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Football tied in third quarter in setback to Panthers

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College football team was kicking a field goal for the lead in the third quarter, but the final 16 minutes of the game went Middlebury College's way in a 31-14 victory in NESCAC play at Harold Alfond Stadium.
 
Game highlights
* With under seven minutes remaining in the third quarter and the game tied at 7-7, the Panthers' Michael Carr  blocked a field goal of just 19 yards to turn the momentum around.
 
* After a Colby interception gave the Panthers the ball at the Mules' 8-yard line, Colby's defense did the job and forced a field goal. Carter Massengill hit from 25 yards out to give Middlebury a 10-7 edge with 22 seconds left in the third quarter.
 
* The Mules appeared to have the opportunity to take the lead again when CJ Hassan had an interception at the Middlebury 19-yard line. However, the Mules were stopped at 4th-and-2 at the 11-yard line.
 
* The Panthers went eight plays and used 3:31 to take a 17-7 lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Will Jernigan to Frank Cosolito with 6:22 to play for a 17-7 margin.
 
* On the ensuing drive by the Mules, Middlebury's Matthew Daniel had a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown and suddenly the Panthers had a 24-7 lead with 5:40 to play.
 
* On the first play of the next drive for the Mules, Colby fumbled the ball and the Panthers' Charles Roselle picked it up and raced 14 yards to the Mule 4-yard line. Jernigan had a 6-yard scoring run on the first play to make it 31-7. Middlebury scored three touchdowns in a span of 1:07.
 
* The Mules closed out the scoring on a 76-yard drive, capped off by a 8-yard scoring pass from Matt Hersch to Andrew DeFranco with 1:27 left in the game.
 
* Colby's tying touchdown in the third quarter came on a nice strike from Hersch to Ethan Smith on a 20-yard pass play.
 
By the numbers
* Hersch was 20-for-36 for 182 yards and two touchdown passes for the Mules (0-3 overall). Smith had three catches for 57 yards, while Bernie Sander had a game-high six grabs for 39 yards. Schwern finished with 76 yards rushing.
 
* Jernigan had 11 rushes for 79 yards and threw for 95 yards for the Panthers (2-1 overall). Peter Sciibilla added 72 yards on 13 carries. 
 
* Marcus Bullard and Patrick Sopko both had eight tackles to lead Colby. Hans Gabriel added seven stops and one pass break-up. 
 
* Jonathan Hobart led all tacklers with 10 for Middlebury. Bobby Ritter and Kevin Maxwell both had seven stops.
 
Next up
The Mules will play host to Wesleyan University next Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of Family Homecoming Weekend. The Cardinals fell to Hamilton College at home on Saturday.
 
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