Amherst Game Notes

Amherst Game Notes

Watch Ephs vs. Lord Jeffs on TV: The 124th edition of the Williams-Amherst football rivalry will be carried live on the New England Sports Network (NESN) starting at 12:00 PM on November 14th.

Eric Frede will handle the play-by-play, Doug Flutie will provide the color commentary and Paul Souza will handle the sideline duties


NESN:  Satellite Coordinates
Time - 11:30 - 15:00 appx 30
Satellite - AMC-16
Orbital Slot - 85 Degrees West
Transponder - 21
Band - Ku
Mhz - 36
Downlink Frequency - 12120.0
Polarity - Vertical







RADIO - INTERNET:  The Williams College student station, WCFM (91.9 FM) will air the game live. To listen to WCFM on the Internet go to and click on Listen Now.

LISTEN on TEAMLINE: TEAMLINE is being offered for F-R-E-E.

TELEPHONE: Dial TEAMLINE at 1-800-846-4700 and follow the prompts. The Eph access code is 0126. This game is being offered for F-R-E-E.

The 124th Playing of "The Biggest Little Game in America"

(Most Played Rivalry in NCAA Div. III)

Williams College Ephs (6 - 1)


Amherst College Lord Jeffs (7 - 0) 

12:00 PM

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009

Weston Field

Williamstown, MA

SERIES:  Began in 1884. Williams leads 70-48-5. The Ephs won last year at Amherst 24-23 when freshman DT Colin Curzi blocked an Amherst PAT and junior Eph PK Scott Sobolewski converted on all of his.  The year before the Ephs won 20-0 on Weston Field in front of the ESPN GameDay crew that was making its first appearance on a Division III campus.

Amherst's last win came in 2004 in Amherst, 13-10.

Amherst's last win in Williamstown was in 1985 in the first televised game in the series, 35-20.

Williams and Amherst played to a 0-0 tie on Weston Field in 1995.

THE RIVALRY:  Began in 1818 when some members of the Williams Board of Trustees decided to move the college east into the Pioneer Valley. When the Massachusetts State Legislature turned down the request to re-locate the college further east, then Eph president, Zepheniah Swift Moore resigned and headed east with some Williams faculty members, students and library books to found Amherst Academy, which later became Amherst College.

As a result of the Moore defection the first college alumni society in the world was launched at Williams in 1821 to save the college. At Williams, Amherst teams are known as The Defectors and not the Lord Jeffs.

What other rivalry in this great nation had to have its News Directors decide the outcome of games played 80 years earlier? For many years the Ephs and Lord Jeffs reported different won-loss totals until 1964 when John English of Williams and Horace Hewlett of Amherst finally resolved the scores of the games in 1884, 1886, 1887, 1890, 1891, 1896, 1897, 1918 and 1925.

COACHES:  Mike Whalen (38-9) will complete his sixth year as Eph head coach this Saturday. During his stint, Williams has never finished worse than 6-2. Whalen was the head coach of the Williams wrestling program from 1996 to 2003, during which time he also served as the Ephs offensive line coach. He held the title of offensive coordinator in his last three years as an assistant coach.

Whalen led the 2006 Ephs to the sixth perfect season in Williams history, extending the Eph win streak at the time to 14 and earning NESCAC Coach of the Year honors. He was also the only New England coach to finish in the top 25 in Liberty Mutual's Coach of the Year program among coaches in all divisions.

Whalen graduated from Little Three rival Wesleyan in 1983, where he was captain of both the football and wrestling squads. He earned All-New England and All-American honors three times in his athletic career, and has coached football at Springfield, Penn, Lafayette, and Colgate.

Whalen has led Williams to four consecutive Little Three titles and can make it five in a row with a win over Amherst this Saturday.  He is 4-1 in his head coaching career against the Lord Jeffs.

E.J. Mills (73-30) will finish his 13th season as head coach of the Lord Jeffs.  Mills served as the defensive coordinator of the program from 1993-96 before taking the reins from former Yale head coach Jack Siedlecki.  The program has finished 7-1 three times in his command and has shared two NESCAC championships.  Amherst won its first Little Three title in 14 years in the 2000 campaign, and they did it again in 2004 after ending the Ephs' perfect season and a 15-game winning streak.

Mills is 3-9 in his head coaching career against Williams.

  The oldest continuous football championship in the nation without a membership change began in 1910. Today's game will determine the 2009 champion as both Amherst and Williams have defeated Wesleyan this season.

Williams leads in Little Three play with 46 titles, Amherst is second with 28 and Wesleyan has won 12. There have been nine ties in the series, twice there was no title, and twice during World War II no games were played.

Last outright Little Three title:

Williams – 2008

Amherst – 2004

Wesleyan – 1970

Last shutout of Amherst by Williams: 2007, 20-0

Last shutout of Williams by Amherst: 1995, 0-0

Most points by Williams vs. Amherst: 57 – 57-0 in 1885

Most points by Amherst vs. Williams: 60 – 60-0 in 1892

Largest crowd: 13,671 -- Amherst @ Williams 11/11/89 (N. E. Division III record)

2nd largest crowd: 12,449 -- Williams @ Amherst 11/9/96 

SALUTE TO VETERANS:  Graduates of both Williams and Amherst who have served in the nation's military services will be recognized in a special ceremony before the playing of the National Anthem. Former Eph FB Sean Crotty '84 is credited with bringing this idea to fruition.

MEMORIALIZING “THE WALK”: The event that Sports Illustrated called the best post-game tradition in college football (1992) will be memorialized in honor of Dave “The Tank” Shawan ’72 at St. Pierre’s Barber Shop on Spring Street at 11:00 AM. St. Pierre’s is the terminus of the “The Walk” now.

SPOILERS:      The Ephs have denied the Lord Jeffs a perfect season seven times:

1957, 1961,1972, 1973, 1996, 1997 and 2001

Amherst has denied Williams a perfect season four times:

1942, 1964, 1995 & 2002


Last perfect season for Amherst:  1984


Last perfect season for Williams:  2006


STREAKS:  After losing at Trinity in week 2, a lot of teams might have caved in, but the 2009 Williams College Ephs have done just the opposite.  Since that defeat, the purple and gold are 5-0 and have amassed an average of 430 yards per game while outscoring their opponents 174-48. 

Last week the Ephs registered the first 21 points of the contest en route to another comfortable 34-7 victory over the Cardinals of Wesleyan University.  With the win, the Ephs have earned a chance to share a NESCAC championship, as well as win their 47th Little Three title.


Amherst is 7-0 for the first time since 2001.  Williams ended that bid for perfection with a 23-20 victory in overtime at Weston Field, thus solidifying their own 8-0 season.  The Lord Jeffs have compiled an undefeated record this year not with an overpowering offense, but with stifling defensive play, as their league-leading defense has held opponents to 13 points or less in every game.  A 23-12 victory over Trinity last week (which tied their season high for scoring) has guaranteed them a shared NESCAC championship, their first since 2000.  A victory over the Ephs would give them their first outright Little Three title since 2004 and their first outright league championship in program history.


AWARDS:  Williams senior defensive back Matt Zanedis has been coming through in key situations all year for the Ephs, and he has been recognized as NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week for his clutch performance against Wesleyan last Saturday. His contributions included a blocked field goal attempt on the opening drive of the game and an interception that he returned 40 yards to the end zone for the first score. He also contributed three tackles (two solo).


31.1/19.4… Points per game for Ephs (1st in NESCAC)/Lord Jeffs

13.3/8.9… Points allowed per game for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC)/Lord Jeffs (1st in NESCAC)

222.3/207.4… Passing yards per game for Ephs/Lord Jeffs

177.7/227.9… Passing yards allowed per game for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC)/Lord Jeffs

169.7/79.3… Rushing yards per game for Ephs (1st in NESCAC)/Lord Jeffs

68.0/44.4… Rushing yards allowed per game for Ephs/Lord Jeffs (1st in NESCAC)

+6… Turnover margin for both Ephs and Lord Jeffs (leads NESCAC)

104.4… Yards per game for Ephs’ first-year starter Ryan Lupo (leads NESCAC)

128.5… Pass efficiency rating for Ephs’ Pat Moffitt (3rd in NESCAC)

Average yards per punt for Ephs’ Will Cronin (leads NESCAC)

5… Interceptions for Lord Jeffs’ Fred Argir (tied for 1st in NESCAC)

8… Total sacks each for Lord Jeffs’ Edwin Urey and Jeff Katz (lead NESCAC)

82… Total tackles for Lord Jeff’s Mike Taylor (2nd in NESCAC)

301/288… Total yards in last year’s matchup for Ephs/Lord Jeffs

6/14… Total tackles in last year’s matchup for Ephs’ Pat Barren/Lord Jeffs’ Mike Taylor


245.7/272.3...  Total yards per game allowed by Ephs (1st in NESCAC)/Lord Jeffs (2nd in NESCAC)

1… Little Three title /NESCAC championship on the line






Williams College Ephs




TE - Jon Carroll - #86
T - Steve Denza - #58
G - Simon Kloeckner - #65
C - Tim Bishop - #64
G - Kevin Rose - #73
T – Mike McGuire - #54
RB - Ryan Lupo - #23
QB - Patrick Moffitt - #5
WR – Nick Caro - #22
WR – Bryce Bennett - #8
WR – J.C. Stickney - #11




DE – Tim Kiely - #30
DT - Colin Curzi - #97
DT – Ben Halbower - #99
DE – Dan Canina - #92
LB – Dan Johnson - #37
LB - Dylan Schultz - #55
LB – Chris Cameron - #42
DB – Ben Oliva - #12
DB - Dan O'Mara - #21
DB - Will Cronin - #9
DB - Matt Zanedis - #27

PK – Scott Sobolewski - #94
P - Will Cronin - #9



Amherst College Lord Jeffs




WR - Brian Murphy - #4
WR - Sean Legister - #89
WR - Brandon Bullock - #21
TE - Dan Savage - #80
RB - Aaron Rauh - #11
LT - Wyatt Moss - #57
LG - Rick Morgan - #62
C - John Ceccio - #54
RG - Marcus Richtel - #76
RT - Ian Mahoney - #70
QB - Alex Vetras - #12

P/K - Matt Rawson - #94



DT - Edwin Urey - #99
NG - Tom Grossi - #97
DT - Eric Pender - #92
ILB - Mike Taylor - #40
ILB - Brandon Quinn - #31
OLB - Jeff Katz - #98
OLB - Sam Clark - #34
CB - Nick Edwards - #25
CB - Fran Florio - #24
S - Chris Govey - #10
S - Fred Argir - #3

PR - Femi Oyalowo - #5