Week 4 Football Game Preview: Amherst vs. Colby

Pratt FieldAmherst College (2-1)
Colby College (2-1)

October 11, 2008 * Pratt Field
Amherst, MA * 1 p.m.

Bowdoin @ Hamilton (12 p.m.)
Colby @ Amherst (1 p.m.)
Wesleyan @ Bates (1 p.m.)
Tufts @ Trinity (1:30 p.m.)
Middlebury @ Williams (1:30 p.m.)

Colby’s four wins over Amherst from 1992 to 1995 marked its only four victories in the history of this NESCAC rivalry, as the Lord Jeffs have posted a 26-4-1 record against the Mules dating back to the inaugural matchup in 1903. Amherst has out-scored Colby 300-72 since 1996, with eight of its 12 victories coming by at least 14 points during that stretch.

The Amherst College football team scored 28 points in the second quarter, which proved to be more than enough offense, as the Lord Jeffs rolled to a 28-13 victory at Colby College. The White Mules put 13 points on the board in the final quarter, but they ultimately fell to 0-4 on the year. With the win, Amherst improved to 3-1.

Sophomore Ben Kettering has racked up 189 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 2008.
After a scoreless first quarter, Amherst put up 14 points in a span of less than two minutes thanks to a 17-yard touchdown reception by Brandon Bullock ’10 and a 44-yard interception return by A.J. Scola ’09. Things did not get any better for the Mules, as the ensuing kickoff resulted in a fumble recovery for Amherst on the Colby 25-yard line. The Jeffs used a combination of running back Eric NeSmith ’09 and quarterback Dan Pozner ’11 to find the end zone, with NeSmith capping off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.

On the Jeffs’ next possession, Lucas Loeffler ’10 kicked off the drive with a 30-yard completion to Jim Eckenrode ’09, and Aaron Rauh ’10 brought the Jeffs down to the 2-yard line with a series of rushes. Loeffler added the finishing touch with a 2-yard completion to tri-captain Chris Gillyard ’08, as Amherst suddenly found itself leading 28-0.

After a scoreless third quarter, Colby got two touchdowns in the fourth on 10- and 11-play drives, but the Mules could not overcome their deficit. The Amherst defense picked up an impressive four interceptions on the day, as Scola finished with a pair, tri-captain Rob Grammer ’08 added another, and Preston Puryear ’09 picked up the fourth in the final quarter.

Amherst suffered a 31-14 loss to Middlebury College last week to mark its first loss of 2008, as both the Lord Jeffs and Panthers moved to 2-1 on the year. Amherst entered the game averaging 199 rushing yards per contest for the second highest average in the league, but the Panthers held the Jeffs to just 22 yards on the ground. The first half featured the neck-and-neck battle that people expected, with each team putting 14 points on the board, but the Panthers chalked up 14 points in the third quarter and put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 9:18 scoring drive that gave them a 17-point lead. Middlebury has now defeated the Lord Jeffs in each of the last three meetings.

Colby used a little trickery with a halfback option pass for a touchdown and the Mules’ defense recorded six sacks in a 13-7 win over Wesleyan University at Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium. Colby drove 52 yards on 11 plays to set up Victor Gagne’s second field goal of the day with 2:08 to play in the game, giving the Mules a 13-7 lead that they would hold to the final whistle. Wesleyan got as close as the Colby 24-yard line on its final possession before turning the ball over on downs after the Mules’ Richard Newton knocked away a pass in the end zone with four seconds left. Colby had a 196-24 advantage in rushing yards and did not turn the ball over for the second straight game.


WR - Brandon Bullock - 21
WR - Ben Kettering - 84
WR - Brian Murphy - 4
TE - Dan Savage - 80
RB - Aaron Rauh - 11
LT - Sam Rudman - 79
LG - Tim Rose - 54
C - Justin Wiley - 72
RG - Wyatt Moss - 57
RT - Ryan Bone - 59
QB - Alex Vetras - 12
DT- Edwin Urey - 99
NG - Greg Smith - 50
DT - Eric Pender - 92
LB - Mike Taylor - 40
LB - Brandon Quinn - 31
OLB - Guy Matisis - 45
OLB - J. Spadafora - 42
CB - AJ Scola - 13
CB - Fran Florio - 24
S - Chris Govey - 10
S - Fred Argir - 3
QB - Patrick Burns - 13
RB - Dan Prunier - 26
FB - Roger Bel - 2
WR - Connor Walsh - 20
WR - Matt Hellinger - 17
TE - Ryan Conlon - 11
OL - Garrett Hatton - 79
OL - Brian Leighton - 61
OL - Michael McKeon - 55
OL - Jeremy Steed - 75
OL - Matt Quinlan - 50
DE - Mark Ozarowski - 93
DT - Casey Sullivan - 53
DT - Kevin Bird - 95
DE - Sam Handler - 46
OLB - Gardiner Parker - 43
ILB - John Murphy - 5
OLB - Michael Talarico - 31
CB - Chris Copeland - 36
CB - Nick Tucker - 4
SS - Alex Halls - 41
FS - Tom Daley - 6



AMHERST Statistical Leaders
Alex Vetras (67-of-101/682 yds/5 TD/4 INT)
Aaron Rauh (46 att/181 yds/2 TD)
Eric NeSmith (35 att/150 yds/1 TD)
Brandon Bullock (20 recs/201 yds/2 TD)
Ben Kettering (17 recs/189 yds/2 TD)
Mike Taylor (1 INT/22 tackles/2 breakups/0.5 TFL)
Guy Matisis (25 tackles/2.0 sacks/1 breakup)
COLBY Statistical Leaders
Patrick Burns (22-of-49/159 yds/3 TD/1 INT)
Dan Prunier (42 att/183 yds/0 TD)
Michael Cuqua (32 att/156 yds/0 TD)
Connor Walsh (10 rec/50 yds/0 TD)
Matt Hellinger (5 rec/64 yds/2 TD)
Chris Copeland (23 tackles/1 INT/1 breakup)
Tom Daley (18 tackles/2 breakups/3 fumble recoveries)



Rushing Yards/Avg.     
A: 420 yds/140.0 avg.
C: 523 yds/174.3 avg.

Passing Yards/Avg.      
A: 682 yds/227.3 avg.  
C: 196 yds/65.3 avg.

Total Offense/Avg.       
A: 1,102 yds/367.3 avg.  
C: 719 yds/239.7 avg.

Total Points/Avg.
A: 75 pts/25.0 avg.
C: 37 pts/12.3 avg.

Rushing Allowed/Avg.   
A: 206 yds/68.7 avg.      
C: 197 yds/65.7 avg.

Passing Allowed/Avg.   
A: 653 yds/217.7 avg.   
C: 816 yds/272.0 avg.

Total Offense Allowed/Avg.   
A: 859 yds/286.3 avg.   
C: 1,013 yds/337.7 avg.

Total Points Allowed/Avg.   
A: 61 pts/20.3 avg.       
C: 54 pts/18.0 avg.