Amherst opened the game with a 14-play, 87-yard scoring drive capped by a six-yard pass from Rich Willard to Chris Miller. The rest of the half was dominated by Amherst, as the Lord Jeffs outgained the Continentals 239 yards to 59 yards. On all but one series of the first half, the Continentals were forced to punt after four plays. But Amherst managed only three more points, a 19-yd. field goal by David Bobruff as time expired in the half.
The Hamilton offense came alive in the second half. Late in the third quarter, the Continentals had a six-yard touchdown pass called back because of a holding penalty. On the very next play Hamilton quarterback Dan DeBlois was intercepted. But, on the Continentals next possesion, DeBlois scrambled in from four yards out to cut the deficit to 10-6 (the extra point was missed) with 9:07 remaining in the game
Amherst answered with a 10-play, 64-yard scoring drive to go up 17-6. Quaterback Rich Willard took in a quarterback sneak on third and one for the touchdown. Hamilton drove to the Amherst 45 with several minutes left, but an interception ended any hopes for a comeback.