Football Loses Shootout At Williams

October 13, 2008

The Middlebury College football team fell to 2-2 on the season as they lost a 50-45 shootout at Williams. The Ephs move to 3-1 on the season, as their 50 points were the most given up by the Panthers since a 55-28 loss to Wesleyan in the '98 season opener. Middlebury set school records for most first downs in a game (37), most yards passing in a game (462), while earning its second-highest offensive output with 594 yards of total offense. Sophomore quarterback Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.) set new single-game school marks for most completions (47), most yards passing (462) and most yards of total offense (506).

Middlebury held a 36:05-23:55 advantage in time of possession in the game, while also earning 37 first downs to Williams 24. Although the Panthers had the ball much more on the afternoon, the Ephs averaged 9.4 yards/play, while Middlebury gained 5.4/play. McKillop was picked off five times on the day, leading to just 10 points by the Ephs, while the Panthers scored two touchdowns on two Ephs fumbles.

The Williams offense was impressive in the first half, holding a 30-10 lead on a pair of rushing touchdowns from Brian Morrissey with 6:55 left in the half. A 30-yard touchdown pass from McKillop to senior Andrew Matson (Coventry, R.I.) made it a 30-17 game, before the Ephs scored with just two seconds left in the half to take a 37-17 lead into the locker room.

The lead grew to 44-24 before McKillop scored on a four-yard rush as the Panthers began to chip away. Three possessions later, junior Erik Rostad (York, Maine) scored on a two-yard scamper to make it a 44-31 game late in the third quarter.

Middlebury continued to battle as they cut the lead to six at 44-38 on a five yard rush from Rostad with 6:29 left to play. This time, Williams had an answer as they drove 62 yards on their next possession to take a 50-38 lead on a one-yard rush from Morrissey, his third touchdown of the day.

McKillop hit senior Timothy Dillon (Dracut, Mass.) from 30 yards out at the 1:41 mark as the Panthers hung in the game, cutting the lead to 50-45. The Middlebury defense held, giving the Panthers the ball at their own 18 with just 1:20 left in the game.

Middlebury moved the ball quickly, with completions to junior James Millard (Greenwich, Conn.), Dillon, Rostad and senior tight end Charles Holm (Longmeadow, Mass.) to put them in Eph territory at the 33 yard line. Following a pair of incomplete passes, McKillop was intercepted by Tim Batty with six seconds left to seal the Williams victory.

The record-breaking day saw McKillop go 47-73 for 462 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions. Millard caught a career-high 13 passes for 106 yards, Matson caught nine balls for 97 yards with a touchdown, while Holm gained 78 yards on eight receptions. Rostad rushed for 51 yards with two scores and caught seven passes for 58 yards, while McKillop gained 44 yards on the ground with a pair of touchdowns. Sophomore Andrew Poulin (Irvington, N.Y.) had 11 tackles to lead the defense, while junior Dan Haluska (Wellesley, Mass.) made nine stops.

Patrick Moffitt went 20-29 for the Ephs for 381 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Ryan Powell caught eight passes for 107 yards with two touchdowns, while Nick Caro pulled down seven balls for 218 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Morrissey ended the day with 161 yards on the ground with three scores on 24 carries.
. Football record: 2-2
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