at Wesleyan 17, Bowdoin 3
Saturday, October 26, 2002 at Middletown, Conn.
Notes: Rushing 19 times for 169 yards and both Wesleyan TDs (on runs of 5 and 84 yards), junior running back Young Douglas provided Wesleyan with enough offense to defeat Bowdoin, 17-3, on a very wet and muddy field. Playing in a steady rain for much of the contest, Wesleyan held Bowdoin to 165 total yards while collecting 355 of its own, 278 of that on the ground. Douglas came with 21 yards of the all-time Wesleyan single-game rushing record of 190, set by Waldo Williams in 1986. Douglas got Wesleyan on the board early as his five-yard run capped a 64-yard march on eight plays at 7:36 of the first period. Vin Balsamo, who provided the extra point, added a 27-yard field goal six minutes later to put Wesleyan ahead, 10-0. Bowdoin got its only points of the game on a 27-yard field goal by Jon Rock after Bowdoin held Wesleyan inside its own five-yard line and forced a punt. Taking over at the Wesleyan 29, Bowdoin got as far as the eight-yard line before settling for the three-pointer with 6:57 to go in the first half. Two series later with a 1st-and-10 at its own 16, Wesleyan gave the ball to Douglas, who moved up the middle and appeared stopped about eight yard upfield, but he bounced out of the pack, moved to his left and covered the 84 yards for the game's final points with 46 seconds remaining in the half. Bowdoin's best opportunity to score in the second half came late in the third quarter after Andrew Parsons forced a Wesleyan fumble, recovered by teammate Shaun Kezer at the Bowdoin 45. Despite the conditions, this was the only turnover in the game. The Polar Bears reached the Wesleyan 20, but on fourth down from the 25, QB Justin Hardison was sacked by Wesleyan's Dave Laferriere, giving Wesleyan the ball with 13:53 left in the game. On the day, Bowdoin was held to 58 yards rushing on 38 attempts. The teams combined for only 183 passing yards, 106 by Bowdoin and 77 by Wesleyan, which entered the game averaging 240 yards a game in the air. The win was Wesleyan's sixth in a row over Bowdoin.
Wesleyan - Young Douglas 5 run (Vin Balsamo kick) 7:36
Wesleyan - Vin Balsamo 27 field goal 1:25
Bowdoin - Jon Rock 27 field goal 6:57
Wesleyan - Young Douglas 84 run (Vin Balsamo kick) 0:46
|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: Bowdoin - Matt Boyd, 11-41 ; Rob Patchett, 16-22 ; Trevor Powers, 1-7 ; Justinm Hardison, 10-(-12). Wesleyan - Young Douglas, 19-169, 2 TDs ; Pat Curran, 14-70 ; Brennan Carney, 8-42 ; Team, 3-(-3).
PASSING: Bowdoin - Justin Hardison, 24-9-0, 106 yards. Wesleyan - Brennan Carney, 15-7-0, 77 yards.
RECEIVING: Bowdoin- Jon Rock, 2-32 ; Jason Rawlins 2-17 ; Rob Patchett, 2-5 ; Jared Pritchard, 1-20 ; Brian Durant, 1-18 ; Pat Smith, 1-14. Wesleyan - Sam Fletcher, 4-41 ; Pat Moffett, 1-17 ; Dan Long, 1-12 ; Nick DiNardo, 1-7.
PUNTING: Bowdoin - Rick Leclerc, 9-320, 35.6 average. Wesleyan - Jim Rooney, 7-210, 30.0 average.