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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 24, 2009
CLINTON, N.Y. --- Colby College's defense overwhelmed Hamilton College by allowing just 87 yards of total offense and the Mules posted their first road shutout victory since the 2002 season with a 16-0 win over the Continentals on Saturday at Steuben Field.
Colby moves to 2-3 overall and will start Colby-Bates-Bowdoin
(CBB) play next Saturday with a 1 p.m. home game with Bates College. Hamilton
falls to 1-4 overall.
The Mules held the Continentals to minus-14 yards rushing for the game and Hamilton's top rusher had four carries for four yards. The Continentals did not fare much better in the passing game, throwing for just 101 yards and three interceptions.
Colby's last shutout on the road was a 9-0 win over Tufts
University in the 2002 season. The Mules last shutout was in 2004 when the
Mules took a 23-0 victory at home over Bowdoin College in the final game of the
season. Colby had three shutouts at Seaverns Field during the 2004 season, including a 35-0 win over Hamilton.
Senior defensive tackle Peter Scheve had arguably his best game as a Mule with five tackles, two sacks, and a fumble recovery. One sack helped the Mules score two points when he brought down Hamilton quarterback Dan Peters in the end zone for a safety in the fourth quarter.
Fellow defensive tackle Casey Sullivan also had a fumble recovery, while Colby received interceptions from senior Chris Copeland, senior Lamont Henry, and sophomore Sam Nuber. Brian Mellett led Colby's defense with six tackles, while Scheve and Copeland both had five. The Mules had nine tackles for loss in the game, including 1.5 each from Nick Tucker and Sullivan.
While Colby's defense dominated, the Mules' offense piled up 333 yards of total offense and sophomore quarterback Nick Kmetz had two touchdown passes among his 200 yards passing. Patrick Burns (5 catches, 119 yards) and Matt Hellinger (2 catches, 38 yards) had the touchdowns, while Conor Tidgwell rushed 16 times for 53 yards. Kmetz had 236 yards of total offense by adding 36 yards of rushing on nine carries.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Mules got the first touchdown on a drive of 39 yards in just two plays. An offside penalty on Hamilton gave Colby the ball at 1st-and-5 on the 34-yard line. Tidgwell rushed for nine yards on the first play and then Kmetz hit Matt Hellinger on a 25-yard scoring play for what turned out to be the game-winning points.
Hamilton, despite its issues on offense, managed to stay in the game well into the third quarter. The Mules, though, got the insurance touchdown they would need on a big play. Colby took over on its own 36-yard line with 5:46 to play in the third quarter and Kmetz hit Burns on a 64-yard catch-and-run scoring play on the first play of the drive to go up 14-0.
The Mules were stopped on downs at Hamilton's 1-yard line with 5:24 to play in the game. The momentum the Continentals had from that stop was quickly vanished when Scheve made his big sack for the safety with 5:18 to go.
Colby punter Connor Sullivan had his best game of the season with four of his eight punts inside Hamilton's 20-yard line. Meanwhile, kicker David Bendit made both of his extra points and did have one field goal attempt blocked.
Hamilton's John Lawrence led all tacklers with 16 and teammate Landrey Mack made 10 stops.
Colby 16, Hamilton 0
Colby............... 0 7 7 2 - 16
Hamilton College.... 0 0 0 0 - 0
2nd 11:26 COLFB09 - Matt Hellinger 25 yd pass from Nick Kmetz (David Bendit kick), 2-39 0:51
3rd 05:33 COLFB09 - Patrick Burns 64 yd pass from Nick Kmetz (David Bendit kick), 1-64 0:13
4th 05:18 COLFB09 - TEAM safety
FIRST DOWNS................... 16 9
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 45-133 22--14
PASSING YDS (NET)............. 200 101
Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 34-11-1 42-17-3
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 79-333 64-87
Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............ 1-2 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 2-38 3-65
Interception Returns-Yards.... 3-62 1-0
Punts (Number-Avg)............ 8-29.6 10-32.6
Fumbles-Lost.................. 0-0 3-2
Penalties-Yards............... 7-51 7-77
Possession Time............... 35:30 24:30
Third-Down Conversions........ 1 of 18 2 of 15
Fourth-Down Conversions....... 2 of 8 1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 0-4 0-0
Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 3-15 1-8
RUSHING: Colby-Conor Tidgwell 16-53; Nick Kmetz 9-36; Dan Prunier 10-21; Spencer
Gopaul 5-12; Connor Walsh 3-6; Michael Cuqua 2-5. Hamilton College-D. Isenberg
4-4; M.Snickenberger 7-3; S. Mello 1-0; L. Wilson 3-minus 6; D. Peters 7-minus
PASSING: Colby-Nick Kmetz 11-34-1-200. Hamilton College-L. Wilson 9-29-3-74; D.
Peters 6-11-0-24; S. Mello 2-2-0-3.
RECEIVING: Colby-Patrick Burns 5-119; Matt Hellinger 2-38; Connor Walsh 2-8;
Nate Carson 1-24; Spencer Merwin 1-11. Hamilton College-M. Foster 5-40;
M.Snickenberger 3-minus 3; G. Sadler 2-23; R. Cray 2-15; R. Jorrey 2-14; G. Hoy
1-7; B. Tomaszewski 1-5; D. Isenberg 1-0.
INTERCEPTIONS: Colby-Chris Copeland 1-38; Lamont Henry 1-24; Sam Nuber 1-0.
Hamilton College-Sheetz-Willard 1-0.
FUMBLES: Colby-None. Hamilton College-D. Peters 2-1; L. Wilson 1-1.