Middlebury

Missed Extra-Point Costs Football Team

October 16, 2004

10/16/04 - The Middlebury College football team lost its third straight game as they fell by a score of 17-16 at Williams on Saturday. The Panthers expected to tie the game mid-way through the fourth quarter on a touchdown, but a bad snap led to a blocked extra-point and a one point loss.

After a scoreless first quarter, Timothy Crawley scored on a one-yard touchdown run to give the Ephs a 7-0 lead with 13:46 left in the second quarter. Middlebury answered on the ensuing drive as Mike Keenan connected with Mike Murray for an 11-yard scoring stroke to cap an eight-play, 62-yard drive. An 18-yard connection between the duo was the big play on the scoring drive.

After the defense held, Middlebury took the lead on its next possession with a 21-yard field goal from Steve Hauschka. Receptions of 26 and 11 yards by Tom Cleaver set up the 61-yard scoring drive.

The Ephs came right back and tied the game with a 31-yard field goal by Matt Gustafson as time expired in the first half of play.

The team's exchange five punts to start the second half before Williams began a drive late in the quarter. <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Crawley found pay-dirt for the second time on the afternoon as he scored from two yards out to give the Ephs a 17-10 lead just four seconds into the fourth quarter.

Middlebury failed on a fourth and goal situation on its next possession, which pinned Williams on its own eight-yard line. Following a three and out drive, the Panthers started on the Eph's 30-yard line. Seven plays later, Keenan found Tim Sheridan with an eight-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 17-16. The blocked extra-point left the Panthers with a one-point deficit with 7:52 left to play.

The Panthers had one last drive deep in their own territory with 1:08 left, but Keenan was intercepted on the first play from scrimmage, sealing the game for the Ephs.

Keenan ended the day 11 of 25 for 125 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception. Dom DiDomenico led the rushers with 47 yards on 11 carries, while Tom Cleaver and Michael Murray each caught four balls on the afternoon. Rich Decembrele paced the defense with 10 tackles, while Kevin Ryan had eight tackles and a pair of sacks. (box)<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />