Shea Dwyer '10 Has Another 100+ Rushing Game & Seb Aguirre Kicks Two Field Goals but Trinity Takes Finale, 27-20
Sebastian Aguirre '14 (#80, main photo) kicked a pair of field goals, the final one covering 31 yards with just 1:52 left in the fourth quarter, as Wesleyan and Trinity went into the closing moments of their season finale Sat., Nov. 13 knotted at 20-20. But the Bantams took just 45 seconds after returning the ensuing kickoff to the 39-yard line to untie the count and go on for a 27-20 victory in Middletown.
The game looked like it might be the second straight overtime affair between the teams when the Cardinals connected for Aguirre's field goal to tie the game for the third time in the contest. Wesleyan had come back to even the score at 7-7 in the first quarter and 17-17 on Aguirre's initial three-pointer, a 34-yard boot with 13:04 remaining in the contest. Trinity went back into the lead with a 27-yard field goal at 8:22 before the Cardinals ate up 6:21 off the clock to match the Bantams with 20 points. Wesleyan had penetrated as deep as the Trinity seven-yard line during the drive but a 3rd-and-3 screen pass to Shea Dwyer '10 (#5 in photo upper right) was stuffed by the Bantam defense, forcing the Cardinals to settle for three points. Dwyer, who rushed 27 times for 114 yards, improved his NESCAC-leading total this season to 1,242 yards, a Wesleyan record and the fourth highest figure in NESCAC history. It is the most ground yardage by a NESCAC running back since 2002. Dwyer also enjoyed his seventh game this season with more than 100 rushing yards, the most games ever for a Cardinal.
Quarterback Matt Coyne '12 (#7 in photo upper right) had a very accurate day, completing 16 of 21 tosses for 170 yards and a pair of TDs. His first scoring pass came at 6:06 of the pening quarter when he spotted tight end Kevin Hughes '14 open on the right side for a 25-yard TD. His second scoring pass went for 70 yards to Pete Modera '11, who got behind the Bantam defense on the right side, catching the ball around the Trinity 35 and racing over the final real estate for the score. That gave the Cardinals their only lead in the game, 14-7, with 9:26 to go before halftime.
Trinity scored the final 10 points of the half with the go-ahead points coming after the Bantams blocked a punt, leading to a TD with just :13 on the clock. The teams played a scoreless third period before the exchange of field goals and the eventual winning score on a 31-yard pass down the left sideline. Despite good coverage by Jordan Greene '12 on the play, Trinity's Michael Galligan made a great one-handed snag and cruised another 15 yards into the endzone with 1:02 to play.
Wesleyan was unable to move the ball on its final possession and turned the bal over on downs.
Dwyer bacame the first opposing running back to go over 100 yards on the ground against Trinity, which entered the game leading all NCAA teams in defense against the run, averaging less than 40 yards a game allowed. Wesleyan finished the game with 86 net yards rushing, more than any previous team Trinity faced in 2010.
Ernest Wingate '14 had his best day as a receiver for the Cardinals, making six catches for 41 yards. Te'Rhon O'Neal had four catches.
Cyprian Oyomba '12 led the defense with 11 tackles against Trinity, giving him a team-best 80 for the year, an average of 10 a game. Greene had an interception which he returned 18 yards to set up Aguirre's first field goal.