Late score lifts Tufts football past Colby

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 4, 2006
SOMERVILLE, Mass. --- The Colby College defense held Tufts University scoreless for more than 56 minutes on Saturday, but the Jumbos got the lone touchdown of the game with 3:13 remaining to pull out a 7-0 victory over the Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference football.

Tufts moved to 4-3 overall, while the Mules fell to 2-5 heading into next Saturday's home game against rival Bowdoin College at 12:30 p.m. in the season finale. Bowdoin took a 23-14 win over Bates to make next weekend's game a winner-take-all for the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) Championship.

Colby senior linebacker Andrew Heaney had a big game for the Mules, making 15 tackles (nine solo) and one sack. Alex Halls added eight stops, while Kevin Bird, Greg Enos and Sam Handler all made six tackles. Enos also had an interception and Halls had a forced fumble.

Tufts got the only points of the game when quarterback Matt Russo hit Kevin Gleason on a 5-yard scoring pass to cap a 17-play, 80-yard drive. The Jumbos took 7 minutes, 21 seconds on a drive where Tufts converted four third down attempts.

Colby was able to convert a fourth down play near midfield on the ensuing drive, but Tufts junior Nathan Scott had an interception on the Tufts 10-yard line to seal the victory.

Brendan Georges led Tufts on the ground with 22 carries for 100 yards and teammate Will Forde added 20 rushes for 96 yards. Russo completed 10 of his 19 passes for 100 yards.

Justin Smith threw for 105 yards on 14-of-25 passing, while Chris Bashaw ran 20 times for 51 yards. Brennan Moore caught four passes for 34 yards, while Justin Candon and Bashaw both had three grabs.

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