Breuler Catches Three Touchdowns as Wesleyan Defeats Bowdoin, 21-10

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

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Senior wide receiver Mike Breuler secured three more receiving touchdowns Saturday to lead the Wesleyan University football team to a 21-10 win over Bowdoin College. He finished with eight catches for 100 yards and now has a league-high 10 touchdowns on the season. With the win, the Cardinals improve to 5-2 on the year while the Polar Bears remain winless at 0-7. Additionally, junior quarterback Mark Piccirillo set four more program records and continues to etch his name in the history books. He went 26-of-35 for 282 yards and three scores while rushing for another 54 yards. He now holds single-season records in passing yards (2,081), total yards (2,455), passing touchdowns (18) and total touchdowns (20).

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Bowdoin received the opening kick and took 6:16 off the clock during an 11-play drive. The Polar Bears eventually punted and then forced a Wesleyan three-and-out.
  • The home team took over with 7:39 on the clock and went 26 yards on 10 plays before capping off the drive with a 31-yard field goal by Andrew Sisti to get on the board first.
  • The Cardinals took over at their own-40 yard line and drove down to the Bowdoin-5 before the quarter ended. On the second play of the second quarter, Piccirillo rolled out right and found Breuler in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard score. The extra-point by Corey Phillips '17E was good as Wesleyan took a 10-7 lead.
  • The Cardinals' defense forced a three-and-out on Bates' ensuing possession and Wesleyan took over at its own-24 with 12:15 to play in the half. The visitor's made their way down the field before Piccirillo found Breuler in the middle and the senior dove into the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown to put the Cardinals on top, 14-3. The drive went 76 yards on 12 plays and took 6:10 off the clock.
  • The next two drives resulted in three-and-outs. With time running out, Bowdoin took over at its own-29 with 2:00 on the clock. Facing a 4th-and-2, the Polar Bears went for it and Shayne Kaminiski '18 stuffed the play for a two-yard loss. Wesleyan took over at the 50 with :47 remaining and drove down to the Bowdoin-30. Phillips' field goal before halftime was blocked.
  • Wesleyan held a 14-3 lead at halftime.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Neither team could get on the board in the third quarter with four drives resulting in three punts and one turnover on downs.
  • On the first play of the fourth quarter, Piccirillo and Breuler connected for a 14-yard touchdown to cap off a 60-yard, six-play drive – essentially putting the game out of reach (21-3).
  • The next four drives went punt – turnover on downs – turnover on downs – punt.
  • The Polar Bears took over at their own-15 yard line with 4:49 remaining. On the first play of the drive, Griff Stalcup found Nick Vailas wide open over the middle of the field as the receiver went 85 yards for the touchdown.
  • Bowdoin forced a three-and-out and took over at its own 8-yard line with 2:39 to go. The home team went 84 yards on 14 plays but turned the ball over on downs at the Wesleyan-8.
  • The Cardinals took over with :15 on the clock and kneeled to end the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • In addition to his 282 yards passing, Piccirillo also led the team in rushing with 54 yards on 16 carries. Gernald Hawkins '18 notched 10 catches for 118 yards. Wesleyan finished with 389 yards of total offense with 259 through the air and 130 on the ground.
  • Defensively, Brandon Morris '19 continues to excel and totaled a game-high 11 tackles including one sack. Defensive backs Nate Taylor '18 and Ben Thaw '20 broke up three and two passes, respectively.
  • Bowdoin was led offensively by Stalcup who finished with 317 yards and one score while completing 26-of-47 passes. Vailas caught eight balls for 167 yards and Bryan Porter finished with 104 yards on nine catches. The Polar Bears totaled 372 yards of offense with 317 passing and 55 rushing.
  • Francis Rose had a team-high eight tackles for Bowdoin and Henry Little added seven. Nat Deacon totaled two sacks.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan returns home for its next contest as the Cardinals host Little Three rival Williams (5-2) on Homecoming/Family Weekend Saturday, Nov. 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.