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Pards Take to the Road For PL Matchup

Nov. 8, 2016

 Lafayette at Colgate
 Gameday Info  GoLeopards.com Gameday
 Date  Saturday, Nov. 8, 2016 at 1 p.m.
 Location  Hamilton, N.Y. | Andy Kerr Stadium
 Tickets  Lafayette Athletics Ticket Office
 Game Notes  Lafayette Get Acrobat Reader | Colgate Get Acrobat Reader
 TV  Lafayette Sports Network (MASN, RCN 4/8, 1004/608 HD, WBPH-60)
 Play by Play: Gary Laubach
 Analyst: Mike Joseph
 Sideline: John Leone
 Streaming  GoLeopards.com
 Gary Laubach, Mike Joseph, John Leone
 Live Stats  Colgate Live Stats
 Social Media  Twitter & Facebook

The Match-up:
Fresh off a bye week, Lafayette plays its final road game of the season, traveling to Colgate for a 1 p.m. kick off on Saturday.

Last Time Out: Lafayette scored 14 third-quarter points to break a 3-3 tie and run to a 17-3 Patriot League win over Georgetown. Two sophomores, LB Jerry Powe and TB Tyler West, were key performers. Powe led the defensive effort with 12 tackles (including two sacks) on a day when Lafayette held Georgetown to 173 total yards and 40 rushing yards. West made the most of his opportunities, carrying 15 times for a career-high 117 yards and a touchdown. His 40-yard TD run late in the third quarter put away the game for Lafayette's first conference win of the season.

Academic All-District: Lafayette senior defensive linemen Collin Albershardt and Andy Labudev have been named to the Academic All-District II Team selected by CoSIDA. It is the second straight selection for Albershardt who has started nine games at defensive end this season with 23 tackles and, 3.5 tackle for loss, including three sacks. The Economics major maintains a 3.61 cumulative GPA and is a team captain.

Like Albershardt, Labudev has started every game this season. The defensive tackle has registered 17 tackles on the season with three tackles for loss (all sacks). An Economics and International Affairs dual major, Labudev holds a 3.60 GPA. He has played in 23 games during his Leopard career.

Albershardt and Labudev are the 31st and 32nd student-athletes during Tavani's tenure to achieve Academic All-District Status with 47 selections since 1995.

Defensive Effort: Lafayette held the Hoyas to just three points, the lowest score by an opponent this season. It was the first time since Sept. 13, 2014 against Robert Morris that Lafayette did not allow a touchdown.
Linebackers Rob Hinchen and Jerry Powe led the team with 12 tackles apiece, combining for 5.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. As a team, Lafayette had six sacks.

Back In the Win Column: Lafayette's 17-3 win over Georgetown snapped a seven-game Leopard losing streak.

100-Yard Game: Sophomore Tyler West gave the Leopards their first 100-plus yard rushing game of the season. West carried 15 times for 117 yards with a touchdown while freshman Mike Dunn, who had his first career start, carried 18 times for 44 yards.

Thomas Is Versatile: Freshman Yasir Thomas made the tough switch from offense to defense for the Georgetown game and he is expected to remain there for the balance of the season. Thomas, who has 15 catches for 132 yards and a TD, started the Georgetown game at strong safety where he made four tackles in his first career start. He was an all-state defensive back in high school in New Jersey.

Big Plays:
One of the smallest players on the roster has been part of three of the Leopards' longest plays from scrimmage this season. Sophomore Joey Chenoweth (5-11, 170) has a pair of 65-yard touchdown grabs, one in the first quarter of the Fordham game from Blake Searfoss and the second in the third quarter of the Bucknell game from Drew Reed. He also owns a 37-yard completion in the Georgetown game.

Mrazek Moves Up: With four catches vs. Georgetown, junior WR Matt Mrazek continued his ascent up Lafayette's top 10 list for career receptions. Mrazek has 129 career grabs, passing Ross Scheuerman '15 (128) for eighth place. Mrazek needs 148 receiving yards to crack the top 10.
Mrazek made 11 catches for 109 yards and three touchdowns (all career highs) vs. Holy Cross, the first time since 2014 that a Lafayette player had 11 or more catches. It was the second three-touchdown performance of the season for Mrazek, who achieved the feat in the season opener at Central Connecticut State. His eight touchdown catches on the season rank him 16th in the nation. He leads the team with 58 receptions for 631 yards.
Mrazek was the team's wide receiver MVP in 2015, despite missing the final three and a half games after fracturing his clavicle. In the abbreviated season, he led the team in receiving yards (495) and was second with 44 catches.

More Pressure: The Lafayette defense has been able to apply more pressure up front this season in comparison to last. Lafayette has sacked opponents 18 times through nine games, but registered only nine sacks all of last season.

Reed In the Record Books: Drew Reed is climbing Lafayette's career passing charts. His 587 career completions rank him third all-time and his 6,546 passing yards place him fourth (passing Frank Novak '84 with 6,378). He is the school record holder for single-season completion percentage (72.5% in 2013) and is second in career completion percentage (65.4%).
The Tennessee native was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year runner up and a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award (top FCS freshman) in his freshman season of 2013 when he threw for 1,887 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games. In his first career start, he completed 21-of-22 at Holy Cross for 283 yards and five touchdowns, setting a school single-game record for accuracy while completing his final 20 passes (a Patriot League record). He was the first ever player to win the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors in the same week (doing it twice).

Limiting Penalties: Lafayette ranks seventh in the nation for fewest penalties (41), ninth for fewest penalties per game (4.6), 18th for fewest penalties yards (402) and penalty yards per game (44.7).
The limited penalty trend started in 2015, as Lafayette ranked 11th in the nation in penalty yards (455) and total penalties (54), 12th in penalty yards per game (41.4) and 14th in the NCAA in penalties per game (4.91).

Young Leopards: Lafayette has seen 14 freshmen or sophomores start a game in 2016. Overall, 34 players make up the senior (13) and junior (21) classes while sophomores (23) and freshmen (28) account for 51 of the team's 85 players.

The Opponent 

• Colgate is 3-4 overall and 2-2 in Patriot League play. The Raiders opened the season with a loss at Syracuse before a 55-13
smackdown of Yale two weeks later. A seven-point loss at No. 7 Richmond, a one-point setback at home against Cornell and a 45-31 loss at Lehigh followed. Colgate righted things with wins over Bucknell (27-7) and Holy Cross (26-8), but the Raiders are coming off a 24-20 loss to Fordham last week.

• Colgate was the Patriot League champion a year ago, after posting a 9-5 mark while running through the Patriot League at 6-0. A seven-game win streak took the Raiders into the third round of the FCS playoffs.

• The Raiders returned eight starters on offense and nine on defense along with 50 letterwinners.

• Colgate leads the all-time series 42-13-4. The Raiders won the last meeting 28-19. The first meeting was Oct. 27, 1906, a 17-6 Leopard victory. Lafayette is 6-22-1 vs. Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y.

• Colgate continues to have the running game as the hallmark of its offense, but it is a very balanced attack this season. The Raiders are averaging 198 rushing yards per game while throwing for 199.6 passing. Junior TB Keyon Washington is the team's rushing leader with 134 carries for 653 yards and six touchdowns.
Senior QB Jake Melville makes the read option go, accumulating 618 yards on 105 carries for six scores. He has completed 109-for-214 for 1,581 yards and 12 TD passes.

• Defensively, senior linebackers Kyle Diener (62) and Chris Morgan (53) are the top tacklers in the 3-4 scheme. On the line, junior DE Pat Afriyie leads the team and the Patriot League in tackles for loss (16.5), including eight sacks.

• The Colgate defense has limited its last three opponents to fewer than 70 yards rushing per game and the Raiders boast the fourth-ranked rushing defense in the nation, allowing 76.5 yards per game. Against the pass, Colgate is 120th of 122 teams in passing yards allowed at 304.1.

• Colgate is coached by Dan Hunt (Springfield '92) who is in his third season as the head coach. He holds a 17-17 overall record during his time at Colgate where he previously served as an assistant coach for 19 seasons.