Scoring the deciding points on a two-point conversion pass from Dan DeBlois to Shawn Lyons with 14:54 left in the game, Hamilton hung on to defeat Wesleyan, 27-26. Both teams now stand 1-1 on the year.
Wesleyan had rallied from a 19-7 deficit with three consecutive scores, all by fullback John Pascucci on runs of 12, 1, and 2 yards, to put Wesleyan ahead, 26-19, midway through the third quarter. But Hamilton mounted a 17-play, 67-yard march, capped by a four-yard pass from DeBlois to Ben Johnson to make it 26-25. Hamilton elected to go for two, and DeBlois escaped some heavy pressure with a scramble to his left before finding Lyons in the endzone for the go-ahead points.
Wesleyan got a 60-yard kickoff return from Matt Perceval on the ensuing kickoff, but the scoring opportunity went for naught when Rob Stager's 30-yard field goal try with 12:10 to go went wide left. Wesleyan had two more chances with the ball, turning the ball over on downs once and haivng the final drive halted when Buddy LaSala made a diving interception near midfield in the final minute.
Hamilton got a tremendous game from tailback Scott Milleisen, who collected 180 yards on 29 carries, scoring on one run of 54 yards. He also caught seven passes for 38 yards, including a 10-yarder for the game's opening TD. Milleisen moved into third place on the all-time rushing list for Hamilton as he has 1,993 yards in his career. Adam Hodges set a Hamilton team record for catches in a game with 14, good for 115 yards. DeBlois completed 33 (tying a team record) of 47 passes for 247 yards and three TDs. He moved into second place on the all-time Hamilton passing list as he now has 3,794 yards in his career.
Pascucci ended the day with 13 carries for 54 yards, while Wesleyan tailback Tom Themistocles had 87 yards on 18 rushes and 79 yards from five catches, including a 52-yard scoring reception.
Scott Hevesy completed 10 of 17 passes for 176 yards in the first half for Wesleyan before sitting out the second half with an injury. Jake Fay replaced Hevesy, completing six of 14 attempts for 71 yards.
|1st Qtr||2nd Qtr||3rd Qtr||4th Qtr||-||Total|
|First Downs (Run-Pass-Penalty)||22 (10-10-2)||19 (7-12-0)|
|Positive Yards Rushing||166||200|
|Negative Yards Rushing||33||6|
|Net Total Yards Rushing||133||194|
|Net Total Yards Passing||247||247|
|Total Offensive Plays||69||84|
|Total Net Yards||380||441|
|Average Gain Per Play||5.5||5.0|
|Interceptions By: Number-Yards||0-0||1-14|
|Punt Returns: Number-Yards||0-0||1-8|
|Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards||4-111||5-86|
|Fumble Returns: Number-Yards||0-0||0-0|
|Time of Possession||27:07||32:53|
|Third-Down Conversions||6 of 13||12 of 18|
|Fourth-Down Conversions||3 of 4||0 of 3|
|Sacks by: Number-Yards||0-0||1-8|
RUSHING: Hamilton - Scott Milleisen, 29-180, 1 TD; Chris Kelly, 5-19; Matt Markowski, 1-0; Dan DeBlois, 3-5. Wesleyan - Tom Themistocles, 18-87; John Pascucci, 13-54, 3 TDs; Scott Hevesy, 2-5; Jack Eighmy, 1-4; Nate Moore, 1-(-8); Jake Fay, 3-(-9).
PASSING: Hamilton - Dan DeBlois, 47-33-0, 247 yards, 3 TDs. Wesleyan - Scott Hevesy, 17-10-0, 176 yards, 1 TD; Jake Fay, 14-6-1, 71 yards.
RECEIVING: Hamilton - Adam Hodges, 14-115; Scott Milleisen, 7-38, 1 TD; Shawn Lyons, 5-31; Ben Johnson, 3-26, 1 TD; Paul Bopp, 2-16, 1 TD; Chris Kelly, 2-11. Wesleyan - Tom Themistocles, 5-79, 1 TD; John Pascucci, 5-55; Nate Moore, 3-66; Matt Perceval, 2-30; Mike Hakim, 1-17.
PUNTING: Hamilton - Bill Pyles, 2-80, 40.0 average. Wesleyan - Rob Stager, 1-34.