three games by an average margin of 22 points, Cornell topped Harvard, 17-14, on Oct. 7 in Ithaca, N.Y.
• The Big Red's victory over the Crimson was its first since 2005.
• K Zach Mays's fourth-quarter field goal proved to be the difference as Cornell limited the Ivy League Preseason co-favorite to just 11 yards in the final 10 minutes of regulation. With four seconds on the clock, LB Dylan Otolski sealed the win with an interception.
• The Big Red went 4-6 (2-5 Ivy) in 2016 and was picked to finish eighth in the Ivy League in this season's preseason poll.
• Cornell returned two 2016 All-Ivy League First Team selections in S Nick Gesualdi and RB Chris Walker. Gesualdi, who was a unanimous pick, was also named to the AP All-America Third Team.
The Bucknell/Cornell Series
• Cornell leads the all-time series, 43-13, bolstered by a 23-game winning streak that stretched from 1892 to 1979.
• The Big Red and Bison first met in 1888 in Ithaca, N.Y.
• The Bison and Big Red have played every season since 2002. Cornell won 10 of those 15 contests.
• Cornell is 3-2 against Bucknell in their past five meetings. In 2014, the Bison halted a seven-game losing skid to the Big Red with a 20-7 win at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
• Bucknell and Cornell last played in Ithaca, N.Y. on Sept. 19, 2015. With 1:53 left in regulation, QB R.J. Nitti found RB Joey DeFloria for a 14-yard touchdown on a 4th-and-10 play to lift the Bison to a 19-14 victory, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Big Red at Schoellkopf Field that dated back to 1995.
• RB C.J. Williams paced Bucknell with 133 yards on 35 carries. It was his 11th of 12 100-yard rushing games, three of which came against Cornell.
• Nitti completed 20 of 33 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns.
• Last season on Sept. 17, the Big Red spoiled the Bison's home opener with a 24-16 win. Bucknell had a chance to tie the game on its final drive but came up short on a 4th-and-7 play from Cornell's 20-yard line.
• DeFloria rushed for a career-high 154 yards while WR Will Carter made nine catches for 122 yards.
Bucknell vs. Ivy League
• Bucknell is 40-103-3 all-time against Ivy League programs.
• The Bison have played at least one Ivy League team every year since 1978, a streak that reaches 40-consecutive seasons with 2017's game against Cornell.
• Bucknell's 2016 loss to Cornell snapped a three-game winning streak over Ivy League opponents. In that stretch, the Bison downed Dartmouth (17-14 in 2013) and Cornell twice (20-7 in 2014, 19-14 in 2015).
• Bucknell has faced Cornell (56) more than any other Ivy League team. Penn (34) and Princeton (16) round out the top three.
Inside the Bucknell Depth Chart
• Nine seniors, six juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen are projected to start.
• This is the first time multiple freshmen have been listed as starters on the pre-game two deep. Only two freshmen have started in 2017, both on the offensive side of the ball.
• Four underclassmen are projected to start on offense and three are anticipated to start on defense. Of the three on defense, two are freshmen who would be first-time starters: S Brandon Benson and DE Roger Mellado.
• Bucknell's 11 projected starters on offense have made a combined 96 starts.
• Bucknell's 11 projected starters on defense have made a combined 153 starts.
• DL Abdullah Anderson is the lone senior who has started all 38 games since arriving in Lewisburg. He's anticipated to make his 39th-conseuctive start on Saturday.
• LB Ben Richard and LB Mark Pyles round out Bucknell's top three in consecutive starts. Richard is set to make his 28th in a row and Pyles his 15th.
• S Joe Lauro made his 10th-straight start against Monmouth, joining Anderson, Pyles and Richard as the only Bison who own starting streaks in the double figures.
• TE Andrew Podbielski made 23-straights starts at tight end from Sept. 19, 2015 to Sept. 16, 2017. His streak, which was the third longest on the team, was snapped due to injury against Sacred Heart. After a two-game absence, he is expected to return to the lineup at Cornell.
• Anderson and CB Trey Johnson are the only seniors who have played all 38 games during their time as Bison.
• Anderson and CB Colin Jonov are the only players on the 2017 roster who have started every game they played in while at Bucknell. Jonov, who missed the 2016 campaign and this season's game against Monmouth due to injury, owns 20 career starts.
• CB Bryan Marine became the first junior to start his 20th career game against Monmouth.
• There are 12 players on the roster who have started at least 10 games: Anderson (38), Richard (28), Pyles (25), Podbielski (24), S Connor Golden (20), Jonov (20), Marine (20), RB Joey DeFloria (15), TE/FB Andrew Owers (15), WR Alan Butler (14), Lauro (14) and OL Chase Watkins (14).
• Against Sacred Heart, OL P.J. Barr and TE Alex Twiford became the first freshmen to start a game for Bucknell. The duo also started the Bison's game against Monmouth.
Pair of Bison Honored by National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
• Senior LB Mark Pyles, a two-time captain, was named a semifinalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy®, the NFF announced on Sept. 27.
• Pyles was among 181 semifinalists, which included 37 from FCS programs. Pyles and Lehigh's Jimmy Mitchell were the lone Patriot League student-athletes among the semifinalists.
• The William V. Campbell Trophy® is often referred to as the “Academic Heisman.” The NFF will announce 12 to 14 finalists on Nov. 1, and each will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. Of that group, one will be declared the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy®.
• Freshman LB Rick Mottram was chosen as one of five 2017 NFF Chapter Scholar-Athletes for his academic achievement, athletic performance and community involvement during his time at Allentown (N.J.) High School.
• Mottram emerged as the most outstanding scholar-athlete from the East Region.
• Mottram will travel to New York City for the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour and held at the New York Hilton Midtown, on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Following the luncheon, he will attend the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner.
• First bestowed in 1991, the NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards have become one of the most prestigious high school honors in the country.
• DL Abdullah Anderson: Needs one blocked field goal to claim sole possession of Bucknell's career record
• DL Abdullah Anderson: Needs 2.5 sacks to crack Bucknell's top 10 in career sacks
• RB Joey DeFloria: Needs 370 yards to crack Bucknell's top 10 in career rushing yards
• RB Joey DeFloria: Needs one 100-yard rushing game to move into a tie for eighth in school history; needs four to become the seventh Bison with at least 10 in his career
• RB Joey DeFloria: Needs three all-purpose yards to reach 2,000 in his career
• RB Chad Freshnock: Needs 256 rushing yards to reach 1,000 in his career
• CB Bryan Marine: Needs three interceptions to crack Bucknell's top 10 in career interceptions; would also become 12th Bison to reach the double digits in this statistical category
• TE Andrew Podbielski: Needs 100 receiving yards to reach 500 in his career
• LB Mark Pyles: Needs three tackles to reach 200 in his career
Head Coach Joe Susan
• Joe Susan, the 26th head coach in program history, is in his eighth season at the helm and currently ranks third in career games (82) and seventh in career victories (34).
• With Sept. 30's game against Monmouth, Susan claimed sole possession of third place in games coached, breaking his tie with Roger Hoskins.
• The second head coach in team history, Hoskins coached the Bison from 1899 to 1906 and in 1909. He is third in the Bucknell record book in seasons (9) and fifth in victories (40).
• Robert Curtis (101) and Harry Lawrence (97) will remain first and second in games coached through the 2017 campaign.
• Susan needs three victories to tie Bob Odell (37) for sixth in program history.
• At the conclusion of the season, Susan will stand in sole possession of fourth place in career seasons, passing legendary coaches Odell and Tom Gadd
Inside the 2017 Schedule
• Bucknell has the benefit of playing six of its 11 games at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium for the first time since 2010.
• Bucknell's 2017 opponents went a combined 55-65 (.458) in 2016. Of that group, Colgate (5-5), Fordham (8-3) Lehigh (9-3) and Sacred Heart (6-5) finished at or above .500.
• Bucknell's five non-conference opponents hail from five different conferences: the Big South Conference (Monmouth), the Colonial Athletic Association (William & Mary), the Ivy League (Cornell), the Northeast Conference (Sacred Heart) and the Pioneer Football League (Marist).
• Bucknell entered the season with a 156-24-10 (.383) record against its 2017 opponents, including winning marks against Marist (11-1) and Georgetown (17-11-1) and an even record with Sacred Heart (1-1).
• Head coach Joe Susan entered 2017 with a 25-33 (.431) record against the Bison's 2017 foes. Bucknell has not faced Monmouth (first meeting) and William & Mary (fifth meeting) during his tenure as head coach.
How to Follow the Bison
• Every game will be broadcast on Eagle 107 (WEGH 107.3) and BucknellBison.com. As always, Doug Birdsong and Kevin Herr will have the call.
• All six of Bucknell's home games and its road contests at Lafayette, Colgate and Fordham will air on the Patriot League Network (PatriotLeague.tv).
• Fans can watch the Bison's games at William & Mary (TribeAthletics.com) and Cornell (Ivy League Network) through the home team's video platform.
• The Bison are active on Twitter (@Bucknell_FB) and Instagram (Bucknell_FB). Interact with the team using the hashtag #StartTheStampede.
• The Bison continue their three-game road swing by traveling to Lafayette for a tilt on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m.
• It will be Bucknell's first Patriot League game since Sept. 9 against Holy Cross. The Bison and Crusaders were the first teams to begin Patriot League play in 2017.