Holy Cross QB Dominic Randolph is one attempt away from the PL record.
Oct. 5, 2009
Center Valley, Pa. - Lehigh and Georgetown both look for their first win of the season when they face off in a Patriot League Football contest on Saturday in Bethlehem, with the Mountain Hawks hoping to join four other teams at the top of the standings. No. 23/24 Colgate goes to Princeton in an ESPNU-televised contest on Thursday, while every other team plays a non-League game on Saturday.
Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week
John Skelton, Fordham Sr., QB, 6'5, 258, El Paso, Texas/Burges
Skelton receives his third career Offensive Player of the Week award, and first since the 2007 season, after passing for a career-high 402 yards to lead Fordham to its first win of the season over Old Dominion, 34-29, on Saturday. Skelton completed 28-of-42 passes for 402 yards with two touchdowns (29 and 36 yards) and no interceptions in the game. The 402-yard effort is tied for the second-best game in Fordham annals. Skelton also led Fordham on a game-winning drive that ended with a three-yard touchdown by Xavier Martin with 1:57 to go. Fordham posted a school-record 687 yards of total offense in the game. Skelton now has 613 completions, 7,552 passing yards and 51 touchdowns in his career. All three marks are school records and in the Patriot League career top 10.
Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week
Mark Leggiero, Lafayette Sr., LB, 5'11, 220, Bohemia, N.Y./Connetequot
The Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year claims his first-ever weekly honor, as Leggiero made a game-high 12 tackles, including nine solo stops, in Lafayette's 31-14 win at Yale. The Leopards held Yale to 58 rushing and 214 passing yards, 140 of which came in the fourth quarter after Lafayette had built a 17-point lead. Lafayette is surrendering just 13.3 points per game this season, tops in the Patriot League and sixth in the FCS. Leggiero is Lafayette's second straight Defensive Player of the Week winner.
Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week
Kevin Heinowitz, Fordham Fr., K, 5'10, 175, Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills
Heinowitz hit 3-of-4 field goals to help Fordham past Old Dominion, 34-29, on Saturday. He connected on kicks from 19, 23 and 35 yards out. He hit two kicks in the first half as Fordham built an 18-7 lead at the break, and another in the fourth quarter to put the Rams up, 28-22. It is Heinowitz' first Special Teams Player of the Week honor.
Patriot League Rookie of the Week
John Schademan, Colgate Fr., WR, 6'0, 195, Pittsburgh, Pa./Bethel Park
Schademan tallied 71 all-purpose yards in No. 25 Colgate's 45-23 win over Cornell, as he caught two passes for a career-high 52 yards and also notched a 19-yard reverse. He had a 25-yard reception followed by the reverse on a 10-play, 90-yard touchdown drive. Schademan wins his first Rookie of the Week award.
Honorable Mention Performances Last Week
Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross
Sr., QB, 6'3, 223, Amelia, Ohio/St. Xavier
Randolph completed 16-of-24 passes for 305 yards with five touchdowns in Holy Cross' 42-21 win at Northeastern on Saturday.
Rob Curley, Lafayette
Sr., QB, 6'1, 200, Cinnaminson, N.J./Holy Cross
Curley completed 20-of-28 passes for 241 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Lafayette's 31-14 win at Yale.
Nate Eachus, Colgate
So., RB, 5'10, 206, Drums, Pa./Hazleton
Eachus carried 19 times for 129 yards and three touchdowns to lead a 344-yard team rushing day in Colgate's 45-23 win over Cornell on Saturday.
Casey Williams, Bucknell
Sr., LB, 5'11, 215, Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area
Williams had career highs with 10 tackles and a sack to lead a solid defensive effort as Bucknell beat Georgetown, 14-6, on Saturday.
Patriot League Notebook
Bucknell Makes It a Four-Way Tie for First Place
More than half of the Patriot League teams now have a share of first place in the standings, as Bucknell added its name to the list with a 14-6 victory at home against Georgetown. The Bison trailed, 6-0, at halftime, but earned the win behind two second-half touchdown runs by quarterback C.J. Hopson. Bucknell joins Holy Cross, Colgate and Lafayette at the top of the League standings with a 1-0 mark.
Can Lehigh Join the Group?
Lehigh will try to make it a five-way tie for first place in the Patriot League, as the Mountain Hawks host Georgetown in the lone League game of the weekend on Saturday. Both teams are also looking for their first win of the season overall, with Lehigh at 0-4 for the first time since 1982 and Georgetown coming in at 0-5. The Hoyas have dropped their first three Patriot League contests, and have never beaten Lehigh in a League game.
Offenses Shine in Strong Non-League Weekend
Every team in the Patriot League played on Saturday, and the four winners in non-League action all used an explosive offensive performance to put at least 30 points on the board. Colgate had the highest scoring output of the group, as the Raiders rushed for 344 yards on their way to a convincing 45-23 win over Cornell. Holy Cross was right behind, as Dominic Randolph threw for 305 yards and five touchdowns and the Crusaders opened up a 35-0 lead by the second quarter of a 42-21 win at Northeastern. Fordham posted a school-record 687 yards of total offense and pulled out a 34-29 win over Old Dominion when Xavier Martin scored on a three-yard touchdown run with 1:59 to go. Lafayette scored 24 straight points and put up a strong defensive performance in a 31-14 win at Yale. Lehigh was the only team to fall, as the Mountain Hawks lost to Harvard, 28-14.
National TV Appearance Highlights Weekend Slate
No. 23/24 Colgate will put its national ranking and undefeated record at stake on national television on Thursday night, as the Raiders visit Princeton in an ESPNU-televised contest at 7 p.m. Every other non-League game is in the usual Saturday slot, with three additional contests against the Ivy League. No. 19/20 Holy Cross is on the road at Brown, Bucknell goes to Penn and Lafayette hosts Columbia for the other matchups with the Ancient Eight. Fordham hosts Bryant in the final matchup against a Northeast Conference opponent.
Colgate, Holy Cross Ranked in Both FCS Polls
Colgate and Holy Cross are now each ranked in the major FCS polls, as the Raiders entered the FCS Coaches poll at No. 24 on Monday. Holy Cross is at No. 20 in the ranking, giving the Patriot League two teams in the poll, which originated in 2007, for the first time. Last week, both teams were ranked in The Sports Network top 25 to give the League a pair of ranked teams in that poll for the first time since 2005. Each squad moved up two spots in Monday's TSN rankings, with the Crusaders at No. 19 and the Raiders coming in at No. 23.
Holy Cross, Colgate Both Off to Best Start In Years
A win over Northeastern on Saturday gave Holy Cross a 4-0 start to its season, providing the longest season-opening win streak for the Crusaders since they completed a perfect 11-0 season in 1991. Colgate moved to 5-0 with a win over Cornell, and the Raiders continue their best start since opening 15-0 and going to the national title game in 2003. The Raiders are 5-0 for just the eighth time in program history. Colgate has the longest regular-season win streak among FCS teams at 13 games, and has won 13 of its last 14 overall. Holy Cross has won 10 of its last 11 games dating back to last season. The Crusaders and Raiders are two of only eight unbeaten teams left in the FCS. Both teams have two games left before a showdown on Oct. 24 at Holy Cross.
Keep Track of the Patriot League Through Social Media
In addition to visiting www.patriotleague.org, League fans and followers have plenty of new ways to stay updated and involved during the 2009 season and beyond. The Patriot League has accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and has now started a blog to give more information on the action on the field. All three accounts are accessible through the multimedia link at the right-hand sidebar on the front page of www.patriotleague.org.
"Dom"inating Brown Again?
Holy Cross quarterback Dominic Randolph has posted some extraordinary numbers over the course of his career, but he has tormented Brown more than any other foe. Randolph has 1,163 passing yards and 14 touchdowns with no interceptions in his three starts against the Bears, all Holy Cross wins. Randolph had his most-ever touchdown passes with six against the Bears in a 48-37 Holy Cross win in 2007, and his second-highest passing yardage total with 430 in a 41-34 triumph in 2008. Randolph comes into the game just one attempt shy of the Patriot League record of 1,459 held by Lafayette's Marko Glavic (2000-03). His first pass attempt will give Randolph a ninth Patriot League career record, including marks for passing yardage, touchdowns and completions as well as total offense and touchdowns responsible for. After a five-touchdown day against Northeastern on Saturday, Randolph is now tied for 10th in FCS history with 94 touchdown passes. He is also 13th in passing yardage (10,965) and 14th in total offense (11,421) in Championship Subdivision annals. He holds the FCS record with an active mark of 33 consecutive 200-yard games.
Fordham Offense with a Historic Day
Fordham's offense has been piling up the yards all season, but Saturday's performance was one for the record books of a program that began more than 100 years ago. The Rams racked up 687 yards of total offense against Old Dominion, breaking the school mark of 667 set against New Haven in 1977. The Rams held a 687-392 edge in total offense. There were big individual days from five different players. John Skelton threw for a career-high 402 yards and two touchdowns. Xavier Martin ran for a career-high 187 yards, while Darryl Whiting had 101 on the ground for Fordham's first pair of 100-yard rushers in a game since 2007. It was even longer since the last time the Rams had two 100-yard receivers, but Stephen Skelton (138) and David Moore (132) became the first pair of Ram wideouts to go over the century mark in a game since 1999 against Harvard.
Nobody Running It better than Colgate
Colgate ran all over Cornell to the tune of 344 yards on Saturday, with Nate Eachus (129 yards, 3 TD), Jordan McCord (98 yards, 2 TD) and quarterback Greg Sullivan (84 yards, 1 TD) all putting up big efforts on the ground. The Raiders have run for 643 yards in the past two weeks, and boosted their FCS-leading team rushing average to 277 yards per game. Colgate leads the nation by more than 40 rushing yards per game, with second-place North Dakota State coming in at 234.6 yards per contest. Eachus and McCord are both averaging more than 100 yards per game on the ground, while Sullivan has tallied 88 per contest.
Patriot League Teams, Individuals At Top of FCS Offensive Stats
Holy Cross, Fordham and Colgate are all putting up big offensive numbers, and the result is some lofty positions in FCS team and individual statistics. Fordham senior quarterback John Skelton and Holy Cross counterpart Dominic Randolph are 1-2 in the nation in total offense for the third week in a row, and switched positions for the second straight time as Skelton re-claimed the No. 1 spot after a big day against Old Dominion. Skelton also leads the nation in passing yards per game, where Randolph is fourth, and both players rank in the top 10 in completions per contest. All three teams are ranked in the top seven in the country in total offense, with Fordham at No. 2, Colgate at No. 6 and Holy Cross at No. 7. Fordham is third in passing offense and leads the nation in first downs, while Holy Cross is in the top 10 in passing and scoring offense. But it's Colgate that leads the nation in the most categories, as the Raiders are the No. 1 team in the country in time of possession and third down conversions in addition to rushing yardage per game.
Home Sweet Home For Patriot League Teams
Patriot League teams have played 16 of their 23 non-League games at home, and have a 9-7 mark on their home field while carrying a 3-4 mark on the turf of their opponents. Patriot League teams play 21 of 35 non-League games at home this season. Lehigh has four of its five non-League contests at home, while every other team except Bucknell plays three non-League games at home. The Patriot League plays an all Division I schedule, facing off with five FCS conferences. The slate includes 18 games against Ivy League foes.
Patriot League Teams Hit the Airwaves
Patriot League fans won't have to go far to keep track of the action in 2009, with 24 games already scheduled for regional or national television. The highlight comes on Thursday, when Colgate visits Princeton in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU. There will be at least two televised games every week during the 2009 season, with Lafayette once again televising each of its contests through the Lafayette Sports Network. Lehigh will have nine televised games, including each home game live on Service Electric 2 Sports. Holy Cross and Colgate each have three home games televised regionally. Every Patriot League team will appear on television at least once during the 2009 season.
This Week in the Patriot League
Georgetown (0-5, 0-3) at Lehigh (0-4, 0-0)
Goodman Stadium; Bethlehem, Pa. - Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Series Lehigh, 9-5 TV SE2, Fox College Sports Atlantic (tape-delay)
Streak Lehigh, Eight Wins Last Meeting Lehigh, 33-13 (11.1.2008)
Last Georgetown Win 40-0 (1925) Last Five Meetings Lehigh, 5-0
Georgetown Head Coach Kevin Kelly, Springfield, 1982
Career Record 5-32 (Fourth Season) Overall/Georgetown; 1-19 Patriot League
Lehigh Head Coach Andy Coen, Gettysburg, 1986
Career Record 16-21 (Fourth Season) Overall/Lehigh; 11-7 Patriot League
Two teams looking for their first win of the season meet when Georgetown visits Lehigh on Saturday...The Mountain Hawks are playing their first Patriot League contest, and would make it a five-way tie at the top of the League standings with a win...Lehigh has won all eight contests played as Patriot League members, with each of the victories coming by at least 20 points...The closest game in the Patriot League history came last year, as the Mountain Hawks scored a 33-13 win at Georgetown...The teams did not play from 1925 until Georgetown joined the Patriot League in 2001...Lehigh is trying to win its Patriot League opener for the second straight year and 10th time in the past 12 seasons...The Mountain Hawks are also attempting to avoid their first 0-5 start since an 0-9 campaign in 1966...Georgetown will try to end its longest season-opening losing skid since dropping seven in a row to begin the 2007 season.
Georgetown The Hoyas fell to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the Patriot League with a 14-6 loss at Bucknell on Saturday...Georgetown held a 6-0 lead at the half on two field goals by Jose Pablo Buerba, but was outgained, 172-58, in the second half as Bucknell came back...Georgetown had a chance to tie on its final drive, but Isaiah Kempf was picked off in the final minute...Kempf completed 14-of-27 passes for 136 yards in the game....Robert Lane had 111 all-purpose yards, with 55 on 11 carries on the ground and three catches for 56 yards...Travis Mack led the defense with 11 tackles...It was the first time since 2003 that the home team won the matchup...Georgetown dropped its 10th consecutive League game, with the last victory coming at Bucknell in 2007...The Hoyas have lost five games to start a season for the first time since dropping their first seven games in 2007...Georgetown completes a three-game League stretch when it hosts Colgate next week.
Lehigh Lehigh dropped to 0-4 for the first time since 1982 with a 28-14 loss to Harvard on Saturday...The Mountain Hawks fell to 0-3 at Goodman Stadium, and have lost the first two of their four-game homestand...Lehigh took an early 7-0 lead, but Harvard scored 28 unanswered points to take control...The Mountain Hawks tallied the game's last touchdown late in the fourth quarter...Sophomore Chris Lum made his first collegiate start and went 22-of-42 for 269 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions...Lehigh notched six sacks in the game, including 2.5 by Andrew Knapp...Al Pierce had a career-high 10 tackles and a sack...The Mountain Hawks held a 375-333 edge in total offense...De'Vaughn Gordon and Jake Drwal each had six receptions...Lehigh completes its four-game homestand when it faces Yale on Oct. 17.
No. 23/24 Colgate (5-0, 1-0) at Princeton (1-2, 0-1 Ivy League)
Princeton Stadium; Princeton, N.J. - Thursday, 7 p.m.
Series Princeton, 26-23-1 TV ESPNU
Streak Colgate, One Win Last Meeting Colgate, 27-24 (10.11.2008)
Last Princeton Win 27-26 (OT) (10.7.2006) Last Five Meetings Colgate, 4-1
Colgate Head Coach Dick Biddle, Duke, 1971
Career Record 109-49 (14th Season) Overall/Colgate; 63-16 Patriot League
Princeton Head Coach Roger Hughes, Doane, 1982
Career Record 44-48 (10th Season) Overall/Princeton
No. 23/24 Colgate will try to continue its best start to a season since winning its first 15 games in 2003 when it visits Princeton in a nationally-televised contest on Thursday night...The game will be shown live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. from Princeton Stadium...Colgate scored a 27-24 win at home over Princeton last year, part of an active stretch of five consecutive wins against Ivy League foes over the past two years...The teams are meeting at Princeton for the first time since Colgate scored a 16-10 win in 2005...The last four matchups have been decided by six points or less...Patriot League teams are 25-35 all-time against Princeton, including Lehigh's 17-14 loss on Sept. 26.
Colgate No. 23/24 Colgate ran all over regional rival Cornell on Saturday, as the Raiders tallied 344 yards on the ground in a 45-23 victory over the Big Red...Colgate is off to a 5-0 start for only the eighth time in program history and first since winning its first 15 games in 2003...The Raiders have won 13 consecutive regular-season games dating back to last year, the longest regular-season win streak in the FCS...Three players had at least 84 rushing yards in the game, with Nate Eachus leading the way with 19 carries for 129 yards and three touchdowns in his first action since the season opener...Colgate's six rushing touchdowns were one off the Patriot League record...Colgate boosted its FCS-best rushing average from 260 to 277 yards per game, more than 40 yards ahead of second-place North Dakota State...The Raiders also lead the nation in time of possession and third down conversion percentage...The Raiders had a 344-63 edge on the ground, and 561-280 advantage in total offense...The Raiders visit Georgetown on Oct. 17 to start a stretch of five League games.
Bucknell (3-2, 1-0) at Penn (1-2, 1-0 Ivy League)
Franklin Field; Philadelphia, Pa. - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Series Penn, 27-5
Streak Penn, Four Wins Last Meeting Penn, 34-24 (10.7.2006)
Last Bucknell Win 23-16 (10.2.1999) Last Five Meetings Penn, 4-1
Bucknell Head Coach Tim Landis, Randolph-Macon, 1986
Career Record 84-93-1 (17th Season) Overall/31-41 (7th Season) at Bucknell; 15-23 PL
Penn Head Coach Al Bagnoli, Central Connecticut State, 1975
Career Record 201-75 (28th Season) Overall/115-56 (18th Season) at Penn
Bucknell plays its final non-League game of the season at Penn on Saturday...The Bison are trying to snap a four-game losing streak in the series and beat Penn for the first time since 1999...Three of the four losses were by 10 points or less, including one overtime game...Bucknell scored a 23-16 win in Philadelphia in 1999...Patriot League teams are 17-36 all-time against Penn, with Lafayette beating the Quakers in overtime on Sept. 26.
Bucknell The Bison joined a four-way tie for first place in the Patriot League by winning their League opener, 14-6 over Georgetown, at home on Saturday...The Bison trailed, 6-0, at the half, but C.J. Hopson scored on a pair of second-half touchdown runs to lead the comeback...Hopson carried 21 times for 101 yards in the game...Jamal Briggs sealed the win on an interception with 37 seconds to play in the game...The Bison registered a season-high five sacks by five different players, the highest total for the team since 2004...Bucknell held a 172-58 edge in total yardage...Bucknell held an opponent to less than 10 points for the first time since 2007...The Bison are 3-0 at home this year, and have won four consecutive home games overall for the first time since 2001...Bucknell won its League opener over Georgetown for the second straight season, and snapped a five-game losing streak for home teams in the series...The Bison have a bye next week before getting back into Patriot League play for their final five games, beginning at home on Oct. 24 against Lehigh.
No. 19/20 Holy Cross (4-0, 1-0) at Brown (1-2, 0-1 Ivy League)
Brown Stadium; Providence, R.I. - Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Series Holy Cross, 31-20-3
Streak Holy Cross, Three Wins Last Meeting Holy Cross, 41-34 (10.11.2008)
Last Brown Win 37-14 (9.30.1995) Last Five Games Holy Cross, 3-2
Holy Cross Head Coach Tom Gilmore, Penn, 1986
Career Record 34-25 (Sixth Season) Overall/Holy Cross; 18-13 Patriot League
Brown Head Coach Phil Estes, New Hampshire, 1980
Career Record 67-45 (12th Season) Overall/Brown
No. 19/20 Holy Cross will try to build on its best start since 1991 when it visits Brown on Saturday...The Crusaders are 4-0 for the first time since an 11-0 season in 1991...Holy Cross has won all three meetings since the series started back up in 2006...Each game has been a shootout, with the Crusaders winning at home in 2006 (35-30) and 2008 (41-34) and at Brown in 2007 (48-37)...Holy Cross quarterback Dominic Randolph has posted a huge day in each of those three games, and has 1,163 passing yards and 14 touchdowns with no interceptions in his career against the Bears...Randolph had his most-ever touchdown passes with six against the Bears in 2007, and his second-highest passing yardage total with 430 in 2008...Holy Cross last lost to Brown in 1995, and is 13-2-1 in the past 16 matchups since 1981...Patriot League teams are 21-17 all-time against Brown.
Holy Cross The No. 19/20 Crusaders are off to their best start since 1991 after opening up a 35-0 second-quarter lead and cruising to a 42-21 win at Northeastern on Saturday...Holy Cross has a 4-0 mark for the first time since completing an undefeated 11-0 campaign in 1991...Dominic Randolph completed 16-of-24 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns in the game, connecting with 11 different receivers...He was 11-for-13 with 241 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone as Holy Cross built a 35-0 lead in the second quarter...Randolph ended the day just one attempt shy of the Patriot League record of 1,459 held by Lafayette's Marko Glavic (2000-03)...Randolph is in the top five in the FCS in passing yards, total offense and points responsible for per game this season...He is now tied for 10th in FCS history with 94 touchdown passes, 13th all-time in passing yards (10,965) and 14th in yards of total offense (11,421)...Randolph is the Patriot League record holder and active FCS career leader in each category...The Crusaders are in the top 10 nationally in passing, total and scoring offense...Holy Cross gained 420 yards of total offense on only 48 plays, averaging 8.8 yards per play in the contest...The Crusader defense had four sacks, including two from Mude Ohimor...Holy Cross defeated a school from the CAA for the first time since it downed Boston University 27-23 on Sept. 21, 1991, when the league was known as the Yankee Conference...Holy Cross plays its final non-League contest next week as it returns home to face Dartmouth.
Bryant (3-1, 2-0 NEC) at Fordham (1-3, 0-1)
Jack Coffey Field; Bronx, N.Y. - Saturday, 6 p.m.
Series First Meeting
Bryant Head Coach Marty Fine, West New Mexico, 1985
Career Record 65-32 (10th Season) Overall/37-19 (6th Season) at Bryant
Fordham Head Coach Tom Masella, Wagner, 1981
Career Record 34-47 (Eighth Season) Overall/17-21 (Fourth Season) at Fordham; 7-12 PL
Fordham becomes the first Patriot League team to match up with Bryant when the Rams host the Bulldogs on Saturday evening at Jack Coffey Field...Fordham was also the first Patriot League team to play Old Dominion, beating the Monarchs, 34-29, last Saturday...Bryant is in its second season at the Division I level, playing in the Northeast Conference...Patriot League teams are 3-2 against the NEC this year heading into the last matchup of the season between the leagues.
Fordham The Rams used a historic offensive performance to notch their first win of the year, as they totaled a school-record 687 yards of total offense in a 34-29 victory over Old Dominion on Saturday...Even with the offensive outburst, the game was in doubt until Xavier Martin scored the winning points on a three-yard touchdown with 1:59 left...The Fordham defense forced a fumble on the ensuing possession to seal the win...Fordham came back for the win after squandering a 25-7 third-quarter lead...The previous school record for total offense was 667 against New Haven in 1977...Fordham had huge performances from five different players to amass its offensive output, including a career day from senior quarterback John Skelton...Skelton completed 28-of-42 passes for a career-high 402 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions...The 402-yard day tied for the second-best effort in Fordham history...John's brother, Stephen, caught 10 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, while David Moore had six receptions for 132 yards and a score...The last time the Rams had two receivers with more than 100 receiving yards in a game was 1999 with Kendel Creer (171) and Gerry McDermott (142) doing it against Harvard...Martin had a career-high 187 rushing yards and the touchdown, while Darryl Whiting totaled 101 yards and a score on the ground...It was the first time since 2007 that a pair of Fordham backs went over 100 yards on the ground...Fordham outgained Old Dominion by nearly 300 yards (687-392)...The Rams play their final non-League game of the year at Cornell on Oct. 17.
Columbia (2-1, 1-0 Ivy League) at Lafayette (3-1, 1-0)
Fisher Stadium; Easton, Pa. - Saturday, 6 p.m.
Series Lafayette, 27-11-2 TV Lafayette Sports Network
Streak Lafayette, Seven Wins Last Meeting Lafayette, 13-3 (10.11.2008)
Last Columbia Win 47-22 (10.7.2000) Last Five Games Lafayette, 5-0
Columbia Head Coach Norries Wilson, Minnesota, 1989
Career Record 10-23 (Fourth Season) Overall/Columbia
Lafayette Head Coach Frank Tavani, Lebanon Valley, 1976
Career Record 55-51 (10th Season) Overall/Lafayette; 32-26 Patriot League
Lafayette will try to continue its recent success against Columbia when the teams meet on Saturday at Fisher Stadium...The Leopards have won the last seven meetings in the series, and have only surrendered three total points to the Lions in the past two years....Lafayette earned a 13-3 win at Columbia last year, and posted a 29-0 shutout in the last meeting in Easton in 2007...Each of the wins during the streak has come by at least seven points...Lafayette has not lost to the Lions since 2000, and has a 13-0-1 record when the teams match up in Easton...Lafayette has won three consecutive games against Ivy League opponents, including the first two of four straight meetings with Ivy foes...Patriot League teams are 42-18-2 against Columbia, with Fordham losing to the Lions on Sept. 19.
Lafayette The Leopards earned their first-ever win over Yale on Saturday at the Yale Bowl, scoring 24 consecutive points to go on to a 31-14 victory...Yale had won the previous seven meetings in the series...Lafayette scored 24 consecutive points after falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter...Rob Curley and Mark Layton connected on touchdown strikes for a
10-7 lead late in the second quarter and 24-7 edge in the fourth quarter...Curley completed 20-of-28 passes for 241 yards and the two touchdowns to Layton, who hauled in seven receptions for 116 yards...Layton leads the Patriot League and is in the top 20 nationally in receptions, receiving yards and scoring per game....Curley is 10th in the nation in pass efficiency and is completing 66 percent of his passes...Maurice White ran for 131 yards in the game, and sealed the win with a six-yard touchdown run with 3:13 left...The Leopards recorded six sacks in the game, with Ian Dell and Andrew Poulson each tallying two apiece...It was the most team sacks since Sept. 11, 2004 against Georgetown...Lafayette held a 396-272 edge in total offense...The Leopards play their final non-League contest of the year at Harvard on Oct. 17.