Football Blanks Hamilton - Ryan Sets NESCAC Record
November 4, 2006
Middlebury's Kevin Ryan set a new NESCAC record for sacks in a season as the Panthers picked up a 10-0 win over Hamilton on Steuben Field in New York. The nation's leader in sacks recorded three of Middlebury's six sacks to give him 13.5 sacks this year.
The Panthers limited Hamilton to five first downs and 138 yards of total offense on the day. The Continentals were 2 of 15 on third down conversions and punted 10 times.
Middlebury, which has won 11 straight games against Hamilton, scored its touchdown with 19 seconds left in the first quarter. Tiger Lyon threw a 20-yard strike to Evan Beilin down the middle of the field for a 6-0 Panthers' lead. The pass capped a five-play, 37-yard drive. Lyon completed an 11-yard pass to Andrew Matson on fourth down just before he hooked up with Beilin to extend the drive.
Steve Hauschka kicked a 24-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining in the third quarter to supply the final margin. The field goal tied Middlebury's single-season mark with his ninth, while moving him into first place on the school's all-time list with the 19th of his career.
The record-setting field goal came at the end of a nine-play, 61-yard drive. The scoring drive featured a 15-yard penalty on the Continentals for roughing the passer and Lyon's 18-yard completion to Jamie Staples on third down that put the Panthers at the Hamilton 12-yard line.
Lyon ended the day 15 of 26 for 132 yards and one interception, while Stefan Hrdina led all rushers with 14 carries for 64 yards on the afternoon. Staples caught five passes for 58 yards with a touchdown, while Matson had a game-high six catches for 40 yards.
Ryan led the team with eight tackles on the afternoon, Nathan Clancy added seven, while Erik Woodring, Alex Buggy and Scott Secor each had six.