Football Blanks Colby
October 1, 2006
The Middlebury College football team moved to 2-0 for the first time since '97 as they earned a 23-0 win at Colby on Seaverns Field. The shutout is the first for the Panthers since back-to-back shutouts over Amherst and Williams in '00. Middlebury returns to action on October 7th when they host Amherst at 1:00 p.m.
Middlebury opened the scoring at the 5:07 mark of the first quarter on a 14-yard rush from Stefan Hrdina. The short drive was set up by a 53-yard punt from Steve Hauschka, that pinned Colby deep in their own zone, giving the Panthers good field position to start their own drive.
Scott Secor ended a Colby drive with an interception in the second quarter, while a Hauschka punt after a Middlebury possession left Colby with the ball on their own eight-yard line. Three plays later, Middlebury had the ball on the Colby 36, setting up a three-play 36-yard scoring drive. Tiger Lyon found tight end Jamie Staples for a seven-yard touchdown with 3:56 left in the half, to give Middlebury a 14-0 lead.
Another big punt by Hauschka and tough Middlebury defense led to the team's third score of the day. Following a 52-yard punt by Hauschka in the third quarter, a big sack by Kevin Ryan pinned the Mules on their own four. A short punt left Middlebury with the ball on the Colby 20. A penalty called back an apparent touchdown early in the drive before Hauschka put three on the board at the 7:16 mark with a 28-yard field goal.
The game remained at 17-0 until late in the contest, when the Panther defense held Colby late in the game, taking the ball over on the Colby 25. Hrdina picked up his second touchdown of the day as he scored from one-yard out with 32 seconds left in the game. The Mules ran just one play following the score, leaving Middlebury with a 23-0 shutout of the Mules.
The Middlebury defense and special teams were a big key in the victory. Colby's average field position on the afternoon was its own 20 yard line, while Middlebury began its drives at the team's 46-yard line. The Panthers allowed a mere .4 yards/rush on Colby's 32 rushing attempts on the afternoon.
Kevin Ryan had a huge day on defense, setting a new school and NESCAC record with six sacks in the game. Erik Woodring led the team with 14 tackles, two for lost yardage. Alex Buggy finished the day with seven tackles, while Chad Guerrero and Matt Morrissey each had a sack.
Erik Woodring led the Middlebury defense once again, ending the day with 14 tackles, two for lost yardage. Kevin Ryan tied the school record with four sacks in a game (Ron Nobile vs. Bates in '96), to go along with five tackles on the afternoon. Alex Buggy finished the day with seven tackles and a sack, while Chad Guerrero earned a sack and Matt Morrissey picked up 1.5 sacks.
Lyon completed 7 of 14 passes for 84 yards with a touchdown, while Hrdina rushed 27 times for 94 yards with a pair of scoring scampers. Staples caught three balls for 36 yards with a touchdown on the afternoon. Hauschka punted the ball eight times for 345 yards with a long of 53 yards and four inside the Colby 20.