Winless in their last five trips to Waterville, Me., during meetings with Colby, the Cardinals got a school-record 255 yards rushing from Shea Dwyer '10 (#5, photo), snapping his own Wesleyan record set a week earlier against Hamilton when he collected 213 yards and scored five times, as Wesleyan posted a 27-20 triumph over Colby. Last winning at Colby in 1998, Wesleyan is 16-17 all-time vs. the Mules. For the second week in a row, Dwyer has been named Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the NESCAC.
Though Colby got on the board first, Wesleyan responded with two Dwyer TD runs to take a 14-6 advantage in the second quarter. Dwyer's first TD was from 10 yards out while his 89-yard gallop up the left side nearly broke the school record for longest TD run from scrimmage which stands at 94 yards. Wesleyan added a two-yard TD strike from Matt Coyne '12 to Tim Morley '11 with 3:29 left in the half to grab a comfortable 21-6 edge at intermission.
At halftime, Dwyer had 161 yards on just 12 carries. He became the workhorse in the second half as the Cardinals used their ground game to control the clock. The third quarter nearly passed without either team scoring, but Colby broke through with a TD pass with :12 to go in the third quarter, cutting the margin to 21-13.
Wesleyan came back at 9:07 of the final stanza with Dwyer skipping through the line from three yards out to cap a 50-yard, seven-play drive. Once again with a two-TD margin, 27-13 (Wesleyan's extra point was blocked), the Cardinals again found the Mules knocking on the door, then cracking through to make it 27-20 with 4:27 left behind a methodical 16-play, 72-yard march.
Colby seemed to have held Wesleyan after Jordan Greene '12 recovered the ensuing Colby onside kick at the Colby 40. On a 3rd-and-12 scramble by Coyne, who completed 7-of-13 attempts for 90 yards, Colby was whistled for a spearing penalty, giving the Cardinals a first down and an opportunity to run out the clock. For the second half, Dwyer amassed 94 rushing yards on 19 carries.
For the game, Wesleyan totaled 265 rushing yards, the third consecutive game Wesleyan has rushed for at least 220 yards this season. Wesleyan had 261 yards vs. Middlebury and 223 against Hamilton. To see a video clip showing highlights of Dwyer's rushing effort vs. Colby, click < here >.
Wesleyan had some outstanding defensive efforts in the contest as Cam Davila '12 and Cyprian Oyomba '12 each had eight tackles. Wesleyan made seven tackles for a loss in the game and recorded seven pass breakups. Wesleyan avoided a bigger hole in the first quarter when Colby took the opening kickoff and marched inside the Wesleyan five-yard line, only to come away empty by missing a 29-yard field goal. A sack by Oyomba on 1st-and-goal at the 3 was followed by a pass breakup by Greene in the endzone on second down, and then by the Cardinals' only other sack in the game, that by Morgan Hanson '13.
Now 2-1 on the year, the Cardinals have another trip to Maine to look forward to as the squad ventures to Lewiston, Me., to take on Bates Sat., Oct. 16. The contest will be webcast by Bates starting at 1 p.m. To watch the game, click < here >.