Looking Ahead: Amherst vs. Colby Preview

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Sophomore Brandon Bullock caught a pair of touchdowns to go along with his 199 all-purpose yards last week against Middlebury.

Amherst College (2-1) vs. Colby College (0-3)
October 13, 2007 * Seaverns Field

Waterville, ME * 1 p.m.

THE SERIES
After going 14-0-1 in its first 15 meetings with Colby, Amherst dropped four straight to the White Mules from 1992 to 1995. Since then, the Lord Jeffs have earned 11 straight head-to-head victories and posted four shutouts, having outscored Colby 272-59 during that stretch.

SCOUTING AMHERST
Despite allowing 19 points to Middlebury College last week, the Amherst defense still ranks as the best in the NESCAC in terms of total yards allowed per game (228.3) and points allowed per game (8.3). In addition, the Jeffs rank second in the conference in rushing defense (61.3 ypg) and passing defense (167.0 ypg), while their running game is gaining 194.3 yards per contest, the second highest average in the NESCAC. While they had been focusing on the running game through the first two weeks, the Jeffs attempted 46 passes last week to set a new school record. Protecting the passing game is one of the finest offensive lines in the conference, as Amherst has allowed a mere three sacks on the year, which is tied for the fewest.

COLBY head coach ED MESTIERI
After leading Colby College to an impressive 7-1 overall record in 2005, Ed Mestieri was named the Division II/III Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. Mestieri led his team to the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Championship in his first two years as head coach, combining for an overall record of 13-3. Prior to becoming the head coach, Mestieri had served as an offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the White Mules. During Mestieri's association with the Colby program, the Mules have amassed an 84-61-1 record and have won or shared 14 CBB titles.

LAST MEETING
The Jeffs came out of halftime leading Colby 10-3 and never looked back, scoring just seventy seconds into the third quarter to set loose the offense. After Aaron Rauh ’10 punched home a rushing touchdown, Amherst ended the third quarter with a 24-3 advantage and went on to score two more touchdowns, riding a high-powered offense and a stingy defense that allowed only 181 total yards of Colby offense. Leading the Jeffs on defense was linebacker Mike Flanagan ’09, who racked up 11 total take downs, with one sack for nine yards lost. Also making huge contributions on the defensive side of the ball was inside linebacker Mike Taylor ’10, who added a handful of tackles and returned an interception 26 yards down the sideline, ultimately leading to an Amherst touchdown.

The Colby offense was led by Tyler Cote, who had 35 yards on 15 runs, and quarterback Justin Smith, who had 112 yards on 12-of-22 passing, while running for 28 yards on eight carries. Smith’s favorite receiver on the day was tight-end Brennan Moore, who had 34 yards receiving on three catches.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT
The Amherst College and Middlebury College football teams put their undefeated records on the line this past weekend, in what was expected to be a close game between two defensive powerhouses. The visiting Panthers took a 19-9 lead into halftime, which proved to be too much for the Jeffs to overcome, as Middlebury hung on for the crucial 19-16 victory. Amherst dropped to 2-1 on the season, while the Panthers improved to a perfect 3-0.

Sophomore quarterback Lucas Loeffler set a new school record by attempting 46 passes, surpassing the previous mark of 45, and finished with 182 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. His first touchdown of the day also marked the first of his collegiate career. Sophomore Brandon Bullock wowed fans all day with his well-balanced performance, as he caught eight passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns, adding an impressive 105 yards combined on his three kick returns, including a long of 53 yards.

Junior Guy Matisis was all over the field throughout the game, as he finished with 13 total tackles, including a tackle-for-loss that resulted in a safety, while senior Chris Mottau added eight total tackles and led all players with four pass break-ups.

COLBY LAST TIME OUT

Colby College running back Chris Bashaw had 182 yards of total offense, but Wesleyan University got three short-yardage touchdowns to take a 23-14 win over the Mules. Colby went nine plays and 80 yards to score on a 7-yard run by Bashaw with 5:21 remaining before halftime. The extra point by Victor Gagne gave the Mules a 7-6 lead, but the Cardinals went ahead 12-7 when they ran the ball into the end zone from two yards out with 2:53 remaining in the half.

Colby went ahead for the second and final time when Bashaw took a pass from first-year quarterback Patrick Burns and scampered 82 yards for his second score of the game. Gagne's second extra point made it 14-12 with 11:49 left in the third quarter. The Cardinals got the game-winning points with 5:39 left in the third when they plunged in from one yard out to cap an eight-play, 80-yard drive, and added a 28-yard field goal with 2:17 left in the game to secure the victory.

Bashaw, Colby's captain, finished with 97 yards of rushing on 21 carries and added three catches for 85 yards. Burns, in his first collegiate start, was 10-of-19 and had 153 yards, while Alex Halls and Denis Cronin each had nine tackles to lead Colby's defense.

2007 AMHERST SCHEDULE/RESULTS
9/22 - @ Bates (24-0)
9/29 - BOWDOIN (W 30-6)
10/6 - MIDDLEBURY (L 19-16)
10/13 - @ Colby (1 p.m.)
10/20 - WESLEYAN (1 p.m.)
10/27 - @ Tufts (1 p.m.)
11/3 - TRINITY (1 p.m.)
11/10 - @ Williams (Noon)

2007 COLBY SCHEDULE/RESULTS
9/22 - TRINITY (L 20-0)
9/29 - @ Middlebury (L 41-0)
10/6 - @ Wesleyan (L 23-14)
10/13 - AMHERST (1 p.m.)
10/20 - @ Hamilton (Noon)
10/27 - BATES (1 p.m.)
11/3 - TUFTS (12:30 p.m.)
11/10 - @ Bowdoin (12:30 p.m.)

AMHERST PROBABLE STARTERS

LORD JEFF OFFENSE
QB –
Lucas Loeffler – 9
RB – Aaron Rauh – 11
WR – Mike Myers – 4
WR – Jim Eckenrode – 1
TE – Matt Dunleavy – 83
LT – Sam Rudman – 79
LG – Wyatt Moss – 57
C – Justin Wiley – 72
RG – Tim Rose – 54
RT – Dan Guariglia – 66
PK – Matt Eberhart – 43
P – Keith Erzinger – 32

LORD JEFF DEFENSE
NG – Greg Smith – 50
DT – Jon Attridge – 98
DT – Eric Pender – 92
OLB – Guy Matisis – 45
OLB – Jack Ewen – 37
ILB – Nick Boehm – 29
ILB – Preston Puryear – 53
CB – A.J. Scola – 13
CB – Chris Mottau – 7
SS – Rob Grammer – 8
FS – Chris Govey – 10

PR/KR – Taylor Brown – 23

COLBY PROBABLE STARTERS

WHITE MULES OFFENSE
QB – Patrick Burns – 13
RB – Chris Bashaw – 45
WR – Justin Candon – 18
WR – Ernie Bove – 14
TE – Ryan Conlon – 11
LT – Garrett Hatton – 79
LG – Jeremy Steed – 75
C – Michael McKeon – 55
RG – Matt Fait – 73
RT – Robert Dillon – 77
P/PK – Victor Gagne – 7

WHITE MULES DEFENSE
DE – Sam Handler – 46
DE – Mark Ozarowski – 93
DT – Mike Poplaski – 48
DT – Kevin Bird – 95
OLB – Ryan Murphy – 38
OLB – Lamont Henry – 1
MLB – Denis Cronin – 56
CB – Tom Daley – 6
CB – Nick Tucker – 4
SS – Greg Enos – 9
FS – Alex Halls – 41
PR/KR – Tom Daley – 6

AMHERST STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Lucas Loeffler (36-of-83/373 yds/2 TD/2 INT)
RUSHING
Eric NeSmith (53 att/244 yds/2 TD)
Aaron Rauh (61 att/259 yds/4 TD)
RECEIVING
Brandon Bullock (10 rec/122 yds/2 TD)
Mike Myers (8 rec/73 yds/0 TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Brandon Bullock (3 kick returns/105 yds/35.0 avg.)

COLBY STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Patrick Burns (17-of-36/211 yds/1 TD/3 INT)
Billy Ryan (18-of-35/136 yds/0 TD/3 INT)
RUSHING
Chris Bashaw (50 att/165 yds/1 TD)
RECEIVING
Justin Candon (16 rec/130 yds/0 TD)
Chris Bashaw (8 rec/95 yds/1 TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Dan Prunier (3 kick returns/91 yds/30.3 avg.)

2007 TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISONS
Rushing Yards/Per Game
A: 583 yds/194.3 avg.
C: 290 yds/96.7 avg.

Passing Yards/Per Game
A: 373 yds/124.3 avg.
C: 405 yds/135.0 avg.

Total Offense/Per Game
A: 956 yds/318.7 avg.
C: 695 yds/231.7 avg.

Total Points/Per Game
A: 70 pts/23.3 avg.
C: 14 pts/4.7 avg.

Rushing Allowed/Per Game
A: 184 yds/61.3 avg.
C: 452 yds/150.7 avg.

Passing Allowed/Per Game
A: 501 yds/167.0 avg.
C: 716 yds/238.7 avg.

Total Offense Allowed/Per Game
A: 685 yds/228.3 avg.
C: 1,168 yds/389.3 avg.

Total Points Allowed/Per Game
A: 25 pts/8.3 avg.
C: 84 pts/28.0 avg.

THIS WEEK IN THE NESCAC
Hamilton @ Bowdoin (Noon)
Amherst @ Colby (1 p.m.)
Bates @ Wesleyan (1 p.m.)
Trinity @ Tufts (1:30 p.m.)
Williams @ Middlebury (1:30 p.m.)

2007 NESCAC STANDINGS
Middlebury (3-0)
Trinity (3-0)
Tufts (3-0)

Amherst (2-1)
Wesleyan (2-1)
Bowdoin (1-2)
Williams (1-2)
Bates (0-3)
Colby (0-3)

Hamilton (0-3)

AMHERST VS. COLBY ALL-TIME RESULTS
Amherst leads 25-4-1 (30 meetings)
1903 Amherst 23 Colby 0
1904 Amherst 5 Colby 0
1932 Amherst 13 Colby 6
1935 Tie 6-6
1946 Amherst 13 Colby 6
1947 Amherst 13 Colby 7
1948 Amherst 27 Colby 14
1949 Amherst 20 Colby 6
1950 Amherst 13 Colby 0
1951 Amherst 20 Colby 13
1954 Amherst 32 Colby 12
1984 Amherst 19 Colby 7
1985 Amherst 48 Colby 0
1986 Amherst 14 Colby 7
1987 Amherst 17 Colby 9
1992 Colby 28 Amherst 14
1993 Colby 21 Amherst 0
1994 Colby 25 Amherst 23
1995 Colby 27 Amherst 15
1996 Amherst 34 Colby 0
1997 Amherst 35 Colby 0
1998 Amherst 7 Colby 3
1999 Amherst 24 Colby 17
2000 Amherst 28 Colby 14
2001 Amherst 14 Colby 3
2002 Amherst 14 Colby 0
2003 Amherst 31 Colby 0
2004 Amherst 19 Colby 10
2005 Amherst 28 Colby 9
2006 Amherst 38 Colby 3