Wesleyan Cruises Past Colby, 37-6

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

THE BASICS:

Score: Wesleyan 37, Colby 6
Records:
 Wesleyan (2-1), Colby (1-2)
Location: Waterville, Maine (Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium)
Date: Saturday, October 8th
Time: 1 p.m.
The Lead: Devon Carrillo '17 scored three touchdowns to help lead the Wesleyan University football team to a commanding 37-6 win on the road Saturday over Colby College.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Colby received the opening kick, but was forced to punt on a three-and-out. On the ensuing possession, a 20-yard rush by quarterback Mark Piccirillo '19 on third-and-four brought the Cardinal's to the Colby 25-yard line. On the next play, Carrillo rushed 25 yards for the score to put Wesleyan on the board at the 12:19 mark, 7-0. 
  • The Mules received the ball and gained 73 yards on 11 plays, but their 19-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Nate Taylor '18.
  • Wesleyan added to its lead in the second quarter. Starting at its own one-yard line, a seven-yard run by Lou Stevens '17 gave the Cardinals some cushion as they preceded to march down the field en route to an 11-play, 99-yard drive capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by Carrillo. Ike Fuchs '17 made the extra-point to put Wesleyan ahead 14-0 with 7:39 to play in the first half.
  • On Colby's next possession, the Mules drove to the Cardinals' 20-yard line, but Jabari Hurdle-Price was stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-one.
  • Wesleyan took over with 1:43 to play in the half and went 69 yards on 10 plays. Fuchs hit a 28-yard field goal as the time expired to give the visitor's a 17-0 halftime lead.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • On their second drive of the second half, Wesleyan started at its own 18-yard line. On second-and-five, Carrillo completed a 48-yard pass to wide receiver Mike Breuler '17 to extend the Cardinals' lead to 24-0.
  • Wesleyan forced a three-and-out on the Mules' next possession, and Piccirillo rushed 48 yards for a score just five plays later.
  • Colby got on the board early in the fourth quarter, as Christian Sparacio found Sebastian Ferrell for a 12-yard touchdown score with 9:00 remaining in regulation. The Mules' extra-point attempt was blocked, as they trailed 30-6.
  • Just three plays later, Gernald Hawkins '18 completed a 60-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Mehr '17.
  • Colby was forced to punt on its next possession, as Wesleyan ran out the clock to seal the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • The Cardinals gained over 500 yards of total offense for the second consecutive week as they outgained Colby, 520-to-201.
  • Wesleyan finished with 285 yards rushing and 235 yards passing, and held the Mules to a mere 51 yards on the ground. The Cardinals were also very efficient on third-down opportunities and finished 8-of-11.
  • Piccirillo finished 13-of-20 for 127 yards, while also rushing for 109 yards and a score on just six carries. Stevens finished with 93 yards rushing on 11 carries, and Carrillo recorded two rushing touchdowns on four carries. Mehr gained 85 yards receiving, and Breuler gained 81 yards and a touchdown.
  • Colby's quarterback, Sparacio, finished 16-of-26 for 150 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Hurdle-Price, who rushed for 202 yards against Wesleyan a year ago, was held to just 45 yards on 15 carries.
  • The Mules were led defensively by Sebastien Philemon who recorded eight tackles, while Sam Friedman and Craig Strand each recorded six.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Wesleyan is now 22-17 all-time against Colby, and has won seven straight.
  • The Cardinals have outscored the Mules 216-103 during that stretch.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals are back in action Saturday, Oct. 15 and will play at Bates. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
  • The Mules head to Amherst, Mass. next Saturday to face Amherst at 1 p.m. 

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