Logo: Wesleyan Athletics

Colby 24, at Wesleyan 3

Saturday, October 7, 1995 at Middletown, Conn.

Game Notes:

QB P.J. Matson completed 15 of 26 passes for 230 yards with eight going to tight end Brett Nardini for 139 yards and a pair of TDs as Colby ended a straight of consecutive games won by the home team in Colby-Wesleyan matchups. Colby moved to 2-1 on the year while Wesleyan fell to 1-2.

In rolling up 423 yards of total offense, Colby took a 6-0 lead on a 21-yard scoring strike from Matson to Nardini, capping a 10-play, 77-yard march at 1:30 of the first quarter. Wesleyan got its only points on a career-best 39-yard field goal from Rob Stager at 11:10 of the second period. Nardini hauled in a 13-yarder to make it 14-3 at 6:58 of the stanza, completing a nine-play, 67-yard drive, followed by a 20-yard field goal on the final play of the half by Jerrod DeShaw for a 17-3 halftime lead.

Lawaun Curry bolted 68 yards up the left side at 8:44 of the third period to close out the day's scoring as he collected 108 yards on 12 carries, helping Colby net 193 yards rushing in the game.

Held to three points in a 34-3 loss at Hamilton the previous week, Wesleyan extended its streak of consecutive quarters without scoring a touchdown to nine after beating Middlebury, 28-20, on opening day.

In seven previous meetings between Wesleyan and Colby starting in 1988, the home team had always won. This Colby victory, which left the series 10-8 in Wesleyan's favor (the teams first met in 1927), ended the string of consecutive home victories and also ended a seven-game streak of wins by Wesleyan over Colby in Middletown dating back to 1976.


SCORING SUMMARY 

1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr - Total
Colby (2-1) 6 11 7 0 - 24
Wesleyan (1-2) 0 3 0 0 - 3

1st Quarter 
Colby - Brett Nardini 21 pass from P.J. Matson (kick blocked) 1:30 (10-play, 77-yard drive)

2nd Quarter 
Wesleyan - Rob Stager 39 field goal 11:10 (11-play, 67-yard drive)
Colby - Brett Nardini 13 pass from P.J. Matson (Matson pass to Brad Smith) 6:58 (9-play, 67-yard drive)
Colby - Jerrod DeShaw 20 field goal 0:00 (8-play, 56-yard drive)

3rd Quarter
Colby - Lawaun Curry 68 run (Jerrod DeShaw kick) 8:44 (1-play, 68-yard drive)

4th Quarter
No scoring

TEAM STATISTICS 
WESLEYAN COLBY
First Downs (Run-Pass-Penalty) 13 (10-3-0) 20 (8-10-2)
Rushing Attempts 35 41
Positive Yards Rushing 170 210
Negative Yards Rushing 31 17
Net Total Yards Rushing 139 193
Net Total Yards Passing 106 230
Passes Attempted-Completed-Intercepted 26-13-3 26-15-1
Total Offensive Plays 61 67
Total Net Yards 245 423
Average Gain Per Play 4.02 6.31
Penalties: Number-Yards 7-72 11-90
Fumbles: Number-Lost 0-0 3-1
Interceptions By: Number-Yards 1-0 3-31
Punts: Number-Yards-Average 5-160-32.0 4-138-34.5
Punt Returns: Number-Yards 1-11 1-6
Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards 4-95 1-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yards 1-8 0-0
Time of Possession 28:10 31:50
Third-Down Conversions 3 of 12 6 of 13
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 2 2 of 4
Sacks by: Number-Yards 2-12 2-22

 


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Colby - Lawaun Curry, 12-108, 1 TD; Mark Thompson, 9-41; Brad Smith, 9-31; Doug Jocelyn, 2-4; Don Gage, 1-4; P.J. Matson, 6-3; Chris Sheehan, 1-2. Wesleyan - John Pascucci, 12-74; Dave Cottrell, 7-36; Tom Themistocles, 6-31; Jermaine Lawrence, 2-12; Alex Velardi, 2-5; Dabira Ojo, 1-4; Scott Hevesy, 5-(-23).

PASSING: Colby - P.J. Matson, 26-15-1, 230 yards, 2 TDs. Wesleyan - Scott Hevesy, 26-13-3, 106 yards.

RECEIVING: Colby - Brett Nardini, 8-139, 2 TDs; Tom Killilea, 2-18; Doug Jocelyn, 1-25; Jerrod DeShaw, 1-14; Mark Thompson, 1-14; Brad Smith, 1-12; Ryan Sullivan, 1-8. Wesleyan - Seth Spector, 4-32; Dave Cottrell, 4-15; Dan Fabrizio, 3-50; John Pascucci, 1-13; Tom Themistocles, 1-6.

PUNTING: Colby - Derek Bugbee, 3-110, 36.7 average; Nathan Bradley, 1-28. Wesleyan - Rob Stager, 5-160, 32.0 average.

Attendance: 2,500