Wesleyan Cruises in Second Half to Defeat Bowdoin, 39-10

Photo by Steve McLaughlin
Photo by Steve McLaughlin

THE BASICS:

Score: Wesleyan 39, Bowdoin 10
Records: Wesleyan (5-1), Bowdoin (0-6)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Corwin Stadium at Andrus Field)
Date: Saturday, October 29th
Time: 12:30 p.m.
The Lead: Ahead by a touchdown at halftime, the Wesleyan University football team rallied in the second half and outscored Bowdoin, 22-0, en route to a decisive 39-10 win Saturday afternoon at home on Family Weekend.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Bowdoin received the opening kickoff, and on the first play of the drive, running back Nate Richam found a hole in the middle and rushed 67 yards down to the Wesleyan-15. However, the Cardinals defense regained its composure and forced the Polar Bears to kick a field goal as Andrew Sisti hit one from 30 yards out to give the visitors a 3-0 lead.
  • After back-to-back punts, Wesleyan took over with 7:25 remaining in the first quarter. Sophomore quarterback Mark Piccirillo went 7-for-7 on the drive and capped it off with a 13-yard touchdown score to a wide open Mike Breuler '18 in the back left corner of the end zone as Wesleyan took the lead, 7-3, and never looked back.
  • The Cardinals defense forced a three-and-out on Bowdoin's ensuing possession. Starting the drive at their own 27-yard line, Wesleyan drove down to the Bowdoin-4 but was held to a field goal as Fuchs connected from 21 yards out.
  • With 2:45 to play before the half, Wesleyan took over in good field position as a Polar Bears' penalty brought the ball to the Bowdoin-22 following the punt. Three plays later, Piccirillo pitched it forward to Breuler who swept to the left for the two-yard score.
  • Bowdoin took over with 1:29 remaining. On 3rd-and-10, quarterback Tim Drakeley found Bryan Porter for a 48-yard gain to the Wesleyan-12. The two connected once again on the next play as Porter was left open in the right corner of the end zone for the score with :13 left on the clock.
  • Wesleyan ran two more plays as the time ran out, taking a 17-10 lead into halftime.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The second half was all Wesleyan. After back-to-back punts to start the third quarter, the Cardinals gained 66 yards on seven plays as Piccirillo capped off the drive with an acrobatic leap over the defender and right pylon for a three-yard score.
  • On Bowdoin's next drive, the Polar Bears drove to the Wesleyan-25 before Nate Taylor intercepted Drakeley and returned it 51 yards down the right sideline. Just five plays later, Devon Carrillo '17 lined up at quarterback and powered through the defensive line as he rushed up the middle for an eight-yard touchdown to put Wesleyan ahead, 29-10, with 2:18 left in the third quarter.
  • The Cardinals then forced a three-and-out and went 24 yards on five plays as Fuchs hit a field goal from 40 yards in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.
  • After another Bowdoin three-and-out, Wesleyan increased its lead as Carrillo ran for his second touchdown of the game and his ninth rushing touchdown of the season.
  • The Cardinals defense remained strong as Wesleyan went on to win, 39-10.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Wesleyan outgained Bowdoin, 389-to-239. The Cardinals threw for 218 yards and rushed for 171, while the Polar Bears gained 179 yards passing and just 60 rushing. After their opening play, a 67-yard run, Bowdoin was held to negative seven yards rushing the rest of the game as the Wesleyan defense racked up seven sacks for a total of 50 yards.
  • Piccirillo was efficient once again for the Cardinals as he finished 22-of-32 for 220 yards (2 TD, 0 INT), and also gained 67 yards rushing on eight attempts, including a touchdown. Eric Meyreles '18 led the team in receiving with six catches for 61 yards. Defensively, Shayne Kaminski '18 racked up 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks, while Brandon Morris finished with nine tackles and one sack.
  • Drakeley finished 9-of-19 for 159 yards (1 TD, 1 INT), and rushed nine times for -44 yards. Richam led the way for the Polar Bears with 99 yards on 14 carries, while Liam Ford pulled in five catches for 86 yards and Porter finished with four receptions for 85 yards and a score. Joe Gowetski and Nye Deskus totaled 13 and 11 tackles, respectively.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • The Cardinals have won five games in a row and have outscored their opponents 158-29 during that stretch, while outgaining them 2,098 yards to 928.
  • With the win, Wesleyan is now 58-29-2 all-time against Bowdoin.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan heads to Williamstown, Mass. next Saturday, Nov. 5th for a Little Three matchup against Williams (0-6). Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
  • The Polar Bears are back at home next Saturday and will host Bates (2-4) at 12:30 p.m.

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