Amherst second half beat Mules in football

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 14, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. --- Despite being tied 3-3 at one point and trailing just 10-3 at halftime, the Colby College football team fell 38-3 to Amherst College in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday at Pratt Field.

Colby (1-3) will play host to Hamilton College next Saturday at noon. Hamilton earned a 12-0 win over Bowdoin College in its game Saturday.

Amherst senior quarterback Nick Kehoe was 21-for-31 for 330 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He spread the wealth around with five Jeff players with three catches or more.

The Mules were in the game in the first half as Amherst opened up a 3-0 lead on a 35-yard field goal by Matt Eberhart with 7:24 left in the first quarter. Colby's Brian Bachow booted a 25-yard field goal with 5:44 left to halftime to tie the game as the Mules went on an 18-play, 86-yard drive that took 8:53 off the clock.

Kehoe, though, threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Jim Eckenrode with just 41 seconds left to give the Jeffs the lead again and some momentum heading into the second half.

Amherst got the opening kickoff and scored quickly when Kehoe connected with Mark Hannon on a 27-yard scoring strike. Aaron Rauth added a 5-yard scoring run for the Jeffs in the third quarter. Amherst then scored two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Justin Smith completed 12-of-22 passes for 112 yards for Colby. Brennan Moore and Andrew Carey each caught three passes.

Andrew Heaney led Colby's defense with 17 tackles, including nine solo stops from his linebacker position. John Murphy had seven tackles for the Mules.

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