LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell football team concludes its three-game road swing by facing Colgate on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Hamilton, N.Y. The Bison will look to ride the momentum from their second walk-off victory of the 2017 campaign into their meeting with the Raiders.
When: Saturday, October 28 – 1 p.m.
Where: Crown Field at Andy Kerr Stadium – Hamilton, N.Y.
Internet Video: Patriot League Network
Radio: Eagle 107 (107.3 WEGH)
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Live Stats: GoColgateRaiders.com
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With a victory the Bison would...
• move to 3-1 on the road in 2017, securing their sixth road record of at least .500 under head coach Joe Susan
• improve to 2-1 in Patriot League play
• snap a three-game losing slide to Colgate
• help Susan tie Bob Odell for sixth in program history in career victories (37)
Inside the Lafayette Box Score
• CB Colin Jonov returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown to lift Bucknell to a 13-7 overtime victory at Lafayette, which entered the game tied for first in the Patriot League with a 2-0 record.
• Jonov’s game-winning pick 6 was the sixth-longest touchdown in school history. The five touchdowns ahead of it on the list all came on kickoff returns.
• S Drew Newcomb accounted for the Bison’s other touchdown. The lone Lewisburg native on the roster, he returned his first career interception 31 yards for a touchdown on the fourth play of the Leopards’ first drive.
• The Bucknell defense limited Lafayette to just 186 yards of total offense. It was the second time in 2017 the Bison held their opponent under 200 yards; in their season opener on Sept. 2, they limited Marist to 154 yards in their 45-6 rout.
• Six Bison made at least five tackles. CB Bryan Marine led the way with nine (eight solo) while DE Trevor Fennimore and LB Simeon Page each posted two tackles for a loss and a sack.
• Bucknell’s offense, which totaled 208 yards, was held scoreless for the second time in 2017. On Sept. 9, Holy Cross blanked the Bison, 20-0.
• Bucknell is now 3-0 in games decided by 10 or fewer points. The Bison previously celebrated a walk-off win on Sept. 23 when K John Burdick booted a career-best 46-yard field goal as time expired to propel them past Sacred Heart, 34-31.
• This was the first time Bucknell won when held under 25 points. In all three of their previous wins, the Bison scored at least 26. In their three defeats, they failed to crack the 14-point threshold.
• Bucknell extended its winning streak over Lafayette to four games. The Bison have previously enjoyed four winning streaks against the Leopards of equal or greater length: from 1929 to 1945 (6), 1968 to 1972 (5) and 1949 to 1952 (4).
• Bucknell became the 19th NCAA FCS program to reach the 600-win plateau.
Bucknell at a Glance
• Bucknell is 4-3 (1-1 Patriot League) on the season and currently owns the Patriot League’s best overall winning percentage.
• The Bison went 3-2 in non-conference action. This is the sixth time in Joe Susan’s tenure as head coach Bucknell posted a winning record in non-conference play.
• 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 (7th, 39.40), total defense (10th, 289.1) and scoring defense (t-30th, 21.0). The Bison, who ranked in the FCS’s top 35 in rushing defense from week one through week four, fell to 55th (143.6) following the Monmouth game. They moved up to 42nd (133.4) after holding Cornell (120) and Lafayette (96) under 125 rushing yards.
• For the first time since week three, Bucknell entered the FCS’s top 10 in total defense. The Bison, who vaulted 13 spots after holding Lafayette to 186 yards of total offense, were slotted ninth (249.0) after their game at William & Mary.
• Bucknell has excelled at stopping the passing game, allowing an average of just 155.7 passing yards per game. The Bison held six of their seven opponents under 200 passing yards, including three under 150 in Marist (130), William & Mary (105) and Lafayette (90).
• P Alex Pechin stands seventh in the FCS in punting (44.6) while K John Burdick is tied for 24th in field goals per game (1.14).
Colgate at a Glance
• The Raiders are currently 4-4 (2-1 Patriot League) on the season. Like the Bison, they are riding a two-game winning streak.
• In its past three contests, Colgate has averaged 466.3 yards of total offense per game. The Raiders surpassed 500 in their loss to Lehigh (38-41) and reached 400 in their victories over Fordham (38-12) and Holy Cross (45-7).
• QB Grant Breneman was honored as the Patriot League Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week after leading the Raiders past the Crusaders. The rookie has thrown 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in Colgate’s past five games, a stretch of 154 pass attempts.
• The Raiders lead the Patriot League in rushing offense (177.8), boasting two players in the conference’s top three in rushing yards per game in TBs James Holland Jr. (2nd, 77.5) and Alex Mathews (3rd, 59.5).
• Colgate currently ranks second to Bucknell in scoring defense (22.4), total defense (362.1) and pass defense efficiency (124.9). LB Nick Wheeler (1.00) and DL Connor Buck (0.56) stand first and second in the Patriot League in sacks per game. Wheeler is also first in tackles for a loss per game (1.25).
• The Raiders, who took third in the Patriot League with a 4-2 record, were selected to again finish third in the 2017 preseason poll. DL Pat Afriyie, a STATS, College Football and College Sports Madness Preseason All-American, was chosen as the Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
• Afriyie missed three games due to injury, returning for Colgate’s tilt with Lehigh. In five games, he has 16 tackles, including four for a loss of 17 yards, and two sacks.
The Bucknell/Colgate Series
• Colgate leads the all-time series, 48-17, and has won nine of the past 10 meetings.
• The Bison and Raiders’ past five games were decided by an average of 14.8 points.
• Colgate currently holds a three-game winning streak over Bucknell, taking the 2016 (27-7), 2015 (14-10) and 2014 (21-6) contests.
• Bucknell last topped Colgate on Nov. 2, 2013, a 28-7 victory at Andy Kerr Stadium. It was the Bison’s first win over the Raiders since 2006 and their first in Hamilton, N.Y. since 1999.
• In that game, QB Brandon Wesley completed 15 of 19 passes for 176 yards, with WR Bobby Kaslander catching nine of them for 119 yards. RB C.J. Williams added 115 yards on the ground while LB Evan Byers led the defense with 13 tackles.
• Last season, QB Jake Melville ran for two touchdowns and threw for one more to lead Colgate to a 27-7 win. For the Bison, QB John Chiarolanzio made his collegiate debut, coming off the bench to complete 11 of 19 passes for 139 yards and one score.
Inside the Bucknell Depth Chart
• Eight seniors, six juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen are expected to start, the same group as last week.
• Six of the underclassmen projected to start are on the offensive side of the ball.
• Bucknell’s 11 projected starters on offense have made a combined 104 starts.
• Bucknell’s 11 projected starters on defense have made a combined 175 starts.
• DL Abdullah Anderson missed his first career game at Cornell. Before that, he had started every game during his time as a Bison, a streak of 38 in a row. He returned to the lineup at Lafayette and is expected to start his 40th game at Colgate.
• CB Trey Johnson is the only senior who has played in all 40 games during his time as a Bison.
• LB Ben Richard (29), LB Mark Pyles (16), CB Bryan Marine (10) and OL Chase Watkins (10) are Bucknell’s leaders in consecutive starts. Richard is set to become the second Bison senior to run a starting streak to 30.
• TE Andrew Podbielski made 23-straight starts at tight end from Sept. 19, 2015 to Sept. 16, 2017. His streak, which was the third longest on the team at the time, was snapped due to injury against Sacred Heart. After a two-game absence, he returned to the lineup at Cornell.
• 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 the Monmouth and Cornell games due to injury, owns 21 career starts.
• There are 13 players on the roster who have started at least 10 games: Anderson (39), Richard (30), Pyles (27), Podbielski (26), Marine (22), Jonov (21), S Connor Golden (20), WR Alan Butler (16), RB Joey DeFloria (16), Watkins (16), TE/FB Andrew Owers (15), S Joe Lauro (15) and WR Jack Horan (10).
• Five upperclassmen started his first game in 2017: OL Pat Finn, WR Kyle Kinner, S Drew Newcomb, S Chanse Riley and DL Nick Zarkoski.
• Against Sacred Heart in week four, OL P.J. Barr and TE Alex Twiford became the first freshmen to start for Bucknell. They have started every game since then, a string of four in a row. Fellow freshmen S Brandon Benson and DE Roger Mellado have started the Bison’s past two tilts.
• To date, 10 Bison have started every game: Butler, DE Trevor Fennimore, Horan, Marine, Pyles, Richard, OL Noah Stephenson, Watkins, OL Josh Yoder and Zarkoski. Of that group, only two are underclassmen: Stephenson and Yoder.
Jonov Honored for Game-Winning Pick 6
• CB Colin Jonov was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week and the Bison Athlete of the Week thanks to his game-winning pick 6 at Lafayette.
• By running 95 yards for his overtime touchdown, Jonov set a Bucknell record.
• Of the Bison’s 17 scoring plays of at least 90 yards, 12 were kickoff returns, three were runs from the line of scrimmage and two were interception returns. Joe Glenn owned the previous school record for longest pick 6, a 90-yard score in a 33-28 win over Delaware State on Sept. 6, 2003.
• Jonov’s play was featured on ESPN’s College Football Live and covered by multiple national media outlets, including CBS Sports, FOX Sports and VICE Sports.
• Jonov, who previously returned an interception 64 yards for a touchdown in Bucknell’s season-opening rout of Marist, now ranks second in single-season interception return yards (159). He needs 26 to break Bryce Robertson’s single-season record, set in 2011, and 21 to eclipse Gene Luccarelli’s career record, set between 1968 and 1970.
• Jonov is currently one of four FCS players with multiple pick 6s in 2017, joining North Carolina A&T’s Franklin McCain, III (3), Southern Utah’s Danny Johnson (2) and Tennessee State’s Vincent Sellers (2).
Patriot League Leaders
• K John Burdick: Field Goals (1.14) (t-1st with Holy Cross’s A.J. Wells)
• CB Colin Jonov: Interception Return Touchdowns (2)
• P Alex Pechin: Punting (44.6)
• As a team, Bucknell leads the Patriot League in scoring defense (21.0), total defense (289.1), rushing defense (133.9), pass defense (155.3), pass defense efficiency (99.7) and punting (39.4). The Bison are also the least penalized team (37.9).
Milestones Met in Game Seven
• CB Colin Jonov: Took second in Bucknell’s history in single-season interception return yards; currently has 159, one more than third-place Matthew Steinbeck (2012)
• P Alex Pechin: Surpassed 5,000 career punting yards; now has 5,251
• 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
• K John Burdick: Needs two field goals to become just the 12th Bison kicker to reach the double digits in a single season; needs four to move into Bucknell’s top three in single-season field goals
• RB Joey DeFloria: Needs 271 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 Chad Freshnock: Needs 173 rushing yards to reach 1,000 in his career
• CB Colin Jonov: Needs 20 interception return yards to claim Bucknell’s career record; needs 25 to claim Bucknell’s single-season record
• 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 34 receiving yards to reach 500 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 (84) and seventh in career victories (36).
• Susan needs one victory 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 take on Lehigh in their Homecoming game on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 12 p.m.