Lafayette Game Day 2000 - vs. Lehigh
(2-8, 1-4 Patriot League)
(10-0, 5-0 Patriot League)
When: November 18, 2000, 12:37 p.m. EST
Site: Fisher Field (13,750), Easton, Pa.
Series: Lafayette leads, 71-59-5
Current Series Streak: Lehigh +5
Last Meeting: 11/20/99, in Bethlehem (LU won, 14-12)
First Meeting: 10/25/1888, in Easton (LC won, 50-0)
Last Lafayette Win: 11/19/94, in Easton (54-20)
Last Lehigh Win: 11/20/99, in Bethlehem (14-12)
"weather.com" forecast: Mostly cloudy with a high of 44° and a low of 26°.
Radio: WEST (1400 AM Stereo), 65th Season, - Mike Moore, play-by-play
Television: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-TV 4 and WBPH TV-60 - over 5.2 million viewers) - Gary Laubach, play-by-play (4th season) - John Leone, color analyst (3rd season) - Scott Barr, sideline reporter (4th season)
KU Band - GE 5, Trans. 13
C Band - Telstar 6, Trans. C-15
Video & Audio Webcast: www.lafayette.edu
Interviews: All interview requests for Head Coach Frank Tavani and members of the team should be submitted to Lafayette's Office of Athletic Communications. No player interviews will be granted on game day until after the game.
(Lafayette leads, 71-59-5) Lafayette and Lehigh have met 135 times on the gridiron, dating back to the first encounter in the 1884 season. The two teams have met in Easton 63 times, with the Leopards holding a 37-21-5 advantage in those contests. There have been 52 shutouts in the series, with Lafayette owning 37 of them.
The Last Meeting
(Lehigh 14, Lafayette 12 -- Nov. 20, 1999, in Bethlehem, Pa.) Playing the role of huge underdogs in its final game under 19-year Head Coach Bill Russo, Lafayette lost a dramatic contest to archrival Lehigh.
The Head Coaches
The newest era in the proud history of Lafayette football began when Frank Tavani (Lebanon Valley '75) was named the 27th head football coach in the history of the program. Tavani, who is in his first season at the helm of the Leopards, had been a top member of the College's coaching staff for the past 13 seasons, serving most recently as associate head coach since 1994.
Kevin Higgins (West Chester '77) is in his seventh season at Lehigh and as a collegiate head coach. His overall career record stands at 54-24-1 (.690), and he is 5-1 vs. Lafayette.
The Yarberough Record Watch
Lafayette senior co-captain Phil Yarberough (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon), who has been ranked among the leading receivers in NCAA Division I-AA all season despite playing with a torn ligament in his left elbow for the past two weeks, has broken two Lafayette career records and is on track to break two others. He is now Lafayette's all-time leader in career receiving yardage with 2,233 yards, and the Leopards' single season recorder holder for receptions with 69. Yarberough needs one reception to break the career receptions record and 62 yards to break the single season receiving mark.
Five Academic All-Americans
Five Leopards, the most ever for a Lafayette football team, have earned a spot on the 2000 Verizon District II Academic All-America squad. The quintet of Leopards, which are as many as any other program in the Patriot League, include first-team honorees Kenya Allen (Imperial, Pa./West Allegheny), a junior defensive back with a 3.57 grade point average in Psychology, and Stewart Kupfer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh), a junior tight end with a 3.40 GPA in Economics and Business. The three Leopards named to the second team are junior quarterback Chad Ritchie (Winchester, Va./John Handley), who carries a 3.43 GPA majoring in Economics and Business, sophomore defensive back Jamie Anzalone (Shavertown, Pa./Wyoming Seminary), who has a 3.38 GPA and has yet to declare a major, and sophomore defensive back Herb Kennedy (Troy, N.Y./Troy), a Chemistry major with a 3.38 GPA.
NCAA Division I-AA Leaders
Through games of Nov. 11, 2000, Lafayette senior split end Phil Yarberough (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon) is ranked ninth among NCAA Division I-AA leaders in receptions per game with an average of 6.90 and ninth among leaders in receiving yards per game with an average of 98.70. The Leopards among the top-50 NCAA Division I-AA leaders:
Passing offense -- 29th (242.40 avg.)
Lafayette can play the role of spoilers in this season's historic meeting with nationally-ranked Lehigh. Although there have been many great upsets in this storied rivalry, no team has entered the game with a perfect undefeated record and lost. Lafayette brought perfect records into The Game in 1921 (9-0 -- National Champions), 1926 (9-0 -- National Champions), 1937 (8-0), and 1940 (9-0), while Lehigh did the same in 1950 (9-0) and 1998 (12-1, with a loss in the NCAA Playoffs).
Lafayette junior flanker Andrew May (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Ketcham) has produced touchdowns at a rampant pace. The art major has officially touched the ball 27 times in Leopards' 10 games, including 18 receptions for 393 yards, one rush for 11 yards, and eight kickoff returns for 243 yards. Of those 27 "touches," six have resulted in touchdowns. In other words, nearly 25 percent of the time May touches the ball he scores a touchdown.
... And He Breaks Records Too!
The momentum shifted dramatically in the Leopards' 28-13 victory over Holy Cross when junior Andrew May (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Ketcham) returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and a 14-7 Lafayette lead. The return, which was the first returned for a Leopard touchdown since Scott Kershaw went 90 yards for a score at Fordham on Nov. 3, 1990, set a new Lafayette school record for the longest kickoff return in history. The previous record was 95 yards by Angelo Giombetti vs. Fordham on Nov. 5, 1977.
Leopards Blitz the TV Airwaves ... Again!
The 2000 Lafayette College football season will see a five contests, including today's Lafayette-Lehigh game, hit the television air waves via the Lafayette Sports Network. The Lafayette Sports Network, the most expansive television package in the Patriot League three years running, can be seen by more than 5.2 million viewers in the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, central New Jersey, New York City, and Boston. Locally, the telecasts are aired on RCN TV-4 and WBPH-TV 60, and can be seen on RCN Cable channels 4 and 60, Service Electric Cable channel 51, Suburban Cable channel 17, Blue Ridge Cable channel 5, and broadcast channel 60.
Renowned local sports broadcaster Gary Laubach handles all of the Leopards' play-by-play duties for the fourth season. In his third full season of football broadcasts is John Leone, Lafayette's Acting Director of Alumni Affairs, who provides color analysis. In his fourth season on the crew, RCN's Scott Barr handles analysis on the Leopards from the sidelines.
Top 10 in Graduation Rates for Football -- 1st in Basketball
The Lafayette football program is ranked 10th in all of NCAA Division I in graduation rates for student-athletes who entered from 1989 to 1992. The Leopards' 81 percent graduation rate ties them with Stanford and Vanderbilt.
In fact, Lafayette College is the only NCAA Division I institution in the nation with a perfect graduation rate for men's and women's basketball players who entered from 1989 to 1992. The College is ranked first in the nation as one of four Division I institutions to graduate all men's basketball players entering during that time within six years, which is how the NCAA measures graduation rates. Lafayette is also among 13 schools from which all women's basketball players earned degrees.
Yarberough Moving Up the Charts
Lafayette senior split end Phil Yarberough (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon), Lafayette's all-time leader in career receiving yards with 2,233, is currently tied for the all-time lead in career receptions with 152. He needs one reception to become Lafayette's all-time leading receiver, surpassing Philip Ng (1985-88, 152 rec.).
In the Patriot League record books, Yarberough is currently 10th all-time in career receiving yards and tied for 12th all-time in career receptions.
Crossing the Line
Three Lafayette juniors changed sides of the ball in preparation for the Holy Cross game. Rob Wildasin (Annville, Pa./Annville-Cleona) was moved from flanker to free safety and started against the Crusaders, coming through with five tackles, including the first one of the game. Also, Adriel Linyear (Brooklyn, N.Y./Shaker), who has played linebacker and defensive back, was moved to tailback, and Jeff Werrell (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury), who is now wearing number 18, was moved from split end to corner back.
Lafayette freshman quarterback Marko Glavic (Pickering, Ontario/St. Mary Catholic) made his collegiate debut with 1:36 remaining in the second quarter vs. Princeton, and impressively completed 18-of-30 passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. His first TD pass was a 66-yard bomb to Andrew May (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Ketcham), and his second was a game-winning two-yard fade to Phil Yarberough (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon) with :02 remaining in the game. In less than 30 minutes vs. Harvard, he completed 16-of-29 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. In fact, Glavic has thrown for over 200 yards in five contests.
Watch Out for The Warden
Leopard junior tailback Scott Warden (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks West) has taken on a more serious role since starting tailback Bill Stocker (Easton, Pa./Wilson) suffered a lower back injury. Warden has started the last six contests and came through in a huge way against Holy Cross. He scored three touchdowns and rushed for 76 yards on 19 carries. In the Leopards' near upset at Colgate, Warden rushed for a career-high 101 yards on 32 carries.
2000 Team Captains
The 2000 Lafayette College football team captains, as chosen by their teammates, are senior defensive tackle Mike Levy (Bel Air, Md./Fallston), and senior split end Phil Yarberough (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon).
A total of 37 freshmen entered Lafayette's preseason camp this season. Three of those freshmen have started for the Leopards -- offensive tackle Kevin Moss (New York, N.Y./Simsbury) has started eight contests, quarterback Marko Glavic (Pickering, Ontario/St. Mary Catholic) started seven of the last eight, and Pat Brown (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) made his first collegiate start at Columbia. Two others have already made an impact for the Leopards. Receiver Jeremy Burkes (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis East) is second on the team with 32 receptions for 259 yards, while Joel Cesare (Whitehall Pa./Whitehall) has returned 18 punts and 18 kickoffs.
Lafayette vs. the Patriot League
The Leopards have played 296 games all-time against the six fellow members of the Patriot League, and are 147-133-16 (.524) in those contests. Since the Patriot League began play in 1986, the Leopards are 41-33-1 (.553) vs. member schools and have won league titles in 1988, 1992, and 1994. Lafayette vs. the Patriot League: Bucknell 41-31-6 Fordham 15-3-1 Lehigh 71-59-5 Colgate 9-31-4 Holy Cross 9-6-0 Towson 2-3-0
Mr. Sure Hands
Leopard senior co-captain Phil Yarberough (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon), Lafayette's all-time leader in career receiving yards and single season receptions, has recorded two 11-reception games already this season. He caught 11 passes for 119 yards and the game-winning touchdown with :02 remaining vs. Princeton. Against Harvard, he caught 11 passes for a career-high 175 yards. Yarberough is the first Lafayette receiver to catch 10 or more passes in a game since Frank Corbo, the Leopards' second all-time leading receiver, caught 11 passes vs. Columbia on Sept. 24, 1983.
Weekly Radio Show
Lafayette Sports Weekly, a comprehensive half-hour radio show will air live each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. from September through March on the Lafayette Sports Network's flagship radio station, WEST AM Stereo 1400, and online at www.lafayette.edu. WEST-AM's Jack Logic will be joined each week by either Gary Laubach or John Leone, Lafayette Sports Network's television commentators, for an exciting half-hour devoted exclusively to Lafayette sports. Head football coach Frank Tavani will be a featured guest during the football season.
Home Sweet Home
Erected in 1926, Lafayette College's Fisher Field is in its 74th season as the home of the Leopards, having played host to 358 Lafayette football games. Lafayette has recorded 12 undefeated home seasons at Fisher Field. The Leopards are 215-130-13 (.619) overall at Fisher Field.
Local Flavor -- 10 Lehigh Valley Leopards
The 2000 Lafayette College football team boasts 10 members from the Lehigh Valley. Consistently a heavy recruiter in the Lehigh Valley, Lafayette brought in three local freshmen this past recruiting year. The Lehigh Valley Leopards:
78 Pat Brown (Fr./DL/Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic)
7 Joel Cesare (Fr./WR/Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall)
2 Andy Ficzko (Sr./TB/Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East)
36 Brian Gregorek (Sr./LB/Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic)
20 Mike Palos (Sr./TE/Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic)
34 Bill Stocker (So./TB/Easton, Pa./Wilson)
4 Scott Warden (Jr./FB/Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks West)
86 Jeff Werrell (Jr./SE/Allentown, Pa./Salisbury)
95 Jermaine Williams (Sr./DL/Easton, Pa./Easton)
62 Curt Wilson (Fr./OL/Northampton, Pa./Northampton)
The Leopards are in their 119th football season, having played 1,127 games. Lafayette boasts an impressive all-time record of 590-498-39 (.541) and ranks 30th on the nation's all-time victories list. Lafayette leads the Patriot League in all-time wins, with Lehigh the closest at 563.
Hello . . . Nice to Meet You
There are a total of seven changes made to the Lafayette football coaching staff for the 2000 season, most notably the naming of Frank Tavani as the 27th head coach in the history of the program. Tavani's first order of business was naming Mike Faragalli as offensive coordinator and John Loose as defensive coordinator. Faragalli served as the offensive coordinator at Division I-A Bowling Green eight of the past nine seasons, while Loose was the linebackers coach at Division I-A Army the past eight seasons. Tavani also named Matt Hachmann as the running backs coach, Bryan Cook as a defensive assistant, and both Kevin Keating and Keita Malloy as offensive assistants.
Leopard Injury Update
The current listing of Lafayette football injuries:
- Kenya Allen -- out for the season (concussion).
- Darnell Azeez -- out for the season (ankle).
- Michael Beatrice -- out for the season (knee).
- Dan Errigo -- probable (concussion).
- Brian Gregorek -- probable (shoulder).
- Scott Longazel -- out for the season (ankle).
- Darren Lopez -- out for the season (ankle).
- Brian Lutz -- out for the season (knee).
- Casey McKeen -- out for the season (thigh contusion).
- Mike McTavish -- out for the season (minor knee surgery).
- Chris Partridge -- out for season (knee).
- Kevin Pickering -- out for the season (back).
- Mark Ravalico -- probable (knee).
- Paul Staub -- out 1-2 weeks (concussion).
- Bill Stocker -- out for the season (lower back).
- Trey Weaver -- out for the season (knee).
- Jermaine Williams -- probable (calf strain).
- Phil Yarberough -- probable (elbow)