Football Defeats Tufts 31-12

 Todd Haggerty '98 caught one of his 7 receptions for a 14-yard touchdown to kickoff Amherst's 31-12 defeat of Tufts. The Jeffs jump out to their best start since the undefeated season of 1984 and face the only other undefeated NESCAC next week at Trinity.

Amherst relied on its running game even though the Jumbos played hard on defense, swarming Jeff running backs and registering four sacks.. On 57 carries, the Jeffs netted 236 yards compared to Tufts's 124. Bob DiSabato '99 scored twice for his fifth and sixth touchdowns of the season.

Dan Morse ran 18-yards for the first Jumbo touchdown before throwing 14 to Matt Godfrey in the last minute of the game. The 228 net yards gained by Tufts is the most by any team so far this season. Defensively, Amherst shut down the passing game as the Jeffs broke up seven of Morse's 19 passing attempts. Defensive tackle Alex Bernstein '97 had 11 hits, incluiding two for losses and a sack. The lineman also broke up a pass and recovered one of three Tufts fumbles.

Tufts falls to 1-5 on the season with a young, though injured team. Amherst, meanwhile, is riding on its junior-senior experience to carry them through their two toughest games of the season, coming up at Trinity and against Williams.

Amherst (6-0)		14	3	7	7 -- 31
Tufts (1-5)			0	0	6	6 -- 12

First Quarter 7:46 A Todd Haggerty 14 pass from Rich Willard (David Bobruff kick) 0:17 A Bob DiSabato 2 run (Bobruff kick) Second Quarter 0:04 A Bobruff 24 field goal Third Quarter 11:09 T Dan Morse 18 run (Nate Herpich kick blocked) Fourth Quarter 9:10 A DiSabato 4 run (Bobruff kick) 0:53 T Matt Godfrey 14 pass from Morse (Herpich kick failed) Attendance: 2,620

Tufts Amherst First Downs 10 18 Rushes-yards 42-124 57-236 Passing yards 104 173 Att-Comp-Int 19-11-0 16-9-1 Sacks 4 4 Punts-yards 8-313 6-182 Fumbles-lost 3-2 0-0 Penalties-yards 10-80 6-55 Time of possession 27:20 32:40

Individual Statistics Rushing: A Josh Mason 22-90, Bob DiSabato 11-34, Josh Carroll 8-91, Rich Willard 6-16, Jeff Coviello 4-23, Darin Byrne 3-6, Mike Sweeney 2- -3. T Tim Kaufman 22-53. Dan Morse 19-70. Jon Troy 1-1. Passing: A Rich Willard 16-9-1 173 yards, T Dan Morse 19-11-0 104 yards. Receiving: A Todd Haggerty 7-139, Mike Brendler 1-28, Shaun Quigley 1-6. T Jon Troy 5-38, Richard Staff 3-24, Matt Godfrey 1-17, Steve Lee 1-20, John Glover 1-5.