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Football Preview: Bobcats look to sink Ephs to 0-3

Williams College Ephs (0-2) vs. Bates College Bobcats (0-2)

1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007

Weston Field, Williamstown, Mass.


The Williams College student station, WCFM (91.9 FM) will air the game live. To hear the game on the Internet on WCFM go to www.shoutcast.com and type in WCFM. Choose one of the streams based on the quality you want (56kbps for a dial up modem, 128kbps recommended overall for stability/fidelity), which will be opened in a music player like Winamp (recommended) or iTunes.


is a pay to listen service for Williams College athletic events. (Note: Prices for using Teamline in this case are different from Bates' first two games at home, which were free over the Internet and $5 via telephone.) You can listen over your telephone or over the Internet to the game. To listen on the Internet go to the Williams Athletics web site at http://williams.prestosports.com/landing/index and click on the TEAMLINE logo at the bottom of the page. The Eph access code is: 0126.

To listen on your telephone dial 1-800-846-4700 and follow the prompts. The Eph access code is 0126.


Series/Last Meetings

Bates and Williams first met on the gridiron in 1988. Williams leads the series 18-1.  The Ephs had won all 15 meetings prior to the 2003 match-up on Weston Field, when the Bobcats pulled off a 10-7 upset.

Last year in Lewiston, Maine the Ephs rallied from a 7-3 halftime deficit to win 27-7. Matt Gregg hauled in five Brandon Colon passes for 128 yards, and Bates held Williams to 78 rushing yards. Ron DiGravio had eight tackles in the game, including 4.5 for a loss.

The last time the Ephs and Bobcats played on Weston Field it was in a torrential downpour and the Ephs got a 5-yard TD pass from QB Pat Lucey to TE Jim O'Leary with 10:05 to play to overcome Bates 8-7. The game marked the first collegiate start for Lucey, who won NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year honors last season. Starting at tailback due to injuries suffered the previous week by Jamie Walker and Greg Thornton, Eric Obeng gave the Bobcats a 7-0 lead in the second quarter, scoring on a 3-yard run. Obeng, normally a defensive lineman, punished Eph would-be tacklers for 110 yards on 35 carries on the day. It was the first victory of the season for Williams, which began a 14-game winning streak with the victory.

By the Numbers

1987 -- Last time Williams started a season 0-3

406/234 -- Rushing defense for Bates/Williams

362 -- Career completions for Bates' Brandon Colon, a Bobcat record

281 -- Career completions for Ephs' Pat Lucey

330/629 -- Passing Offense for Bates/Williams

309.5/148.5 -- Total offense per game Ephs' Lucey/Bobcats' Colon

241/476 -- Passing Defense for Bates/Williams

82/54 -- Rushing Attempts for Williams/Bates

246/71 -- Rushing Offense for Williams/Bates

124 -- Yards rushing last week at Trinity for Ephs' Brian Morrissey

37.0/29.5 -- Points allowed per game Ephs/Bobcats 

21/8 -- Catches this season for Ephs' Powell/Bates' Matt Gregg

20/18 -- Tackles by Bobcats' Ron DiGravio, Coleman Peeke and Todd Wilcox/Ephs' Trevor Powers 

14 -- Tackles by Bates' Coleman Peeke last week vs. Tufts 

2 -- Interceptions this season by the Bobcats' Kyle McAllister

This Week in the NESCAC

Hamilton at Trinity (1 p.m.): The 0-2 Continentals have allowed six fewer points (34) than have the 2-0 Bantams, but Trinity has scored 50 more points than Hamilton's 16.

Colby at Wesleyan (1 p.m.): The Mules have opened the season with back-to-back drubbings, but hope the Cardinals will treat them more kindly than Trinity and Middlebury have.

Bowdoin at Tufts (1 p.m.): Who are the real Polar Bears -- 28-14 victors over Williams or 30-6 losers vs. Amherst? The 2-0 Jumbos will find out.

Middlebury at Amherst (1:30 p.m.): The two most dominant teams in the NESCAC through two weeks fight it out on Pratt Field.

-- Most material in this story is borrowed from Williams College Sports Information.