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More 2002 Football Stories

Jeffs Stumble at Trinity, 21-14
November 2 - The Amherst football team mustered just 171 yards of total offense and fell to 5-2 with a disappointing 21-14 loss at Trinity College (6-1) on Saturday. The Jeffs fell behind 21-0 in the first half and trailed the entire game, squashing their chances of playing for the unofficial NESCAC Championship next Saturday against unbeaten Williams. Full Story

Jeffs Set for Trinity and Battle of 5-1 Teams
October 29 - Rebounding from a gut-wrenching 14-13 loss at Wesleyan, Amherst improved to 5-1 with a scintillating 27-24 overtime win over visiting Tufts to remain locked in a three-way knot with Wesleyan and Trinity for second place in the NESCAC. An Amherst win over Trinity this week, combined with a Wesleyan loss at undefeated Williams, would set up an Amherst vs. Williams season-finale for sole possession of the unofficial conference championship. Get the scoop in this full Amherst at Trinity game preview. Full Story

Jeffs Rebound From 14-Point Defict to Upend Tufts, 27-24, in Overtime
October 26 - The Amherst football team overcame six turnovers and a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to upend visiting Tufts University 27-24 in overtime on Saturday. Sophomore place-kicker David Bodner's 29-yard field goal won the game for the Jeffs, who improved to 5-1 on the season, rebounding from last week's heartbreaking 14-13 loss at Little Three rival Wesleyan University. Full Story

Zito Boasts Big Hair, Even Bigger Game
October 24 - Ask almost anyone about senior wide receiver J.P. Zito and the first thing that comes up is his hair. What's up with the hair? Never mind the fact that Zito is having a breakout year for the Jeffs, overcoming injury and inactivity to lead the team in catches (21), receiving yards (368) and touchdowns (4). It's still all about the hair. Full Story

Amherst Football Looks to Rebound Against Tufts
October 22 - Coming off a heartbreaking 14-13 loss at Little Three rival Wesleyan University, the 4-1 Amherst football team looks to rebound this Saturday against visiting Tufts. The Jumbos, meanwhile, hope to shake a two-game losing skid, having blown fourth quarter leads against Trinity and Williams to fall to 3-2 on the season. Get the inside scoop in our full game preview. Full Story

Carroll Earns Second NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week Award
October 21 - Senior free safety Jeremy Carroll torched Wesleyan for a career-high three interceptions on Saturday, earning his second NESCAC Football Defensive Player of the Week Award in the process. The Jeffs lost the game 14-13, falling to 4-1 on the season, but Carroll was dominating nonetheless. His first interception and ensuing 33-yard touchdown return gave Amherst an early 7-0 lead, and his second pick led to a 36-yard field goal that put the Jeffs up 13-7. Full Story

Wesleyan Overcomes Five Turnovers to Down Amherst for First Time Since 1993
October 19 - The previously undefeated Amherst football team forced Little Three rival Wesleyan University into five turnovers, including a trio of interceptions by senior free safety Jeremy Carroll, but had a last-second field goal attempt blocked as the host Cardinals hung on for a dramatic 14-13 Homecoming win on Saturday. The victory was Wesleyan's first over Amherst since 1993, breaking a string of eight consecutive losses in the series. Full Story

Undefeated Jeffs Await Showdown in Middletown Against 3-1 Wesleyan
October 15 - Ranked sixth in New England, the Jeffs are off to a 4-0 start for the second consecutive season, thanks to the NESCAC's top rushing offense and a defense that allows just 7.5 points per game. Standing between Amherst and its fifth straight victory is Little Three rival Wesleyan University, which enters Saturday's showdown in Middletown with a similarly impressive 3-1 record and the conference's top passing attack. Full Story

Ladd Named NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week
October 14 - Junior tailback Fletcher Ladd was named the NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after leading the undefeated Jeffs to a 14-0 win over visiting Colby College. Ladd, who leads the NESCAC in rushing, torched the White Mules for a career-high 208 yards on 35 carries, including a five-yard touchdown run, as Amherst upped its record to 4-0. Full Story

Amherst Football Blanks Colby 14-0 Behind Ladd's 208 Rushing Yards
October 12 - The Amherst football team used stifling defense, 208 rushing yards from All-NESCAC junior tailback Fletcher Ladd and a 67-yard touchdown catch by senior wideout J.P. Zito to upend visiting Colby College, 14-0, on a rain-soaked Pratt Field on Saturday afternoon. With its second shutout of the season, Amherst improved its record to 4-0 while Colby dropped to 1-3. Full Story

Vernicek Lets His Play Do The Talking
October 11 - If offensive lineman Rob Vernicek had a mean streak he'd be scary. He looks like he could rip the roof off a Toyota Corolla with his bare hands and sure, he dominates on the football field - Vernicek is a two-time All-NESCAC selection at offensive tackle. But he does so with such an innate niceness, such a gentle-giant disposition. It makes you wonder how he musters the aggression to even hit somebody, let alone engulf opposing defenders the way he does on a regular basis. Full Story

3-0 Jeffs Look to Remain Unbeaten Against Colby
October 8 - Coming off a hard-fought 17-10 win at Middlebury, the undefeated Jeffs look to improve to 4-0 with a win over visiting Colby (1-2) on Saturday. The Jeffs boast the top rushing offense in the NESCAC behind All-NESCAC junior tailback Fletcher Ladd, and the defense came up big at Middlebury, especially NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week Jeremy Carroll, who torched the Panthers for nine tackles and a pair of clutch interceptions. Full Story

Carroll Named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week
October 7 - Senior free safety Jeremy Carroll was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after torching host Middlebury College for a pair of third quarter interceptions and nine tackles in a 17-10 Amherst win. His second pick and ensuing 54-yard return set up the game-winning touchdown. Carroll now leads the Jeffs and is tied for second in the NESCAC with three interceptions on the season. Full Story

Jeffs Improve to 3-0 with 17-10 Win at Middlebury
October 5 - Junior tailback Fletcher Ladd scored on a seven-yard touchdown run with 3:33 remaining in the third quarter, and the Amherst defense pitched a shutout in the second half, as Jeffs prevailed over host Middlebury College 17-10 in a NESCAC football matchup on Saturday. Amherst improved to 3-0 with the win, while Middlebury fell to 1-2. Full Story

Salvatore's Dream Week Continues
October 2 - Sophomore linebacker Mike Salvatore's dream week continues. After torching NESCAC rival Bowdoin College for a career- and game-high 17 tackles, a sack and an interception on Saturday, Salvatore earned his third player of the week award in as many days on Wednesday - ECAC Player of the Week. Salvatore was also named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday and Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette National Quad-Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Full Story

Middlebury Next on Amherst's Hit List
October 1 - Behind the conference's top-ranked rushing offense and second-best scoring defense, Amherst football will look to improve its unblemished record to 3-0 this Saturday at Middlebury. The Panthers, meanwhile, are 1-1 after a 17-14 win at Colby, and need a win over Amherst to stay in the hunt for a possible NESCAC Championship. Get all the details in this full game preview. Full Story

Salvatore Named Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette Quad-National Defensive Player of the Week
September 30 - Just one day removed from earning NESCAC Player of the Week honors after his 17-tackle performance in a 42-20 win over Bowdoin College, Amherst sophomore linebacker Mike Salvatore was named a Quad-National Defensive Player of the Week by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette on Tuesday. Salvatore added a sack, interception and a pass breakup against Bowdoin as the Jeffs improved to 2-0 on the season. Full Story

Salvatore Named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week
September 30 - Seeing his first significant action in two seasons at Amherst, sophomore inside linebacker Michael Salvatore drew a surprise start on Saturday and racked up a game- and career-high 17 tackles in the Jeffs' 42-20 victory at Bowdoin College, earning NESCAC Player of the Week honors. Salvatore also posted his first career sack, interception and pass-breakup as the Jeffs improved to 2-0 on the season. Full Story

Jeffs Bomb Bowdoin, 42-20
September 28 - All-NESCAC junior running back Fletcher Ladd rushed for 193 yards on 20 carries and sophomore quarterback Marsh Moseley tossed three touchdown passes and rushed for another as the Amherst football team improved to 2-0 with a lopsided 42-20 win at Bowdoin College on Saturday. Senior wideout J.P. Zito bolstered the offense with a pair of touchdown catches, while sophomore Jason Wagstaff added touchdowns on an 18-yard reception and a 68-yard punt return. Full Story

Football Eyes Second Straight Shutout Saturday at Bowdoin
September 24 - Early-season shutouts are becoming a yearly ritual for Amherst football. After posting shutout wins in each of their first two games in 2000 and 2001, the Jeffs whitewashed visiting Bates College in Saturday's 2002 season opener, and look to throw up another goose egg this weekend at Bowdoin College, which dropped its opener at Williams, 38-7. Get the scoop in this full game preview. Full Story

Jeffs Blank Bates 19-0 in Season Opener
September 21 - All-NESCAC junior running back Fletcher Ladd rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown, while the Amherst defense forced Bates into five turnovers, including three interceptions, as the Jeffs blanked the visiting Bobcats 19-0 in Saturday's football season opener. It was the Jeffs' third consecutive shutout in a season opener. Full Story

Bough Excels with the Punt and the Pen
September 18 - Growing up in California, Geoff Bough '03 never dreamed of playing college football. It never even entered his mind. Drawing was an early passion. Perhaps he'd be a cartoonist, maybe even play a little water polo in college. But a football player? A punter, no less? He would've said you were nuts. Nevertheless, entering his senior year at Amherst, Bough is one of the finest punters in all of NCAA Division III and certainly the NESCAC. Full Story

Proman Named to 11th Annual AFCA Good Works Team
September 18 - Senior place-kicker Mike Proman was one of just 11 players from NCAA Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA named to the 11th Annual American Football Coaches Association Good Works team on Wednesday. Proman was the only player chosen from the NESCAC and the first-ever recipient from Amherst College. The Good Works Team honors college football players across the country for their dedication and commitment to community service. Full Story

Jeffs Set for Season Opener Against Bates
September 17 - Amherst is prepped and ready for this Saturday's football season opener against visiting Bates. The Jeffs hold a 16-4-2 advantage over the Bobcats in 22 meetings, including a 5-0 Amherst victory in their inaugural matchup in 1901. The two teams haven't met since 1999, when Bates ended a three-game losing streak against Amherst with a 19-7 win in Lewiston, Maine. Full Story

Nowhere To Go But 8-0 For Football
August 5 - The Jeffs finished 7-1 for the second consecutive season in 2001, tying a 21-year old NCAA record by not allowing a passing touchdown and leading the nation in scoring defense (6.1 ppg) along the way. To find similar success in 2002, they'll have to overcome the loss of 16 seniors on both sides of the ball, many of them among the best players in school history. Full Story

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