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First-year quarterback Nick Kehoe came off the bench to complete 14 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown on Saturday.

Jeffs End Season with 14-10 Loss at Williams

November 8, 2003

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Amherst College football team rebounded from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit with 10 points in the second quarter but fell just short in a season-ending 14-10 loss at Little Three rival Williams College in the 118th meeting of the “Biggest Little Game in America” on Saturday. Both teams put up zeros in the second half, and Amherst had a chance to win the game in the waning seconds, but a 50-yard Hail Mary pass fell incomplete, sealing the victory for the Ephs.

Rookie quarterback Nick Kehoe, playing in place of injured quarterback Marsh Moseley, came off the bench to guide Amherst on both of its scoring drives, throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Jim Devine and completing 14 passes for 123 yards on the day. Junior tailback Fletcher Ladd paced the ground attack with a game-high 135 yards on a workmanlike 27 carries. Junior place-kicker David Bonder drilled a 32-yard field goal to put Amherst on the board midway through the second quarter. On defense, Amherst seniors Ed Sylvester and Dan McNamara had career games with 15 and 12 tackles, respectively. Senior Paul Whiting and junior Rob Walsh each posted interceptions in the loss. Whiting played the entire game with a cast on his broken left wrist.

Williams jumped out to its early 14-0 lead with a five-yard touchdown run by Tim Crawley and a four-yard scoring plunge by Mike Hackett. The first touchdown was set up by a blocked punt, which Williams recovered on the Amherst five-yard line. The Jeffs managed the blank the Ephs the rest of the way, despite missing a host of key players with injuries on both sides of the ball.

Amherst finishes its season at an even 4-4, while Williams improves to 6-2 and clinches the outright Little Three Championship. The Ephs lead the series 67-47-5 all-time, rebounding from last year’s 45-35 loss at Amherst. The Jeffs haven’t won in Williamstown since 1985.