FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, Oct. 10, 1998

WESLEYAN EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO SIX GAMES
WITH HARD-FOUGHT 29-17 WIN AT COLBY

WATERVILLE, Me. --- Playing in a steady downpour here this afternoon, Wesleyan (3-0) and Colby (1-2) battled to the wire as Wesleyan pulled away for a hard-fought 29-17 victory to extend its win streak to six games stemming from the 1997 season.

With Wesleyan leading 23-17 midway throught the final quarter, quarterback Jake Fay, who completed 14 of 32 passes for 138 yards, connected with receiver Nate Moore on a critical 3rd-and-7 play from the Colby 24-yard line. The 14-yard reception gave Wesleyan a 1st-and-goal just inside the 10-yard line, and when Fay hit Moore on the next play for the TD to the right side, it boosted the Wesleyan edge to 29-17 with 7:36 remaining, providing the needed cushion. The Wesleyan defense, which limited Colby to zero net yards rushing from 25 attempts, forced a punt on the next Colby possession and Wesleyan's Mark Olschefskie made his second interception of the game on the final Colby series to give Wesleyan a chance to run out the clock.

Mistakes from punt formation by Colby led directly to three Wesleyan scores as a bad snap in the first quarter sailed over Colby punter Darren Ireland, giving Wesleyan the ball at the Colby 25-yard line. From there, a 22-yard rush from Tom Themistocles, who had 20 carries for 97 yards, set up a two-yard TD toss from Fay to Matt Perceval, the 10th TD connection between the two this season. After Colby moved ahead 10-6 midway through the second quarter, Wesleyan's Dion Mueller recovered a muffed punt by Dan Noyes at the Colby 23-yard line. Two plays later, John Pascucci had his 22nd career rushing TD with a 20-yard gallop over the left side, putting the Cardinals ahead 13-10 at intermission.

Wesleyan made it 20-10 following another muffed punt, this time taking possession at the Colby 20-yard line with Mueller again covering the fumble by Miguel Gonzalez. This time Themistocles did the damage from 17 yard out. Curt Younkin kicked his first career field goal, a 26-yarder, to give Wesleyan its largest lead of the game, 23-10, with 13:22 to play.

Wesleyan makes another trip to Maine next week as it faces Bates (0-3) in Lewiston Oct. 17.

 

WESLEYAN 29, COLBY 17

Wesleyan (3-0)

6

7

7

9

29

Colby (1-2)

7

3

0

7

17

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

 
TEAM STATISTICS

Colby

Wesleyan

First Downs

10

20

Rushes - Yards

25 - 0

54 - 148

Passess Attempted - Completed - Intercepted

32 - 10 - 3

32 - 14 - 1

Passing Yards

151

138

Total Yards

151

286

Fumbles - Lost

2 - 2

3 - 1

Penalties - Yards

10 - 108

10 - 99

Punts - Yards - Average

7 - 262 - 37.4

6 - 200 - 33.3

Return Yards (punts, fumbles, interceptions)

25

45

Kickoff Returns - Yards

3 - 45

3 - 53

Time of Possession

23:17

36:43

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Colby - Don Gage, 4-15 ; Tom Keblin, 12-12, 1 TD ; Miguel Gonzalez, 1-(-4) ; Nathan Bradley, 7-(-6) ; Team, 1-(-17). Wesleyan - Tom Themistocles, 20-97, 1 TD ; John Pascucci, 12-47, 1 TD ; Jake Fay, 22-4.

PASSING: Colby - Nathan Bradley, 32-10-3, 151 yards, 1 TD. Wesleyan - Jake Fay, 32-14-1, 138 yards, 2 TDs.

RECEIVING: Colby - Miguel Gonzalez, 4-92 ; Tom Keblin, 2-17, 1 TD ; Jon Hiltz, 1-16 ; Chris Sheehan, 1-14 ; Andrew Tripp, 1-9 ; Don Gage, 1-3. Wesleyan - Nate Moore, 4-47, 1 TD ; Matt Perceval, 4-37, 1 TD ; John Pascucci, 3-13 ; George Thompson, 2-29 ; Tom Themistocles, 1-12.

PUNTING: Colby - Darren Ireland, 7-262, 37.4 avg. Wesleyan - Mark Olschefskie, 6-200, 33.3 avg.

 

ATTENDANCE: 1,000