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Bowdoin 31, at Wesleyan 8

Saturday, October 26, 1996 at Middletown, Conn.

GAME NOTES

Bowdoin QB Hayes MacArthur completed 19 of 31 passes for 216 yards and three TDs while also rushing five times for 28 yards and a TD as Bowdoin ended a six-game losing streak against Wesleyan with a 31-8 football decision. Bowdoin had not defeated Wesleyan on the gridiron since 1985 (the teams did not meet from 1988-91). Bowdoin improved to 2-4 on the season while Wesleyan dropped to 3-3.

MacArthur completed passes to eight different receivers, including ones of 66 and eight yards for TDs to John Paquet, his only two catches of the day. The 66-yarder came at 8:58 of the second quarter while the other came in the middle of the third period as Bowdoin moved out to a 24-0 edge. Wesleyan got on the board with a 24-yard scoring pass from Jake Fay to Nate Moore on fourth down with 1:08 left in the third quarter. Earlier in the game, Wesleyan penetrated the Bowdoin 30-yard line six times only to come away empty each time. Wesleyan was 1-for-13 on third-down conversions and turned the ball over six times in the contest, five times via interception and once on a fumble. Randy Petit had two of the pickoffs for Bowdoin. Two Bowdoin scores were the direct result of Wesleyan turnovers.

MacArthur completed Bowdoin's scoring with a nine-yard run at 3:50 of the fourth quarter.

Offensively, Wesleyan got 94 yards rushing from Tom Themistocles on 16 carries while Fay completed 14 of 30 passes for 181 yards with the one TD and three interceptions.

SCORING SUMMARY 

1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr - Total
Bowdoin (2-4) 3 14 7 7 - 31
Wesleyan (3-3) 0 0 8 0 - 8

1st Quarter 
Bowdoin - Jeremy Riffle 33 field goal 5:46 (10-play, 30-yard drive)

2nd Quarter 
Bowdoin - John Paquet 66 pass from Hayes MacArthur (Jeremy Riffle kick) 8:58 (5-play, 80-yard drive)
Bowdoin - Steve Lafond 6 pass from Hayes MacArthur (Jeremy Riffle kick) 0:27 (6-play, 48-yard drive)

3rd Quarter 
Bowdoin - John Paquet 8 pass from Hayes MacArthur (Jeremy Riffle kick) 6:52 (8-play, 43-yard drive)
Wesleyan - Nate Moore 24 pass from Jake Fay (John Pascucci run) 1:08 (5-play, 18-yard drive)

4th Quarter
Bowdoin - Hayes MacArthur 9 run (Jeremy Riffle kick) 3:50 (6-play, 22-yard drive)

TEAM STATISTICS 
WESLEYAN BOWDOIN
First Downs (Run-Pass-Penalty) 16 (8-8-0) 17 (8-9-0)
Rushing Attempts 30 42
Positive Yards Rushing 131 154
Negative Yards Rushing 16 14
Net Total Yards Rushing 115 140
Net Total Yards Passing 198 216
Passes Attempted-Completed-Intercepted 39-16-5 31-19-2
Total Offensive Plays 69 73
Total Net Yards 313 356
Average Gain Per Play 4.5 4.9
Penalties: Number-Yards 8-82 6-41
Fumbles: Number-Lost 1-1 3-3
Interceptions By: Number-Yards 2-0 5-65
Punts: Number-Yards-Average 4-127-31.7 3-98-32.6
Punt Returns: Number-Yards 3-13 2-3
Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards 6-113 2-46
Fumble Returns: Number-Yards   3-0 1-0
Time of Possession 27:29 32:31
Third-Down Conversions 1 of 13 5 of 13
Fourth-Down Conversions   2 of 4 3 of 4
Sacks by: Number-Yards   1-4 2-12

 


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Bowdoin - Justin Eldridge, 14-57; Nat Wysor, 17-39; Hayes MacArthur, 5-28, 1 TD; Chris Houston, 3-10; Vincent Villano, 3-6. Wesleyan - Tom Themistocles, 16-94; John Pascucci, 9-26; Jake Fay, 5-(-5).

PASSING: Bowdoin - Hayes MacArthur, 31-19-2, 216 yards, 3 TDs. Wesleyan - Jake Fay, 30-14-3, 181 yards, 1 TD; Kurt Strandson, 9-2-2, 17 yards.

RECEIVING: Bowdoin - Andy Kenney, 3-26; Steve Lafond, 3-25, 1 TD; Justin Eldridge, 3-17; John Whipple, 3-13; John Paquet, 2-74, 2 TDs; Tony Teixeira, 2-32; Nat Wysor, 2-20; Adam Taylor, 1-9.Wesleyan - Nate Moore, 4-72, 1 TD; John Pascucci, 4-48; Tom Themistocles, 4-26; Mike Hakim, 3-29; Shane Doyle, 1-23.

PUNTING: Bowdoin - Chris Day, 3-98, 32.7 average. Wesleyan - Rob Stager, 4-127, 31.7 average.

Attendance: 1,200