The Cardinals surrendered a halftime lead, losing to Little Three rival Amherst Saturday, 27-18.
Amherst: 5-0 NESCAC
Wesleyan: 3-2 NESCAC
- The Cardinals led 12-7 at halftime, but Amherst scored two quick touchdowns in the third quarter
- Wesleyan held a 392-320 advantage in total offense and a 38:46-21:14 edge in time of possession.
- Amherst's QB Foy struggled early on and threw three interceptions in the game, but he finished with three crucial touchdown passes – 202 yards on 9-of-20 attempts. His favorite target was McGonagle, who finished with a game-high 91 receiving yards on only four catches, including two deep touchdowns of 40 and 33 yards.
- Amherst rushed for 118 yards and was led by NickKelly '17 who gained 62 on only seven carries.
- Wesleyan's Gernald Hawkins went 19-of-32 for 147 yards passing (0 TD, 0 INT), while also rushing for a game-high 85 yards on 21 carries. He connected with Mike Breuler five times for 86 yards, and also caught a receiving touchdown from wide receiver Devon Carrillo on a trick-play.
- Jon Spivey led the team with nine tackles (5 solo, 4 assisted), while Jordan Stone finished with two sacks. Brandon Morris also blocked a punt.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- Wesleyan's defense came out strong to start the game and picked off Amherst on their first two possessions. The second interception occurred deep in Amherst territory as the Cardinals capitalized three plays later with a one-yard touchdown run by Carrillo. However, Wesleyan missed the extra-point.
- Amherst went three-and-out on its following drive, and Wesleyan took advantage. After regaining possession at its own 12-yardline, Wesleyan marched down the field and capped off a 19-play, 71-yard drive with a 34-yard field goal to take a 9-0 lead.
- Another Amherst interception just under four minutes later gave the Cardinals possession at their own-32. Following a 54-yard completion to Breuler on the first play of the drive, Amherst's defense forced a Wesleyan field goal as Ike Fuchs kicked one from 27-yards out.
- Trailing by 12, Amherst's offense came alive just three plays later when Foy threw one deep to McGonagle.
- Following a three-and-out, Amherst got the ball back but was forced to punt. Kicking from the home-43 yardline, McGonagle's attempt was blocked by Morris as Wesleyan took over with 1:17 to play in the half. Two rushes for 10 yards, including an Amherst penalty, brought the visitor's to the Amherst-5 yardline. The Cardinals let the clock go down to one second before calling a timeout, but their 22-yard attempt was blocked by Fairfield-Sonn.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- After forcing an Amherst three-and-out on the opening drive of the second half, Wesleyan fumbled on its first play. The next play resulted in a 33-yard touchdown score from Foy to McGonagle to give the home team a 14-12 advantage.
- Amherst forced a three-and-out, and regained possession at its own-35. After an eight-yard run by Adinkra, Foy tossed it deep once again to an open Boehm who beat his one-on-one coverage and sprinted past the defender on the way to the endzone. Following the extra point attempt, Amherst went ahead 21-12.
- After four consecutive drives that resulted in punts, Wesleyan strung together an impressive drive early in the fourth quarter that was capped off by a six-yard touchdown run from Hawkins. However, the extra-point attempt went wide left.
- Facing 2nd-and-20 at its own 23-yardline, Foy found Kelly for a 16-yard gain. Two plays later, Kelly stayed on his feet and crossed some defenders on a shifty move from the right sideline back to the middle of the field for a 30-yard gain. Rory Walsh '17 capped off the drive with his first career rush, and first career touchdown to seal the win with only 3:05 remaining.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Today's game marked the 121st meeting between Amherst and Wesleyan. Wesleyan is now 42-70-9 all-time against its Little Three rival.
- Wesleyan is back in action next Saturday to face Bowdoin (1-4) on the road at 12:30 p.m.
(Story info courtesy of AMH Athletics)