Colby football earns win over Wesleyan

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 7, 2006
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College kicker Brian Bachow (Boca Raton, Fla.) made the biggest field goal of his collegiate career and then made the most important tackle a few moments later as the Mules took a 24-21 win over Wesleyan University in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday at Seaverns Field.

Bachow kicked a 22-yard field goal with 26 seconds left to give Colby the winning margin. However, Wesleyan's Joe Pepe (East Haven, Conn.) returned the kickoff up the middle of the field and got past everyone except Bachow, who made a solo tackle on Pepe at the Wesleyan 46-yard line.

The Cardinals managed to get down as far as the Colby 31-yard line, but the Mules' Chafic George (Lincoln, R.I.) intercepted a pass on the last play of the game in the end zone to seal the victory.

After the two teams battled to a 14-14 halftime tie, Wesleyan (1-2) went ahead for the second time in the game when Phil Banks (West Haven, Conn.) ran in from 3 yards out with 3:24 left in the third quarter.

The Mules tied the game back up at 21-21 when first-year tailback Dan Prunier (Merrimack, N.H.) caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Justin Smith (Rockland, Mass.). With Smith rolling to his left in trouble, Prunier broke away from his coverage to catch the pass.

Colby's defense set up the game-winning field goal by holding Wesleyan to a three plays and out series to get the Mules the ball back with two minutes remaining. Tom Daley (North Bridgton, Maine) had a 26-yard punt return to bring the ball back to Wesleyan's 36-yard line. Smith then hit Roger Bel (Ridgefield, Conn.) on a 30-yard pass play on the next play to set up the field goal.

Wesleyan started the game with a 7-0 lead before Colby's defense even stepped on the field. Quincy Francis (Stamford, Conn.) forced a fumble, recovered the ball and ran 38 yards for a touchdown to give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead just 1:51 into the game.

The Mules bounced back, though, with a eight-play, 65-yard drive that capped with Smith throwing a 3-yard scoring pass to Casey Shea (Salem, N.Y.) with 9:32 left in the first quarter. The Mules then made it 14-7 when Smith found Brennan Moore (Fairfield, Conn.) on a 14-yard scoring play with 2:35 left in the opening quarter.

Wesleyan tied the game at halftime when Pepe ran in from 4 yards out on a nine-play drive by the Cardinals.

Smith completed 19-of-32 passes for 215 yards and the three touchdowns, while Wesleyan quarterback Zach Librizzi (Essex Junction, Vt.) was 18-for-39 for 232 yards. Moore caught four balls for 61 yards for Colby. Noonan made six grabs for 69 yards and Wesleyan teammate Matt Barnum (Cherry Hill, N.J.) had five catches for 78 yards.

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