MEDFORD, Mass. --- The Tufts University football team has not won a game since the 2010 season opener, but expect the Jumbos to be ready Saturday against Colby College in a 12:30 p.m. game at Ellis Oval/Zimman Field.
Tufts has lost 21 straight games since taking a season-opening 21-10 win against Hamilton College in 2010. The Jumbos are just 3-27 over the past four years. Tufts has only scored 20 points or more in a game once in the last 14 contests.
However, the Jumbos are at home and will be honoring their seniors before the game. Tufts also knows that a tough game at high-scoring Middlebury College (5-1) looms in the final regular season game of the year. The Jumbos likely will be looking at this contest as their best chance at ending the long losing streak.
Saturday's game will be Webcast at: http://www.jumbocast.net/index.php
Colby (1-5 overall) took a 32-29 win at home against Hamilton two weeks ago, but the Mules struggled in a 31-6 loss at Bates College last Saturday. Colby closes out the season next Saturday at home with a 12:30 p.m. game against Bowdoin.
Colby sophomore middle linebacker Henry Nelson continues to have a huge season. He is tied for the NESCAC lead in tackles per game (11.2) and total tackles (67). He also has one interception, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Nelson led the Mules as a first-year in tackles and has 126 for his career.
Daniel Maddox (39 tackles), Phil Amato (37), and Derrick Beasley (34) are other leading tacklers for the Mules. Beasley is up to 168 tackles and six interceptions in his Colby career, while Amato went over 100 tackles and is at 106.
Ryan Veillette had a big game against Bates last week and leads the NESCAC in sacks per game (1.00) and is tied in total sacks (5). Veillette went over 100 career tackles (108) and is up to 16.5 sacks over the past three years.
Tufts' offense ranks last in the NESCAC in scoring (11.3 points per game) and is last in rushing offense (58.3). The Jumbos, often playing behind in games, are
second in the conference in passing offense (193.7).
Colby is last in the league in total offense (246.5 yards per game), but Tufts is last in the conference in total defense (417.8).
First-year quarterback Justin Ciero ranks sixth in the conference in both passing yards per game (137.2) and total offense (172.0). He also is fifth in the NESCAC in pass efficiency (103.9 rating).
With Tufts ranking last in the conference in rushing defense (232.8 yards allowed per game), Mule running backs Spencer Gopaul (148 yards rushing, 124 yards receiving) and Thomas Brewster (123 yards, 5.1-yards per carry) will need to have solid games. Ciero leads Colby in rushing with 209 yards and a
pair of touchdowns.
Indigo Dow leads Colby's wide receivers in total catches (18) and receiving yards (215). Michael Lahiff has 15 grabs for 162 yards.
Senior quarterback John Dodds is second in the NESCAC in passing yards (182.7), but ranks 10th and last in the league in passing efficiency (87.0). Dylan Haas is the favorite target with 26 catches for 209 yards and Nick Kenyon has 23 catches for 187 yards.