Wesleyan 20, at Bates 17
Saturday, October 12, 2002 at Lewiston, Maine
Notes: Wesleyan frosh running back Pat Curran broke a 14-14 deadlock with 4:49 to play in the third quarter by burrowing in from a yard out, capping an eight-play, 71-yard drive. That TD proved to be the game-winner as Bates settled for a 25-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter after penetrating the Wesleyan 10-yard line and missed a 24-yard field goal with 5:28 to play. Bates had reached the Wesleyan five-yard line on its final drive, but two penalties pushed the Bobcats back to the 15. The Wesleyan defense stiffened and Bates was stopped at the seven-yard line, setting up a 4th-and-goal. When the potential tying field goal sailed wide left, Wesleyan had the ball at its own 20-yard line. From there the Cardinals had their most effective ground game of the contest, spearheaded by Curran, who ran eight times for 37 yards, helping Wesleyan gain three first downs on the march and run out the clock. Curran finished the game with 19 carries for 67 yards. Wesleyan QB Brennan Carney threw effectively, completing 15 of 26 passes for 193 yards. Wesleyan did not turn the ball over in the contest. Wesleyan DB Danny Ackil picked off two Bates passes, one coming on the third play from scrimmage as he stepped in front of a cross-field toss and raced 16 yards to the endzone for the game's opening TD just 1:25 into the contest. Wesleyan's other TD was a two-yard blast by Young Douglas to end a 64-yard series that took 12 plays and consumed four minutes. Carney accounted for most of the yardage as he ran four times for 35 yards and completed four of six passes for 26 yards. Bates was led by the running of Sean Atkins, whose workhorse effort resulted in 152 yards on 40 attempts. Bates QB Kane Jankoski completed 15 of 23 passes for 196 yards with seven going to Matt Orlando. He caught a 51-yarder for a TD down the right sideline and Owen Miehe had the other Bates TD, a 15-yard catch to seal a 12-play, 70-yard march that took 5:19 in the first quarter, giving Bates its first points of the season. The Bobcats had been shutout in each of their first three contests. Wesleyan has now defeated Bates 16 consecutive times and holds a 19-2 edge on the overall series.
Wesleyan - Danny Ackil 16 interception return (Vin Balsamo kick) 13:35
Bates - Owen Miehe 15 pass from Kane Jankoski (Nat Carr kick) 8:16
Bates - Matt Orlando 51 pass from Kane Jankoski (Nat Carr kick) 11:41
Wesleyan - Young Douglas 2 run (Vin Balsamo kick) 7:38
Wesleyan - Pat Curran 1 run (kick wide) 4:49
Bates - Nat Carr 25 field goal 14:21
|First Downs (run/pass/penalty)
|Rushes - Yards
|Passes Attempted - Completed - Intercepted
|Fumbles - Lost
|Penalties - Yards
|Return Yards (punt, interception. fumble)
|Kickoff Returns - Yards
|Punts - Yards - Average
|Time of Possession
|3rd/4th Down Conversions
RUSHING: Bates - Sean Atkins, 40-152 ; Kane Jankoski, 2-7 ; Matt Orlando, 2-(-4). Wesleyan - Pat Curran, 19-67, 1 TD ; Brennan Carney, 8-28 ; Young Douglas, 5-10, 1 TD ; Team 2-(-4).
PASSING: Bates - Kane Jankoski, 23-15-2, 196 yards, 2 TDs. Wesleyan - Brennan Carney, 26-15-0, 193 yards.
RECEIVING: Bates - Matt Orlando, 7-120, 1 TD ; Owen Miehe, 4-42 ; Andrew Taylor, 2-16 ; Sean Atkins, 1-9 ; Mike Moynahan, 1-9. Wesleyan - Pat Moffett, 6-86 ; Matt Barnum, 3-41 ; Dan Long, 3-35 ; James Wallace, 3-21 ; Jim Rooney, 1-10.
PUNTING: Bates - Nat Carr, 2-59, 29.5 average. Wesleyan - Jim Rooney, 2-71, 35.5 average ; Vin Balsamo, 2-59, 29.5 average.