WEEK #4: Lafayette 20, Dartmouth 10

Go Leopards!

Oct. 2, 1999

EASTON, PA - Senior tailback Brian Tuma's (Lebanon Township, NJ/Vorhees) career day of 123 yards on 23 carries led host Lafayette to a 20-10 victory over Ivy League opponent Dartmouth on Saturday. The win was the first of the season for Lafayette, and head coach Bill Russo's 100th victory at the school.

Dartmouth held a 10-7 half-time lead, but did not score in the second half. Field goals of 27- and 32-yards by Martin Brecht gave Lafayette a 13-10 lead, and Tuma's 1-yard TD run with 32 seconds remaining sealed the victory for the Leopards.

Russo won his 100th game in his 19th year at Lafayette. He sports an overall career record of 114-109-4 and was named the Eddie Robinson Division I-AA coach of the year in 1988, as well as being named the Patriot League Coach-of-the-Year in 1988, 1992 and 1994.

"I'm really proud of it," said Russo of his 100th win. "I don't remember scores or games that well, but I definitely remember players. They're what win games."

Lafayette took the lead less than a minute into the game, as senior free safety Angel Colon (Garfield, NJ/St. Joseph's Regional) intercepted a Brian Mann pass and returned it 43 yards and a 7-0 lead. It was the first of two interceptions on the day for Colon.

Leopard junior quarterback Brian Buczek (Bloomingdale, NJ/DePaul) had a strong performance, throwing for a career-high 229 yards on 16-for-28 passing with one interception. Seven of those passes were caught by junior wideout Phil Yarberough (Lebanon, PA/Lebanon), who finished with 143 yards receiving.

Lafayette remains at home for its second game of a three-game homestand, when it hosts Patriot League foe Colgate. Kick off is slated for 1:30 p.m. at Fisher Field.

 

 

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