Erik NeSmith '09
Rookie tailback Eric NeSmith posted a career-high 76 yards and his first collegiate touchdown on Saturday.

Jeffs Deal Colby First Loss, 28-9


October 15, 2005

WATERVILLE, ME - The Amherst College football team dealt NESCAC host Colby College its first loss of the season on Saturday, 28-9. Junior triple-threat Mark Hannon (Glen Rock, NJ) led the way with 232 all-purpose yards, including a 78-yard touchdown catch and a 46-yard scoring scamper as the Jeffs improved to 3-1, while the Mules fell to 3-1.

Despite a 9-0 Colby halftime lead, the Jeffs stormed out of the gates after the break as junior signal caller Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT) found Hannon on Amherst's first play for the 78-yard scoring strike. The Jeffs forced a quick Colby three-and-out, and just three plays later Hannon raced around the end for his 46-yard touchdown run and the eventual game-winning points.

Another Colby drive would end quickly and the Jeff offense struck again as Kehoe tossed his second touchdown pass of the day, finding classmate Justin Macione (Mansfield, MA) for a 30-yard score. In their first 2:35 of second-half possession, the Jeffs racked up a quick 21 points and sealed the victory.

Amherst rookie tailback Eric NeSmith (Newark, NJ) capped the scoring with a seven-yard plunge with just over seven minutes left in regulation. The Amherst defense set the tone in the second half, limiting the Mules to just 52 yards of total offense and three first downs.

Colby took an early 2-0 lead as an Amherst snap sailed over the head of Hannon and into the end zone for a safety. The Jeffs drove down inside the Colby 30-yard line on their next drive, but senior Justin Roemer's (Jupiter, FL) 42-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left and the Mules retained the slight edge. Colby marched down to the Amherst seven-yard line, but Amherst junior linebacker Greg Muecke (Atlanta, GA) stalled the drive, picking off Colby junior quarterback Justin Smith (Rockland, MA). The Jeff defense came up with a second-straight takeaway on Colby's next drive as sophomore cornerback Chris Mottau (Holliston, MA) intercepted Smith, but Amherst couldn't convert as Roemer missed left on his second field-goal try.

The Mules wouldn't be denied on their next possession as senior running back Aaron Stepka (Bristol, CT) reeled off 52 yards on the ground and Smith capped the 80-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Roddy Ames (Cotuit, MA).

NeSmith led the Amherst rushing attack with 76 yards and his first collegiate touchdown on 14 carries, while Reigning NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week Ngai Otieno (Gloucester, MA) finished with 72 yards on 11 carries and senior Dom Cama (Miami Lakes, FL) posted 50 yards on 12 touches. Kehoe completed 10-of-21 passing for 210 yards and a pair of scores. Hannon was the main recipient hauling in five catches for 142 yards. Mottau led the defense with eight takedowns, a forced fumble and an interception, while Roemer and senior tri-captain L.J. Spinnato (Madison, CT) notched 7 tackles apiece, and senior Dan Kovolisky (Clark, NJ) and junior Brendan McKee (Hull, MA) each posted a sack.

Stepka paced the Mule offense with 142 rushing yards on 24 carries, while Smith was limited to just 55 yards on six-of-22 passing. Senior defensive back Travis Agustin (Pearl City, HI) was the only player in the game with double-digits in tackles with 10, including 1.5 for loss. Seniors Mike Bracco (North Hampton, NH) and Josh Berman (Lyndon Center, VT) followed closely behind with nine and eight takedowns, respectively.

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 1 p.m., hosting Little Three rival Wesleyan University for homecoming.