Despite 19 Tackles from Justin Freres '11, Cardinals Fall in OT to Colby, 16-13
Justin Freres '11 (#46, photo) collected more total tackles than any other two players on the squad combined during the team's home game with Colby Sat., Oct. 10. With three solo stops and 16 assists, Freres amassed 19 tackles but Colby recovered from a 13-0 deficit heading into the fourth quarter to tie the game in regulation and booted a 22-yard field goal in overtime to close out the contest, 16-13.
Wesleyan took advantage of two Colby punt situations to give itself great field position en route to its scoring drives of just 18 and 23 yards. A two-yard sneak by QB Joe Giaimo '11 accounted for the first TD while a one-yard burst by Greg McDonough '11 provided the second six-pointer in building up the 13-0 halftime lead.
But for the third straight game, the Cardinals could not add to their point total in the second half and Colby used two long drives, including a methodical 17-play, 89-yard march that consumed more than eight minutes in the fourth quarter, leading to the tying points with 4:15 to go.
Wesleyan looked on its way to a third TD in the game when the Cardinals drove inside the Colby 15-yard line on their opening possession of the third quarter. But a Colby sack and a Wesleyan penalty helped thwart the attempt.
Wesleyan did block two kicks in the contest, one a blocked punt by Rob Cook '10 and the other a blocked field goal by Tim Lee '13. Also on special teams, Pete Modera '11 had a 33-yard punt return, the longest such return by a Cardinal in 21 years. Two other punts resulted in credited returns of greater yardage between 1988 and today, but both came via a blocked kick.
In overtime, the fifth Wesleyan game to go into an extra period in the program's history, Wesleyan had first possession and moved near the 15-yard line before a fumble and Colby recovery ended the Wesleyan scoring chance. Colby's possession netted 20 yards to the Wesleyan five-yard line, setting up the game-winning field goal of 22 yards.
Ahead for the Cardinals is another home contest Sat., Oct. 17 with Bates as the opposition.