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November 15, 2011

College Football Notebook: Smith finishing year on high note

By William Bowman

The Daily Item

Tyler Smith, Bucknell's junior tailback, has come on in the last two games and now is probably in the running to be named All-Patriot League as the Bison prepare for their season finale Saturday at Colgate.

In the first eight games of the season, Smith carried the ball 102 yards for 370 yards. The last two games -- wins at Lafayette and Fordham -- the running back from Hatfield has 70 carries for 416 yards and he now leads the Patriot League with 786 yards this year. Saturday at Fordham he had 28 carries for 204 yards and two scores and was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, the first for a Bucknell player since C.J. Hopson in 2009.

His 416 yards in his last two outings gives Smith more rushing yards in any two-game span than any player in BU history, surpassing Rich Lemon's two-game total of 403 against Holy Cross and Colgate in 1995. He is now just the fourth player in school history with two 200-yard career games.

With 180 yards this week at Colgate, Smith can move into Bucknell's single-season top 10 rushing list.

FAMOUS COMPANY: Bucknell's Bryce Robertson intercepted two more passes on Saturday, giving him an NCAA-best 12 this year. He is averaging 1.2 interceptions per game, which is currently tied for the best single-season average all-time in FCS. Robertson would need two more interceptions at Colgate to break the record.

The current FCS record is owned by Princeton's Dean Cain in 1987. Cain is probably best remembered as Clark Kent/Superman in the 1990s television show "Lois & Clark, The New Adventures of Superman."

Robertson has 12 interceptions this year while the Bison have turned the ball over just 10 times themselves.

In each of the last three games, Robertson has intercepted two passes, giving him six in three games. Over that span, only BU receiver Frank DeNick has caught that many passes for the Bison.

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