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Defense Limits Hamilton to 18 Rushing Yards but Fast Start for Cards Doesn't Hold in 26-14 Setback

Brett Bandazian '12

Jumping out to a 14-0 advantage early in the second quarter, Wesleyan settled for a 14-6 lead at halftime during its game at Hamilton Sat., Oct. 3. But the Continentals extended their streak of consecutive points to 26 while keeping the Cardinals' attack dormant in the second half as the home squad prevailed, 26-14.

Wesleyan will be back on the home turf Sat., Oct. 10, facing Colby. As always, the contest will be webcast with a link posted on the athletics home page under "Webcasts."

The game at Hamilton was not even a minute old when Shea Dwyer '10 burst off the left side and sprinted 60 yards for a touchdown on Wesleyan's second play from scrimmage. It was the longest TD run by a Wesleyan running back since Young Douglas went 84 yards against Bowdoin in 2002.

The Cardinals added a 14-yard scramble to the endzone by QB Blake DuBois '12 at the 11:46 mark of the second period to cap an extensive 87-yard, 11 -play march that featured a 37-yard pass down the left sideline from DuBois to Paulie Lowther '13, giving the Cards a 1st-and-10 at the Hamilton 15.

While Wesleyan held a substantial 271-81 margin in total offense after 30 minutes of play, the gap began to narrow in the third period, as did the score as Wesleyan managed just 38 yards of offense to 82 by Hamilton as the score stood 14-12 heading into the final stanza.

Hamilton again improved its offensive output in the final period, gaining 100 yards to Wesleyan's 71. The end result was a 380-263 edge for the Cardinals but Hamilton took the lead for good on a 17-yard completion with 11:48 to go. Later in the period, when a Hamilton punt struck the helmet of a Wesleyan player and was recovered by the Continentals at the Wesleyan 23-yard line, the host pushed across another score with 6:35 remaining, upping the margin to 26-14. 

In limiting Hamilton to just 18 rushing yards on 33 attempts, the Cardinals got yeoman work from newcomer Brett Bandazian '12 (#56, photo), who led the team with nine tackles, two of them for a loss. Cyprian Oyomba '12 added eight stops with three sacks and a forced fumble. Wesleyan collected six sacks on the afternoon in total.

On the offensive side, Dwyer finished the game with 78 yards on 10 carries while DuBois had 203 passing yards, completing 16 of 39 attempts. Lowther had four catches for a team-high 86 yards.