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September 27, 2008

Jumbos pull away from Bobcats in football

Jennings

Mullin

Burke

McAllister

Taylor

Walker

SOMERVILLE, Mass. -- Bill Jennings picked off two passes and Ryan Mullin scored his first career touchdown, but the Bates College football team dropped a 34-7 decision to host Tufts University on Saturday afternoon.

Big plays highlighted the Jumbos' efforts in their win. Tufts' touchdowns included a 60-yard run by senior tailback Will Forde, a 71-yard pass from junior QB Anthony Fucillo to senior WR Stephen Black and a 48-yard interception return by junior safety Tom Tassinari. Tufts improved to 2-0 while Bates dropped to 0-2.

Bates defense held strong during the first two possessions, holding Tufts to three-and-out and a failed fourth-down attempt from the Bobcat 34-yard line. The Tufts defense was equally as strong, holding the Bobcats on their first two drives. The Jumbos struck first when Fucillo passed 18 yards to senior WR David Halas for a 7-0 Tufts lead at 3:00 of the first quarter.

Tufts went up 13-0 on Forde's 60-yard run with 38 seconds to play in the first. It was his third touchdown of the young season. Forde would finish the game with 116 yards on 19 carries. A 37-yard Fucillo to Black connection on the next Tufts drive put the Jumbos at the Bates 5-yard line, but Fucillo was intercepted by Bates junior Jennings (Marshfield, Mass.) in the end zone.

The Jumbos went up 20-0 with 8:01 left in the second quarter when Fucillo hooked up with Black for the 71-yard touchdown pass. Late in the second quarter, Tassinari's 48-yard interception return put the Jumbos up 27-0.  

With a heavy rain beginning to fall at halftime, the teams turned to the run and the second half was played very quickly. After an hour-long first half and a 20-minute halftime, the third and fourth quarters were played in about 45 minutes total for a final game length of just 2:10.

Bates sophomore Chris Burke (Andover, Mass.) blocked a punt after a bad snap and it was recovered by sophomore Evan Tierney (Carlisle, Mass.) at the Tufts 20 early in the third. Bates was unable to take advantage and turned the ball over on downs. Tufts then capped off their scoring at 13:26 in the fourth quarter on fullback Kevin Anderson's 1-yard touchdown run.

Later in the fourth quarter, Tufts had more special teams difficulties when another punt went awry with the Bobcats taking over at the Tufts 17-yard line. Bobcat sophomore QB Ryan Larsen (Hull, Mass.) completed a pass to junior tight end Matt Sherburne (Windham, Maine) for 13 yards to the Tufts 4. A 3-yard run by senior Greg Thornton (Norwell, Mass.) led to a 1-yard TD rush by Mullin (Duxbury, Mass.) at 6:53 of the fourth, the senior fullback's first career touchdown.

Fucillo was a productive 9 for 13 for 195 yards and the two touchdowns. Halas caught four balls for 48 yards and Black gained 108 yards on his two receptions.

Bates freshman Dylan Taylor (Madison, Conn.) gave the Bobcats a spark with eight carries for 38 yards in the second half. Seven tackles each by sophomore Myles Walker (Needham, Mass.), junior Kyle McAllister (Exeter, N.H.) and senior Coleman Peeke (Exeter, N.H.) led Bates defensively. Walker had 1.5 tackles for losses, including an eight-yard sack. Jennings added a tackle for a loss to his two interceptions.

Bates will host Williams College at 1 p.m. next Saturday for its home opener during Parents and Family Weekend.

STATS: Tufts 34, Bates 7

Bates College

2 Andrews Road

Lewiston, ME 04240

Phone: 1-207-786-6255

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