Football aims for third straight win at Tufts

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 5, 2010
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Tom Duffy

MEDFORD, Mass. --- Thanks to the many alumni in the Boston area, the Colby College football team always has some feeling of a Homecoming game when the Mules visit Tufts University.

The Mules (3-3) head to Tufts for a noon battle on Saturday with an opportunity to win a third straight game and move to 4-3 on the season. The game will be Webcast at

Colby closes out the season next Saturday at home against rival Bowdoin College at 12:30 p.m. The Mules are in line to win a Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title with a victory over the Polar Bears after knocking off Bates College last Saturday. Bowdoin will play host to Bates on Saturday.

Tufts is 1-5 overall and has lost five straight games after opening the season with a 21-10 win against Hamilton. The Jumbos have fallen to Bates (21-20), Bowdoin (22-15), Trinity (27-7), Williams (35-24), and Amherst (70-49).

Tufts has scored more points (136-112) than Colby, but the Jumbos have allowed 185 points to the Mules' 130. Bowdoin is the only defense to allow more points at 189.

Today's game marks a struggle in passing and pass defense between the two teams. Tufts is first in the league in passing yards per game at 331.3, but Colby ranks first in the NESCAC in pass defense at 162.7 yards. The next best pass defense in the conference is Tufts at 192.5.

The Jumbos have had problems stopping the run, allowing a NESCAC-worst 227 yards per game. Tufts also ranks last in the league in rushing offense at just 51.5 yards per game. In total defense, Colby is third in the league at 318.2 yards allowed per game and the Jumbos are ninth with 419.5.

With Tufts struggling against the run, Conor Tidgwell, Connor Walsh, and Spencer Gopaul could play a key role. Tidgwell leads the Mules in rushing with 264 yards and a 3.6-yard per carry average. Walsh has carried the ball 35 times for 130 yards (3.7 per rush) and Gopaul had the lone touchdown of the game for the Mules in a 10-6 win over Bates.

Colby quarterback Nick Kmetz has thrown for 1,211 yards and 10 touchdowns. He ranks fifth in the NESCAC in both passing yards per game (201.8) and total offense (206.5). Walsh has caught a team-best 33 catches for 304 yards, while Patrick Burns leads the Mules in receiving yards (418), yards per catch (15.5), and receiving touchdowns (4). Colby tight end Spencer Merwin has 234 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns.

Middle linebacker Tom Duffy leads Colby's defense and is third in the conference in total tackles with 58. He is second on the Mules in tackles for loss (6.5). Meanwhile, safety Derrick Beasley is tied for second in the conference with three interceptions. Beasley also ranks second on Colby in total tackles (40) and is first in pass break-ups with six. Colby defensive end Ryan Veillette is tied for first in total sacks (5.5) and leads Colby in tackles for loss (7).

Tufts and Amherst combined for 1,303 yards of total offense in the game last week. Tufts quarterback Anthony Fucillo threw for a NESCAC record 503 yards and finished with another league record with 522 yards of total offense. Fucillo leads the conference in passing yards per game (313.3) and total offense (327.3), but ranks just ninth in pass efficiency (94.7) despite completing 42 of his 63 passes a week ago.

Dylan Haas (28 catches, 447 yards), Greg Stewart (30 catches, 400 yards), and Billy Mahler (37 catches, 398 yards) are all among the top 10 in the league in receiving yards per game. Pat Bailey leads the team in total catches (44) and in rushing (190 yards). The Jumbos have just 309 yards of total rushing this year and have allowed 1,362 yards.

Ferras Albitar leads Tufts in tackles with 51, while Sam Diss is tied with Beasley for second in the NESCAC with three interceptions.

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