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Colby 13, at Wesleyan 7

Saturday, October 9, 1999 at Middletown, Conn.

Game Notes:

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.


SCORING SUMMARY 

1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr - Total
Wesleyan (2-1) 7 0 0 0 - 7
Colby (1-2) 0 7 6 0 - 13

1st Quarter 
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 
WESLEYAN COLBY
First Downs (Run-Pass-Penalty) 18 (8-10-0) 9 (2-4-3)
Rushing Attempts 42 38
Positive Yards Rushing 148 111
Negative Yards Rushing 52 27
Net Total Yards Rushing 96 84
Net Total Yards Passing 224 83
Passes Attempted-Completed-Intercepted 47-19-3 22-7-0
Total Offensive Plays 89 60
Total Net Yards 320 167
Average Gain Per Play 3.6 2.8
Penalties: Number-Yards 12-70 6-45
Fumbles: Number-Lost 3-1 2-1
Interceptions By: Number-Yards 0-0 3-49
Punts: Number-Yards-Average 8-329-41.1 10-397-39.7
Punt Returns: Number-Yards 3-2 6-29
Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards 2-33 2-38
Fumble Returns: Number-Yards 0-0 1-4
Time of Possession 32:31 27:29
Third-Down Conversions 10 of 23 5 of 17
Fourth-Down Conversions 1 of 4 0 of 1
Sacks by: Number-Yards 2-16 5-29

 


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS 

RUSHING: 
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.

PASSING: 
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.

RECEIVING: 
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.

PUNTING: 
Wesleyan - Mark Olschefskie, 8-329, 41.1 average.Colby - Matt Smith, 10-397, 39.7 average.

ATTENDANCE: 1,800