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Cards Nearly Come Away with Win at Colby After Leading at the Half but Mules Hold on for 13-7 Win

Vince Miller '12

Vince Miller '12 (#32, photo) caught a five-yard TD pass from Blake DuBois '12 midway through the second quarter of Wesleyan's game at Colby Sat., Oct. 4, allowing the Cardinals to carry a 7-3 lead into the fourth quarter. Wesleyan looked to up its lead to 14-3 late in the third period when the defense held the Mules inside their own 10-yard line and forced a punt which gave Wesleyan the ball at the Colby 34-yard line. DuBois moved the Cards to a 1st-and-goal at the Colby eight. He then connected with Kevin Leamy '09 inside the five-yard line and Leamy's attempt to reach the endzone resulted in the ball coming loose. The officials ruled the ball was not in Leamy's possession at the goalline and determined that Colby recovered the ball in the endzone though Wesleyan's Steve Hauser '11 also appeared to have the ball. The missed opportunity swung momentum in Colby's favor and the Mules scored the go-ahead TD with 13 minutes remaining and added a key field goal with 2:08 to go. Wesleyan did drive to the Colby 24-yard line in the final minute but a last-ditch toss to the endzone was batted away by the Mule defense on fourth down. Thus Wesleyan's last win in Waterville is still locked in the previous century (1998) as Colby has prevailed six straight time at home. Colby also broke the tie in the overall series as it was deadlocked 15-15 coming into the game. The Cardinals claimed the game's tackle leader as Cyprian Oyomba '12 collected 13 stops on the afternoon, three of them for a loss. Wesleyan returns to Maine for its next encounter, playing Bates, a team Wesleyan has defeated 22 times in 26 all-time meetings. Bates will cover the game with a live video webcast and a link to watch the contest in available on the Wesleyan athletics home page under "Webcasts."