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Trinity 26, at Wesleyan 10

Saturday, November 9, 2002 at Middletown, Conn.

NotesTrinity, ranked seventh in the nation in Division III for rushing yards allowed (70.7), held Wesleyan to 57 yards on the ground, thanks to six sacks for 42 yards, and no offensive TDs en route to a 26-10 victory. Raising its record to 7-1 on the season, Trinity tied Williams, which lost to Amherst , 45-35, with a record of 7-1, best in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Wesleyan fell to 5-3 for the year. This was the season finale for both teams. The key play of the game came late in the third quarter with Wesleyan on the move, trailing 13-10. QB Brennan Carney (20 of 41, 170 yards) completed a pass over the middle to Pat Moffett (9 catches, 101 yards) for 19 yards into Trinity territory. Trinity's Gavin O'Reilly stripped the ball from Moffett before he was downed and raced 58 yards up the left side for a TD, improving Trinity's margin to 19-10 with 2:26 to go in the period. Trinity added a 20-yard pass from QB Greg Ward (14 of 31, 183 yards, 2 TDs) to Joe Wahl (5 catches, 55 yards) for the game's final TD with 12:42 left in the game. Wesleyan's only TD came on a 32-yard interception return early in the third quarter by Dave Laferriere after the pass was tipped by Wesleyan's Danny Ackil. Wesleyan added a 30-yard Vin Balsamo field goal six minutes later to narrow the gap to three. Trinity opened the scoring on a 15-yard run by Wahl on a fake field goal. Wahl, the holder, took the snap and raced through the left side of the line for the TD with 4:01 to go in the first quarter. Earlier, Wesleyan had held on 4th-and-goal at the one-foot line to keep the game scoreless. Trinity added a six-yard pass from Ward to Sean Clare (4 catches, 73 yards) to cap an 80-yard, 10-play march that consumed 5:17. That came at 9:09 of the second quarter to make it 13-0. With linebacker Quincy Francis (15 tackles) leading the way for Wesleyan, Trinity was held well below its rushing average of 192 yards a game as Wesleyan allowed just 111 yards on 39 runs. The win for Trinity now makes the overall series record between the two colleges 52-49-1 in Wesleyan favor.

  1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr, - Total
Trinity (7-1) 6 7 6 7 - 26
Wesleyan (5-3) 0 0 10 0 - 10

SCORING

1st Quarter 
Trinity
 - Joe Wahl 15 run (kick blocked) 4:01

2nd Quarter 
Trinity
 - Sean Clare 6 pass from Greg Ward (Skip Sullivan kick) 9:09

3rd Quarter 
Wesleyan
 - Dave Laferriere 32 interception return (Vin Balsamo kick) 14:29 
Wesleyan
 - Vin Balsamo 30 field goal 6:34 
Trinity
 - Gavin O'Reilly 58 fumble return (kick blocked) 2:26

4th Quarter 
Trinity
 - Joe Wahl 20 pass from Greg Ward (Skip Sullivan kick) 12:42

TEAM STATS

  Trinity Wesleyan
First Downs (run/pass/penalty) 14 (5-8-1) 15 (9-5-1)
Rushes - Yards 39-111 28-57
Passes Attempted - Completed - Intercepted 31-14-1 41-20-1
Passing Yards 183 170
Totals Yards 294 227
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 3-3
Penalties - Yards 5-47 8-70
Return Yards (punt, interception. fumble) 86 39
Kickoff Returns - Yards 2-64 4-35
Punts - Yards - Average 6-193-32.2 7-230-32.9
Time of Possession 32:30 27:30
3rd/4th Down Conversions 4-16/2-4 5-16/0-2
Sacks by 6-42 1-13

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Trinity - Brian Fabrizio, 18-55 ; Tom Pierandri, 15-32 ; Joe Wahl, 1-15, 1 TD ; Greg Ward, 5-9. Wesleyan - Young Douglas, 7-49 ; Pat Curran, 9-11 ; Brennan Carney, 12-(-3).

PASSING: Trinity - Greg Ward, 31-14-1, 183 yards, 2 TDs. Wesleyan - Brennan Carney, 41-20-1, 170 yards.

RECEIVING: Trinity - Joe Wahl, 5-55, 1 TD ; Sean Clare, 4-73, 1 TD ; Bradley Soules, 2-10 ; Jake Sexton, 1-26 ; Patrick Straub, 1-13 ; Kevin Waters, 1-6. Wesleyan - Pat Moffett, 9-101 ; Young Douglas, 4-20 ; Sam Fletcher, 3-22 ; Dan Long, 3-21 ; James Wallace, 1-6.

PUNTING: Trinity - Joe Wahl, 6-193, 32.2 average ; Wesleyan - Jim Rooney, 7-230, 32.9 average.

Attendance: 2800