Gridders to Face Colgate

Crimson Looking to Run the Football Against Red Raiders

Harvard will look to get back on track tomorrow when it faces struggling Colgate at Soldier's field.

The Crimson has had its share of difficulties this season--a porous defense matched with a somewhat erratic offense, but its problems are small compared to those of the Red Raiders.

Colgate began the season with a 45-7 thrashing at the hands of BU, but followed with an impressive victory over Dartmouth.

It has been all downhill since the victory over Dartmouth though, as the Red Raiders have lost three straight games and suffered several key injuries along the way.

Most recently, Colgate lost star linebacker Brian Gianci, who broke his arm in last week's loss to Buffalo. Like Gianci, quarterback lan Prisuta and tailback Daymon Smith have also been lost for the season.

In addition to those season-ending injuries, Colgate has several players, including replacement quarterback Bill McDuffee, banged up and most likely out of action for Saturday's game.

The Red Raiders will turn the quarterbacking duties over to freshman Mark Lindell. Lindell has seen action this season but was benched after a 4-19, 24 yard effort against Buffalo.

Colgate will look to offset its shaky passing game with a running attack led by tailback Dana Farland. Farland, who rushed for 169 yards against Buffalo, has played well since taking over the starting job from the injured Smith.

The Red Raider defense has also had its troubles this season. It has held an opponent under 20 points only one time this year.

Colgate knows that the key to its defensive effort tomorrow will be stopping the Harvard rushing tandem of Kweli Thompson and Eion Hu.

"Our linebackers have to play run first and read the pass to try to get in the throwing lanes," Colgate coach Ed Sweeney said.

The Red Raider defense has been generous on the ground this season, giving up over 200 yards a game.

The game will be Colgate's fourth straight on the road, and it will be looking to snap a seven game road winless streak.

It will be the sixth time the two schools have met on the gridiron, with Harvard holding a 3-2 edge in the series. The teams last played in 1978 with Harvard winning 24-21.

With a win, Harvard will move to 3-2 on the year, surpassing its win total for all of last season.