Logo: Wesleyan Athletics

at Wesleyan 37, Hamilton 10

Saturday, September 28, 2002 at Middletown, Conn.

NotesWesleyan rolled up 382 yards on offense, led by the running of frosh Pat Curran (10-78, two TDs) and the passing-receiving combination of junior QB Brennan Carney (14-of-21, 246 yards, two TDs) and junior wide receiver Pat Moffett (6-167, two TDs) to improve to 2-0 on the season with a 37-10 victory over Hamilton in its home opener. Hamilton dropped to 0-2 on the year. Wesleyan is now 18-13 all-time vs. Hamilton and has won the last six meetings. Wesleyan jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Wesleyan linebacker Quincy Francis forced a fumble after a catch by Hamilton Logan Pascarella and Wesleyan's Greg Thomas recovered at Hamilton's 25, bringing it to the 12. Curran did the honors from there, going up then middle for the 12-yard TD at 10:13. Wesleyan scored on its next possession going 47 yards on five plays following a Hamilton punt. Carney hit Moffett from six yards out for the score as he completed four straight passes for 49 yards (there was a rush for minus-2) during the drive. The teams traded 37-yard field goal in the second quarter before Curran picked up his second TD, this time from 11 yards out, to complete a five play, 59-yard drive at 2:54 of the period for a 23-3 lead. The extra point was blocked. It was 30-3 on a 60-yard pass from Carney to a wide-open Moffett down the middle of the field at 8:05 of the third quarter. It was Moffett's fourth TD catch of the year with three going for 50 yards or more. He averages 30 yards a catch this season (12 for 361 yards). Hamilton's James Drummer picked up the first TD of the season for his squad at 4:58 of the period when he capped a 62-yard march on eight plays with a two-yard burst (Hamilton was shut out in its operner last week at Tufts, 20-0). Carney's 38-yard pass to Moffett early in the fourth quarter set up Young Douglas' two-yard burst up the middle for the game's final points. Hamilton was paced offensively by RB Elijah Huling (19-71) and on defense, defensive end Chris Smith had three sacks for minus-24 yards, accounting for three of Hamilton four sacks. Wesleyan travels to Colby next week while Hamilton hosts Trinity.

  1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr, - Total
Hamilton (0-2) 0 3 7 0 - 10
Wesleyan (2-0) 14 9 7 7 - 37

SCORING

1st Quarter 
Wesleyan
 - Pat Curran 12 run (Vin Balsamo kick) 10:13
Wesleyan
 - Pat Moffett 6 pass from Brennan Carney (Vin Balsamo kick) 6:16

2nd Quarter 
Hamilton
 - Peter Simon 37 field goal 11:31
Wesleyan - Vin Balsamo 37 field goal 6:27
Wesleyan - Pat Curran 11 run (kick blocked) 2:54

3rd Quarter 
Wesleyan
 - Matt Moffett 60 pass from Brennan Carney (Vin Balsamo kick) 8:05
Hamilton
 - James Trummer 2 run (Peter Simon kick) 4:58

4th Quarter 
Wesleyan
 - Young Douglas 2 run (Vin Balsamo kick) 10:28

TEAM STATS

  Hamilton Wesleyan
First Downs (run/pass/penalty) 17 (8-8-1) 17 (8-9-0)
Rushes - Yards 43-130 36-136
Passes Attempted - Completed - Intercepted 34-18-1 21-14-1
Passing Yards 177 246
Totals Yards 307 382
Fumbles - Lost 6-4 1-0
Penalties - Yards 6-40 7-66
Return Yards (punt, interception. fumble) 0-0 2-13
Kickoff Returns - Yards 7-154 3-98
Punts - Yards - Average 6-198-33.0 5-160-32.0
Time of Possession 31:49 28:11
3rd/4th Down Conversions 5-15/2-3 2-10/0-1
Sacks by 4-32 2-12

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Hamilton - Elijah Huling, 19-71 ; James Trummer, 10-47, 1 TD ; Brandon Holtslag, 8-11 ; Logan Pascarella, 3-4 ; Greg LiVigne, 3-(-3).. Wesleyan - Pat Curran, 10-78, 2 TDs; Young Douglas, 10-54, 1 TD ; Andrew Stuerzel, 5-22 ; Matt Smith, 3-14 ; Brennan Carney, 5-(-27) ; Team, 3-(-5).

PASSING: Hamilton - Brandon Holtslag, 25-12-1, 121 yards ; Greg LiVigne, 9-6-0, 56 yards. Wesleyan- Brennan Carney, 21-14-1, 246 yards, 2 TDs.

RECEIVING: Hamilton - Kevin Conole, 5-42 ; Ragner Gearhart, 3-47 ; William Carey, 3-25 ; Sam peskin, 2-21 ; Logan Pascarella, 2-15 ; Tom Bradley, 1-11 ; James Trummer, 1-10 ; Charles Gorra 1-6.Wesleyan - Pat Moffett, 6-167, 2 TDs ; Dan Long, 3-20 ; James Wallace, 2-29 ; Jim Rooney, 1-16 ; Pat Curran, 1-8 ; Matt Barnum, 1-6.

PUNTING: Hamilton - Jason Kurtzman, 6-198, 33.0 average. Wesleyan - Vin Balsamo, 5-160, 32.0 average.

Attendance: 1,800