SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Colby College’s John Baron tied two school records after booting four field goals in a 44-12 loss at Tufts University in NESCAC football Saturday at Ellis Oval/Zimman Field.
In a game closer than the final score indicates, Baron kicked four straight field goals to turn a 16-0 deficit into a 16-12 margin with 10:15 left in the third quarter.
Baron tied former All-NESCAC kicker John Goss ’06 for most field goals in a game and most field goals in a season (9). Baron still has one more game left when the Mules play host to rival Bowdoin College next Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Colby (2-5 overall) had an early miscue and Tufts (6-1) took advantage with a defensive touchdown.
A 32-yard punt return by Mike Rando of the Jumbos gave Tufts the ball on the Colby 26-yard line. Five plays later, running back Chance Brady scored the first of three touchdowns to give Tufts a 7-0 lead with 10:18 to play in the opening quarter.
After a roughing the punter penalty on Tufts gave the Mules an automatic first down, Colby went deep on the next play on a 56-yard pass play from quarterback Christian Sparacio to Sebastian Ferrell to the Jumbo 4-yard line.
The game took a major turn on the next play. Sparacio rolled to his left and tried to squeeze in a pass to Ferrell. However, Tim Preston picked off the pass and raced 99 yards down the right sideline and in front of Colby’s bench for the touchdown. Tufts missed the extra point and led 13-0.
With a drive start at its own 49-yard line, Tufts went 23 yards in seven plays before settling for a 45-yard field goal from Willie Holmquist for a 16-0 margin.
Baron’s string of field goals started in the second quarter when Colby cut the lead to 16-9 at halftime
Tufts gave up the ball on downs at the Colby 44-yard line. In a drive that had four penalties between the two teams, the Mules had first down and goal at the Jumbo 7-yard line. Baron, though, was called on to kick after the Mules could not score and booted a 23-yard field goal with 7:52 to intermission.
After a botched punt by Tufts, Colby took over at the Jumbo 22-yard line. The Mules could only move the ball 3 yards and settled for a 36-yard field goal from Baron to cut the lead to 16-6 with 4:52 left.
After Colby’s defense came up big again on a three-and-out by Tufts, the Mules’ special teams came alive when Jake Schwern blocked a punt and Colby took over at the Jumbo 16-yard line.
Colby’s offense stalled after gaining six yards and Baron hit on a 27-yard field goal with 1:46 to play in the second quarter.
Colby took the second half kickoff and drove 61 yards on 12 plays before Baron hit from 31 yards out for his fourth field goal. The Mules had no play go for more than 12 yards on the drive, but Colby did benefit from a 15-yard personal foul call on the Jumbos.
Brady took over on the ensuing drive and helped Tufts to a 23-12 lead on a 1-yard scoring run with 7:39 remaining. He had runs of 31 and 18 yards on the drive.
After a three-and-out by the Colby offense, Tufts ran seven straight running plays to go up 30-12 on a 1-yard run by Dominic Borelli. Jumbo quarterback Ryan McDonald had a 40-yard run on the drive.
Tufts’ next drive start was at the Colby 39-yard line and the Jumbos used seven running plays. Brady scored his third touchdown on a 7-yard scoring run for a 37-12 lead with 12:31 left in the game.
After a 46-yard punt by Baron, Tufts went 11 plays and 56 yards to get its final score. Max Athy had a 2-yard touchdown run for the final points.
Ferrell had four catches for 102 yards, one rush of 12 yards, and averaged nearly 20 yards per kickoff return.
Brady, a NESCAC Player of the Year candidate, rushed 26 times for 174 yards. The Jumbos only threw for 90 yards, but ran for 347 on 60 carries. McDonald had 84 yards rushing.
Justin Lamere, Ian Dickey, and Bryan McAdams all had 11 tackles for the Mules. Don Vivian had nine stops, AJ Carrigan made seven tackles, and Sebastien Philemon had six tackles and a fumble recovery.