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Defensive plays not enough as Middlebury stops football, 22-9









MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury limited the Bates offense to 149 yards of total offense and six first downs in a 22-9 NESCAC football victory Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

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Middlebury (2-3) possessed the ball for nearly 40 minutes of the game even as quarterback Donald McKillop threw the ball 60 times, completing 38 attempts for 365 yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Plumley rushed for 116 yards as the Panthers piled up 532 yards of offense on the day.

Bates (1-4) got all of its points in the second quarter, and all as a direct result of McKillop's two interceptions. Senior Gavin Segall-Abrams (Greensboro, N.C.) kicked a 27-yard field goal after junior Brett McAllister (Exeter, N.H.) picked off McKillop and ran it back 29 yards to set up the Bobcat offense on the Middlebury 12. Bates could only advance the ball two yards and settle for three points, closing the gap to 10-3 with 3:15 left in the half. Two possessions later, Middlebury took the ball over at its own 26. Under heavy pressure, McKillop was intercepted by junior defensive end Tyler Kuehl (Plymouth, N.H.) back at the 15, and Kuehl ran it in to the end zone for his second career pick-six. A missed kick on the point-after left the score at 10-9.

Forty-six seconds left in the half were enough for the Panthers to regain a seven-point lead. They started out at their own 42, and McKillop threw three straight completions, including a 35-yarder to Alex Englert that took the Panthers to the Bates 6 with 15 seconds left. On 3rd and goal with six seconds left on the clock, McKillop found Zach Driscoll for a four-yard touchdown. Anthony Kuchan's extra-point attempt failed, ending the half at 16-9 Middlebury.

Kuchan did all the scoring for either team in the second half, hitting a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter and adding a 23-yarder early in the fourth. Bates only held the ball for four possessions, totaling 8:19 of the clock, in the entire second half.

David Reed caught 10 passes for 86 yards to lead Middlebury's receiving corps, which had seven players make four catches or more. Matt Rayner caught seven balls for 60 yards, Englert was 5-for-71 and Nick Resor was 5-for-62.

Bates rushed for only 42 yards a week after gaining 215 against Wesleyan. Sophomore Patrick George (Gloucester, Mass.) had a team-high 17 rushing yards on five carries. Sophomore Trevor Smith (8-16, 79 yards) and junior Ryan Katon (3-9, 28 yards) split time at quarterback for the third straight game. Junior John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) led Bates receivers with four catches for 45 yards.

Bates junior linebacker Kevin Helm (Norwell, Mass.) had career highs with 15 tackles, 12 solo. Senior Myles Walker (Needham, Mass.) also had a career-high 15 tackles (8 solo), while junior Cam Evans (Norwell, Mass.) and senior Ted Durkin (Rye Beach, N.H.) had season highs of 12 and 11 tackles apiece, respectively.

Andrew Poulin made a team-high seven tackles for Middlebury.

Stats and Play by Play: Middlebury 22, Bates 9