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Trinity 40, at Wesleyan 0

Saturday, November 12, 1994 at Middletown, Conn.

GAME NOTES

Trinity outgained host Wesleyan by a 461-177 yard margin to post its fifth consecutive win of the 1994 season and defeat Wesleyan for the eighth year in a row with a 40-0 decision. It was Trinity's first shutout over Wesleyan in 23 years, having captured a 21-0 contest in 1971. The season finale for both teams, Trinity closed the 1994 campaign with a 6-2 mark while Wesleyan fell to 2-6.

Trinity marched 64 yards on nine plays with the opening kickoff to lead 7-0 at 11:07 of the first quarter as Shaun Kirby bolted in from seven yards out for the TD. At 5:39 of the quarter, Tom McDavitt became the first player to score a TD on a punt return against Wesleyan since 1984 when he raced 69 yards up the left sideline to make it 13-0. Robert Rondini closed out the first-half scoring with a pair of field goals, one from 40 yards and another from 30 yards, giving Trinity a 19-0 lead at halftime.

On Wesleyan's opening possession of the second half, Trinity's Ryan Hankard blocked a Wesleyan punt and Marc Pezzuto collared it in the endzone for a 27-0 Trinity edge as Kirby made good on a two-point conversion run. It was the first time since 1988 that Wesleyan had a punt blocked a the Cardinals had gone 48 games and 296 straight punts without having one blocked.

A nine-play, 82-yard march, capped by a 10-yard screen pass from Steve Mikulski to Mike Ranieri upped the advantage to 34-0 at 4:44 of the third period, and a five-play, 29-yard series set up by a Brian Callahan interception and 19-yard return closed out the scoring early in the fourth quarter. Mikulski, who completed nine of 19 passes for 209 yards, did the scoring honors on a one-yard sneak.

SCORING SUMMARY 

1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr - Total
Trinity (6-2) 13 6 15 6 - 40
Wesleyan (2-6) 0 0 0 0 - 0

1st Quarter 
Trinity - Shaun Kirby 7 run (Tom McDavitt kick) 11:07
Trinity - Tom McDavitt 69 punt return (kick wide)

2nd Quarter 
Trinity - Robert Rondini 40 field goal 9:58
Trinity - Robert Rondini 30 field goal 0:25

3rd Quarter 
Trinity - Marc Pezzuto recovery in end zone of blocked punt (Shaun Kirby run) 13:28
Trinity - Mike Ranieri 10 pass from Steve Mikulski (Tom McDavitt kick) 4:44

4th Quarter
Trinity - Steve Mikulski 1 run (kick blocked) 12:25

TEAM STATISTICS 
WESLEYAN TRINITY
First Downs (Run-Pass-Penalty) 11 (5-6-0) 20 (14-6-0)
Rushing Attempts 28 49
Positive Yards Rushing 108 281
Negative Yards Rushing 27 29
Net Total Yards Rushing 82 252
Net Total Yards Passing 95 209
Passes Attempted-Completed-Intercepted 36-13-3 20-9-0
Total Offensive Plays 64 69
Total Net Yards 177 461
Average Gain Per Play 2.8 6.7
Penalties: Number-Yards 5-61 14-114
Fumbles: Number-Lost 0-0 1-1
Interceptions By: Number-Yards 0-0 3-23
Punts: Number-Yards-Average 9-254-28.2 3-120-40.0
Punt Returns: Number-Yards 0-0 5-95
Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards 6-57 1-18
Fumble Returns: Number-Yards   0-0 0-0
Time of Possession 27:45 32:15
Third-Down Conversions 5 of 16 8 of 14
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 1 0 of 1
Sacks by: Number-Yards   2-10 3-23

 


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Trinity - Scott Maurer, 8-69; Shaun Kirby, 12-68, 1 TD; Mike Ranieri, 3-46; Bow Jensen, 4-30; Brian Byrne, 3-16; Dave Allard, 4-14; Steve Mikulski, 8-7, 1 TD; Ray Jones, 3-4; Julian Craig, 1-1; Tom Zils, 1-(-1); Mike Clapp, 1-(-5). Wesleyan - Dave Cottrell, 18-56; Scott Hevesy, 8-17; Jermaine Lawrence, 1-6; Jason Cooper, 1-3.

PASSING: Trinity - Steve Mikulski, 19-9-0, 209 yards, 1 TD; Tom McDavitt, 1-0-0. Wesleyan - Scott Hevesy, 34-13-2, 95 yards; Sean Downey, 2-0-1.

RECEIVING: Trinity - Greg Broderick, 3-47; Shaun Kirby, 2-71; Tom McDavitt, 1-43; Dave Allard, 1-19; Scott Maurer, 1-19; Mike Ranieri, 1-10, 1 TD. Wesleyan - Brian Fogarty, 3-29; Dave Cottrell, 3-23; Dan Fabrizio, 2-21; Jason Cooper, 2-7; Jermaine Lawrence, 1-7; Mark Pepler, 1-4; Seth Spector, 1-4.

PUNTING: Trinity - Greg Broderick, 3-120, 40.0 average. Wesleyan - Rob Stager, 7-242, 34.6 average; Sean Downey, 1-12; Team, 1-0.

Attendance: 3,600