Behind two TD catches by receiver Matt Perceval, the second coming with 13:38 to play on a 35-yard reception, Wesleyan pulled out a 17-14 victory over Bates to stay undefeated at 4-0. Bates, which has dropped 13 in a row over three seasons, and 50 of its last 51 contests, fell to 0-4 this year. Wesleyan has beaten Bates 11 consecutive times since 1982.
Bates dominated the contest statistically, outgaining Wesleyan 430-331 in total yards, holding a 25-17 edge in first downs, and a five-minute margin in time of possession. But when the game came down to a final drive by the Bobcats, the Wesleyan defense held after Bates gained a first down at the Wesleyan 21-yard line. From there, Bates QB Matt Bazirgan, a sophomore who was making his first collegiate start, tossed an incompletion, was sacked for a five-yard loss by Larry Mason, then failed to find his target again on 3rd- and 4th-down pass attempts. Still, on the day, Bazirgan completed 13 of 27 passes for 187 yards and a TD (24 yards to Jason Coulie) and also rushed 15 times for 84 yards. Bates tailback P.J. McGrail led all rushers with 103 yards on 24 attempts, including a one-yard TD plunge.
Wesleyan QB Jake Fay completed 14 of 25 attempts for 219 yards and a pair of TDs. He connected with Perceval on a 28-yarder in the first quarter for a 7-0 Wesleyan lead. Perceval finished the game with four catches for 82 yards.
|1st Qtr||2nd Qtr||3rd Qtr||4th Qtr||-||Total|
|First Downs (Run-Pass-Penalty)||17 (8-9-0)||25 (18-7-0)|
|Positive Yards Rushing||133||269|
|Negative Yards Rushing||24||26|
|Net Total Yards Rushing||110||243|
|Net Total Yards Passing||221||187|
|Total Offensive Plays||62||79|
|Total Net Yards||331||430|
|Average Gain Per Play||5.3||5.4|
|Interceptions By: Number-Yards||0-0||1-2|
|Punt Returns: Number-Yards||0-0||1-1|
|Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards||1-26||4-65|
|Fumble Returns: Number-Yards||0-0||0-0|
|Time of Possession||27:34||32:26|
|Third-Down Conversions||6 of 12||6 of 15|
|Fourth-Down Conversions||0 of 1||2 of 4|
|Sacks by: Number-Yards||4-18||3-23|
RUSHING: Bates - P.J. McGrail, 24-103, 1 TD; Matt Bazirgan, 15-84; Shawn Nee, 7-24; Alexi Whitney, 5-22; Jason Coulie, 1-10. Wesleyan - Tom Themistocles, 14-63; John Pasucci, 15-42; Matt Perceval, 2-29; Jake Fay, 5-(-23).
PASSING: Bates - Matt Bazirgan, 27-13-0, 187 yards, 1 TD. Wesleyan - Jake Fay, 24-15-1, 219 yards, 2 TDs; Mark Schofield, 1-1-0, 2 yards.
RECEIVING: Bates - Paul Fantasia, 6-80; Jason Coulie, 3-68, 1 TD; Ryan MacDonald, 3-34; Shawn Nee, 1-5. Wesleyan - John Pascucci, 5-55; Matt Perceval, 4-82, 2 TDs; Mike Hakim, 4-51; Tom Themistocles, 2-33.
PUNTING: Bates - Chris Snow, 5-127, 25.4 average. Wesleyan - Rob Stager, 4-150, 37.5 average.