Colgate Comes to Town on Senior Day
Nov. 7, 2017
| Lafayette vs. Colgate
|Gameday Info||GoLeopards.com Gameday | Fill the Hill|
|Date & Time||Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 - 12:30 p.m.|
|Location||Easton, Pa. | Fisher Stadium|
|Tickets||Lafayette Athletics Ticket Office|
|Game Notes||Lafayette | Colgate|
|TV|| Lafayette Sports Network (RCN 1004/608 HD, WBPH-60 HD)
Play by Play: Gary Laubach
Analyst: Mike Joseph
Sideline: John Leone
|Social Media||Twitter & Facebook|
The Match-Up: Lafayette will host Colgate (5-4, 3-1) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Like the Leopards last week at Georgetown, the Raiders had an extra week to prepare for during a bye week. Colgate has won the last two against the Leopards.
Context: Saturday's game is the most meaningful the Leopards have played in since the 150th Meeting against Lehigh in 2014 in Yankee Stadium. In the context of a Patriot League conference title, it's the biggest matchup since the regular-season finale at Lehigh in 2013 when Lafayette clinched the Patriot League title with a 50-28 victory.
Move For Hunger: Move For Hunger: Lafayette has partnered with Move for Hunger. Fans who donate a non-perishable food item at the gate will receive a free ticket for each food donation.
National Numbers: Senior linebacker Brandon Bryant currently ranks second in the nation in tackles with 116 (12.9 per game) and fifth for solo tackles with 61 (6.8 per game). He is also tied for the seventh-most tackles in a game in 2017 (19 - Harvard). He is averaging 14.6 tackles per game over the last five contests and 13.5 in league play.
Shutout In the Last Time Out: The Lafayette defense managed its first shutout since Oct. 6, 2007 (29-0 vs. Columbia) in a 7-0 win over Georgetown. The Leopard defense has not been scored upon the last two games.
Nice to Have Him Back: Sophomore WR Nick Pearson made his return to the lineup after missing five games with a shoulder injury. Pearson, who was sidelined during the Villanova game on Sept. 16, was on the receiving end of the Leopards' only scoring play at Georgtown, an 11-yard pass from Sean O'Malley in the second quarter.
Flags & Fumbles: The Leopards are first in the nation in fumbles lost, tied with Norfolk State and Butler with just one lost in nine games. Lafayette is fifth in the nation in penalty yards per game (38.4 yards per game).
Special Teams Player of the Week: Freshman punter Michael Turk has been named the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week. He played a crucial role in Lafayette's shutout of Georgetown, affecting the field position game while averaging 44.7 yards per punt. He deftly placed three of those punts inside the Georgetown 10-yard line and delivered a long punt of 52 yards in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.
Pick Four: The Leopards picked off four passes at Georgetown, including two in the endzone. Eric Mitchell accounted for two interceptions while Phillip Parham and Rob Hinchen added one apiece.
The Garrett Era: John Garrett began his first head-coaching assignment on Dec. 21, 2016 when he was introduced at a press conference on the Lafayette College campus. Garrett, the Fred M. Kirby '42 Head Football Coach, brings more than 25 years of coaching experience at the NFL, NCAA FBS and NCAA FCS levels. His most recent stints included offensive coordinator gigs at Richmond and Oregon State. In his first season, Garrett is handling the offensive play-calling duties, taking over a Leopard squad that was 3-19 over the last two seasons.
Opponent: Colgate (5-4, 3-1) enters the game on a three-game win streak and is coming off a bye. The Raiders own wins over Fordham (38-12), Holy Cross (45-7) and Bucknell (40-3) in league play with the only loss to Lehigh (41-38) on Oct. 7.
Colgate returns 44 letterwinners, including nine starters (six on offense and three on defense).
Freshman QB Grant Breneman has been outstanding, completing 111-of-193 (58%) with 15 touchdowns to two interceptions while adding 344 rushing yards and five rushing TD's. Senior James Holland and soph. Alex Mathews each have more than 500 rushing yards apiece.
The Colgate defense is led by its ends, soph. Nick Wheeler (9 sacks) and senior Pat Afriyie (5.5 TFL)
Dan Hunt is in his fourth season as head coach at Colgate and holds an 24-21 record.