Mammoths, Ephs to Meet in 134th "Biggest Little Game in America"

Mammoths, Ephs to Meet in 134th "Biggest Little Game in America"

Amherst College (4-4) vs. Williams College (6-2)
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019
Farley-Lamb Field
Williamstown, Mass. * 12 p.m.

The Series 

"The Biggest Little Game in America" will be played for the 134th time on Saturday, with Williams holding a 72-56-5 record since the first meeting in 1884.

Amherst has dominated the rivalry in recent years. The Mammoths have won seven of the last eight meetings, including a 45-14 victory last year in Amherst. Amherst has not lost in regulation since 2010, with the only Ephs win coming in overtime in Williamstown in 2017. Amherst has also not lost to Williams in Amherst since 2010.

Live Coverage

Live Stats for Saturday's will be available here.

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on New England Sports Network (NESN). 

If you are in the New England area and have a cable provider service that includes NESN, you can also stream the game live on NESN GO - https://nesngo.nesn.com/ 

For those of you outside of the NESN region, there are several options available to stream the game: 

  1. Attend a Watch Party, organized by the Association of Alumni and Parent Programs. Click here for more information and a list of the watch parties around the country: https://www.amherst.edu/alumni/connect/regional/amherst_vs._williams_telecast
  2. Review these guidelines for how to access NESN.
  3. Go to GetNESN.com for a list of providers that may be able to help you get NESN. 

Looking for another way to help Amherst crush Williams this year? Make your Amherst Fund gift today to help us win the Biggest Little Challenge for the fourth year in a row! 

 

Game Notes 

  • Since Amherst and Williams played to a scoreless tie in 1995, the two teams have played 23 times and are separated by just 8 points in those meetings.

    Amherst has won 11 of the last 23 meetings and scored 490 total points. Williams has won the other 12 games and scored 482 total points. Amherst has outscored Williams by just over 1/3 of a point per game in the last 23 years! 
  • This year's edition of "The Biggest Little Game in America" features two of the best Red Zone defenses in the country. Williams is the #2 Red Zone defense, allowing just six touchdowns on 24 opponent's red zone attempts. Amherst is the #7 ranked red zone defense in the nation, giving up just 15 touchdowns on 34 opponent red zone opportunities.
  • Passing Red Zone Defense is Even Better: The two teams have combined allowed just five passing touchdowns on 58 opponent red zone opportunities. 
  • Amherst boasts the second best rushing attack in the NESCAC, as the Mammoths average 180 yards a game.
  • Amherst quarterback Ollie Eberth ranks second in NESCAC in total offense, averaging 272.0 yards per game and wide receiver James O'Regan is second in NESCAC with 5.62 catches per game. 
  • Williams leads NESCAC in three team categories: total offense at 407.6 yards a game, scoring defense allowing 11.8 points a game, and rushing offense, where the Ephs are averaging 235.6 yards a game on the ground.
  • Eph sophomore Dan Vaughan ranks second in NESCAC in rushing with an average of 87.2 yards a game, while junior quarterback Bobby Maimaron is fourth with 76.9 yards a game.

Last Time Out – Amherst

Amherst outgained Trinity by nearly 50 yards, had seven more first downs and nearly ten more minutes of possession but were held scoreless for three quarters and suffered a 21-7 defeat to the visiting Bantams last Saturday at Pratt Field.

Before the game, Amherst honored the 18 members of its senior class, which included Henry AtkesonJohn BallardJustin BerryBrendan Coleman, Oliver Eberth, Blaine FoxGreg FranklinTrey JarmonPeter JeromeAlex KatchadurianLuke Mallette, Elijah Ngbokoli, James O'ReganDan PapaBrendan PopovichAvery SaffoldNick Tighe and Bijan Zojaji

O'Regan caught six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, his seventh of the year, which leads the team and is third in the NESCAC.

His 27-yard catch from Eberth, who has thrown for 14 touchdowns this year, put Amherst on the board with less than a minute to go before halftime, but it was the only points Amherst would manage on the day.

Matt Durborow '21 and Ballard each had eight tackles for Amherst, while Joe Kelly '21 had five tackles and a quarterback hurry along with the fumble recovery. 

Last Time Out – Williams 

The Ephs had their six-game winning streak snapped in a wild overtime affair, losing to Wesleyan 27-21 last weekend at Corwin Stadium. 

Wesleyan quarterback David Estevez ran 25 yards for a touchdown in the extra period after his 2-yard rush with 17 seconds to play in regulation tied the game at 21.

Estevez also returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown for the Cardinals, who never led until their final walk-off score. 

Williams took the lead with touchdowns twice in the second quarter and once in the third quarter, only to have Wesleyan reach the end zone for the game's next score. 

Bobby Maimaron threw for 123 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 125 yards and another score, a 44-yard sprint in the final minute of the first half, though Estevez took the ensuing kickoff back to the house to keep the teams tied at the break. 

Justin Nelson and Tyler Spiezio ech caught scores for the Ephs, with Nelson hauling in three balls for 68 yards. 

Last Meeting: 

Amherst scored 31 unanswered points and rolled to a 45-14 win over Williams College on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 in the 113rd edition of "The Biggest Little Game in America" at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium. 

With wins over Wesleyan and Williams in 2018, Amherst (8-1) won the Little Three for the second straight year and tenth time outright. The Mammoths finish tied with Trinity with an 8-1 record, but finished as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) runners-up after the Bantams defeated Wesleyan 9-0 in their season finale.

Senior Jack Hickey rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown, and Ollie Eberth '20 threw for 218 yards and a score while rushing for three more touchdowns. 

In his final game, Andrew Sommer opened the second half with a 50-yard fumble force and return for a touchdown to put the Mammoths fully in control at 31-7. 

Eberth hooked up with James O'Regan four times for 109 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter as Amherst poured it on Williams (5-4). 

Frank Stola caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Ephs, who were outgained 419-242 and converted just two third downs to seven for the Mammoths.

John Ballard '20 had the other interception on the day for Amherst, also racking up six tackles.and a pass breakup. 

 
Probable Starters

MAMMOTHS
OFFENSE

MAMMOTHS
DEFENSE

 

EPHS

OFFENSE

EPHS

DEFENSE

 QB - Ollie Eberth - #10

 CB – Ricky Goodson - #9

 

 QB – Bobby Maimaron - #2

 DE – Stephen Kletscher - #91

 WR – James O'Regan -  #5

 CB - Avery Saffold - #1

 

 RB – TJ Dozier - #7

 DT – Drake Mead - #56

 WR – Luke Mallette - #89

 S - Matt Durborow - #4

 

 WR – Justin Nelson - #13

 DT – Ian Devine - #93

 WR – Daniel Dolan - #19

 S – John Ballard - #37

 

 LT – Jeremy Subjinski - #75

 DE – Oscar Unobskey - #54

 TE - Justin Berry - #84

 DE – Brett Bates - #98

 

 LG – Jeff MacArthur - #52

 LB – TJ Rothmann - #45

 RB – Brandon Huff - #26

 DT – Alex Katchadurian - #50

 

 C – John Rooney - #55

 LB – Jarrett Wesner - #17

 LT – Langston Puller - #76

 DE – Joe Kelly - #44

 

 RG – Ryan Pruss - #71

 LB – Luke Apuzzi - #25

 LG – Nick Diprinzio - #72

 NG – Matt Albino - #99

 

 RT – Pat Watson - #70

 FS – Ben Anthony - #4

 C -  Dan Papa - #67

 LB – John Schiano - #46

 

 WR – Frank Stola - #3

 SS – Jake Kastenhuber - #27

 RG -  Jacob Ayyub - #70

 LB – Nick Tighe - #18

 

 WR – Justin Burke - #31

CB – Rocco Giandomenico - #38

 RT -  Brendan Coleman - #78

 LB – Matt Schiano - #8

 

WR – Rashad Morrison - #83

 CB – Christian Cuttita - #29

 K -  Henry Atkeson - #92

 P - Henry Atkeson - #92

 

 K – Andrew Schreibstein - #10

 P – Andrew Schreibstein - #10



2019 STATISTICAL COMPARISON

 

AMHERST

 

WILLIAMS

RUSH YARDS / PER GAME

1440 / 180.0

 

1885 / 235.6

PASS YARDS / PER GAME

1664 / 208.0

 

1376 / 172.0

TOTAL OFFENSE / PER GAME

3104 / 388.0

 

3261 / 407.6

SCORING / PER GAME

207 / 25.9

 

235 / 29.4

RUSH YDS ALLOWED PER GAME

117.5

 

103.8

PASS YDS ALLOWED PER GAME

221.0

 

191.6

TOTAL OFFENSE ALLOWED PER GAME

338.5

 

295.4

POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME

21.3

 

11.8


2019 INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS

AMHERST

PASSING
 #10 Ollie Eberth (127 – 232 / 1658 YDS / 207.3 YPG / 14 TD / 12 INT)

RUSHING
#10 Ollie Eberth (93 ATT / 513 YDS / 64.1 YPG / 4 TD)

#26 Brandon Huff (94 ATT / 405 YDS / 50.6 YPG / 4 TD)

RECIEVING
#5 James O'Regan (45 REC / 742 YDS / 92.8 YPG / 7 TD)

#89 Luke Mallette (24 REC / 233 YDS / 29.1 YPG / 4 TD)

DEFENSE
#4 Matt Durborow (52 TKL / 2 INT / 3 BRUP)

#37 John Ballard (50 TKL / 1 TFL / 2 INT / 7 BRUP)

#44 Joe Kelly (39 TKL / 4.5 SACK / 9 TFL / 3 FF / 2 FR / 2 BRUP)

 

WILLIAMS

PASSING
#2 Bobby Maimaron (80-169 / 1341 YDS / 167.6 YPG / 20 TD / 2 INT)

RUSHING
#19 Dan Vaughn (113 ATT / 698 YDS / 87.3 YPG / 2 TD)

#2 Bobby Maimaron (97 ATT / 615 YDS / 76.9 YPG / 3 TD)

RECIEVING
#3 Frank Stola (38 REC / 768 YDS / 96 YPG / 12 TD)

#13 Justin Nelson (14 REC / 289 YDS / 36.1 YPG / 2 TD)

DEFENSE
#17 Jarrett Wesner (59 TKL / 2 SACK / 7.5 TFL)

#4 Ben Anthony (49 TKL / 1.5 SACK / 2.5 TFL / 3 INT / 3 BRUP)

#45 TJ Rothmann (49 TKL / 1 SACK / 5 TFL / 1 FF / 1 BRUP)