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Vince Miller '12 Becomes First Running Back Since '02 to Go Over 100 Yards in Tight Loss to Bowdoin

Vince Miller '12 and Cyprian Oyomba '12

Vince Miller '12 (#32, main photo) became the first Wesleyan running back in six years to surpass the 100-yard barrier for rushing yards as he carried the ball 21 times for 109 yards but it wasn't quite enough as Wesleyan fell Sat., Oct. 25, 17-10, for only the second time in the last 12 meetings with Bowdoin and only the third time (14-3) since the NESCAC adjusted its schedule in 1992 to include conference games only. Though graduated QB Zach Librizzi '08 ran for more than 100 yards against Bates a year ago, the last Wesleyan running back to pass the century mark was Young Douglas vs. Bowdoin during the 2002 season when he amassed 169 yards on 19 attempts. After Wesleyan and Bowdoin headed into the fourth period knotted at 3-3 Oct. 25 as each team picked up a short field goal, Wesleyan's coming off the foot of Chris Helsel '09 from 22 yards in the third period, the scoring gates opened as 21 points appeared in the final period. Bowdoin tallied the first TD at the 12:55 mark on a 19-yard pass. Wesleyan responded with the tying points at the 5:44 mark, marching 70 yards on 17 plays while consuming more than seven minutes. The scoring play didn't happen as designed as an eight-yard pass from Blake Dubois '12 (18-for-33 passing for 168 yards) hit off the hands of Helsel, also a receiver, in the endzone and a diving Kyle Weiss '12 came up with the scoring catch. Helsel's extra point tied the contest. But Bowdoin once again went on a long drive, this time 68 yards on 10 plays with QB Oliver Kell (who had 342 yards to total offense in the game on 113 rushing yards and 229 passing yards) threaded through the line and dove into the endzone with just 1:31 to play. The Cardinals again drove the field after staring at their own 20-yard line with the kickoff. DuBois ran for nine yards and completed four passes, getting Wesleyan to the Bowdoin 26-yard line. But the Polar Bears intercepted their third pass of the contest, this one at the 10, to seal the victory. Wesleyan got a standout defensive effort from Cyprian Oyomba '12 (#28, photo insert lower right) as he racked up 18 tackles, three of them for a loss including a sack. Wesleyan will be on the road for its final Little Three game of the year at Williams Sat., Nov 1. The contest will be both webcast by Williams and aired through Teamline for an audio-only option via computer and telephone. Details for tuning in these opportunities are available on the athletics home page under "Webcasts." (photos courtesy of Don Chapin P'09)