Photo by Charlie Quigg '09

Quarterback Nick Kehoe, posted career number against Colby, going 21-of-31 for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns

Amherst Blows Out NESCAC Rival Colby College, 38-3

October 14, 2006

AMHERST, MA – Senior quarterback Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT) posted career numbers in a 38-3 blowout of NESCAC’s number six ranked Colby College. Kehoe threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions on 21-of-31 passing. First year Aaron Rauh (Hudson, OH) and sophomore Anthony Fuller (Millbury, MA) each added rushing touchdowns for the Jeffs, while first year kicker Matt Eberhart (Plano, TX) chipped in a 35 yard field goal and three extra points. The win moves the Jeffs to 3-1 on the season, while dropping the White Mules to 1-3 on the year.

After trading field goals in the first and second quarter, the Amherst and Colby offenses looked as though they both might stall on the day, and Amherst fans feared they were in line for another defensive battle after last week’s 7-3 loss to Middlebury. With only 0:41 left in the first half Kehoe connected with his favorite target on the day, Jim Eckenrode (Madison, CT) for a 12 yard touchdown reception, capping off a three play, 59 yard possession, which lasted only twenty-six seconds.

The Jeffs came out of halftime leading Colby 10-3, and never looked back, scoring just seventy seconds into the third quarter to set loose the offense and Kehoe’s career day. This particular score was by way of a familiar connection for Jeff fans, as Kehoe found senior wide-out Mark Hannon (Glen Rock, NJ) on a 27-yard touchdown toss. The long touchdown topped off a four play, 53 yard drive, but was only a small taste of what Kehoe had in store for Colby.

After Rauh punched home his score, Amherst ended the third quarter with a 24-3 advantage, riding a high-powered offense, and a stingy defense which allowed only 181 total yards of offense by the Colby unit. Leading the Jeffs on defense was sophomore linebacker Mike Flanagan (Sherborn, MA), who racked up 11 total take downs, with one sack for nine yards lost. Also making huge contributions on the defensive side of the ball was first year inside linebacker Mike Taylor (Evanston, IL) who added a handful of tackles and returned an interception 26 yards down the sideline, ultimately leading to an Amherst touchdown.

In the fourth quarter, Amherst added another two touchdowns, the first off another long Kehoe bomb to Eckenrode for a 46 yard score, and the second off a Fuller 9 yard TD scamper.

When it was all said and done, Eckenrode had piled up 85 yards receiving and two touchdowns, while senior wide-out Justin Macione (Mansfield, MA) added 82 yards on five catches, while Hannon had 90 all-purpose yards on the afternoon.

The Colby offense was led by Tyler Cote (Barrington, RI) who had 35 yards on 15 runs, and quarterback Justin Smith (Rockland, MA) who had 112 yards on 12-of-22 passing, while running for 28 yards on 8 carries. Smith’s favorite receiver on the day was tight-end Brennan Moore (Fairfield, CT) who had 34 yards receiving on three catches.

Saturday, October 14, 2006@Pratt Field – Amherst College – Amherst Mass

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Colby College.......    0  3  0  0  -  3       Record: (1-3,1-3)
Amherst.............        3  7 14 14  - 38       Record: (3-1,3-1)

Scoring Summary:
1st 07:24 AMH - Matt Eberhart 35 yd field goal, 6-34 2:23, COL 0 - AMH 3
2nd 05:44 COL - Brian Bachow 25 yd field goal, 18-86 8:53, COL 3 - AMH 3
    00:41 AMH - Jim Eckenrode 12 yd pass from Nick Kehoe (Matt Eberhart kick), 3-59 0:26, COL 3 - AMH 10
3rd 13:35 AMH - Mark Hannon 27 yd pass from Nick Kehoe (Matt Eberhart kick), 4-53 1:10, COL 3 - AMH 17
    07:37 AMH - Aaron Rauh 5 yd run (Matt Eberhart kick), 13-72 4:27, COL 3 - AMH 24
4th 11:46 AMH - Jim Eckenrode 46 yd pass from Nick Kehoe (Matt Eberhart kick), 1-46 0:14, COL 3 - AMH 31
    04:30 AMH - Anthony Fuller 9 yd run (Mike Quirk kick), 3-12 1:33, COL 3 - AMH 38

Team                                                                      COL      AMH

FIRST DOWNS...................                                  10       19
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............         40-69   33-101
PASSING YDS (NET).............                             112      330
Passes Att-Comp-Int...........                                24-12-1  31-21-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....              64-181   64-431
Fumble Returns-Yards..........                               0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............                                 1--1     4-39
Kickoff Returns-Yards.........                                6-85     2-38
Interception Returns-Yards....                            0-0     1-26
Punts (Number-Avg)............                               8-35.1   4-31.0
Fumbles-Lost..................                                      1-1      0-0
Penalties-Yards...............                                     3-25     5-53
Possession Time...............                                   28:31    26:59
Third-Down Conversions........                           6 of 16  6 of 13
Fourth-Down Conversions.......                         0 of 0   0 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......                          1-1      4-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards........                            0-0     2-21

 

RUSHING: Colby College-Tyler Cote 15-34; Michael Cuqua 9-25; Justin Smith
8-7; Dan Prunier 7-5; TEAM 1-minus 2. Amherst-Aaron Rauh 14-51; Eric NeSmith
6-21; Anthony Fuller 7-19; Nick Kehoe 4-8; Will Beeson 2-2.

PASSING: Colby College-Justin Smith 12-22-0-112; Billy Ryan 0-2-1-0.
Amherst-Nick Kehoe 21-31-0-330.

RECEIVING: Colby College-Brennan Moore 3-34; Andrew Carey 3-27; Tyler
Cote 2-22; Casey Shea 2-6; Justin Clark 1-12; Justin Candon 1-11. Amherst-Justin
Macione 5-82; Mark Hannon 4-58; Jim Eckenrode 3-85; Mike Myers 3-55; Matt
Johnson 3-20; Matt Dunleavy 1-12; Aaron Rauh 1-9; Will Beeson 1-9.

INTERCEPTIONS: Colby College-None. Amherst-Mike Taylor 1-26.

FUMBLES: Colby College-Dan Prunier 1-1. Amherst-None.

SACKS (UA-A): Colby College-None. Amherst-Mike Flanagan 1-0; Nick Boehm
1-0.

TACKLES (UA-A): Colby College-Andrew Heaney 9-8; John Murphy 2-5; Sam
Handler 3-2; Paul Howanitz 1-4; Alex Halls 1-4; Jackson Parker 2-2; Chris
Copeland 2-2; Greg Enos 1-3; Josh Donabedian 0-4; Kevin Bird 2-1; Scott Roulston
2-1; Mike Bracco 1-2; Mark Ozarowski 2-0; Brian Liberty 2-0; Tom Daley 1-1;
Brennan Moore 1-0; Garrett Hatton 0-1; Clayton Marshall 0-1; Jeremy Steed 0-1;
Nick Tucker 0-1; Greg Smith 0-1. Amherst-Mike Flanagan 5-6; Chris Mottau 7-1;
Dakota Jones 2-4; Preston Puryear 1-5; Rob Grammar 5-0; Jack Ewen Jr. 3-1; Mike
Salerno 1-3; Brendan McKee 0-4; Guy Matisis 2-1; Travis Doering 1-2; A.J. Scola
1-2; Edwin Urey 1-2; Mike Taylor 0-3; Mike Meola 2-0; Pat Moriarty 2-0; Nick
Boehm 1-1; Chris Govey 0-2; Anthony Fuller 1-0; Tim Nelson 1-0; Fred Argir 1-0;
Eric Pender 0-1; Fran Florio 0-1; Greg Smith 0-1; Patroba Michieka 0-1; Idris
McClain 0-1.

 

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