ESPN College Gameday to Broadcast Live from Amherst-Williams Game

Amherst College (4-3) vs. Williams College (5-2)
November 10, 2007 * Weston Field


Gameday Cast
ESPN College Gameday will air live from the site of a Division III game for the first time in the show's history.

ESPN announced Monday it will be broadcasting live from Williams College this Saturday, Nov. 10 on the site of the 122nd Amherst-Williams football game. Dubbed “The Biggest Little Game in America,” the rivalry dates back to 1884 and will be the first-ever Division III game to host the Gameday set. Host Chris Fowler will be on set, adjacent to Weston Field with ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit for the program’s 150th episode.

The game will also be aired live on New England Sports Network (NESN) beginning at noon, with Tom Caron on the play-by-play, Andy Gresh providing color commentary and Ashley Adamson conducting sideline interviews.

Details for Those Planning to Attend the GameDay Telecast in Williamstown

The gates to Weston Field will open at 8 a.m. Anyone arriving before then will line up outside the main entrance on Latham Street. At 8, people can enter both Weston and the GameDay area. At around 9 a.m., the cast and crew will produce several short live segments promoting the actual telecast. The telecast itself begins at 10 a.m. and ends at noon. The game begins at 12:08.

No bottles or cans are permitted in Weston. Also prohibited for safety reasons are signs on sticks, poles, or planks. In the GameDay area, GameDay security will enforce their rule of no profanity-- written or spoken.

From the inaugural match-up in 1884 to Amherst’s 10-7 victory in 1986, the Ephs had won 52 meetings compared to the Jeffs’ 45 wins, with the teams ending in a tie four times. Williams began its stretch of dominance over its longtime rival with a 25-7 win in 1987 and has posted a 16-3-1 record against Amherst since then, a span that included a 13-game unbeaten streak. The Ephs and Jeffs alternated wins from 1999 to 2005, with the home team coming out on top each time, but Williams broke that pattern with a 37-7 victory in Amherst last year. The Jeffs have not gotten the best of their archrivals on the road since they pulled off a 35-20 win in Williamstown in 1985.

The Lord Jeffs have surrendered an average of only 12.9 points per game thanks to the NESCAC’s best pass defense (160.1 ypg) and rush defense (81.7 ypg), as Amherst is the only team in the conference allowing fewer than 250 yards of total offense per week. On the other side of the ball, the Jeffs’ running game has been consistent throughout the season, with Amherst running backs totaling 11 touchdowns and averaging 154.3 yards per game for the NESCAC’s third best rushing average.

After losing its first two games of the season, Williams has put together a five-game winning streak and outscored its opponents 101-35 in the last three games. The Ephs have scored at least 30 points in six of their seven games, as they boast the NESCAC’s best scoring offense (30.9 ppg). Williams also leads the conference in passing yards per game (255.9) and rushing yards per game (185.6), and is the only team averaging at least 400 yards of total offense per week (441.4).

Williams secured its sixth perfect season in program history with a convincing 37-7 win at Pratt Field, as the Ephs racked up 549 yards of total offense and took a commanding 27-0 lead into halftime. Amherst wanted to take back some momentum coming out of halftime by attempting an on-side kick, but the ball did not progress the necessary ten yards, and Williams was able to start its drive at the Amherst 36-yard line. The Ephs pounded into the Amherst red zone, eventually capping off their drive with a one-yard touchdown run by Cory Catelli ’07 to go ahead 34-0 just three minutes into the second half.

Amherst began its first and only scoring drive with nine minutes remaining in the third quarter when Nick Kehoe ’07 connected with Mark Hannon ’07 for a 17-yard completion and a Williams personal foul added 15 yards to the gain. A seven-yard completion from Kehoe to Hannon was followed up by a Kehoe 23-yard run, and a Williams face mask penalty placed the Jeffs on Williams’ 14-yard line. Aaron Rauh ’10 picked up eight yards on first down and followed up with a six-yard touchdown run, with a Matt Eberhart ’10 extra point bringing the score to 34-7 with 7:43 remaining in the third quarter.

Williams would not hand over its momentum, however, as the Ephs marched 69 yards to score once again. A 32-yard run and a 28-yard pass completion placed the Ephs on Amherst’s 17-yard line, and after two incomplete passes and only a seven-yard pick-up, Scott Sobolewski ’10 connected for a 26-yard field goal to put Williams ahead 37-7 with 5:34 remaining in the third quarter, which is where the score would stand.

The Amherst College football team held visiting Trinity College to three first-half points, but the Lord Jeffs could not muster up enough offense of their own, as the Bantams held on for a 13-9 victory at Pratt Field. Amherst converted on only one of its three appearances in the red zone, as one field goal was blocked by the Trinity defense and another was missed wide left. The teams remained notched at 3-3 heading into the final quarter, but the Bantam running game came up huge to drain the clock and set up a go-ahead field goal before an 11-play, 59-yard touchdown drive put the visitors ahead by 10 points. Amherst found the end zone as time expired, but it was too little, too late.

Williams had no trouble cruising to a 33-13 victory over Little Three rival Wesleyan University last week, as the Ephs headed into halftime with a 19-0 advantage before tacking on another 14 points in the third quarter. The Ephs’ first two touchdowns came by way of the run before quarterback Pat Lucey connected with Ryan Powell for a 58-yard bomb with just 34 seconds remaining in the opening half. Lucey capped off an 80-yard drive with his second touchdown of the day early in the third quarter before Wesleyan got on the board with a 56-yard interception return for six points. The Ephs closed out the third quarter with a 65-yard touchdown run from Kevin Flynn, while the Cardinals put the final points on the board on a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

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 (W 28-9)
10/27 - @ Tufts (L 29-10)
11/3 - TRINITY (L 13-9)
11/10 - @ Williams (Noon)

9/22 - @ Bowdoin (L 28-14)
9/29 - @ Trinity (L 46-40, 3OT)
10/6 - BATES (W 31-26)
10/13 - @ Middlebury (W 30-22)
10/20 - TUFTS (W 34-13)
10/27 - HAMILTON (W 34-9)
11/3 - @ Wesleyan (W 33-13)
11/10 - AMHERST (Noon)

QB –
Lucas Loeffler – 9
RB – Aaron Rauh – 11
FB – Chris Gillyard – 34
WR – Mike Myers – 4
WR – Jim Eckenrode – 1
TE – Matt Dunleavy – 83
LT – Sam Rudman – 79
LG – Bobby DiGiovine - 58
C – Justin Wiley – 72
RG – Tim Rose – 54
RT – Dan Guariglia – 66
PK – Matt Eberhart – 43
P – Keith Erzinger – 32

NG – Greg Smith – 50
DT – Jon Attridge – 98
DT – Eric Pender – 92
OLB – Guy Matisis – 45
OLB – Jack Ewen – 37
ILB – Nick Boehm – 29
ILB – Preston Puryear – 53
CB – A.J. Scola – 13
CB – Chris Mottau – 7
SS – Rob Grammer – 8
FS – Chris Govey – 10

PR/KR – Taylor Brown – 2

QB -- Patrick Lucey -- 15
RB -- Brian Morrissey -- 32
WR -- Ryan Powell -- 89
WR -- Jeff Egizi -- 16
WR -- Craig Sundberg -- 13
TE – Austin Norris -- 34
T -- John Szawlowski -- 79
T -- Henry Szawlowski -- 78
G -- Simon Kloeckner -- 65
G -- Mike O'Brien -- 55
C -- Jim Bierman -- 60
PK -- Scott Sobolewski – 94
P -- Will Cronin -- 9

DE -- Charlie Birns -- 98
DE -- Nick Fersen -- 44
DT -- Andrew DeSalvo -- 83
DT – Devin McLoughlin -- 77
LB -- Jordan O'Reilly -- 57
LB -- Jon Pritchard -- 40
LB -- Trevor Powers -- 47
C -- Tim Batty -- 6
C -- John Snipes -- 28
S -- Sean Milano -- 42
S -- Luke Moran -- 11

AMHERST Statistical Leaders
Lucas Loeffler (69-of-152/797 yds/5 TD/4 INT)
Eric NeSmith (110 att/486 yds/3 TD)
Aaron Rauh (124 att/477 yds/6 TD)
Brandon Bullock (23 recs/240 yds/3 TD)
Jim Eckenrode (13 recs/191 yds/1 TD)
A.J. Scola (5 INT/1 TD/20 tackles)

WILLIAMS Statistical Leaders
Pat Lucey (148-of-240/1,724 yds/15 TD/12 INT)
Brian Morrissey (178 att/839 yds/12 TD)
Ryan Powell (50 recs/719 yds/4 TD)
Jeff Egizi (28 recs/355 yds/2 TD)
Trevor Powers (64 tackles/7.5 TFL/2.0 sacks)

Rushing Yards/Per Game
A: 1,080 yds/154.3 avg.
W: 1,299 yds/185.6 avg.

Passing Yards/Per Game
A: 900 yds/128.6 avg.
W: 1,791 yds/255.9 avg.

Total Offense/Per Game
A: 1,980 yds/282.9 avg.
W: 3,090 yds/441.4 avg.

Total Points/Per Game
A: 145 pts/20.7 avg.
W: 216 pts/30.9 avg.

Rushing Allowed/Per Game
A: 572 yds/81.7 avg.
W: 690 yds/98.6 avg.

Passing Allowed/Per Game
A: 1,121 yds/160.1 avg.
W: 1,602 yds/228.9 avg.

Total Offense Allowed/Per Game
A: 1,693 yds/241.9 avg.
W: 2,292 yds/327.4 avg.

Total Points Allowed/Per Game
A: 89 pts/12.7 avg.
W: 157 pts/22.4 avg.

Wesleyan @ Trinity (Noon)
Bates @ Hamilton (Noon)

Amherst @ Williams (Noon)
Middlebury @ Tufts (12:30 p.m.)
Colby @ Bowdoin (12:30)

1. Middlebury (6-1)
T2. Trinity (5-2)
T2. Tufts (5-2)
T2. Williams (5-2)
T5. Amherst (4-3)
T5. Wesleyan (4-3)
T7. Bowdoin (2-5)
T7. Colby (2-5)
T7. Hamilton (2-5)
10. Bates (0-7)

1997 Williams 48 Amherst 46
1998 Williams 35 Amherst 16
1999 Williams 10 Amherst 7
2000 Amherst 20 Williams 12
2001 Williams 23 Amherst 20 OT
2002 Amherst 45 Williams 35
2003 Williams 14 Amherst 10
2004 Amherst 13 Williams 10
2005 Williams 34 Amherst 23
2006 Williams 37 Amherst 7