Looking Ahead: Amherst vs. Wesleyan Preview

Grammer
Senior tri-captain Rob Grammer returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown in last year's meeting with Wesleyan.

Amherst College (3-1) vs. Wesleyan University (3-1)
October 20, 2007 * Pratt Field

AMHERST, MA * 1 p.m.

THE SERIES
From the inaugural match-up in 1882 to the 20-20 tie in 1953, the rivalry between Amherst and Wesleyan was far from lopsided. During that span, the Lord Jeffs won 23 games, the Cardinals won 27 and the teams tied nine times, including four consecutive draws from 1950-1953. Since the 1953 game, however, Amherst has won 39 of 53 meetings to gain the upper hand in the Little Three rivalry. The Cardinals’ longest stretch of dominance during that span came when they defeated the Jeffs each year from 1990-1993, but Amherst is 12-1 against Wesleyan since 1994. In the last four years, the Jeffs have outscored the Cardinals 139-3 and have recorded three shutouts. The last Wesleyan win came in 2002 when Amherst suffered a 14-13 loss on the road.

SCOUTING AMHERST
Amherst College demonstrated its ability to run the ball in the first two games of the season by picking up all seven of its touchdowns by way of the running game. So as not to become a one-dimensional team, the Lord Jeffs demonstrated their ability to pass the ball in game three by recording a pair of touchdowns through the air. In the fourth game, Amherst proved that it can beat teams in many ways, as the Jeffs chalked up two touchdowns by way of the pass, one by way of the run, and another on a 44-yard interception return. As usual, Amherst is playing solid defense, having allowed a combined 38 points in four games to go along with seven interceptions and a safety.

SCOUTING WESLEYAN
The 2007 Wesleyan University Cardinals kicked off the season with a 24-10 loss to Middlebury, but have not tasted defeat since. The Cardinals’ outcome has gotten better each week, as they edged out Hamilton 10-9 in week two, knocked off Colby 23-14 in week three, and put up 41 points in a 20-point victory over Bates last weekend.

Wesleyan features a well-balanced attack, as the Cardinals are averaging 132.5 rushing yards and 235.8 passing yards per game, with six of their 10 offensive touchdowns coming via the run and four coming via the air attack. The defense, meanwhile, has allowed an average of 157.5 rushing yards and 179.0 passing yards each week.

Quarterback Zach Librizzi has proven to be Wesleyan’s most dangerous player, as he has demonstrated his ability to beat teams with not only his passing, but also his ability to get out of the pocket and gain crucial rushing yards. Although he has thrown for four touchdowns, Librizzi has shown a susceptibility to the interception, as he has been picked off seven times this season. On the other side of the ball, the Cardinal defense has intercepted eight passes, one of which was run back 100 yards for a touchdown.

WESLEYAN head coach FRANK HAUSER
A 1979 graduate of Wesleyan, where he was a member of the football and wrestling teams for the Cardinals over his four years, Frank Hauser heads into his 16th year as the Cardinals' head football coach. Hauser, who assumed head coaching reins in 1992 after six years as an assistant, will be on the offensive side for a 12th year, handling coordinating duties as well as quarterbacks after spending his first 10 seasons at Wesleyan (1986-1995) as the defensive coordinator. Appointed to the faculty in 1987, Frank holds the rank of adjunct professor at Wesleyan.|

Before taking the position at Wesleyan, Hauser, who also holds an M.A. and sixth-year certificate in math from Wesleyan, taught in the Middletown school district for six years along with one year at Glastonbury. He was the head football coach at Glastonbury High School for five seasons, guiding the Tomahawks to the Connecticut Class LL state title in 1984 and earning Connecticut Coach of the Year honors from three organizations after that success. In 1985, his squad again made the state finals but lost in overtime. Hauser also was an assistant basketball coach at Middletown for seven seasons.

An assistant men's basketball coach at Wesleyan from 1988-92, Hauser has consistently been active in summer football camps, both in Connecticut and his native state of Rhode Island, since the early 1990s.

LAST MEETING
In the 112th meeting between Amherst and Wesleyan, the Lord Jeffs cruised to a 23-0 victory in what would be the team’s lone shutout of the season, marking the fourth time in six years and the second consecutive season the Cardinals had been held scoreless by their Little Three rival.

The Jeffs used a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to jump out to a 14-0 lead that they would take into the locker room at halftime, as both the offense and defense found the end zone. The first score was a 54-yard touchdown pass from Nick Kehoe ’07 to Mark Hannon ’07, while the second was a 38-yard interception return by Rob Grammer ’08 on the Cardinals’ ensuing possession. Kehoe and Hannon connected again in the third quarter to increase the lead to 20 points, while Matt Eberhart ’10 capped things off with a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Kehoe finished with 226 yards through the air, with 98 credited to Hannon and 56 to Mike Myers ’08. Aaron Rauh ’10 paced the Amherst running game with 53 yards on 11 carries, as the Jeffs out-gained the Cardinals 85-23 on the ground. Chris Mottau ’08 and Guy Matisis ’09 led the way for the Jeffs, with Mottau racking up 10 tackles and Matisis totaling seven tackles and two sacks.

Zach Librizzi ’08 finished the day 20-of-32 for 159 yards and favored Ryan Walsh ’09, who caught nine passes for 95 yards. Graduate student Quincy Francis anchored the Cardinal defense, totaling 16 tackles on the day. Fellow graduate student Jeff McLaren totaled 88 yards on a pair of kick returns, but Wesleyan failed to take advantage of good field position.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT
Amherst scored 28 points in the second quarter, which proved to be more than enough offense, as the Lord Jeffs rolled to a 28-13 victory at Colby College. Lucas Loeffler threw for a pair of touchdowns, Eric NeSmith ran for another, and A.J. Scola returned an interception 44 yards to the end zone, as the Amherst defense picked off four passes on the day. Brandon Bullock caught his third touchdown pass in the last two games, while senior tri-captain Chris Gillyard added his first collegiate touchdown on a 2-yard reception.

WESLEYAN LAST TIME OUT
Quarterback Zach Librizzi ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more to lead the Cardinals to a 41-21 win over Bates College, as he completed 13-of-22 passes for 173 yards through the air, adding 121 rushing yards on nine carries. In the midst of Librizzi’s phenomenal day, Lane Kirshe provided a 23-yard touchdown scamper, while Justin Freres returned an interception 100 yards in the fourth quarter to cap off Wesleyan’s scoring.

Gillyard
Senior tri-captain Chris Gillyard's 2-yard reception in last week's win over Colby marked his first collegiate touchdown.

2007 AMHERST SCHEDULE/RESULTS
9/22 - @ Bates (W 24-0)
9/29 - BOWDOIN (W 30-6)
10/6 - MIDDLEBURY (L 19-16)
10/13 - @ Colby (W 28-13)
10/20 - WESLEYAN (1 p.m.)
10/27 - @ Tufts (1 p.m.)
11/3 - TRINITY (1 p.m.)
11/10 - @ Williams (Noon)

2007 WESLEYAN SCHEDULE/RESULTS
9/22 - MIDDLEBURY (L 24-10)
9/29 - @ Hamilton (W 10-9)
10/6 - COLBY (W 23-14)
10/13 - BATES (W 41-21)
10/20 - @ Amherst (1 p.m.)
10/27 - @ Bowdoin (12:30 p.m.)
11/3 - WILLIAMS (1 p.m.)
11/10 - @ Trinity (Noon)

AMHERST PROBABLE STARTERS
LORD JEFF OFFENSE
QB – Lucas Loeffler – 9
RB – Aaron Rauh – 11
WR – Mike Myers – 4
WR – Jim Eckenrode – 1
TE – Matt Dunleavy – 83
LT – Sam Rudman – 79
LG – Wyatt Moss – 57
C – Justin Wiley – 72
RG – Tim Rose – 54
RT – Dan Guariglia – 66
PK – Matt Eberhart – 43
P – Keith Erzinger – 32

LORD JEFF DEFENSE
NG – Greg Smith – 50
DT – John Attridge – 98
DT – Eric Pender – 92
OLB – Guy Matisis – 45
OLB – Jackie Ewen – 37
ILB – Nick Boehm – 29
ILB – Preston Puryear – 53
CB – AJ Scola – 13
CB – Chris Mottau – 7
SS – Rob Grammer – 8
FS – Chris Govey – 10
PR/KR – Taylor Brown – 23

WESLEYAN PROBABLE STARTERS
CARDINAL OFFENSE
OT – Andrew Erlagen – 65
OG – Garrett Rodgers – 78
C – Brett Valentine – 71
OG – Nick Seara – 60
OT – Bobby Rosenthal – 68
TE – Mike Ferris – 27
QB – Zach Librizzi – 12
RB – Shea Dwyer – 5
WR – Kevin Leamy – 29
WR – Mark Noonan – 9
WR – Ryan Walsh – 7
K – Chris Helsel – 3

CARDINAL DEFENSE
DE – Yu Chen – 91
NG – Tom Addonizio – 63
DE – Pete Sugarbaker – 95
OLB – Dominic Gibson – 34
ILB – Pete Overman – 43
ILB – Vinny Colangelo – 41
OLB – Rob Cook – 26
FS – Drew Dominguez – 21
SS – Justin Freres – 46
CB – Joe Chadwick – 8
CB – Andrew Fiola – 24
P – A.J. Taucher – 14

AMHERST Statistical Leaders
PASSING
Lucas Loeffler (47-of-103/543 yds/4 TD/2 INT)
RUSHING
Aaron Rauh (79 att/324 yds/4 TD)
Eric NeSmith (67 att/271 yds/3 TD)
RECEIVING
Brandon Bullock (13 recs/164 yds/3 TD)
DEFENSE
A.J. Scola (4 INT/1 TD/8 tackles)

WESLEYAN Statistical Leaders
PASSING
Zach Librizzi (86-of-154/943 yds/4 TD/7 INT)
RUSHING
Shea Dwyer (89 att/309 yds/3 TD)
Zach Librizzi (30 att/173 yds/2 TD)
RECEIVING
Ryan Walsh (18 rec/303 yds/1 TD)
Kevin Leamy (20 rec/188 yds/2 TD)
DEFENSE
Andrew Fiola (3 INT/13 tackles)
Justin Freres (2 INT/1 TD)

2007 TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISONS
Rushing Yards/Per Game
A: 670 yds/167.5 avg.
W: 530 yds/132.5 avg.

Passing Yards/Per Game
A: 557 yds/139.2 avg.
W: 943 yds/235.8 avg.

Total Offense/Per Game
A: 1,227 yds/306.8 avg.
W: 1,473 yds/368.2 avg.

Total Points/Per Game
A: 98 pts/24.5 avg.
W: 84 pts/21.0 avg.

Rushing Allowed/Per Game
A: 337 yds/84.2 avg.
W: 630 yds/157.5 avg.

Passing Allowed/Per Game
A: 566 yds/141.5 avg.
W: 716 yds/179.0 avg.

Total Offense Allowed/Per Game
A: 903 yds/225.8 avg.
W: 1,346 yds/336.5 avg.

Total Points Allowed/Per Game
A: 38 pts/9.5 avg.
W: 68 pts/17.0 avg.

THIS WEEK IN THE NESCAC
Colby @ Hamilton (Noon)
Wesleyan @ Amherst (1 p.m.)
Middlebury @ Bates (1 p.m.)
Bowdoin @ Trinity (1 p.m.)
Tufts @ Williams (1:30 p.m.)

2007 NESCAC STANDINGS
Tufts (4-0)

Amherst (3-1)
Middlebury (3-1)
Trinity (3-1)
Wesleyan (3-1)
Williams (2-2)
Bowdoin (1-3)

Hamilton (1-3)
Bates (0-4)
Colby (0-4)

ALL-TIME RESULTS
Amherst leads 62-41-9 (112 meetings)
1882 Wesleyan 6 Amherst 4
1886 Wesleyan 47 Amherst 0
1888 Wesleyan 54 Amherst 0
1889 Wesleyan 39 Amherst 0
1890 Wesleyan 8 Amherst 6
1894 Amherst 28 Wesleyan 0
1894 Amherst 10 Wesleyan 4
1895 Amherst 12 Wesleyan 10
1895 Amherst 16 Wesleyan 14
1896 Wesleyan 6 Amherst 0
1896 Amherst 6 Wesleyan 4
1897 Wesleyan 24 Amherst 0
1897 Wesleyan 14 Amherst 0
1898 Wesleyan 33 Amherst 0
1898 Wesleyan 28 Amherst 0
1899 Wesleyan 40 Amherst 0
1899 Wesleyan 11 Amherst 5
1900 Wesleyan 17 Amherst 0
1901 Wesleyan 15 Amherst 11
1910 Amherst 3 Wesleyan 0
1911 tie 0-0
1913 Wesleyan 9 Amherst 0
1914 Amherst 16 Wesleyan 0
1915 Amherst 10 Wesleyan 6
1916 Wesleyan 10 Amherst 7
1917 Amherst 14 Wesleyan 9
1918 Wesleyan 5 Amherst 0
1919 Amherst 9 Wesleyan 7
1920 Wesleyan 7 Amherst 0
1921 tie 3-3
1922 Wesleyan 21 Amherst 6
1923 Amherst 12 Wesleyan 10
1924 Amherst 33 Wesleyan 13
1925 Amherst 73 Wesleyan 6
1926 Amherst 20 Wesleyan 0
1927 Wesleyan 20 Amherst 12
1928 tie 20-20
1929 Amherst 7 Wesleyan 0
1930 tie 19-19
1931 Wesleyan 14 Amherst 6
1932 Amherst 6 Wesleyan 0
1933 tie 0-0
1934 Amherst 37 Wesleyan 7
1935 Amherst 26 Wesleyan 0
1936 Wesleyan 14 Amherst 7
1937 Amherst 12 Wesleyan 2
1938 Amherst 13 Wesleyan 0
1939 Wesleyan 19 Amherst 14
1940 Wesleyan 14 Amherst 6
1941 Amherst 16 Wesleyan 7
1942 Amherst 27 Wesleyan 0
1946 Wesleyan 46 Amherst 13
1947 Wesleyan 20 Amherst 0
1948 Wesleyan 27 Amherst 0
1949 Amherst 14 Wesleyan 7
1950 tie 14-14
1951 tie 21-21
1952 tie 0-0
1953 tie 20-20
1954 Amherst 14 Wesleyan 0
1955 Wesleyan 25 Amherst 6
1956 Amherst 32 Wesleyan 0
1957 Amherst 21 Wesleyan 0
1958 Amherst 19 Wesleyan 0
1959 Amherst 6 Wesleyan 0
1961 Amherst 48 Wesleyan 8
1960 Amherst 13 Wesleyan 0
1962 Amherst 18 Wesleyan 6
1963 Amherst 20 Wesleyan 14
1964 Amherst 24 Wesleyan 8
1965 Amherst 37 Wesleyan 12
1966 Wesleyan 21 Amherst 20
1967 Amherst 34 Wesleyan 0
1968 Amherst 58 Wesleyan 13
1969 Wesleyan 28 Amherst 13
1970 Wesleyan 34 Amherst 19
1971 Amherst 35 Wesleyan 10
1972 Amherst 35 Wesleyan 12
1973 Amherst 41 Wesleyan 26
1974 Amherst 17 Wesleyan 7
1975 Wesleyan 19 Amherst 7
1976 Wesleyan 30 Amherst 17
1977 Amherst 16 Wesleyan 14
1978 Amherst 30 Wesleyan 15
1979 Wesleyan 20 Amherst 7
1980 Wesleyan 14 Amherst 10
1981 Amherst 6 Wesleyan 3
1982 Amherst 14 Wesleyan 0
1983 Amherst 35 Wesleyan 7
1984 Amherst 6 Wesleyan 0
1985 Amherst 26 Wesleyan 0
1986 Amherst 50 Wesleyan 21
1987 Amherst 21 Wesleyan 12
1988 Wesleyan 27 Amherst 0
1989 Amherst 27 Wesleyan 7
1990 Wesleyan 21 Amherst 14
1991 Wesleyan 32 Amherst 15
1992 Wesleyan 46 Amherst 14
1993 Wesleyan 24 Amherst 6
1994 Amherst 28 Wesleyan 14
1995 Amherst 13 Wesleyan 0
1996 Amherst 18 Wesleyan 13
1997 Amherst 36 Wesleyan 14
1998 Amherst 34 Wesleyan 28 (OT)
1999 Amherst 28 Wesleyan 14
2000 Amherst 9 Wesleyan 7
2001 Amherst 23 Wesleyan 0
2002 Wesleyan 14 Amherst 13
2003 Amherst 41 Wesleyan 0
2004 Amherst 38 Wesleyan 3
2005 Amherst 37 Wesleyan 0
2006 Amherst 23 Wesleyan 0