Logo: Wesleyan Athletics

at Hamilton 34, Wesleyan 3

Saturday, September 30, 1995 at Clinton, N.Y.

GAME NOTES

Behind the running of Scott Milleisen and the passing of Dan DeBlois, Hamilton blew open a tight game with 20 points over an eight-minute span surrounding halftime and rolled to a 34-3 home victory over Wesleyan. Milleisen scored four TDs while collecting 152 yards on 25 rushes while DeBlois completed 21 of 29 passes for 255 yards and a TD.

On the day, Hamilton amassed 512 yards, nearly evenly divided between the run and the pass, while Wesleyan had 279 yards of offense. The only bright spot offensively for Wesleyan was the throwing of QB Scott Hevesy, who completed 17 of 34 tosses for 173 yards. Wesleyan's starting backfield tandem of fullback Dave Cottrell and tailback John Pascucci picked up just 37 yards from 13 attempts while their counterparts from Hamilton, Adam Hodges and Milleisen, had 193 yards on 31 carries. Hodges and Milleisen also combined for 184 receiving yards with nine and six catches, respectively.

The game turned completely in Hamilton's favor on a would-be go-ahead TD pass from Hevesy to Cottrell in the middle of the second quarter with Wesleyan trailing 7-3. On 4th-and-goal from the two-yard line, Hevesy rolled right and found a wide-open Cottrell in the endzone, but the ball fell incomplete, giving the Continentals the ball on downs. Twelve plays and 98 yards later, with the aid of a 42-yard run by Bob Nichols from punt formation, teh score stood 14-3. Hamilton then forced a Wesleyan punt and executed a fine two-minute drill to make it 21-3 at intermission, capping off an 89-yard, eight-play march with a four-yard pass from DeBlois to Paul Bopp with :08 remaining in the half. When Hamilton drove 71 yards with the opening kickoff of the second half to make it 27-3, the game was out of reach. Each Hamilton scoring drive covered a minimum of 69 yards as the five series amounted to a total of 407 yards (69, 98, 89, 71 and 80). 

The other effective performance for the Cardinals was that of kicker/punter Rob Stager, who punted eight times for a fine 42.3-yard average and hit a career-best 36-yard field goal on Wesleyan's opening drive to put the Cardinals ahead 3-0. Wesleyan had to settle for the field goal after reaching the Hamilton five-yard line, but two penalties, one of which negated a five-yard TD run by John Pascucci, pushed Wesleyan back to the 20. Wesleyan was penalized 13 times for 115 yards in the game. Hamilton was whistled down twice for 25 yards.

Both teams moved to 1-1 on the year.

SCORING SUMMARY 

1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr - Total
Wesleyan (1-1) 3 0 0 0 - 3
Hamilton (1-1) 7 14 13 0 - 34

1st Quarter 
Wesleyan - Rob Stager 36 field goal 9:36 (12-play, 42-yard drive) 
Hamilton - Scott Milleisen 1 run (Jeff Holden kick) 2:34 (4-play, 69-yard drive)

2nd Quarter 
Hamilton - Scott Milleisen 2 run (Jeff Holden kick) 2:28 (12-play, 98-yard drive)
Hamilton - Paul Bopp 4 pass from Dan DeBlois (Jeff Holden kick) 0:08 (8-play, 89-yard drive)

3rd Quarter 
Hamilton - Scott Milleisen 4 run (kick blocked) 9:38 (14-play, 71-yard drive)
Hamilton - Scott Milleisen 35 run (Jeff Holden kick) 0:51 (6-play, 80-yard drive)

4th Quarter
No scoring

TEAM STATISTICS 
HAMILTON WESLEYAN
First Downs (Run-Pass-Penalty) 27 (11-15-1) 12 (3-8-1)
Rushing Attempts 49 30
Positive Yards Rushing 274 112
Negative Yards Rushing 17 6
Net Total Yards Rushing 257 106
Net Total Yards Passing 255 173
Passes Attempted-Completed-Intercepted 29-21-1 35-17-0
Total Offensive Plays 78 65
Total Net Yards 512 279
Average Gain Per Play 6.6 4.3
Penalties: Number-Yards 2-25 13-115
Fumbles: Number-Lost 3-1 2-1
Interceptions By: Number-Yards 0-0 1-0
Punts: Number-Yards-Average 5-187-37.4 8-338-42.3
Punt Returns: Number-Yards 1-15 4-40
Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards 2-33 5-145
Fumble Returns: Number-Yards   0-0 0-0
Time of Possession 39:56 20:04
Third-Down Conversions 3 of 12 4 of 17
Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 2 1 of 3
Sacks by: Number-Yards   0-0 3-9

 


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Wesleyan - Jermaine Lawrence, 7-46; Dave Cottrell, 5-20; John Pascucci, 8-17; Alex Velardi, 4-14; Scott Hevesy, 3-6; Tom Themistocles, 3-3. Hamilton - Scott Milleisen, 25-152, 4 TDs; Adam Hodges, 6-41; Bob Nichols, 1-42; Ben McClellan, 6-19; Chris Kelly, 3-10; Matt Markowski, 3-(-1); Dan DeBlois, 5-(-6).

PASSING: Wesleyan - Scott Hevesy, 34-17-0, 173 yards; Mark Schofield, 1-0-0. Hamilton - Dan DeBlois, 29-21-1, 255 yards, 1 TD.

RECEIVING: Wesleyan - Seth Spector, 4-60; Dan Fabrizio, 4-56; Dave Cottrell, 4-24; Mike Hakim, 3-31; Tom Themistocles, 1-8; John Pascucci, 1-(-6). Hamilton - Adam Hodges, 9-118; Scott Milleisen, 6-66; Ben Johnson, 3-50; Paul Bopp, 2-12, 1 TD; Sean Fisher, 1-9.

PUNTING: Wesleyan - Rob Stager, 8-338, 42.3 average. Hamilton - Matt Roventini, 5-187, 37.4 average.

Attendance: 800