Football Team Falls At Colby

October 2, 2004

10/2/04 - The Middlebury College football team fell to 1-1 on the season as the Panthers were defeated 23-6 at Colby. Middlebury returns to action on Saturday the 9th when they host Amherst at 1:30 p.m.

Colby opened the scoring at the 2:41 mark of the first quarter with a short touchdown run by Nial DeMena after Mike Keenan was sacked and fumble the ball on the Middlebury three yard-line. The Mules increased the lead to 10-0 with 8:50 left in the second quarter with a 22-yard field goal from John Goss. Colby scored its second touchdown of the game with just 30 seconds left in the half as Justin Smith connected with DeMena for a 10-yard scoring strike.

Middlebury capitalized on a Colby turnover early in the third quarter as the Panthers recovered a fumble at the Colby 30 yard-line. Four plays later, Keenan hit tight end Jamie Staples for a three-yard scoring strike at 9:36. The two-point attempt failed, cutting the Colby lead to 16-6. The teams exchanged the next six possessions, before Mac Conn intercepted a Colby pass early in the fourth quarter to give the Panthers the ball on their own 44. Middlebury was unable to score on the turnover, going three and out before being forced to punt the ball. Colby scored on the ensuing drive, with a five-play, 76-yard drive, ending with a 40-yard run by Chris Bashaw. The score gave the Mules a comfortable 23-6 lead with 5:00 left in the game. The Panthers did drive to the Colby 16 at game's end, but could not get into the end zone.

Keenan ended the game going 21 of 41 for 207 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Dom DiDomenico paced the ground game with 17 carries for 48 yards, while Tom Cleaver and Jamie Staples were the leading receivers. Cleaver caught seven passes for 84 yards, while Staples pulled down seven catches for 51 yards on the afternoon. Ed Allen led the defense with 11 tackles, while Erik Woodring and Phil Reiff had nine stops apiece. (box)