Bucknell Challenges Leopards To Open Patriot Play
Oct. 2, 2013
THE OPENING KICK
MATCH-UP: The Leopards look to start off Patriot League play on a positive note, hosting Bucknell on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Homecoming weekend matchup is the conference opener for both squads who have split the last two meetings despite Lafayette winning 10 out of the last 11 matchups.
ON THIS DATE: Lafayette is 13-5 in games played on October 5.
TURNOVER TALES: Turnovers told the story for Lafayette in 2012. The Leopards were +4 on the season -- +15 in five wins and -11 in six losses. Lafayette has been -2 in each of its three games and its -6 for the season.
Bucknell enters week five of the season with a record of 1-2 with its lone victory coming against Marist, 27-14, in the first game of the season. The Bison are coming off a 16-0 loss to a 5-0 Sacred Heart team which topped the Leopards 26-24 in the season opener.
Bucknell returns 16 starters, nine on offense and seven on defense.
The Bison have shut down the run in three games, allowing just 70 yards per outing, but have allowed 220 passing yards per game.
Senior QB Brandon Wesley is in his fourth year as the starter and is among the all-time best at Bucknell in passing completions (1st), passing attempts (1st), passing yards (2nd) and total offense (2nd). In 2013, he is 19-of-32 for 294 yards to go along with two TD's and one INT. Wesley sat out the Sacred Heart game due to injury.
Freshman CJ Williams has emerged as the Bison's top ground threat, amassing 256 yards on 65 carries with a touchdown.
Junior LB Evan Byers earned All-Patriot League First-Team honors last season after leading the Bison with 100 tackles. He has 27 tackles in three games in 2013.
Senior Kyle Sullivan is the jack-of-all-trades for Bucknell. The veteran receiver also serves as the team's punter, punt returner and holder. He was the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week (9/23) after recording a career-best 60 all-purpose yards, a career-long 49-yard punt and returning a punt for a TD vs. Cornell.
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