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The 125th Meeting of "The Biggest Little Game in America"
(Most Played Rivalry in NCAA Div. III)
Williams College Ephs (7-0)
Amherst College Lord Jeffs (6-1)
Saturday, Nov. 13th, 2010
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SERIES: Began in 1884. Williams holds the edge 70-49-5. Since 1987, the Ephs have defeated the Jeffs in 19 of 24 meetings, but the series has been much more tightly contested in the last decade. Amherst spoiled Williams' 13-game unbeaten in 2000, and have played to a 4-6 record against the Ephs over the last 10 seasons.
This year's matchup pits these archrivals toe-to-toe in an exact reversal of last year's matchup, in which a 6-1 Williams attempted to deny an undefeated season and sole ownership of the conference championship to the 7-0 Lord Jeffs at the Eph homecoming game, the final contest of 2009. The purple cows found themselves with a chance to complete the upset in the closing minute of regulation, but they came up just a yard short of the marker on a decisive 4th and 3. Amherst claimed the 26-21 victory and their first outright NESCAC championship in program history. It was also the Jeffs first win at Weston Field since 1985.
The most recent Williams victory at Pratt Field came in 2008, courtesy of a blocked point-after-attempt by DT Colin Curzi that proved to be the difference in a 24-23 ballgame. Amherst has not won at home since a 13-10 win in 2004.
Overall, Williams clings to a slight 29-28-4 advantage when playing at Amherst.
COACHES: Aaron Kelton (7-0) will complete his rookie season with Williams College this Saturday, as he aims to lead the Ephs to a perfect season in the first year of his head coaching career. The win would earn the school its seventh unscathed mark in program history and it would be the first perfect season recorded by a rookie head coach.
Read USA Today feature on Aaron Kelton 11/10/2010
Prior to his hiring, Kelton spent the last four years with Columbia University, operating as the Lions' defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, after serving as the secondary coach in the two years before that. In his time with the program, Kelton ran one of the most successful defensive backfields in the Ivy League, a unit that produced DB Tad Crawford, an '07 graduate who was taken as a high draft choice in the Canadien Football League. Off the field, Kelton was the recruiting coordinator for the Lions in charge of the District of Colombia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. His hard work also earned him highly sought-after NFL summer intern positions with the Indianapolis Colts (2007), the Jacksonville Jaguars (2008), and the Arizona Cardinals (2009).
Although a rookie in the Eph community, Kelton is a Massachusetts native with a long standing in the state. Born in Boston, he became a three-sport athlete at Wellesley [MA] High School, where he competed in football, basketball, and baseball. Upon graduation, Kelton enrolled at Springfield College, where he would letter all four years for the Pride's football program, starting at quarterback for two in those seasons. He matriculated in 1992, earning a B.S. in psychology. Kelton is currently working on completing an M.Ed. in integrated studies from Virginia State.
E.J. Mills (80-31) will close out his 14th 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 head coach Jack Siedlecki who left to coach Yale. He guided the program to its first outright NESCAC championship ever last year, as his squad took down Williams in the final game to complete its first 8-0 season in his tenure. Prior to that, Amherst had finished 7-1 three times under Mills and had shared two conference titles. The Jeffs have also won fourLittle Three titles under Mills, including the 2009 season.
Mills is 4-9 in his head coaching career against Williams.
LITTLE THREE: The oldest continuous football championship in the nation without a membership change began in 1910. Today's game will determine the 2010 champion as both Amherst and Williams have defeated Wesleyan this season.
Williams leads in Little Three play with 46 titles, Amherst is second with 29, 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 – 2009
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
Amherst has denied Williams a perfect season four times (even years on Pratt Field):
1942, 1964, 1995 & 2002
The Ephs have denied the Lord Jeffs a perfect season seven times:
1957, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1996, 1997 and 2001
Last perfect season for Williams: 2006
Last perfect season for Amherst: 2009
STREAKS: Since last season's heartbreaking loss to Amherst in the final game of the season, the Ephmen and their new head coach have rebounded to crank out seven straight victories in 2010, and will look to redeem themselves with a championship victory this Saturday at Amherst. The purple and gold will also try to go 16 straight games with at least 20 points scored, a stretch that began back to November 1st, 2008 in a 48-14 homecoming victory over Wesleyan.
The Lord Jeffs had a string of 14 consecutive wins halted last week by Trinity, who upset the Jeffs 28-13 in Hartford. The streak ties the program record.
AWARDS: Williams College senior Jeff Lauer (Bethesda, MD) has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference's Special Teams Player of the Week.
A goalkeeper on the Ephs' men's soccer team, Lauer was added to the football roster in week two having never played the game before. On his first field goal attempt ever on Saturday against Wesleyan, Lauer connected from 32 yards out. He was also 1-for-1 on extra point attempts.
4 EPH RECORDS FELL LAST WEEK: In the Ephs 45-7 win over Wesleyan last week Eph senior QB Pat Moffitt broke three school passing records: Most TD Passes One Season (21), Most TD Passes Career (41) and Most Yards passing One Season (2,060). Sohomore WR Darren Hartwell caught one TD pass to set the Eph single season record for TD passes caught at 9.
BY THE NUMBERS…
37.4 / 38.6… Points per game for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Jeffs (lead NESCAC)
13.0 / 18.3… Points allowed per game for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Jeffs (3rd in NESCAC)
298.4 / 237.0… Pass offense for Ephs (3rd in NESCAC) / Jeffs
186.6 / 246.7… Pass defense for Ephs (leads NESCAC) / Jeffs
175.4 / 186.3… Rush offense for Ephs / Jeffs (3rd in NESCAC)
75.7 / 110.9… Rush defense for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Jeffs (3rd in NESCAC)
+2 / +10 … Turnover margin for Ephs / Jeffs (leads NESCAC)
292.1 / 237.0… Passing yards per game for Ephs' Pat Moffitt (3rd in NESCAC) / Jeffs' Alex Vetras (4th in NESCAC)
92.1 / 89.4… Rushing yards per game for Ephs' Ryan Lupo (3rd in NESCAC) / Jeffs' Eric Bunker (4th in NESCAC)
80.6… Receiving yards per game for Ephs' Darren Hartwell (leads NESCAC)
5.5… Total sacks for Jeffs' Kevin Ferber (T-1st in NESCAC)
2… Passing touchdowns each in last year's matchup for Ephs' Pat Moffitt / Jeffs' Alex Vetras
7… Receptions each in last year's matchup for Ephs' Bryce Bennett / Jeffs' Brian Murphy
7 (8) / 6 (9)… Solo (total) tackles in last year's matchup for Ephs' Dylan Schultz / Jeff's Sam Clark
1… Little Three title / NESCAC championship on the line
Williams College Ephs
Pat Moffett #5 - QB
Ryan Lupo #23 - RB
Tom Wohlender #33 - RB
Jon Carroll #86 - TE
Graham McCullouch #72 - RT
Kevin Rose #73- RG
Vincent Nistico #60 - C
Ryan Loughran #79 - LG
Steve Denza #58 - LT
Darren Hartwell #1 - WR
Bill Griffin #4 - WR
Tyler Cole #3 - CB
Dan O'Mara #21 - S
Dan Canina #92 - DE
Colin Curzi # 97- DL
Ben Halbower #99 - DL
Tim Kiely #30 - DE
Chris Cameron #7 - SLM
Dylan Schultz #55 - MLB
Dan Johnson #37 - WLB
Chris Rudnicki #24 - S
Ben Oliva #12 - CB
Luke Faust #19 - KO
Chris Cleary #14 - P/K
Amherst College Lord Jeffs
Alex Vetras #12 - QB
Eric Bunker #14 - RB
Charlie Pratt #46 - TE
Sean Legister #22 - WR
Brian Murphy #4 - WR
Andre Gary #2 - WR
Rick Morgan #62 - LG
Jack Reynolds #51 - LT
John Ceccio #54 - C
Marcus Richtel #76 - RG
Ian Mahoney #70 - RT
Evan Rosenstein #23 - SS
Kevin Heller #10 - FS
Nick Edwards #25 - CB
Landrus Lewis #1 - CB
Sam Clark #34 - OLB
Jeff Katz #98 - OLB
Greg Kutzin #33 - ILB
Matt Pieterse #42 - ILB
Brady Benelli #55 - DE
Matt Sponheimer #50 - NG
Kevin Ferber #3 - DE
Matt Rawson #94 - PK
Phillip Nwosu #49 - P