BRUNSWICK, Maine – Junior running back Glenn Smith scored the game-winning touchdown, a 31-yard score with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter, to help lead the Wesleyan football team to a 20-13 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Cardinals improve to 4-0 overall while the Polar Bears drop to 0-4.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- After back-to-back punts to start the game, Bowdoin took over at its own-44. Just two plays later, Nate Richam-Odoi ran 59 yards for a touchdown to give the home team a 7-0 lead with 8:33 remaining in the first quarter.
- The next two drives of the game resulted in punts and early in the second quarter, QB Ashton Scott threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Dario Highsmith. The extra point failed, however, as Bowdoin held a 7-6 lead with 13:16 to play in the half.
- After forcing a three-and-out, Wesleyan took over at its own-30. The Cardinals drove down to the Bowdoin-1, but on 3rd-and-goal, the Polar Bears forced a fumble and recovered at their own 3-yardline.
- Bowdoin punted on its next drive and neither team was able to get on the board the rest of the way as the home team held a 7-6 lead at halftime.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The second half also began with back-to-back punts and with 10:25 remaining in the third quarter, Wesleyan took over at its own-49. Six plays later, Scott ran nine yards for a touchdown and following a successful extra point, the Cardinals led 13-7.
- Bowdoin responded with a 12-play, 53-yard drive in 6:32 as Michael Chen connected on a 40-yard field goal to cut the deficit to within three with just 1:31 remaining in the third.
- Wesleyan punted on its next drive and Bowdoin took advantage, driving down to the Wesleyan-7 before Chen hit from 24 yards out to tie the game at 13-13. The drive went 15 plays for 74 yards in 6:12.
- The Cardinals took over with 6:10 remaining and after four consecutive plays for 25 yards, they got down to the Bowdoin-46. On 1st-and-10, a 15-yard pass interference call put the ball on the Bowdoin 31-yard line and on the next play, Smith rushed 31 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
- The Polar Bears drove down to the Wesleyan-23 but on 4th-and-14, an incomplete pass ended the drive, and the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan held a 351-to-282 edge in total offense with 136 yards passing and 215 yards rushing. The Polar Bears were held to 96 yards passing and rushed for 186 yards.
- Scott went 11-16 for 125 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. He also rushed 12 times for 23 yards and a score. Smith carried the ball 19 times for 108 yards and the game-winning TD, and Highsmith led the receivers with 42 yards on two catches, including a touchdown.
- Defensively, Wesleyan was led by Isaiah Miller who recorded 10 touchdowns. Connor Krusac, Babila Fomuteh, and Nick Helbig all registered a sack, and Ben Thaw broke up two passes.
- Bowdoin QB Austin McCrum went 15-28 for 96 yards while Richam-Odoi led all players with 174 yards rushing on 20 carries, including a touchdown. Gregory Olson had a game-high five catches for 38 yards.
- The Polar Bears' defense was led by Noah Clark, who recorded 10 tackles and 0.5 sacks, while Alex Tyson totaled nine and 0.5 sacks. Myles Hugee and Nicholas Leahy each totaled eight tackles and Leahy registered a sack.
- Wesleyan is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 12 and will host Tufts in a night game at 6 p.m.