Big Plays Lead Jeffs to 31-7 Win at Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine – The Amherst College football team thrived on big plays during Saturday’s 31-7 win over Colby College at Seaverns Field, as the Lord Jeffs put points on the board in every quarter while holding the Mules to 241 total yards of offense.

Amherst (4-0) has won 16 consecutive meetings with Colby (0-4) and is now 30-4-1 in the all-time series.

Blake Grauer ’12 (Claremore, Okla.) threw for two touchdowns and a career-high 283 yards, with the Lord Jeffs’ other two touchdowns coming on a Landrus Lewis ’13 (Pennsauken, N.J.) punt return and a Gordie Lockbaum ’12 (Worcester, Mass.) interception return.

Colby had run for at least 175 yards in each of its last two games, but the Jeffs held them to 48 yards on 30 carries. Amherst gained 427 yards of total offense to overcome its three turnovers, while its defense recovered one Colby fumble, recorded three sacks and picked off one pass.

Amherst scored on its first possession of the game when Matt Rawson ’12 (Bethesda, Md.) hit a 22-yard field goal with 11:01 remaining in the first quarter, capping off a 13-play, 74-yard drive.

The Jeffs would close out the opening period with another seven points when Lockbaum made a perfect read on a screen pass, pulling down an interception at Colby’s 6-yard line and running it into the end zone. Rawson tacked on the extra point with only six seconds on the clock, giving the visitors a 10-0 lead after 15 minutes.

It seemed as though the Jeffs would carry their 10-0 lead into halftime, but Lewis fielded a punt at the Amherst 24-yard line and took it to the house with only one minute remaining in the second quarter. Lewis is the first Lord Jeff to return a punt for a touchdown since Andre Gary ’11 ran one back for 36 yards during last year’s 70-49 win over Tufts. His 76-yard return is the longest by an Amherst player in at least 15 years.

The Jeffs carried that momentum into the second half and scored on their first drive of the third quarter. After Mike Samela ’12 (Westport, Conn.) hauled in a 26-yard reception, Grauer connected with Ben Kettering ’12 (Fairmont, W.V.) for a 10-yard touchdown strike, bringing the score to 24-0 with 10 minutes remaining in the third period.

Colby came right back and put together a five-play, 70-yard drive, bringing the score to 24-7 after senior receiver/running back Connor Walsh threw his first career touchdown pass on a 25-yard play to Nick Joseph with 8:14 on the clock.

Amherst used a combination of running back Ryan Silva ’14 (Bristol, R.I.) and wide receiver Will Reed ’12 (Riverside, Conn.) to close out the scoring with a touchdown on the opening drive of the fourth quarter. Grauer hit Reed for completions of 24 and three yards before the two seniors connected for a 47-yard touchdown, making it a 31-7 game with 13:07 to go.

Grauer got his 283 yards on 18-of-29 passing, with Reed and Kettering combining for 141 yards on nine catches to go along with their touchdowns. Andrew Reed ’12 (Riverside, Conn.) caught only two passes but made them count, with one going for 41 yards and the other for 35.

Lockbaum led the defensive effort by recording a team-high seven tackles and forcing a fumble to go along with his pick-six. Kevin Ferber ’12 (Mahwah, N.J.) matched Lockbaum’s seven tackles and forced a fumble of his own, also accounting for two of Amherst’s three sacks. Lou Jacoubs ’13 (Brockton, Mass.) forced a fumble and had six solo tackles and two tackles-for-loss, while Doug Gebhardt ’12 (Placentia, Calif.) broke up two passes and recovered a fumble.

In addition to putting Amherst on the scoreboard and connecting on all four of his extra-point attempts, Rawson averaged 41.4 yards on five punts, four of which pinned Colby inside the 20.

The Jeffs ran the ball 41 times for 144 yards, with Eric Bunker ’12 (Topsfield, Mass.), Steven Jellison ’14 (Amherst, N.H.) and Silva breaking up the workload. Quarterback DJ Petropulos ’14 (Amherst, N.H.) also had two carries, one of which went for 41 yards.

The Lord Jeffs remain tied with Trinity College (4-0) atop the NESCAC standings. They will host Wesleyan University (3-1) next Saturday as part of Amherst’s Homecoming Weekend. The Jeffs and Cardinals will kick off at 1 p.m. with a webcast and live statistics available.

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Justin Long
Director of Sports Information
Amherst College
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Wood Shatters Gridiron Greyhound Offensive Record Against #8 Bearcats

MARYVILLE, MO. — The Eastern New Mexico University football team (2-5) and eighth-ranked Northwest Missouri State (6-1) engaged in an offensive display in the first quarter of Saturday’s game at Bearcat Stadium. After scoring on their first three possessions and blocking an extra point, the Greyhounds held a 20-13 lead, but the Bearcats pulled away to hand Eastern a 65-20 defeat.

During the first drive, junior quarterback Wesley Wood broke Kevin Kott’s ENMU career record for total offense, on a 12-yard run from the Bearcat 31-yard line on third-and-six. Kott compiled 6,082 yards over the 1983 and 1984 seasons, while Wood has 6,373 yards over 25 games, dating back to the 2009 season.

The Hounds’ opening drive went nine plays over 71 yards and was capped by a nine-yard touchdown catch from Arvin Jackson. The Bearcats quickly responded with a 52-second drive and tied the game on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Kilgore. Eastern’s offense continued to battle, with Wood completing four of his five pass attempts on the ensuing drive, which culminated with a 13-yard touchdown strike to Noelin Henry, for a 14-7 lead. Northwest Missouri State responded with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Brian Miller, but Sosefo Maka broke through the line to block the extra point, which allowed the Hounds to maintain a 14-13 edge. Eastern’s offense continued to click at that point, as Wood completed all seven passes on the next drive, including three to sophomore running back De’Coreyon Thomas for 38 yards. On the 11th play of the drive, Wood hit Darian Dale for a two-yard touchdown and a 20-13 ENMU lead. The Hounds were unable to complete the two-point attempt. At that point, the Bearcats, which entered the game as the top scoring offense in the nation, scored 52 consecutive points, to pull away for the win.

The Greyhounds held the ball for 34:17, marking the second time this season in which Eastern led time of possession. The game also marked Eastern’s first 100-yard rushing performance for the season, as the Hounds finished with 110 yards on the ground.

The Eastern New Mexico University football team will return to action next Saturday, when they visit West Texas A&M, for the first Wagon Wheel Game, since the 2009 season. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. MST.

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Adam Pitterman

Director of Athletic Communications

Eastern New Mexico University

CFB: Duquesne 28, Central Connecticut State 21

PITTSBURGH – Sean Patterson scored on a 4 yard run with 42 seconds left to cap a 90 yard drive and give Duquesne a 28-21 Northeast Conference win over Central Connecticut State.

The win, Duquesne’s first in five tries against CCSU, upped the Dukes’ record to 5-2 (3-1 NEC). The loss was the fourth in a row for the Blue Devils who dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the NEC.

Gunnar Jespersen hit Raul DeBennendittis with a 16 pass to Duquesne 10 with just over five minutes left when Jared Williams stripped the ball and in a wild scramble Chris Oliver emerged with the ball to set up the game-winning drive.

Khiry Carter ended CCSU’s last scoring chance with an interception of a desperation pass in the end zone with three seconds left.

Patterson, who had a 42 yard run during the Dukes’ final drive, finished with a career-high 111 yards rushing on 12 carries. Larry McCoy added 97 yards and two touchdowns for DU.

Jespersen carried 26 times for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns for CCSU as both teams relied heavily on the ground game as winds gusted to 30-plus miles per hour throughout the afternoon.

The Dukes scored on their first possession when McCoy capped a 71 yard drive with a 10 yard run. Patterson converted a 4th-and-6 with an 18 yard run to the CCSU 10 to keep the drive alive.

Central Connecticut State answered with a long drive of its own, covering 74 yards in 18 plays with Jespersen scoring on a one-yard run to tie it at 7-7. The Blue Devils converted a pair of fourth down plays on the drive.

Patterson weaved through the CCSU defense to score on a 32 yard run on the third play of the second quarter, giving the Dukes scores on their first two possessions.

CCSU tied it on an 8 yard run by Xavier Gaddy with 14 seconds left in the half.

McCoy scored on a 5 yard run two plays after CCSU punter Steven Calitri took a knee while fielding a low snap at the DU 22.

The Blue Devils responded with another 1 yard Jespersen dive with 2:02 left in the third quarter to tie it once again.

CCSU, which enjoyed a 38:16 to 21:44 advantage in time of possession, outgained Duquesne 385-279 but managed only seven points in the second half.

Chris Oliver led the Dukes with 12 tackles. Williams, Carter, Serge Kona and Ashton Burno added 10 stops each.

Duquesne completes its two-game homestand against Wagner (1-5, 1-2) next Saturday at 12:10 p.m.

The Red Zone – October 11, 2011 by Craig Burroughs

Out of the Woods?: With yesterday’s announcement by TCU that it will be joining the Big XII Conference next year, instead of its previously announced jump, to the Big East, it looks more and more as if the Big XII has pulled its fat out of the fire and is going to be a very successful 10-team league for the near term. This is really good news to those of us who love the tradition of college football and who despise the idea of 14- and 16-team “super conferences” that are cobbled together solely for the purposes of greed, ego and power. TCU is the perfect school to fill Texas A&M’s spot in the Big XII, and if Mizzou decides it’s too “good” (I really mean “greedy” here) for the Big XII, and if it really thinks it can do better in the SEC, then more power to them. There are other really good schools dying to get into the Big XII, and I think that any school that would rather be in the SEC at this point in history is either kidding itself or very naive. Dividing the pie 14 ways leaves less than dividing it 10 ways, and travel, recruiting and operating expenses are going to go up very rapidly for Texas A&M, and for Missouri if it so desires. Thank you, Big XII, for showing some common sense, sanity and vision in this era of money-sponsored, ego-driven madness in college football!

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Juday, Juday, Juday!: In an amazing display of generosity and hospitality, Kevin Juday, the SID at Elmhurst College, did something I’ve never seen before; he not only hosted two out-of-state D-III teams at Elmhurst’s Langhorst Field, he also agreed to supervise the statistics crew for the first-ever game between the Hiram Terriers and the Macalester Scots despite the fact that his own Blue Jays were playing at the same time just 10 miles away in Wheaton. Hiram was the “home” team in this unusual neutral-site non-conference matchup, which settled on a site almost equidistant from the two campuses to make travel affordable for both teams and their fans, about 400 of whom showed up to cheer on a spectacularly beautiful football Saturday.

The 2-3 Scots got off to a solid start, with long TD drives on their first two possessions. WR Mike Snavely caught a 15-yard pass from Clark Bledsoe to cash in on the 7th snap of Mac’s opening 65-yard charge, and Bledsoe found TE Sam Marshall from 11 yards out to culminate an 83-yard, 12-play sortie that included a 30-yard completion to WR Riley Koval and a 16-yard Bledsoe keeper. The Terriers got back in the game quickly, as RB Chris Austin returned the kickoff 28 yards to the Hiram 38, then ripped off a 23-yard scamper to set up QB George Blake’s 19-yard toss to WR Jeff Schofield at the Mac 5. Austin dashed the final five yards to cut the Hiram deficit to 7, but Mac got the only other score of the 2nd Quarter when Auburn Jimenez hit a 22-yard FG try with 4:14 left before intermission.

After an exchange of punts to open the 2nd Half, Mike Adams gave the Scots excellent field position at the Hiram 43 with his 28-yard return. RB T. Joe Loiselle capped the quick 6-play TD drive with a 1-yard smash, and 3 plays later DB Joe Dykema intercepted a Blake pass and returned it 39 yards to give the Scots a 31-7 lead. While this clearly ended any doubt about the outcome, the Terriers kept battling. DB Tyler Williams was able to cover a Bledsoe fumble with just under six minutes to play, and QB Brandon Hanna, playing injured but forced to fill in for Blake, found WR Richard Simpson for a 27-yard TD with 4:30 on the clock. An on-side kick was unsuccessful and Mac was able to run out the clock to record the 31-14 win and even its record at 3-3. Bledsoe finished with solid stats despite four sacks, going 20-of-31 passing for 239 yards and 2 TD’s, and adding 32 yards rushing on 16 carries. Loiselle was the top rusher for the game with 91 yards on 21 carries, while Koval led all receivers with 8 catches for 83 yards. Hiram LB Oliver Dickerhoof was the defensive star of the game, with 13 solos and 2 assisted tackles.

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Bad Year to be a Viking: I thought when watching Augustana of Rock Island lose its opening game at home to Dubuque that this would just be a temporary setback, with the Vikings turning back to their historic winning ways as new head coach Rob Cushman’s first season progressed. A string of 3 more tough losses followed, however, none by greater than 8 points, and the Vikings limped into Naperville’s Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium Saturday night to face defending CCIW champion North Central College still looking for their first win of 2011. The first half had little to cheer about for Augustana’s offense, which gained only 40 yards on six possessions and recorded only one first down, on a pass interference call. The defense was holding up its end, however, limiting the Cardinals to just 7 points despite giving up 207 yards of offense. NCC was frustrated again in Q3 when an 11-play drive was stymied at the Auggie 17, with the Cardinals settling for a 34-yard Nick Dace field goal to make it 10-0. The Vikings were finally able to mount an offensive spurt before the end of the period, but two plays from the NCC 7 resulted in the loss of a yard, and the frustrated visitors ended up with Brady Rogers’ 25-yard FG to cut the deficit to 10-3 heading into the 4th Quarter.

Two 4th Quarter possessions with the opportunity for Auggie to tie the score ended with punts deep into NCC territory, with the last of these burying the Cardinals at their own 5 with 6:40 still to play and the outcome clearly in doubt. A 24-yard third-and-13 pass from frosh QB Tyler Dicken to WR Chad O’Kane got the home team out of deep trouble, and a 14-yard toss to WR Jeff Stolzenburg on a 3rd-and-9 play drained a couple of precious minutes from the clock. With two minutes left to play the Cardinals gained a 1st Down at the Vikings’ 42, and it felt as though the game would end 10-3 with NCC simply sapping the clock and Augustana absorbing another one-score loss. Dicken, however, had a different script…he called an option left, faked the pitch and tucked the ball in as he raced down the left sideline for a 42-yard score with 80 seconds to play. As it turned out, this was merely the anticlimax of a very wierd football game…QB David Lee’s third pass after the kickoff was picked off by LB Kane Thompson, who managed to find blocks all the way down the left sideline to score on a 70-yard return with just 0:23 on the clock.

The 24-3 final score had to be more than discouraging to the Vikings…they had hung in all night only to see more scored against them in the final 80 seconds than both teams scored in the first 58 minutes and 40 seconds! Clearly the better team had won, with 436 yards of offense to just 163 for the Vikings, and with 22 First Downs to only 6, but the way in which the 21-point spread was achieved was nothing short of bizarre…I had unwittingly picked the final point spread, but my prediction was a 38-17 final score. It looks as if it’s back to the drawing board for Coach Cushman as he keeps seeking his first Vikings’ win in a season which now cannot be a winning season. On the other hand, Coach John Thorne has NCC back on track for another CCIW crown after opening the season with a surprise loss at Redlands. The Cardinals finish the season with three straight home games after tough road challenges at Millikin and Illinois Wesleyan the next two Saturdays.

Late TD lifts Eagles over Grizzlies

Last-second FG attempt sails left

CHADRON, Neb. – A pair of David Van voris (Elizabeth, Colo.) field goals in the fourth quarter gave ASC a 6-point lead with under three minutes in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) action against Chadron State on Saturday afternoon, but the Ealges answered back to score the go-ahead touchdown with 1:38 to play and held on for a 14-13 win.

The loss was the second straight for ASC, and drops to the Grizzlies to 2-2 overall on the year and 0-2 in RMAC competition. The Eagles, who started the season with a pair of non-conference losses, move to 2-2 and are 2-0 in league play.

ASC will return to Rex Stadium next weekend for a Homecoming match-up with currently 7th-ranked and undefeated Nebraska-Kearney. Kick-off for October 1 is set for 1 p.m. at Rex Stadium.

The Grizzlies’ fourth quarter was off to a rough start as senior running back Terjean Saffold (Stockton, Calif.) fumbled the ball away to Chadron State just 21 seconds in, but after the Grizzly defense forced a three-and-out the offense would eat up clock on its next two possessions and get three points out of each.

With the score tied at 6-6, the Grizzly offense traveled 55 yards in 11 plays, and benefitted from on-target passing from junior quarterback Trevor Eggleston (Tucson, Ariz.) who completed 7-of-8 on the drive for 47 yards. But due to a holding that forced ASC into a 1st-and-20 on the CSC 36, the Grizzlies had to settle for a 38-yard field goal from Van Voris with 8:44 to play.

After kicking off to the Eagles the defense needed just two plays to give the ball back to the offense. Junior defensive back Jake Long (Glendale, Ariz.) forced a fumble from Chadron running back Glen Clinton and recovered the loose ball himself at the Eagles own 44-yard line.

On first down another holding call pushed ASC back onto their own half of the field, but a 10-yard completion to senior Dustin Bolt (Alamosa, Colo.) followed by back-to-back runs from Terjean and Torijean Saffold (Stockton, Calif.) set the Grizzlies up with a 4th-and-1 and the CSC 36. The drive was extended as Terjean Saffold rushed for five yards up the middle. But once again the Grizzlies would have to settle for three points as the drive stalled on the Eagles’ 17, and Van Voris came on to hit his second of the day from 34 yards out.

The ensuing kick-off was bobbled by Michael Madkins, but he recovered to run the ball back out to the 49 before forced out by Van Voris. The Eagles then worked their way down the field in a hurry, and with 1:38 left to play Brandon Gorsuch found Jeremy Sondrup for a 12-yard strike to tie the game, and Alex Ferdinand’s extra point brought the score even.

Eggleston found senior Delton Prescott (Phoenix, Ariz.) on the first play of the drive for six yards, and returned to Prescott on 4th-and-4 for a gain of 26 yards, but a holding penalty brought the play back and the Grizzlies faced 4th-and-14 from the 23. But Eggleston once again went back to Prescott, and the duo hooked up for 39 yards to move the ball in CSC territory.

A CSC substitution infraction on fourth down with eight seconds to play gave the Grizzlies a first down at the Eagles’ 24. From there, Eggleston connected with junior JB Hall (Boulder, Colo.) for three yards to the 21-yard line with four seconds left. Van Voris then came on for his third field goal of the game, but as time expired the attempt sailed wide left and allowed the Eagles to hold on for the win.

The Adams State defense held the Eagles to 295 yards of offense on 61 plays and forced three turnovers on the day while the Grizzly offense gave the ball up once. Long was the catalyst behind both a fumble and an interception, while junior Jeremiah Van Valkenburg (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) snared a CSC pass as well.
Senior middle linebacker Rocco DeLorenzo (Arvada, Colo.) notched a game-high nine tackles, including 2.0 for loss. Junior linebacker Mario Moore (Moreno Valley, Calif.) recorded the Grizzlies lone sack of the game, bringing down Gorsuch for seven yards.

Prescott became the first Grizzly receiver of the season to go over 100 yards in a game, snagging eight passes for 113 yards, and also found the end zone for ASC’s first score of the day in the second quarter and for his first of the season.

Terjean Saffold rushed the ball 28 times Saturday, gaining 78 yards, while redshirt-freshman Micahel Carl (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the Grizzlies’ number two ball carrier on the day, going for 16 yards on four attempts.

Eggleston connected on 23-of-38 passes for 222 yards and a TD, and connected with Prescott for 39 yards as the Grizzlies’ longest play of the afternoon.

Nebraska-Kearney, ranked seventh by the American Football Coaches’ Association (AFCA), topped Western State 55-7 on Saturday in their own Homecoming game. The Lopers will come to Alamosa averaging more than 50 points and over 600 yards of offense per game.

Saturday’s match-up will kick-off at 1 p.m. at Rex Stadium and can be followed via live stats, on the air at www.kspk.com (104.1 FM in Alamosa), or via a live video broadcast from subscription-based America One.
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