WILLIAMSTOWN, MA— Tufts gained 435 yards of total offense en route to a 30-15 win over Williams.
Tufts got the scoring started with 7:57 remaining in the first quarter on a 24-yard run by junior running back Chance Brady to give the Jumbos an early 7-0 lead. The Jumbos would not give up this lead for the remainder of the game.
The Jumbos extended their lead to 13-0 with 10:05 left in the second quarter on another Brady touchdown run, this time from one yard out. The ensuing extra point was missed.
Late in the first half, the Ephs were able to drive the ball deep into Tufts territory, in part, to an impressive catch by senior wide receiver Darrias Sime, who reached over his defender to secure the ball on the one-yard line. However, the Jumbo defense was able to hold strong on their goal line and forced a turnover on downs.
With their first possession of the second half, the Ephs cut the Tufts lead to 13-7 after senior quarterback Austin Lommen found senior receiver Mark Pomella in the end zone for a 40-yard touchdown pass.
Tufts answered on the ensuing drive with a 37-yard field goal by junior kicker Will Holmquist, to lead to 16-7 with 10:22 remaining in the third quarter.
After an interception by senior linebacker Patrick Williams late in the third quarter, the Jumbos were able to extend their lead further to 23-7 with a five-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Alex Snyder to junior receiver Mike Rando.
Tufts would score again, making their lead to 30-7 with 14:42 left in the game, on an Alex Snyder rush from one yard out.
Williams able to cut their deficit to 30-15 on an eight-yard end zone fade pass from Austin Lommen to Darrias Sime with 11:54 remaining in the game. Lommen threw to senior receiver Colin Brown for the two-point conversion. This would cap the scoring on the day.
"It starts with our lack of discipline at times in the football game and us not being able to score the ball when we need to," said Williams head coach Aaron Kelton when asked about the difference in the game.
Tufts was very efficient moving the ball on the ground. The Jumbos racked up 250 yards rushing on the day. Snyder was solid in the passing game, throwing for 185 yards and a touchdown.
Williams was able to move the ball incredibly well in the passing game. Lommen went 33-53, a school record for completions in one game, and finished the day with 363 yards and two touchdowns. Sime notched 135 receiving yards and a touchdown. Pomella also had a big day with 116 receiving yards and a touchdown.
However, the Tufts defense was strong in their rush defense, only allowing the Ephs to gain 35 yards on the ground.
"They're a good football team and we have to get better at running the football," said Eph head caoch Kelton of his team's difficulty rushing the ball. "I know the offensive line is working hard at it, but we have to get better. I mean we just have to. It's been a hard year for us running the football and we have to be able to move guys off the ball and score touchdowns."
Senior Elijah Eaton led the Ephs defense with 10 tackles including seven solos.
Patrick Williams, who notched 11 tackles with eight solos, led the Tufts defense.
Kelton pointed out some bright spots in the defeat saying, "We got better in our special teams, which I was pleased with. I was pleased with the way we played in the secondary with two freshman corners who had to start and take the majority of the snaps today. I was pleased with that, but we have a lot to work on in terms of our discipline and being able to go out and play disciplined football and not put ourselves in a bad position. That's what we have to do."
This loss drops the Ephs to 2-3 on the season. They take on Hamilton at home next Saturday.
The Jumbos, now 4-1, will face Amherst at home next week.