at Trinity 22, Wesleyan 0
Saturday, November 11, 1995 at Hartford, Conn.
In a game that was statistically balanced between Wesleyan and Trinity, the Bantams took advantage of four scoring opportunities while Wesleyan, inside Trinity territory eight times in the contest, came up empty each time as Trinity prevailed, 22-0. It marked Trinity's ninth straight win over Wesleyan and gave the Bantams their sixth win in a row in 1995 after an 0-2 start. The 6-2 record was the 16th consecutive winning campaign for Trinity. Wesleyan closed out the year at 3-5.
The final stats gave Trinity a slight edge in total yards (239-205) and time of possession (30:10-29:50) while Wesleyan ran off 71 offensive plays to Trinity's 60. Each team had 14 first downs. Trinity held a slim 6-0 lead at halftime as Wesleyan's second penetration inside the Bantams' 10-yard line came up pointless when Rob Stager's 25-yard field goal on the last play of the half went wide. Earlier, Wesleyan reached the Trinity eight-yard line, only to have a holding penalty push the team back 15 yards, eventually leading to a punting situation instead of a score. Trinity's TD resulted from a 10-play, 70-yard march, capped by Tom Kaija's four-yard run. The extra point was blocked. Trinity gained just 80 yards in the first half, 55 coming on the scoring drive (a personal foul on Wesleyan accounted for the other 15 yards).
Trinity picked up 83 rushing yards on a 14-play drive, leading to a 22-yard Jim DeMarco field goal two minutes into the final period, boosting the lead to 9-0. A Ryan Hankard interception to the Wesleyan 19 was converted into six more Trinity fourth-quarter points on a QB Joe Mullaney six-yard run. Four minutes later a 33-yard pass from Mullaney to Brian Byrne, after Trinity held Wesleyan at its own 10-yard line and forced a punt into a strong wind to give Trinity the ball at the Wesleyan 40, brought the final score to 22-0. Trinity rushing leader Ray Jones, limited to 38 yards on 12 first-half attempts, finished the game with 122 yards on 26 carries. Tom Themistocles paced Wesleyan on the ground with 86 yards on 23 runs.
It was Trinity's second straight shutout over Wesleyan and also extended Wesleyan's scoreless streak in 1995 to the final nine quarters. Wesleyan was held without a touchdown in each of its five losses this season.
In the team records department, Dave Cottrell ended his fine career as the all-time leading rusher in Wesleyan history with 2,382 yards.
No scoring 2nd Quarter
Trinity - Tom Kaija 4 run (kick blocked) 11:53 (10-play, 70-yard drive) 3rd Quarter
No scoring4th Quarter
Trinity - Jim DeMarco 22 field goal 12:53 (14-play, 73-yard drive)
Trinity - Joe Mullaney 6 run (pass failed after bad snap) 6:07 (4-play, 19-yard drive)
Trinity - Brian Byrne 33 pass from Joe Mullaney (Jim DeMarco kick) 2:10TEAM STATISTICS
|First Downs (Run-Pass-Penalty)
|Positive Yards Rushing
|Negative Yards Rushing
|Net Total Yards Rushing
|Net Total Yards Passing
|Total Offensive Plays
|Total Net Yards
|Average Gain Per Play
|Interceptions By: Number-Yards
|Punt Returns: Number-Yards
|Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards
|Fumble Returns: Number-Yards
|Time of Possession
||6 of 14
||5 of 16
||0 of 0
||2 of 4
|Sacks by: Number-Yards
RUSHING: Wesleyan - Tom Themistocles, 23-86; John Pascucci, 11-43; Rob Stager, 1-6; Dave Cottrell, 5-1; Ayanda Clarke, 1-1; Chris Rosaschi, 5-(-20). Trinity - Ray Jones, 26-122; Joe Mullaney, 9-26, 1 TD; Tom Kaija, 5-19, 1 TD; Mike Ranieri, 6-18; Brian Byrne, 5-15; Adrian Softic, 1-(-11); Scott Andrews, 1-(-11).
PASSING: Wesleyan - Chris Rosaschi, 23-9-2, 88 yards. Trinity - Joe Mullaney, 7-2-1, 61 yards, 1 TD.
RECEIVING: Wesleyan - Mike Hakim, 3-64; Dan Fabrizio, 2-33; Dave Cottrell, 2-3; John Pascucci, 2-(-12). Trinity - Brian Byrne, 1-33, 1 TD; Tom Kaija, 1-28.
PUNTING: Wesleyan - Rob Stager, 6-174, 29.0 average. Trinity - Jon Golas, 5-180, 36.0 average.