Football Thumps Colby In Home-Opener

October 3, 2009

Middlebury gained 526 yards of total offense on the day, as the Panthers trounced Colby 45-0 in their home-opener on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. Middlebury has now won seven straight at home, as well as 13 of its last 14 contests in Vermont. The 45 points are the highest offensive output in a win, since a 55-31 victory over Hamilton in '03. Middlebury led 14-0 late in the third quarter, before scoring on each of its final five possessions of the game to pull away with the victory. The Panther defense earned four interceptions on the afternoon, while the offense converted 10 of 15 plays on third down.

Middlebury scored on its opening possession, driving 76 yard on 12 plays, capped by a one-yard touchdown rush from Erik Rostad. Quarterback Donald McKillop hit James Millard three times for 53 yards on the drive.

A Connor Green interception set up a 44-yard scoring strike from McKillop to Nick Resor, giving the Panthers a 13-0 lead with 10:19 left to play in the second quarter.

The Middlebury defense held strong early on, forcing three drives to end on downs, along with Green's interception.

A Dan Haluska pick at the Middlebury 20 ended a Colby drive, as the Panther turned around and went 74 yards on 15 plays, taking 6:09 off the clock. McKillop completed passes to four different receivers on the drive, including a six-yard strike to Rostad for the score.

A 32-yard reception from tight end Bill Greven was the big play on Middlebury's ensuing possession, setting up a 20-yard screen from McKillop to Ryan Bohling for the 28-0 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Cam Taylor made it a 35-0 game on Colby's next possession, picking off a pass and returning it 35 yards for the score.

Colby turned the ball over for the third time in four possessions on its next drive, as Steve Hardin picked off Nick Kmetz, returning the ball to the Colby 33-yard line.

Jack Kramer came on in relief of McKillop, leading the Panthers on a short 21-yard drive that was capped by a 29-yard field goal from Anthony Kuchan. Philip Cutler rushed for 26 yards on five carries during the drive.

Following a Colby punt, Kramer hit rookie Billy Chapman over the middle, as the tight end broke away for a 63-yard scoring strike to make it a 45-0 final.

McKillop had another big day offensively, completing 33 of 42 passes for 364 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Millard caught 11 balls for 108 yards, Rostad pulled down six for 58 yards, while David Reed caught four passes for 32 yards. Andrew Poulin paced the defense with 10 tackles, three for lost yardage, with a sack on the afternoon. Andrew Durfee added nine tackles, while Eric Kamback made eight.

Kmetz went 18 of 37 for 195 yards with four interceptions for the Mules. Michael Cuqua led all rushers with 49 yeards on eight carries, while Kmetz gained 48 yards on a dozen carries. Chris Copland led all tacklers with a dozen on the day, while Thomas Duffy added 10 with a sack.

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