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Matt Coyne '12 Runs 20 Yards for Winning TD with :51 Left at Bates for 27-20 Football Victory - Cyprian Oyomba '12 & Kyle Weiss '12 Get NESCAC Honors

Matt Coyne '12 (#7, photo lower left) scampered 20 yards on a bootleg to the left side with :51 remaining to score the deciding points as Wesleyan survived with a 27-20, come-from-behind victory at Bates Sat., Oct. 16.  To see a highlight clip of the game, please click < here >.Wesleyan upped its mark to 3-1 on the season but faced undefeated Amherst during Homecoming/Family Weekend at Wesleyan Sat., Oct. 23 in its next affair.  That game went Amherst's way, 37-10.  For a related story on the Amherst game, please click < here >.

Neither team led by more than seven points during the battle in Lewiston, Me.  In the end, the Cardinals took advantage of a Bates fumble at the Bobcat 29-yard line in the closing moments of the game.  Recovering the loose ball was Cyprian Oyomba '12 (#28, photo insert upper left), who also led all tacklers in the contest with 16, 10 of them solo.  For his effort, Oyomba earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.  From there, Wesleyan had a 4th-and-1 at the Bates 20 when Coyne faked to Shea Dwyer '10 (#5, photo insert lower right), who had 33 carries for 169 yards, and rolled around the left side to the endzone for the go-ahead score. The teams had been tied 20-20.

Dwyer, who came up with his fourth straight 100-plus rushing game and averages 189 yards a game, had scored with 8:40 remaining to tie the game.  When he was penalized for celebrating, the Cardinals missed the potential go-ahead extra point from 35 yards away into a brisk wind.  Dwyer leads the nation in rushing yards per game for a second straight week as no other NCAA player averages over 170 yards a game.

Wesleyan had trailed 7-0 at halftime but came out blazing early in the third quarter.  Pete Modera '11 (#1, photo insert upper right) scored both TDs.  The first came on a 35-yard strike from Coyne, who completed nine of 21 attempts for 109 yards, just 1:02 into the frame.  Steve Moran '13 forced a fumble on the second-half kickoff and Mike Conrad '13 pounced on the loose ball to put the Cardinals at the Bates 37. Two plays later, Modera was in the endzone and the extra point from Seb Aguirre '14 evened the count. 

Wesleyan needed just one play and little trickery on its next series to go ahead, 14-7.  A lateral throw to receiver Kyle Weiss '12 to the right side was then tossed down the sideline to Modera, who caught the ball, slipped a tackle and raced 80 yards for the score.  Modera finished the game with three catches for 127 yards.  Weiss, who finished the game with five punts for a 42.8-yard average and also caught two pases for 16 yards, earned NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week laurels.

Bates scored the next two TDs, both in the third quarter on short runs to cap impressive drives.  When Justin Freres '11 blocked the second extra-point try, the Bates lead was 20-14 heading into the fourth quarter.

Joining Oyomba with a big game defensively was Brett Bandazian '12 as he racked up 14 tackles.  The Cardinals had five tackles for a loss, 1.5 of them credited to Bandazian.

Wesleyan now stands 25-4 all-time vs. Bates.