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More 2003 Football Stories

CSTV to Provide National Coverage of 118th Amherst-Williams Football Game, the "Biggest Little Game in America"
November 6 - College Sports Television (CSTV), one of the nation’s fastest-growing independent cable networks, will provide national television coverage of the 118th annual Amherst-Williams football game, the “Biggest Little Game in America,” Saturday, November 8. CSTV will telecast the game on tape delay at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Full Story

Jeffs Look to Salvage Season with Victory Over Williams
November 4 - The Jeffs pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in recent memory last season, shocking previously undefeated Williams 45-35 in front of an Amherst Homecoming crowd over 8,000 strong. The Jeffs look to repeat the trick this Saturday at noon, as Amherst and Williams square off for the 118th time in the Biggest Little Game in America. Full Preview

Jeffs Surrender Early Lead, Bow to Unbeaten Trinity, 20-14
November 1 - The Amherst football team took a 14-6 lead into the locker room at halftime but couldn’t hold on after the intermission, surrendering 14 second-half points en route to a heartbreaking 20-14 loss to visiting NESCAC foe Trinity College on Saturday. Trinity, which entered the game ranked third in New England, remains undefeated at 7-0 and extends its current winning streak to 14 games dating back to last season. Amherst drops to 4-3 with its second straight loss entering next Saturday’s season finale at Little Three rival Williams College. Full Story

Patience a Virtue for Amherst Wideout Jim Devine
October 30 - Jim Devine had every intention of coming to Amherst and making an immediate splash. He was a three-year starting quarterback at Northern Virginia powerhouse Chantilly High School, where - in a run-oriented Wing-T attack that typically limits the quarterback to just 12 or 13 passes per game, at most - he was the first signal caller in nearly a half decade to throw for 1,000 yards in a single season, and he gobbled chunks of real estate as a bruising, slashing runner. Full Story

Jeffs Look to Rebound Saturday Against Unbeaten Trinity
October 27 - Coming off a gut-wrenching 24-17 loss at NESCAC rival Tufts University, the 4-2 Jeffs look to rebound with a Family Weekend win this Saturday over undefeated Trinity. Get the scoop in our full game preview. Full Story

Jeffs Bow at Tufts in Overtime
October 25 - The Tufts University football team downed visiting Amherst for the first time since 1998 with a dramatic 24-17 overtime win on Saturday. Amherst, which fell to 4-2, rallied from a 14-7 fourth-quarter deficit to take a 17-14 lead late in the game, but Tufts rebounded with a field goal in the final minute of regulation and a touchdown in overtime to seal the win. Full Story

Monteith Named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week
October 20 - Amherst junior running back Matt Monteith was named the NESCAC Football Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after rushing 15 times for 157 yards, including touchdown gallops of 78, 5 and 33 yards, in the Jeffs’ lopsided 41-0 Homecoming win over visiting Little Three and NESCAC rival Wesleyan University. Full Story

Jeffs Maul Wesleyan, 41-0
October 18 - Junior running backs Fletcher Ladd and Matt Monteith combined for 322 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 32 carries on Saturday, as the Amherst football team improved to 4-1 with a convincing 41-0 Homecoming win over visiting NESCAC and Little Three rival Wesleyan University. The shutout was the Jeffs’ fourth in five games this season and the most lopsided victory in the series since a 58-13 Amherst victory in 1968. Full Story

Fletcher Ladd Running Wild at Amherst
October 17 - Amherst junior tailback Fletcher Ladd is not gentle. He doesn’t tiptoe out of bounds to avoid tackles, dance east to west in search of the perfect hole or juke oncoming defenders with head and shoulder fakes. He’s a 206-pound flurry of churning legs, high knees, eye black, facial hair, dirt, blood, spit and guts, and his runs are violent, snarling affairs that almost always culminate in someone getting whacked. Full Story

Undefeated 1953 Football Team Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Homecoming
October 15 - Fifty years have gone by, but at the time of his recent passing, Amherst co-captain quarterback Tommy Knight ’54 still had the game ball from his team’s 7-6 upset win over Brown University in the first game of the 1953 season. The Knight family sent the ball back to campus for the Jeffs' Homecoming game against Wesleyan as part of a halftime celebration of the 1953 season’s 50th anniversary. Full Story

3-1 Football Set for Homecoming Showdown with Wesleyan
October 13 - Fresh off a lopsided 31-0 victory at Colby - Amherst's third shutout win in its first four games - the Lord Jeff football team looks to improve to 4-1 with a Homecoming win over visiting Little Three rival Wesleyan University on Saturday. Get the scoop in our full game preview. Full Story

Jeffs Manhandle Colby, 31-0
October 11 - The Amherst football team posted its third shutout in its first four games, rebounding from last week’s 17-14 loss to Middlebury College with a lopsided 31-0 win at NESCAC rival Colby College on Saturday. The Jeffs held Colby to just 123 yards of total offense (56 passing, 67 rushing), sacked senior quarterback B.L. Lippert five times and forced the White Mules into two turnovers, upping their record to 3-1 on the season. Colby dropped to 2-2 with the loss. Full Story

Jeffs Bow to Middlebury, 17-14
October 4 - Sophomore wide receiver Michael Murray recovered his own blocked punt for a touchdown in the first half and caught a game-winning scoring strike from junior quarterback Mike Keenan with 1:12 left in regulation to lead visiting Middlebury (1-2/1-2 NESCAC) to its first win of the season - a 17-14 come-from-behind victory at previously undefeated Amherst (2-1/2-1 NESCAC) - in NESCAC football action on Saturday. Full Story

Offensive Coordinator Don Faulstick Thriving at Amherst
October 3 - It's Wednesday night, 8:00, and practice has long since finished. Don Faulstick reclines in his office with the lights dimmed, telephone in hand, jotting notes on a yellow legal pad. Only two days remain until Amherst's home opener - just 65 more hours to break down film, finish scouting, put the game-plan on paper, fine-tune the offense and relay it all to his charges. It's his 39th birthday, but there's work to be done. Full Story

Undefeated Jeffs Set for Saturday's Matchup with Middlebury
October 1 - Boasting the top offense in the NESCAC and an unscored-upon defense, the undefeated Amherst football team looks to run its record to 3-0 with a victory over visiting Middlebury College (0-2) on Saturday. Get the scoop in our full game preview. Full Story

Jeffs Improve to 2-0 with Second Straight Shutout; Blank Bowdoin 21-0
September 27 - Senior tailback Fletcher Ladd pierced the career 2,000-yard plateau with a game-high 138 rushing yards on Saturday, and junior quarterback Marsh Moseley completed 15 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown, as the undefeated and unscored upon Amherst football team improved to 2-0 with its second straight shutout, a one-sided 21-0 win over visiting Bowdoin College. Full Story

Whiting Making the Most of Life, On and Off the Field
September 25 - Senior Paul Whiting needs more hours in his day, literally. Each morning he looks at his schedule, and it’s like trying to fit an elephant in a suitcase - too many places to go, too many people to see and not enough time. Everything has to be compartmentalized, tucked neatly into different sections of his life and pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. Full Story

Jeffs Set for Saturday's Home Opener Against Bowdoin
September 23 - After bombing Bates 34-0 last Saturday in Lewiston, Maine, behind 166 rushing yards by senior Preseason All-American Fletcher Ladd, the Jeffs look to run their record to 2-0 when they host Bowdoin this Saturday at 1 p.m. Get the inside scoop in this full game preview. Full Story

Ladd Named NESCAC Football Offensive Player of the Week
September 22 - Amherst senior quad-captain tailback Fletcher Ladd was named the NESCAC Football Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after rushing 16 times for 166 yards, highlighted by a school record 90-yard touchdown run at the start of the second half, as the Jeffs blanked host Bates College 34-0 in both teams’ season opener. Full Story

Jeffs Blank Bates 34-0 in Season Opener
September 20 - All-NESCAC senior running back Fletcher Ladd rushed 16 times for 166 yards, highlighted by a school record 90-yard touchdown run at the start of the second half, while the Amherst defense held NESCAC rival Bates College to just 164 yards of total offense, as the Jeffs blanked the host Bobcats 34-0 in both teams’ season opener on Saturday, marking the fourth consecutive year Amherst has started its season with a shutout. Full Story

Whiting Named to AFCA Good Works Team
September 17 - Amherst senior quad-captain defensive back Paul Whiting was one of just 11 players from NCAA Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA named to the 12th Annual American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works team on Wednesday. Whiting was the only player chosen from the NESCAC and the second consecutive recipient from Amherst , following recently graduated place-kicker Mike Proman, who was named to the team in 2002. Full Story

Jeffs Return High-Powered Running Game, Experienced Quarterback in 2003
August 25 - The Jeffs finished 6-2 in 2002, and capped the season with an improbable 45-35 Homecoming win over previously undefeated Williams, which entered the game with a 15-game winning streak and a wealth of momentum in tow. To find similar success in 2003, they'll have to overcome the loss of 16 seniors on both sides of the ball, with the offensive line and defensive secondary being the hardest hit. Full Story

Ladd Tabbed Preseason All-America by D3football.com
August 18 - Amherst senior quad-captain tailback Fletcher Ladd was named a Second-Team Preseason All-American by D3football.com on Monday. Ladd, who finished second in the NESCAC with 1,148 rushing yards on 236 carries as a junior, was the second Amherst player to earn Preseason All-America honors this season, after junior return specialist Jay Wagstaff was named a second-team pick by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette. Full Story

Wagstaff Tabbed Preseason All-America by Football Gazette
July 18 - Amherst junior return specialist Jason Wagstaff was named a Second-Team Preseason All-American by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette after topping the NESCAC and finishing 18th in the nation in punt return average (14.1 yards per return), earning First-Team All-NESCAC and Second-Team ECAC Division III Northeast All-Star accolades, in 2002. Full Story

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