Colby 13, at Wesleyan 7
Saturday, October 9, 1999 at Middletown, Conn.
Holding Wesleyan to just one first-quarter TD and stopping a last-minute Wesleyan drive inside its own 10-yard line, Colby hung on to defeat its host, 13-7. Colby won for the first time in three outings this season while Wesleyan fell from the ranks of the undefeated, now 2-1.
With the score tied early in the second half, Colby defensive back Lee Carlson stepped in front of a Jake Fay pass at the Wesleyan 20 yard line and returned it to the Wesleyan three. Three plays later, Jon Murray had his second TD of the game on a two-yard run and Colby went ahead to stay, 13-7, as the extra point hit the upright.
Wesleyan had two substantial second-half drives, but one ended in a Jason Brooks interception at the goalline after Wesleyan reached the Colby 18 with seven minutes to play. The final drive, coming after Wesleyan blocked a 38-yard field goal try with 1:38 to go, featured a 37-yard pass from Fay to Matt Perceval, who had his third straight 100-yard receiving game with 11 catches for 121 yards. Perceval was tripped up at the Colby nine-yard line with 58 seconds to go. From there, Fay was sacked for the fifth time in the contest and Wesleyan moved back another five yards via penalty. Perceval caught a nine-yarder and after a spike, a fourth-and-goal pass from Fay to Perceval came up short as time expired.
Colby had a 60-yard drive on eight plays early in the second quarter to even the score at 7-7 on Murray's one-yard TD run. Key plays in the drive were a 19-yard connection from Matt Smith to Andy Tripp, and a 16-yard halfback pass from Murray to Smith. Wesleyan's lone score was a one-yard run by Larry Woolard after Wesleyan recovered a Colby muffed punt at the Colby 15-yard line.
Wesleyan outgained Colby, 320-167, had 18 first downs to Colby's nine and had a five-minute advantage in time of possession, but four take-aways by Colby, including the key Carlson interception, proved to be the difference. Wesleyan entered the game averaging 31 points and 438 yards during its first two contests.
Wesleyan - Larry Woolard 1 run (Curt Younkin kick) 2:46 2nd Quarter
Colby - Jon Murray 1 run (Keith Jonassen kick) 10:49 3rd Quarter
Colby - Jon Murray 2 run (kick wide) 12:41 TEAM 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
||10 of 23
||5 of 17
||1 of 4
||0 of 1
|Sacks by: Number-Yards
Wesleyan - Rahsaan Wareham, 14-41 ; Larry Woolard, 8-6, 1 TD ; Jake Fay, 14-19 ; Greg Thomas, 5-4 ; George Thompson, 1-26.Colby - Jon Murray, 25-49, 2 TDs ; Matt Smith, 4-10 ; Luke Bechtold, 2-8 ; Matt York, 1-7 ; Don Williams, 1-6 ; Guito Joseph, 4-3 ; Rashad Randolph, 1-1.
Wesleyan - Jake Fay, 47-19-3, 224 yards.Colby - Matt Smith, 18-5-0, 42 yards ; Patrick Conley, 3-1-0, 25 yards ; Jon Murray, 1-1-0, 16 yards.
Wesleyan - Matt Perceval, 11-121 ; George Thompson, 4-69 ; Larry Woolard, 2-20 ; Luke Kephart, 2-14.Colby - Dave McGeehan, 2-29 ; Jon Murray, 2-7 ; Andy Tripp, 1-19 ; Matt Smith, 1-16 ; Christano Andrade, 1-12.
Wesleyan - Mark Olschefskie, 8-329, 41.1 average.Colby - Matt Smith, 10-397, 39.7 average.