Amherst Rallies To 10-7 Win

Strong performances from defense, running game lead Jeffs to first victory

Bowdoin (0-2) 7 0 0 0 7
Amherst (1-1) 0 3 0 7 10

AMHERST, Massachusetts ­ The Amherst College football team broke into the win column on Saturday with a 10-7 victory over the visiting Bowdoin College Polar Bears in the second game of the 1999 season for both teams.

Behind their 13-play, 74-yard opening drive, the Polar Bears got on the scoreboard first, with Bowdoin quaterback Kyle Quinn finding Jason Dewar for a four-yard touchdown pass to cap the drive.

The Bears held the Jeffs to three-and-out on their first drive, and Bowdoin was driving for another touchdown when Amherst junior Tri-captain Brian Daoust picked off a Quinn pass to keep Bowdoin from taking a two-touchdown lead.

From that point on, the game turned into a defensive battle, with the Jeffs getting on the scoreboard courtesy of a 27-yard field goal from freshman Mike Proman with 4:38 remaining in the first half.

The game stayed at 7-3 midway into the fourth quarter, until the Jeffs put together a 14-play, 55-yard drive capped off by a dramatic fourth-and-goal play where Jeff junior quarterback Peter Honig kept the ball on a naked bootleg and ran in for the 1-yard score.

Following the Amherst score, the Polar Bears turned the ball over on downs. Bowdoin seemed destined to get the ball back one more time until Amherst punter Liam Flemming perfectly executed a fake punt on 4th-and-11, finding junior Dave Frankel for a 14-yard completion. From there, the Jeffs killed the clock, taking the 10-7 victory.

Leading Amherst offensively were a pair of strong performances from sophomore tailback Okey Ugwonali and sophomore wide receiver Derrell Wright. Ugwonali earned career-highs in both carries (32) and yards gained (92), while leading a running game that amassed 162 yards on the ground. Wright hauled in three passes for 82 yards, and also returned three punts for 56 yards.
For Bowdoin, Quinn finished 11 of 23 for 113 yards and a touchdown, while the running-back duo of Chris Houston and Tim Lawson combined for 77 yards on 25 carries.

Amherst (1-1) now looks ahead to next Saturday's home date against Middlebury College, while the Polar Bears (0-2) travel to Medford, Mass., to battle the Tufts University Jumbos. Today's win improves Amherst's all-time record against their NESCAC rivals to 59-17-2, avenging last year's 24-16 loss to the Polar Bears in Brunswick, Maine.

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