WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Led by record-breaking performances from Zach Driscoll, McCallum Foote and Daniel Kenerson, the Panthers (4-0) secured a 30-13 victory against the Ephs (1-3); their first win over Williams since 2000.
Kenerson tied the 2008 school record with three interceptions, while Foote had a career high 431 passing yards. Driscoll's 250 receiving yards today were the second most in Middlebury College history; Tom Cleaver set the record with 256 against Bates in 2004.
Middlebury is 4-0 for the first time since 1992.
Middlebury led throughout the contest, but midway through the third quarter the Ephs got their lone touchdown of the day on a 5-yard run by Kristian LaPointe to cap off an 84-yard drive. The PAT by Joe Mallock cut the Middlebury lead from 10 to 3, 16-13.
Middlebury responded quickly to the Williams TS though as Foote completed a scoring pass to Brendan Rankowitz at the close of the third. The 13-yard pass was the last in an 8-play drive of 82 yards, giving Middlebury a 10-point lead, 23-13.
Foote then connected a 41-yard scoring strike to Driscoll to open the fourth quarter and the Middlebury lead grew to 17 with the successful PAT, 30-13. The TD pass finished off a 77-yard drive in just five plays.
With 12:04 to play in the third, Foote connected with Driscoll for the duo's first touchdown, sending a 50-yard pass his way. Jake Feury's kick was blocked, and Middlebury led 16-6. "It's not what they did. It's what we did, or didn't do for that matter. We didn't' cover Driscoll and then we don't get the timely stops we need," head coach Aaron Kelton said of today's match up.
In the second quarter Joe Mallock of Williams and Middlebury's Jake Feury each put three points on the board with field goals. Mallock had a 24-yard field goal with 7:15 remaining in the half, topping off a 12-play, 84-yard drive for the Ephs and setting the score at 10-6. Feury's field goal preceded Mallock's and the 20-yarder gave Middlebury 10-3 advantage.
The first half wound down with Williams trailing Middlebury by 7. "They made some good adjustments to us and we didn't do the same," Kelton said of the first half. "We had the opportunity to adjust and adapt a little better."
With his two field goals today Mallock has extended his streak of consecutive field goals made to 11.
Foote connected on 27 of 43 passes for 431 yards and 4 touchdowns while Marske succeeded on 13 of 29 tosses for 137 yards, 0 TDs and 3 interceptions. "He's not confident right now and it's really difficult on our team," Kelton said of Marske's performance today.
Middlebury totaled 556 offensive yards, 431 in the air and 125 on the ground. Williams had 306 cumulative yards, 137 on pass plays and 169 on ground game. "Our run game was good today; we ran the ball really well and I was pleased with that," Kelton noted.
The team looks forward to their fifth NESCAC match up next week. "We've got to buckle up because our team's character is being challenged at 1 and 3," Kelton explained. "I will get this back going the right way if I have to work 24 hours a day."
Williams is scheduled to play at Tufts next weekend. Kickoff is set for 1:30pm on Saturday. Middlebury will be at home vs. Bates in a 1:00 PM contest.