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2004 Wesleyan Football Game-by-Game Summary

Wesleyan (1-0) 37, Tufts (0-1) 7 - 9/25/04 at Medford, Mass.

        Wesleyan established a record for greatest margin of victory over Tufts with a 37-7 triumph.  Previously, a 28-4 win back in 1896 for a 24-point margin of victory had been the greatest for the Cardinals over the Jumbos.  The Cardinals rolled to 466 yards of offense behind the throwing of Zach Canter '07, starting his first game after transferring from Colgate.  He completed 26 of 39 tosses for 339 yards and a pair of TDs, those of 7 yards to Tim McGee '05 and 6 yards to Sam Fletcher '04.  Fletcher ended the contest with 11 receptions for 112 yards while Mshangwe Crawford '04 had seven catches for 97 yards.  Tight end James Wallace '05 had his best day as a Cardinal with five catches for 97 yards.  Phil Banks '07 ran for 95 yards on 28 attempts and scored three TDs to complement the aerial attack as Wesleyan had 127 yards on the ground.  Tufts was held to 197 yards of offense and 11 first downs.  Wesleyan had 25 first downs in the contest.  Four different Cardinals intercepted a pass while Canter was picked off just once.  A key point of the game came at the end of the first quarter when Wesleyan led 10-7.  Tufts defensive back Donovan Brown picked off a Canter pass at the Tufts 21 and raced 78 yards but was caught from behind by Crawford just short of the goalline.  Wesleyan held at that point with three solid defensive plays combined with a Tufts penalty and a 26-yard field goal attempt to tie went wide. From that point, the Cardinals tacked on two touchdowns to take complete control of the game and a 23-7 lead into halftime.
Statistical Summary of Wesleyan/Tufts Game


Wesleyan (2-0) 41, Hamilton (0-2) 35 - 10/2/04 at Middletown, Conn.

        Wesleyan rallied from a 35-19 deficit with three TDs from sophomore QB Zach Canter, the final coming with 1:08 to play to break a 35-35 tie, as Wesleyan rallied for a 41-35 victory here today, extending Wesleyan's winning streak over Hamilton to eight games.
        Canter completed 32 of 77 passes, both team standards in a game, for 437 yards, both a Wesleyan and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) single-game record, and four TDs.  Canter was named the Gold Helmet Award winner by the New England Football Writers Association as the top performer in Divisions II and III for the week.  He also earned NESCAC and ECAC offensive co-player of the week honors.  Canter tossed two TDs to sophomore Blake Curry of 22 and 13 yards, the first with 5:04 to go and the second with 2:59 remaining, then hit Curry twice for the two-point conversions to even the score at 35-35.  When Hamilton was forced to punt, Wesleyan got the ball back at its own 34 with 1:59 left.  Canter hit grad student Sam Fletcher for 19 yards, then Curry for 21 yards before finding Fletcher again in the right front corner of the endzone for the game-winning TD from 23 yards out.  That catch was Fletcher's 12th in the game, good for 175 yards. Curry had fumbled on the previous play by Fletcher alertly fell on the ball to keep Wesleyan in possession at the Hamilton 23.  Curry had seven receptions for 117 yards.
        Hamilton QB junior Brandon Holtslag accounted for over 400 yards of total offense as he completed 13 of 37 passes for 234 yards and three TDs while also coming away as the game's top runner with 179 yards on 26 carries with two TDs.  His top target was senior Sean Thorsen, who has four catches for 105 yards and a TD.
        Hamilton dominated the opening 30 minutes with 391 yards of offense to just 103 by Wesleyan en route to a 21-7 lead.  Though Hamilton ended the game with 506 yards to Wesleyan's 418, it was a different second half as Wesleyan had 315 yards to only 115 by Hamilton.
        The Hamilton defense was credited with 20 pass breakups as freshman safety Matt Pitarresi, named NESCAC rookie of the week last Saturday, led Hamilton with 14 tackles, intercepted a pass and had four breakups.  Junior safety Adam Maxwell paced Wesleyan with 12 tackles and forced a fumble which he recovered.
Statistical Summary of Wesleyan/Hamilton Game


Colby (2-1) 23, Wesleyan (2-1) 0 - 10/9/04 at Waterville, Maine
        Colby's defense limited Wesleyan to 211 total yards and held the passing offense that was ranked second in the country in NCAA Division III to just 121 yards in posting a shutout win.  Wesleyan came into the contest averaging 388 yards a game through the air but Zach Canter completed only 13 of 32 passes for 116 yards and was picked off six times as Colby held the Cardinal offense in check throughout the afternoon.  Wesleyan twice got inside the Colby 30-yard line only to have interceptions end the drive both times.  Two other pickoffs took place after Wesleyan moved into Mule territory.  Colby kicker John Goss connected on three field goals of 30, 37 and 45 yards while also kicking two extra points for an 11-point game.  Colby needed to go just 30 yards for its first TD, coming on an 11-yard pass from Justin Smith to Chris Duncombe just 4:48 into the game.  The series began after Wayne Harrington intercepted a pass that hit the hands of Wesleyan tight end James Wallace but popped up in the air, making the ball an easy target.  Colby added two field goals before the end of the half for a 13-0 edge.  Wesleyan's best chance to score came at the end of the first half, but a Canter pass from the Colby 13 was picked off in the endzone by Josh Berman in the closing seconds of the period.  Wesleyan opened the second half with two interceptions in Colby territory, but could not move the ball and had to punt each time.  The Wesleyan defense did a fine job of holding Colby to 268 total yards led by linebackers Tim O'Callaghan (15 tackles), who was named NESCAC rookie of the week, and Quincy Francis (10 tackles).  Running back Phil Banks had a solid game for the Cardinals with 19 carries for 91 yards.
Statistical Summary of Wesleyan/Colby Game


Bates (1-3) 28, Wesleyan (2-2) 7 - 10/16/04 at Lewiston, Maine
         Bates put an end to the longest losing streak by a NESCAC team against an opponent entering the 2004 season as the Bobcats defeated Wesleyan for the first time since 1982, halting a 17-game skid to the Cardinals.  Bates got on the board in the opening quarter when a low punt snap eluded Wesleyan punter A.J. Taucher and rolled to the Wesleyan goalline.  Taucher attempted to cover the ball but it was knocked out of his hands by Bates' Matt Capone and recovered in the endzone for a TD with 5:56 to play in the period.  Bates took a 14-0 lead into halftime when QB Brandon Colon burrowed in from a yard out to cap a nine-play, 80-yard march in the closing minute of the second quarter.  Bates kept Wesleyan bottled up in the third period and scored after a 35-yard march on a four-yard pass from Colon to tight end Luke Vitas three minutes into the period.  Two sacks by Bates on Wesleyan's opening possession of the period forced a punt from deep in Wesleyan's end into a brisk wind, giving the Bobcats favorable field position leading to the third TD.  Bates struck again seven minutes later using a similar tactic as the Bates defense forced three straight incompletions to create another punting situation that gave Bates the ball at the Wesleyan 34.  Eight plays later it was 28-0 on a one-yard Jaime Walker run.  Walker finished the game with 106 yards on 24 carries.  Colon completed 18 of 27 passes for 197 yards.  Bates had five sacks in the game to none by Wesleyan, picked off three Cardinals aerials to one by Wesleyan, and recovered two Wesleyan fumbles while giving none away.  Wesleyan's lone TD in the fourth quarter came after Joe Pepe burst up the middle to block a Bates punt which he recovered at the Bates 24-yard line.  QB Zach Canter, who passed for 226 yards, found fullback Brett Mullen in the endzone from seven yards out to finish off the drive with 6:42 left to play.
Statistical Summary of Wesleyan/Bates Game


Amherst (5-0) 38, Wesleyan (2-3) 3 - 10/23/04 at Middletown, Conn.
       Amherst limited Wesleyan to 47 yards in the first half and used a quick-strike balanced attack to build up a 31-0 halftime lead, then coasted to its fifth win without a loss this season, 38-3.  The game was televised live by NESN.  
       Amherst drove 52 yards on eight play in 4:15 during the opening quarter for what would prove to be the longest series of the day in terms of time for the Lord Jeffs.  A 19-yard pass from Marsh Moseley to Justin Marcione capped off the drive.  Matt Monteith added an 11-yard TD run before the end of the period for a 14-0 edge.  A 31-yard Dave Bodner field goal, and two more Moseley TD tosses, one of 11 yards to Jay Wagstaff and another of 10 yards to Mark Hannon, closed out the first half scoring.  Amherst's eight-play, 81-yard march for the fourth TD took only 3:16.  Will Beeson got Amherst's final point in the fourth quarter when he broke through the line and zipped 48 yards for a score.
       Wesleyan's only points came on a 37-yard AJ Taucher field goal during the third quarter.  Wesleyan did make it to the one-foot line early in the third period but a fumble recovered by Amherst's Bob Sargent in the endzone negated the potential scoring chance.
       Amherst collected 268 yards in the first half and finished the game with 345 while Wesleyan managed 212 in the game as reserve QB Zach Librizzi came in during the second half for Wesleyan and threw for 108 yards while rushing for 40 to trigger the offense.
       Moseley completed 11 of his 14 passes for 172 yards and the three scores.  Amherst had no passing yards in the second half as reserve QB Nick Kehoe was 0-for-6 with an interception.
Statistical Summary of Wesleyan/Amherst Game


Wesleyan (3-3) 25, Bowdoin (1-5) 21 - 10/30/04 at Middletown, Conn.
        Freshman quarterback Zach Librizzi, starting his first game, completed 24 of 41 passes for 308 yards and four TDs to rally Wesleyan to a 25-21 victory over Bowdoin.
        Wesleyan trailed 14-0 late in the second quarter after Bowdoin got a five-yard run from junior Matt Boyd to complete a 12-play, 79-yard march late in the first period.  A 23-yard strike from senior QB Mike Ferrante to senior Brian Durant made it 14-0 with 2:35 left in the first half.  Durant had five catches for 84 yards to lead Bowdoin in the receiving department.  Wesleyan got on the board with :27 left in the period after recovering a muffed punt by Bowdoin as Librizzi hit grad student Sam Fletcher for the first of his two TD catches from 16 yards out.  The extra point missed, leaving it 14-6 at halftime.
        Wesleyan scored twice in the third quarter to make it 18-14 as both two-point conversion passes failed.  Librizzi hit Fletcher with a 21-yard TD and two minutes later found senior tight end James Wallace from 12 yards out to give Wesleyan the lead.  Fletcher finished the game with nine catches for 140 yards while Wallace had six for 66 yards.
        Junior Ahron Cohen, who entered the game with just two carries for four yards this season for Bowdoin, had 14 carries for 63 yards, most of that coming in the fourth quarter as he spelled senior Rob Patchett, who paced the Bowdoin ground game with 98 yards on 24 attempts.  Cohen gave Bowdoin back the lead at 12:38 of the fourth quarter with a two-yard run, ending a 17-play, 70 yard drive that consumed 6:02.  Cohen ran the ball eight of the final nine plays of the drive, covering 28 yards for the 21-18 Bowdoin lead.
        After each team failed to move the ball on its next two possessions, Wesleyan got the ball back at its own 33 yard line with 3:55 to play.  Librizzi then completed three of four passes, one to grad student Gwe Crawford for 17 yards, and two to sophomore Blake Curry for 40 yards with the game-winning TD covering seven yard to the right side of the endzone.  Librizzi also had a 10-yard run on a QB draw during the series.  The TD came with 2:25 to go.
        Bowdoin then drove 23 yards on six plays after the kickoff, reaching midfield before Wesleyan junior Matt Barnum, who unsually plays wide receiver and returns punts but also sees action in the secondary, intercepted a pass at the Wesleyan 28, giving Wesleyan a chance to run out the clock and lock up its eighth straight victory over Bowdoin, dating back to 1996.
Statistical Summary of Wesleyan/Bowdoin Game


Williams (6-1) 30, Wesleyan (3-4) 12 - 11/6/04 at Williamstown, Mass.
        Senior running back Tim Crawley carried the ball 39 times for 210 yards and scored three TDs of 1, 10 and 4 yards to pace Williams to a 30-12 victory over Wesleyan during its homecoming celebration.  The win was the fifth in a row for Williams over Wesleyan and sets up a showdown between Amherst (5-2) and Williams in Amherst, Mass. Nov. 13 for the 2004 Little Three title.  Both teams have a win over Wesleyan this season.
        After both teams failed to move the ball on their opening two possessions, Williams took advantage of the exchange of punts to get great field position at its own 43 yard line.  Six plays later, Crawley was in the endzone for the first time on the afternoon, burrowing in from a yard out with 6:16 left in the first period.  Sophomre QB Sean Gleeson completed two passes for 38 yards to complement four runs for 19 yards by Crawley.
        Crawley then covered 28 of the 40 yards Williams needed for its second score, that at 12:56 of the second period, with five rushes, the final going for 10 yards.  Crawley capped the first half during which he amassed 141 yards on the ground with a four-yard TD run at 4:23 of the quarter to make it 20-0.  Again, it was a short drive of just 44 yards which included a 15-yard penalty against Wesleyan and 21 yards from Crawley on five attempts.
       After Williams opened the second-half scoring with a 27-yard freshman Matt Gustafson field goal, Wesleyan got on the board with a seven-yard TD run from Freshman Garth Mitchell early in the fourth quarter.  The next Williams score followed a Wesleyan fumble at the Wesleyan 15-yard line forced by Williams senior Dicken Counts with a sack.  A seven-yard pass from Gleeson to sophomore Cory Catelli upped Williams scoring to 30.  Wesleyan countered with an 11-yard pass from sophomore Zach Canter to junior Matt Barnum with 3:03 to play for the final score set up by senior Bob Coppola's blocked punt.
Statistical Summary of Wesleyan/Williams Game


Trinity (8-0) 40, Wesleyan (3-5) 6 - 11/13/04 at Middletown, Conn.

         Trinity College completed its second straight 8-0 campaign and extended the nation's longest current collegiate win streak to 22 games by downing Wesleyan University in the season finale for both teams.  Wesleyan closed out the year with its first losing season since 1996 at 3-5.  Trinity also claimed its third consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title.

        Though Wesleyan scored first and led 6-0 after one quarter of play on a one-yard run by freshman Garth Mitchell, it was all Trinity from that point as Trinity took the lead for good with 12:50 remaining in the second quarter.  Junior wide receiver Dan Mackay caught a four-yard TD toss from junior QB Bill Schweitzer to cap a short five-play, 34-yard drive and sophomore Kevin Swinarski's extra point gave the visitors a 7-6 edge.  Wesleyan held the lead for 10:32 seconds in the contest before that score. Trinity had trailed in a game for a total of just 7:23 all year to that point.
        Trinity added two more scores before the half for a 19-6 lead as Trinity held a 172-115 edge in total yards.  Trinity used a 197-24 advantage in offensive yards during the second half to score three more TDs, one on sophomore Gennaro Leo's four-yard burst at 13:55 of the fourth quarter to cap a 14-play, 94-yard march that consumed 6:16, while shutting Wesleyan out.  Leo led Trinity with 16 carries for 93 yards.  Senior DB Aaron Goldstein scooped up a Wesleyan fumble near midfield and raced the 44 yards for a score to make it 33-6 just 21 seconds later and a pass from Schweitzer to senior Brad Soules on a crossing pattern resulted in a 38-yard TD with 11:34 to play. Schweitzer, who split time at QB with two other players, completed seven of 12 passes for 110 yards with three TDs,
        Trinity rolled up 242 yards on the ground from its 50 rushes, slighly below its team average of 296 yards coming into the game. Wesleyan also held Trinity below its seasonal average for total yards of 443 as Trinity collected 369 in the contest.  Trinity ended the year averaging 39 points a game.
        Wesleyan entered the game with the top passing offense in the NESCAC, averaging over 256 yards a contest.  Wesleyan completed only seven of 21 passes for 46 yards.
        Senior Drew Finkeldey, who entered the game as Trinity's top runner and third in the NESCAC, averaging over 122 yards a game, was held to 49 yards on 16 attempts by the Wesleyan defense.
Statistical Summary of Wesleyan/Trinity Game