AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Todd Nichols '99 (Skaneateles, NY) picked off three Trinity passes including a 15-yarder in the endzone to help preserve the undefeated status for Amherst College football for the first time since 1984. Nichols has five interceptions to his credit this season, including a 39-yard return to goal against Colby three weeks ago. His 14 tackles (seven solo), pass break up and forced fumble merited him honors as not only the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week, but also as the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week. While Trinity gained the most yards of any team this season with 303, the Jeffs denied them the option and contained the Bantams' fast-paced sideline game.
Amherst boasts the best defense in the NESCAC. Through seven games, the Jeffs have allowed only 1,337 yards and 48 points, while the offense has doubled and tripled those respective numbers. In addition to shutting down the then 6-0 Trinity offense, Amherst has shutout Bowdoin 46-0 and Colby 34-0.
Lord Jeff football is currently 7-0 and looking for a perfect season. Amherst prepares for the season finale this Saturday against archrival Williams. The last time the two teams met, a 0-0 tie resulted in Williamstown a year before the overtime rule took effect for college football.
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