WATERVILLE, Maine -- Patrick Yale (pictured) returned a fumble for a touchdown and first-year quarterback Jack O'Brien had a big day with 297 passing yards to lift the Colby College football team to a 27-7 win over Hamilton College in NESCAC play Saturday at Harold Alfond Stadium.
Colby doubled its win total from last year with three contests remaining. The Mules, who ring a Revere Bell after each win, rang the bell at home for the first time in two years.
Yale finished with the touchdown, an interception and return of 40 yards, four pass break-ups, and four tackles.
The Mules went up 10-0 on their longest scoring drive of the game. Colby used 5:13 off the clock and drove 64 yards on 11 plays. John Baron booted a 22-yard field goal with 9:47 left to halftime. Sebastian Ferrell had two catches for 29 yards on the drive.
With a drive start at their own 45-yard line, the Mules went 55 yards on eight plays to go up 17-0. Ryder Arsenault caught an 8-yard pass on a slant pattern to the goal line for the score. Mark Snyder (pictured) had the big play on the drive when he hauled in a 31-yard pass from O'Brien on a 3rd-and-10.
The Mules took the kickoff to start the second half and knocked 6:36 off the clock on a drive of 59 yards. Baron booted his second field goal, this time from 33 yards out for a 20-7 margin. On a 3rd-and-6 play, Ferrell caught a 40-yard pass from O'Brien on the drive.
O'Brien completed all four passes on the drive and ended it with a 19-yard toss to Alex Kramer for the touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter.
Gray completed 17 passes for 185 yards and the one touchdown. Charles Ensley had six catches for 85 yards.
Don Vivian had six tackles, made an interception, and had two pass break-ups for Colby. Will Caffey, Ian Dickey, and McAdams all had five tackles.