FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998

WESLEYAN SURVIVES SCARE TO GET BY BATES,
30-24, FOR SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN

LEWISTON, Me. --- Gaining its 12th consecutive victory over Bates College (0-4), dating back to the 1982 season, Wesleyan University (4-0) survived a big scare and hung on for a 30-24 victory here this afternoon. The triumph extended Wesleyan's overall winning streak to seven games over two seasons heading into the first Little Three matchup of the year as Wesleyan hosts Amherst (3-1) in its next start Sat., Oct. 24. The seven-game streak is the longest by a Wesleyan team since the 1969 squad won each of its eight games during an undefeated season.

It was the combination of frosh QB Kevin Cornish, starting for the first time in his young career, to senior wide receiver Nate Moore that propelled Wesleyan to victory. Cornish completed 17 of 26 passes for 273 yards and three TDs, all going to Moore. Moore hauled in nine passes on the afternoon, good for 168 yards, including TD receptions of 53, 58 and 13, the final coming with 6:50 to play in the third quarter and proving to be the deciding margin. Cornish was playing in place of Jake Fay, the top passer in the NESCAC, who was resting a sore shoulder.

The lead changed hands six times in the first half as Wesleyan came away with a slim 24-21 edge at intermission. Wesleyan got on the board first by virtue of a one-yard Tom Themistocles rush after a shotgun snap by Bates sailed over QB Matt Bazirgan's head and was recovered by Wesleyan's Dion Mueller at the Bates one-yard line six minutes into the game. This opened a flood gate as each team scored on three consecutive possessions, leading to a 21-18 Bates edge early in the second quarter. Tailback Ryan Jarvis accounted for two of the three Bobcat scores with TD romps of 67 and 52 yards. Jarvis was the game's top rusher with 19 carries for 148 yards while Themistocles also surpassed the 100-yard plateau with 104 yards on 18 attempts.

Wesleyan grabbed the lead for good, 24-21, on the 58-yard Cornish-to-Moore aerial with 9:01 to play in the half. Wesleyan extended the margin to 30-21 on the 13-yard Cornish-to-Moore pass before a 27-yard field goal by Rejean Guerriero of Bates closed out the scoring with 5:02 to play. Bates did get the ball back at its own nine-yard line in the final two minutes, but Wesleyan held on downs, effectively running out the clock. The win improved Wesleyan's all-time mark against Bates to 15-2.

 

WESLEYAN 30, BATES 24

Wesleyan (4-0)

18

6

6

0

30

Colby (0-4)

14

7

0

3

24

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

 

TEAM STATISTICS

Bates

Wesleyan

First Downs

13

17

Rushes - Yards

39 - 186

44 - 135

Passess Attempted - Completed - Intercepted

24 - 12 - 0

26 - 17 - 2

Passing Yards

156

273

Total Yards

342

408

Fumbles - Lost

1 - 1

0 - 0

Penalties - Yards

8 - 75

9 - 90

Punts - Yards - Average

6 - 175 - 29.2

4 - 134 - 33.5

Return Yards (punts, fumbles, interceptions)

35

3

Kickoff Returns - Yards

3 - 28

5 - 65

Time of Possession

33:02

26:58

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING:

Bates - Ryan Jarvis, 19-148, 2 TDs ; Alexi Whitney, 2-21 ; Matt Bazirgan, 14-11, 1 TD ; Tim Bettencourt, 4-6.
Wesleyan - Tom Themistocles, 18-104, 1 TD ; John Pascucci, 15-78, 1 TD ; Kevin Cornish, 11-(-47).

PASSING:

Bates - Matt Bazirgan, 24-12-0, 156 yards.
Wesleyan - Kevin Cornish, 26-17-2, 273 yards, 3 TDs.

RECEIVING:

Bates - Jason Coulie, 4-91 ; Brian Mulready, 2-36 ; Josh Howes, 2-15 ; Paul Fantasia, 2-8 ; Ryan Jarvis, 1-5 ; Shawn Nee, 1-1.
Wesleyan - Nate Moore, 9-168, 3 TDs ; Matt Perceval,5-41 ; George Thompson,2-46 ; John Pascucci, 1-21 .

PUNTING:

Bates - Jason Place, 6-175, 29.2 avg.
Wesleyan - Mark Olschefskie, 4-134, 33.5 avg.

 

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