Cards Mount 89-Yard, 14-Play Scoring Drive vs. Williams but It's Not Enough in Little Three Setback
Dave Brunelli '12 (#6, photo) caught an eight-yard TD pass from Blake DuBois '12 late in the third quarter to cut Williams' lead to 21-7 at the time, but the Ephs tacked on two more fourth-quarter scores to win the Little Three battle Sat., Nov. 7, 34-7. That sets up a showdown between Williams and Amherst for both the Little Three title and the NESCAC crown when they meet in Williamstown Sat., Nov. 14. Wesleyan will be at Trinity Nov. 14 for its annual season finale vs. the Bantams.
Brunelli caught four of his five passes in the game during the Cardinals' 7:06 drive in the third period including a 23-yarder on a 3rd-and-13 toss by Dubois from the Williams' 36-yard line. DuBois also had a key 13-yard scramble during the march. DuBois finished the game 23-for-40 for 188 yards.
The Cardinals let good scoring chances get away in the first half, three times getting into the red zone only to come away empty by missing field goals of 31 and 29 yards and failing on a 4th-and goal play at the Williams' two-yard line. In the meantime, the Cardinal defense was keeping the Ephs at bay as the visitors only got one offensive score in the opening 30 minutes, and that came with just 12 seconds left in the first half. Williams opening points came on a 40-yard interception return for a TD. The teams were separated by only 14 yards of total offense (135-121) in the first half.
The gap widened in the second half as Williams ended the game with 388 yards to Wesleyan's 259.
Wesleyan got a strong defensive effort from DB Jordan Greene '11 as he posted a game-high 11 tackles, nine of them solo, and forced Williams' only fumble which was recovered by Chuck Riether '09 at the Williams 12-yard line in the second period.