WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Undefeated Amherst received the opening kickoff and proceeded to march down the field and score to take a 7-0 that they never relinquished en route to a 31-18 win over host Williams.
The win gave Amherst the 2011 NESCAC and Little Three titles and a perfect season (8-0). With the loss Williams closed out the 2011 campaign at 5-3.
Amherst's opening drive was an 8–play, 66–yard effort capped by a 15-yard run by QB Brian McMahon at 11:54 of the quarter.
Williams got on the scoreboard with just 31 seconds left in the opening quarter when sophomore Joseph Mallock connected on a 41-yard FG. Mallock booted his second FG of the day with 10:38 left in the second quarter when he split the uprights from 23 yards out, cutting the Amherst lead to one at 7-6.
Amherst assumed control of the contest over the final 7:15 of the second quarter when they put 17 unanswered up with the final three coming off 39-yard FG from Matt Rawson with 1 second remaining in the half. First Rawson attempted a FG that went wide, but Williams had called a timeout just before the snap, but Rawson was true on the second attempt.
Amherst's two TDs in the second quarter came off a 3-yard run by Eric Bunker and a 10-yard pass from McMahon to Mike Samela.
Amherst took a 24-6 lead into the halftime break.
11 Eph penalties accounted for 141 yards and those miscues combined with untimely turnovers put Williams in a hole too deep to dig out of today. Amherst's Kevin Ferber recorded a TD at 9:35 of the third period when he pounced on a fumble that came off a sack of Eph QB Adam Marske. Amherst now boasted a lead of 31-6.
"Amherst is a very good team," commented Eph head coach Aaron Kelton. "Best in NESCAC this year. Their defense kept us off balance and then we added to our problems with turnovers and penalties."
Williams did notch two TDs over the game's final 24 minutes on a pair of one-yard runs by Tommy Wohlwender, but the Ephs were unsuccessful on both PATs, resulting in a final score of 31-18.
The win marks the first time Amherst has won consecutive games on Williams' Weston Field since 1983 and 1985.
The balanced Amherst attack featured 165 yards on the ground and 147 through air. Williams rushed for 115 yards and totaled 238 yards in the air.
Amherst's Eric Bunker led all rushers with 107, registering one yard more than the Ephs' Tommy Wohlwender (106).
Amherst QB Brian McMahon hit on 14 of 27 passes, while being intercepted once. McMahon's aerials were good for 147 yards and 1 TD.
The Ephs employed both senior Chris Cleary and sophomore Adam Marske at QB and Markse had the most success, completing 18-25 passes for 171 yards.
The Ephs' J.C. Stickney topped all receivers with 8 catches for 73 yards, while Amherst was led by Ben Kettering hauled in five passes for 58 yards.
Defensively the Lord Jeffs tallied five QB sacks, with Kevin Ferber collecting a game-high four. Doug Gephardt led the Jeff defense with a game-high 14 tackles (10 solos). Junior LB Emmanuel Whyte led the Eph defense with 9 tackles (8 solos).