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2012 Football Season Opens in Unfamiliar Territory

 Lafayette at William & Mary
 Date  Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)
 Location  Williamsburg, Va. | Zable Stadium
 Gameday  Gameday Central
 Tickets  Lafayette Athletics Ticket Office
 Game Notes  Lafayette Get Acrobat Reader | William & Mary Get Acrobat Reader
 TV  Lafayette Sports Network: RCN-4, WBPH-60 (Lehigh Valley), RCN-8 (Philly, Boston, NYC, DC,
 Chicago), ESPN GamePlan (DIRECTV 788, Dish Network 457) and MASN (tape delay)
 (Gary Laubach, Mike Joseph '88, John Leone)
 Video Streaming & (LSN Telecast: Gary Laubach, Mike Joseph '88, John Leone)
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 More Coverage  Lafayette Newstand | Spotted on Campus with Jason Marshalek


• Exactly one month after reporting for training camp, Lafayette will open the 2012 football season at William & Mary. The opening kick for the Leopards comes at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Zable Stadium in Williamsburg, Va.

• Lafayette is coming off a 4-7 campaign in 2011. William & Mary is receiving votes in both national polls after a 7-6 loss to FBS-squad Maryland in week one of the season. The Tribe returns six starters on each side of the ball, and was 5-6 in 2011 and 3-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association, the toughest conference in the country.

• Lafayette opens its 131st season with an opponent it has never faced in William & Mary. All-time, the Leopards are 84-43-3 in openers. Lafayette initiated the 2011 season with a 42-6 loss at eventual national champion North Dakota State.  

• The Leopards' initial trip to Williamsburg, Va. is the farthest south the Lafayette program has ventured since 1988 in a game against former conference opponent Davidson in North Carolina. Since that Nov. 12, 1988 meeting, Lafayette has played VMI in Lexington, Va. (a 42-21 loss on Sept. 21, 1991), at Richmond (21-16 win on Sept. 24, 2004) and at Liberty in Lynchburg, Va. (a 35-21 win on Oct. 18, 2008).

• Since fielding its first college football team in the fall of 1882 (the same year that coward Robert Ford shot Jesse James in the back and that Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuted), Lafayette has had a proud, colorful gridiron tradition on the way to a total of 654 victories (654-559-39). Lafayette ranks 37th among all college football teams in all-time wins entering the 2012 season, posting its first win in 1883 (25-0 vs. Rutgers). Lafayette accumulated 100 victories by 1900, 200 by 1915 and 300 by 1934.


• William & Mary (0-1, 0-0) opens its 2012 home slate of games, hosting the Leopards on Saturday night in a 7 p.m. kick off. W&M is coming off a 7-6 loss to FBS opponent Maryland in week one.

• Twelve starters, six on each side of the ball, return for William & Mary which was 5-6 in 2011 and finished seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 3-5 record.

• William and Mary used two quarterbacks in the season opener. Junior Brent Caprio started the Maryland game, completing 3-of-7 passes. He was intercepted on the first drive of the second quarter and did not return to the game. In 2011, Caprio completed 68-of-107 passes for 795 yards with six touchdowns and seven interceptions. Sophomore Raphael Ortiz finished the Maryland game, connecting on 7-of-16 for 100 yards. Caprio and Ortiz were in a three-way battle with junior Michael Graham for the starting QB spot.

• The Tribe defense held Maryland to 236 yards and forced four turnovers. Senior SS Brian Thompson was lauded as the CAA Defensive POW after making seven tackles and intercepting a pass, returning it 32 yards to set up a field goal.

• W&M's defensive standout is senior cornerback B.W. Webb, a preseason All-America selection this season and All-CAA honoree in 2011. Webb made 40 tackles and had two interceptions last season and handles kick and punt returns.   

• Jimmye Laycock (William & Mary '70) is in his 33rd season as head coach at his alma mater. He has a 213-152-2 record.