at Colby 27, Wesleyan 19
Saturday, October 5, 2002 at Waterville, Maine
Notes: Colby sophomore running back Aaron Stepka ran 42 times for 217 yards and scored three TDs, including the go-ahead score on a two-yard run with 5:08 to play, and the game-clinching score on a one-yard dart with 3:02 to go. He had opened the game's scoring just 2:17 into the contest when he bolted up the middle on Colby's third play from scrimmage, scoring from 41 yards out. Stepka's performance overshadowed an equally illustrious day for Wesleyan junior wide receiver Pat Moffett, who caught eight passes for 256 yards (a 32-yard average per catch and only five yards shy of the single-game team record) and three TDs. He accounted for all of Wesleyan's scoring on TD receptions of 44, 57 and 65 yards. With 20 catches for 617 yards on the season, Moffett averages 31 yards a catch and has seven TDs. Holding a 13-7 edge at halftime, Wesleyan fell behind, 14-13, when Colby's Lee Carlson ended up with a ball handed off to Stepka at the Wesleyan six-yard line. Stepka was stopped at the two, but somehow got the ball to Carlson and he completed the run to the endzone. John Goss' extra-point put Colby ahead. When Moffett hauled in Brennan Carney's flea-flicker thrown into triple coverage at about the Colby 35, he waggled to the left and put the Colby defense behind him to finish off the 65-yard catch-and-run with 3:32 left in the third quarter. Wesleyan went for the two-point conversion but the pass failed, leaving the score 19-14. Wesleyan appeared to survive a scoring threat by Colby late in the game when the Mules drove to the Wesleyan 15-yard line, but Wesleyan senior Tom Moran hit Colby QB Pat Conley from behind, jarring the ball loose and Wesleyan's Bryan Kinneen dove on the free ball at the Wesleyan 20 with 8:51 to play. But the Cardinals lost the ball on a fumble at their own 31 five plays later, and Colby moved in for the go-ahead TD from there. On the ensuing kickoff, a miscue on an exchange by Wesleyan return men Moffett and Jeremy George left the ball on the turf at the Wesleyan 15, and Colby's William Foley pounced on the fumble. Four plays later, Stepka was in for his third TD and though Wesleyan reached the Colby 45 in the final minute, a last-ditch pass on 4th-and-17 was intercepted and Colby ran out the clock. Carney, who threw for 300 yards, was held to just four completions in the second half, and the Wesleyan ground game was limited to just 26 yards on the afternoon, only 13 in each half. While total yards in the contest was virtually even (342 for Colby, 326 for Wesleyan), first downs favored Colby, 21-12, as did time of possession (36:34 - 23:36). Also key were five Wesleyan turnovers to three by Colby and seven Colby sacks while Wesleyan was credited with just three.
Colby - Aaron Stepka 41 run (John Goss kick) 12:43
Wesleyan - Pat Moffett 44 pass from Brennan Carney (Vin Balsamo kick) 8:34
Wesleyan - Pat Moffett 57 pass from Brennan Carney (kick failed) 1:56
Colby - Lee Carlson 5 run (John Goss kick) 3:58
Wesleyan - Pat Moffett 65 pass from Brennan Carney (pass failed) 3:32
Colby - Aaron Stepka 2 run (pass failed) 5:08
Colby - Aaron Stepka 1 run (John Goss kick) 3:02
|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: Colby - Aaron Stepka, 42-217, 3 TDs ; Lee Carlson, 1-16, 1 TD ; Don Williams, 2-9 ; Robert Lippert, 4-(-3) ; Pat Conley, 5-(-11). Wesleyan - Young Douglas, 7-18 ; Brennan Carney, 13-8 ; Pat Curran, 4-0.
PASSING: Colby - Robert Lippert, 24-10-1, 83 yards ; Pat Conley, 5-2-1, 31 yards. Wesleyan - Brennan Carney, 38-14-2, 300 yards, 3 TDs.
RECEIVING: Colby - Lee Carlson, 5-38 ; Tom Wilson, 3-44 ; Ian MacPherson, 3-27 ; Sean Markesich, 1-5. Wesleyan - Pat Moffett, 8-256, 3 TDs ; Matt Barnum, 2-28 ; Dan Long, 2-6 ; Tim McGee, 1-6 ; James Wallace, 1-4.
PUNTING: Colby - Jeff Owen, 7-198, 28.3 average. Wesleyan - Vin Balsamo, 6-182, 30.3 average.