Scoring 21 unanswered points in the second half to break away from a 7-7 deadlock, Williams College went on for a 28-7 victory over Wesleyan here this afternoon, setting up a Little Three showdown with Amherst (6-1) next week when the teams meet in Amherst, Mass. The winner will be the 2000 Little Three titlist as Amherst defeated Wesleyan, 9-7, two weeks ago.
Williams led 7-0 in the first quarter after recovering a Wesleyan fumble at the Wesleyan 25-yard line and moving in for the score at 11:42, an eight-yard run by Fred Storz, who finished with 29 carries for 95 yards and a pair of TDs. Wesleyan dodged bullets throughout the first half, including recovering a Williams fumble at the Wesleyan three-yard line after the Ephs gained a first-and-goal at the two. Wesleyan was outgained 176-31 in the first half and had just one first down to 12 by Williams.
The Cardinals tied the score, 7-7, as frosh QB Brennan Carney connected with frosh receiver Pat Moffett on a 65-yarder up the left sideline, setting up a 16-yard scoring strike between the two with 8:37 left in the third quarter. Moffett finished the game with five catches for 117 yards.
Williams took the lead for good at 3:55 of the third period, marching 70 yards on 11 plays with frosh QB Jacob Moore finding receiver Matt Student (eight catches for 94 yards on the day) on the left side for a 26-yard scoring pass. Moore had entered the game just one series earlier, spelling starter Joe Reardon. Williams went 83 yards on seven plays in its next possession to go ahead 21-7 at 14:16 of the fourth quarter. A 38-yard pass to Colin Vataha got the ball into Wesleyan territory, then a 29-yarder from Moore to Colin Brooks over the outstretched arms of two Wesleyan defenders put the ball at the three-yard line. Storz found the endzone from there to finish off the march. An interception by Alexi Evridiades at the Wesleyan 28 set up the final Williams score, that a nine-yarder from Moore to Brooks with 11:55 to go. Moore ended the game completing six of nine passes, including each of his final six, for 113 yards and two scores.
Wesleyan did move 64 yards on 13 plays in its next possession, only to come up empty on a 4th-and-10 pass from the Williams 15-yard line. Williams held Wesleyan to 44 yards rushing on 19 attempts while collecting 179 on its 56 rushes.
|1st Qtr||2nd Qtr||3rd Qtr||4th Qtr||-||Total|
|First Downs (Run-Pass-/Penalty)||22 (12-8-2)||12 (5-7-0)|
|Positive Yards Rushing||205||64|
|Negative Yards Rushing||26||20|
|Net Total Yards Rushing||179||44|
|Net Total Yards Passing||203||188|
|Total Offensive Plays||84||61|
|Total Net Yards||382||232|
|Average Gain Per Play||4.5||3.8|
|Interceptions By: Number-Yards||3-11||0-0|
|Punt Returns: Number-Yards||4-31||1-6|
|Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards||2-37||5-93|
|Fumble Returns: Number-Yards||0-0||0-0|
|Time of Possession||36:00||24:00|
|Third-Down Conversions||10 of 21||4 of 14|
|Fourth-Down Conversions||2 of 5||0 of 1|
|Sacks by: Number-Yards||2-10||1-8|
Williams - Fred Storz, 29-95, 2 TDs ; Mike Hackett, 12-47 ; Jacob Moore, 3-23 ; Ken Ojukwu, 3-10 ; Matt Student, 2-6 ; Vernard Bond, 3-2 ; Jarod Kidd, 1-1 ; Joe Reardon, 3-(-5).Wesleyan - Young Douglas, 3-20 ; Ronnie Jacobs, 9-17 ; Dan Quinones, 3-15 ; Brennan Carney, 4-(-8).
Williams- Joe Reardon, 16-9-0, 85 yards ; Jacob Moore, 9-6-0, 113 yards, 2 TDs ; Nick Goggans, 2-1-0, 5 yards ; Colin Vataha, 1-0-0. Wesleyan - Brennan Carney, 37-12-2, 176 yards, 1 TD ; Kevin Cornish, 5-1-1, 12 yards.
Williams - Matt Student, 8-94, 1 TD ; Colin Brooks, 4-51, 1 TD ; David Sands, 2-9 ; Colin Vataha, 1-38 ; Mike Hackett, 1-11.Wesleyan - Pat Moffett, 5-117, 1 TD ; Todd Themistocles, 3-37 ; Larry Woolard, 2-17 ; Ronnie Jacobs, 2-6 ; Sam Fletcher, 1-11.
Williams - Jarod Kidd, 6-229, 38.2 average. Wesleyan - Mark Olschefskie, 8-337, 42.1 average.