Football Earns Shutout Over Colby

September 29, 2007

The Middlebury College football team earned its second shutout of Colby in as many years as the Panthers blanked the Mules 41-0 in Middlebury's home-opener. The Panthers followed up last week's 229-yard effort on the ground with 226 today as they took advantage of five consecutive Colby turnovers in the first half.

Colby had a chance early as Middlebury fumbled a punt on the Mules' opening drive. Colby began the drive at the Middlebury 47 and drove 20 yards before turning the ball over on downs.

Middlebury appeared to have gone three and out on its next possession, when a direct snap to Steve Hardin in a punt formation ended in a 66-yard touchdown run.

Colby fumbled the ensuing kick-off, leading to a 20-yard touchdown pass from Donald McKillop to Andrew Matson.

The Mules fumbled again on their next possession, giving Middlebury the ball on the Mules nine-yard line. Four plays later, Gary Cooper scored with a one-yard plunge to make it a 21-0 game.

Colby turned the ball over on its third straight possession, as Brian Marcks intercepted a pass at the Middlebury six after the Mules had put together a decent drive.

Nate Shreve intercepted a pass early in the second quarter, leading to a 31-yard strike from McKillop to Matson to make it a 27-0 game after a blocked extra-point.

Colby drove to the Middlebury two midway through the second quarter, but David Ellis earned a sack on a fourth and goal play to end the drive.

Leading 27-0 at the half, the Panthers added to their advantage on their first drive of the third quarter. A 22-yard rush from Eric Rostad set up the third connection of the day from McKillop to Matson, this one from 35-yards out for the touchdown.

Following a Colby punt on its next possession, Middlebury scored its final touchdown of the day on a seven-play, 70 yard drive. McKillop hit Tim Dillon for 13 yards and Charlie Holm for 24 before an 18-yard rush of his own. The rookie QB capped the drive with a three-yard rush to make it a 41-0 game with 10:54 left in the third quarter.

Neither team would score for the remainder of the game, with Middlebury taking almost seven minutes off the clock on its final possession.

McKillop connected on 11 of 14 passes for 172 yards with three touchdown passes on the day. Matson caught all three TD passes for 86 yards, while Timothy Dillon had three receptions for 43 yards. Six different players had 20 or more yards rushing for the Panthers, led by Hardin's 66 yards on the fake punt play. Ryan Bohling gained 48 yards on 10 carries, while Andrew Plumley rushed nine times for 40 yards. Erik Woodring had a big day on defense with 15 tackles, 4.5 for lost yardage including a sack. Bradley Atkinson added 10 tackles, while Nathan Clancy recovered a pair of fumbles.

Patrick Burns went 5-12 for 31 yards with an interception for Colby, while Billy Ryan was 8-12 for 75 yards. Stephen Carroll also saw time at quarterback, completed 3-7 passes for 20 yards with a pair of picks. Dan Prunier rushed eight times for 52 yards, Michael Cuqua gained 51 yards on a dozen carries, while Chris Bashaw earned 48 yards on 15 attempts. Alex Hales paced the Mules defense with 10 tackles.

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