Posted: Sep 29, 2018
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.
* 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.
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.