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2001 Archived Football Stories

Football Set for "Biggest Little Game in America"
November 7 - Amherst and Williams will meet for the 116th time this Saturday in Williamstown. The Jeffs' 7-0 record marks just the ninth time in school history they've been perfect through seven games, while Williams is also 7-0 after a 31-7 win over Wesleyan University. The two rivals are the lone remaining undefeated teams in the NESCAC, which means that, in addition to bragging rights, Saturday's season-finale will be for the outright NESCAC and Little Three titles. We examine the matchup in depth in this full game preview. Full Story

Amherst at Williams Football Game Broadcast on NESN and Internet
November 7 - This Saturday's Amherst football game at Williams College will be broadcast live on the New England Sports Network, NESN. Coverage will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m. ET. For viewers outside of NESN's regional broadcast area, the telecast can be seen on Direct TV channel 623 or live via satellite on KU Band GE2, Transponder 3, Central Frequency 11670. NESN will also Webcast its audio and video live at http://www.nesn.com. Full Story

Amherst - Williams Rivalry Featured on ESPN Documentary
November 6 - The Amherst vs. Williams football rivalry, also know as the "Biggest Little Game in America," will be featured in the second and third episodes of a 10-part documentary on the history of college football - "Rites of Autumn: The Story of College Football" - with episode two, "Passion and Pageantry," airing Friday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Airdates for episode three, "Bragging Rights," have not yet been announced. Full Story

Lalli & Moseley Earn NESCAC Honors
November 6 - Senior linebacker Dan Lalli was named the NESCAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week, while first-year quarterback Marsh Moseley earned Rookie of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks after the Jeffs' 28-10 win over visiting Trinity College on Saturday. Lalli posted a career-high 18 tackles and forced a fumble as Amherst improved to 7-0 heading into this week's season-finale at undefeated archrival Williams College (7-0). Mosely finished 13-for-30 passing for 138 yards. Full Story

Football Pounds Trinity, 28-10; Improves to 7-0
November 3 - Senior defenders Dan Lalli and Jay Hutchins combined for 34 tackles, and sophomore running back Fletcher Ladd picked up 126 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, to lead the Amherst football team to a convincing 28-10 victory over visiting Trinity Saturday at Pratt Field. First-year quarterback Marsh Moseley finished 13-for-20 for 138 yards and a touchdown for the Jeffs, who improved to 7-0 heading into next Saturday's season-finale at undefeated Williams College. Full Story

Football Eyes 7-0 and a Win Against Trinity
November 1 - Amherst finally gave up a touchdown last week after going 21 straight quarters without allowing an opponent into the end zone. The defense remains impressive nonetheless. Ranked second in New England with a sparkling 6-0 record, the Jeffs have surrendered just 16 points in 2001 with three shutouts to their credit heading into Saturday's Family Weekend showdown with visiting Trinity College. Get the full scoop in this comprehensive game preview. Full Story

Hutchins Earns Second NESCAC Player of the Week Award
October 30 - Amherst senior strong safety Jay Hutchins earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after torching host Tufts University for 10 tackles in a 14-10 win on Saturday, as the Jeffs - ranked second in New England - improved to 6-0 on the season. With Tufts driving on the Amherst one-yard line and a 10-7 lead in tow, Hutchins recovered a fumble in the end zone and raced 24 yards, setting up the game-winning touchdown. Full Story

Football Improves to 6-0 with 14-10 Win at Tufts
October 27 - Sophomore running back Fletcher Ladd scored both Amherst touchdowns, including the game-winner from six yards out with 12:10 remaining, to give Amherst a 14-10 come-from-behind win over host Tufts University on Saturday. The Jeffs improved to 6-0 with the win, remaining one of just two undefeated teams in the NESCAC along with archrival Williams College. Full Story

Amherst @ Tufts Football to be Audio Webcast
October 26 - Saturday's Amherst College football game at NESCAC foe Tufts University will be audio Webcast on the Internet via Tufts' campus radio station, 91.5 WMFO. The Webcast will kick off shortly before 1:30 p.m. To access the audio, go to http://www.wmfo.org and click on the "Listen" icon on the left toolbar. Full Story

Amherst @ Tufts Football Preview
October 25 - When will the Amherst defense allow a touchdown? Hopefully never. Ranked third in New England with a sparkling 5-0 record, the Jeffs have surrendered just six points in 2001 with three shutouts to their credit, thanks in large part to a defense that's first in the nation in opponent scoring average, third in total defense and sixth in rushing defense, pass efficiency defense and turnover margin. Amherst's "D" will face a stern test this Saturday at 4-1 Tufts University. Get the scoop in this full game preview. Full Story

McGee Piling Up Sacks at Amherst
October 23 - Fully healed from a knee injury that ended his junior season, senior defensive tackle Pat McGee leads the Amherst defense with an eye-popping 8.5 sacks through just five games, giving him 28.0 for his career, which is believed to be rapidly approaching a school record. Full Story

Moseley Tabbed NESCAC Co-Rookie of the Week
October 22 - Amherst first-year quarterback Marsh Moseley earned NESCAC Co-Rookie of the Week honors after coming off the bench to throw a pair of touchdown passes in the Jeffs' 23-0 win over visiting NESCAC and Little Three rival Wesleyan University on Saturday. The rookie signal caller finished an impressive eight-for-16 passing for 129 yards as the Jeffs improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1997. Full Story

Football Posts Third Shutout, Remains Undefeated with 23-0 Win Over Wesleyan
October 20 - First-year quarterback Marsh Moseley (New Orleans, LA) came off the bench to throw a pair of touchdown passes, while the defense surrendered just 165 yards of total offense for its third shutout of the season, as the Amherst College football team improved to 5-0 with a 23-0 win over visiting NESCAC and Little Three rival Wesleyan University (3-2) in front of 6,721 Homecoming fans Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field. Full Story

Jeffs Eye Win Over Wesleyan and 5-0 Record
October 17 - Amherst is 4-0 for the first time since 1997 with a defense that's the talk of the NESCAC and the Northeast, allowing just six points in its first four outings with a pair of shutout wins over Hamilton and Bowdoin to its credit. Led by its top tackler, senior linebacker Dan Lalli, the Jeffs will look to improve to 5-0 against visiting Little Three rival Wesleyan University this Saturday. Catch the lowdown in our full game preview. Full Story

Jeffs Improve to 4-0 With 14-3 Win at Colby
October 13 - Colby College was looking for revenge but came away empty-handed as visiting Amherst College intercepted five passes and dominated the White Mules, 14-3, in a NESCAC football matchup Saturday afternoon at Seaverns Field. With the win, Amherst improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1997, while Colby fell to 1-3 with its sixth straight loss to the Jeffs. Full Story

Amherst @ Colby Football Game to be Audio Webcast
October 13 - Saturday's Amherst College football game at NESCAC foe Colby College will be audio Webcast on the Internet via Colby's college radio station, 91.7 WMHB. The Webcast will kick off shortly before 1:30 p.m. To access the audio, click HERE. Full Story

Jeffs Look To Go 4-0 at Colby
October 11 - Led by the stingiest scoring defense in the nation, the Amherst football team looks to remain unbeaten at NESCAC rival Colby on Saturday. We'll look at both sides of the ball and examine the Jeffs' keys to victory in this full game preview. Full Story

Lalli a True Leader on the Gridiron
October 10 - Amherst's defense is once again tops in the NESCAC, limiting opponents to just three points overall and 171.3 yards of total offense per game, with shutout wins over Hamilton and Bowdoin Colleges to its credit. Furthermore, the 3-0 Jeffs have allowed just 67.0 yards rushing per game and have outscored their opponents 66-3. Senior linebacker Dan Lalli - the Jeffs' leader on the field - is a big reason why. Full Story

Hutchins Tabbed NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week
October 8 - Amherst senior strong safety Jay Hutchins earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after torching visiting Middlebury College for a game-high 12 tackles, including four unassisted, in a 7-3 win on Saturday, as the Jeffs improved to 3-0 on the season. He also forced a turnover in the first half and helped Amherst's defense limit the Panthers to just 202 yards of total offense. Full Story

Football Remains Undefeated with 7-3 Win Over Middlebury
October 6 - The Amherst College football team used a 12-play, 89 yard drive - capped by a two-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Fletcher Ladd (Amherst, NH) - to overcame a 3-0 halftime deficit and outlast visiting Middlebury College, 7-3, Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field. With the win, Amherst improved to 3-0 and avenged a two-game losing streak against Middlebury, which fell to 1-2 with the loss. Full Story

Amherst vs. Middlebury Football Preview
October 2 - Amherst will go for 3-0 when it hosts NESCAC rival Middlebury College on Saturday. The Panthers handed the Jeffs their only loss of the 2000 season courtesy of a 17-0 shutout at Middlebury. Amherst looks to return the favor behind a defense that has yet to surrender a point this season. Full Story

Okey Ugwonali: Amherst Football's "Gift from God"
October 2 - On an autumn day in Dallas, Felix and Mary Ugwonali gave birth to a bouncing baby boy who would one day fulfill an athletic destiny. They may not have realized it at the time, but by naming the child "Okechukwu" they were, in essence, announcing their new arrival to the world - a "Gift from God," as the name literally translates in their native Nigeria. Little did they know that tiny Okechukwu would grow up to become one of the finest ball-carriers in all of college football, and Felix and Mary's "Gift from God" would become a gift to the gridiron and, in turn, a gift to Amherst College. Full Story

McGee Tabbed NESCAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week
October 2 - Senior quad-captain defensive tackle Pat McGee was named the NESCAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Jeffs with 10 tackles in a 35-0 shutout win over visiting Bowdoin College on Saturday. McGee was all over the field despite playing the majority of the game with a broken finger, registering four solo tackles, four tackles for loss and a pair of sacks as Amherst held the Polar Bears to just 127 yards of total offense. Full Story

Amherst Football Dominates Bowdoin in Home Opener, 35-0
September 29 - Amherst College junior quarterback Jeff Browne (Victor, NY) completed 10 of 17 passes for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and senior co-captain wideout Derrell Wright (Hudson, OH) pulled in six passes for 106 yards, as the Jeffs rolled up 411 yards in total offense on Saturday, opening up a 21-0 first-quarter lead en route to a 35-0 rout in their home opener against NESCAC conference rival Bowdoin College. Full Story

Football Geared Up For Saturday's Home-Opener
September 27 - The Amherst football team looks to up its record to 2-0 in Saturday's home-opener against visiting Bowdoin College. The Jeffs are coming off a 24-0 shutout win at Hamilton, led by a defense that allowed just 26 yards rushing and an offense that racked up an impressive 448 yards. Get the full story in our Amherst/Bowdoin game preview. Full Story

Football Halts Hamilton in Season-Opener, 24-0
September 22 - Junior running back Kevin Kennard rumbled for a career-high 152 yards on 19 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run to cap an 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter, as the Amherst football team blanked host Hamilton College 24-0 in a NESCAC matchup Saturday afternoon at Steuben Field. Senior tailback Okey Ugwonali also topped the century mark with 107 rushing yards on 13 carries, while the defense held the Continentals to just 185 yards of total offense, as Amherst blanked Hamilton in its season-opener for the second straight season. Full Story

Amherst/Hamilton Football To Be Broadcast Live on the Web
September 20 - Saturday's Amherst College football season-opener at NESCAC rival Hamilton College will be audio Webcast on the Internet at D3football.com, a national Website widely recognized as a leading authority on Division III college football. The Webcast will kick off at approximately 1:15 p.m. To access the audio, go to http://www.D3football.com and click on the "Live Audio" link on one of the Website's left sidebars. Full Story

Amherst @ Hamilton Football Preview
September 20 - The Jeffs are locked and loaded for another exciting season of Amherst football, beginning with Saturday's season opener at NESCAC rival Hamilton. Our crack staff breaks down the matchup from every conceivable angle in this full game preview, as Lalli, Landolfi, Derrell and the boys begin their quest for a second striaght NESCAC and Little Three title. Full Story

Jeffs Invade Pratt Field for Media Day
August 30 - The familiar sounds of football, some welcome local media coverage and a visit from an old friend highlighted the first day of gridiron workouts at Amherst College's Pratt Field Thursday morning as 66 veterans mixed with an eager crop of newcomers for a full day of timed sprints and agility drills. Amherst's preseason debut marked the first of 22 rigorous practice days for fifth-year head coach E.J. Mills and his staff, as the 2001 Jeffs gear up for their Saturday, Sept. 22 season-opener at NESCAC rival Hamilton College. Full Story

2001 Football Season Preview
August 28 - 2000 was a breakthrough season for the Amherst College football program. In addition to a 7-1 record and a three-way tie for the unofficial NESCAC Championship, the Jeffs downed archrival Williams College en route to their first outright Little Three Championship since 1986. In this full season preview, we'll profile the 2001 Jeffs as they gear up for another exciting season of Amherst football. Full Story

Ugwonali Tabbed Preseason All-American
August 21 - Senior tailback Okey Ugwonali was named a Third-Team Preseason All-American by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette after helping lead the Jeffs to a 7-1 record and a three-way share of the unofficial NESCAC Championship in 2000. Ugwonali averaged 104.1 yards per game to pace the Jeffs' ground attack as a junior, finishing third in the NESCAC and 49th in the nation with 833 yards on just 164 carries. Full Story

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