Lafayette Leopards Football vs. Colgate (11/06/2010)

Lafayette Leopards Football vs. Colgate (11/06/2010)
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Game 9
Lafayette at Colgate
November 6, 2010

HAMILTON, N.Y. _Colgate generated 415 yards of offense, including 212 from Nate Eachus, in a 24-14 win. Colgate QB Pat Sullivan rushed for 76 yards while completing 11-of-18 pass for 127 yards.

Facing one of the nation_s top rushers in Eachus, Lafayette was ready to go early on in the game. Nick Nardone stopped the opening drive with an interception in the end zone. Another defensive stop seven minutes in forced a Colgate punt to midfield. Jet Kollie returned it 16 yards and a Colgate personal foul followed. Lafayette took over at the Colgate 19 with 7:51 left. Marc Quilling hit Kyle Hayes for 18 yards to set up Alan Elder_s one-yard TD plunge.

Early in the second quarter, Colgate trimmed the Lafayette lead to 7-3 on a 26-yard field goal. Later in the second quarter, Eachus started moving the chains. He picked up 42 yards before a 1st-and-10 at the 25. Kyle Simmons ended the drive with a forced fumble that Mike Schmidlein recovered.

Trailing 10-7, Lafayette turned it over. Demitri Diamond picked off a pass at the Colgate 32-yard line and returned it 19 yards. Four plays later, Colgate capitalized with a 34-yard TD by Eachus. Colgate led 17-7 at intermission.

In the second half, the Raiders took over on the Lafayette 49. A 14-yard run by Sullivan and a 20-yard Sullivan pass to Gigi Cadet placed Colgate at the 11-yard line. Two plays later Eachus finished the drive with a nine-yard scamper and a 24-7 lead. Lafayette worked its way back into the game, using a nine-play, 90-yard drive that ran into the fourth quarter. Quilling passed to a wide-open Layton in the corner of the end zone for a TD. Lafayette trailed 24-14 with 13 minutes remaining.

The Leopards needed a stop and the defense responded. Simmons picked off a pass and returned it 16 yards to the Colgate 31. The Leopard offense, however, was intercepted on its last two drives to end the game.

Final Score: Colgate 24, Lafayette 14

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