Matt Coyne '12 Generates 335 Yards of Offense While LaDarius Drew '15 Scores Three Times in 28-21 Conquering of Colby
LaDarius Drew '15 (#30, main photo) scored his third touchdown of the contest with 1:36 remaining on a one-yard run to break a 21-21 deadlock and propel Wesleyan past visiting Colby, 28-21, Sat., Oct. 8. With the victory, the Cardinals tied up the all-time series record vs. the Mules, 17-17.
Wesleyan built a 21-7 lead in the third quarter only to see Colby rally for a pair of scores on a 45-yard gallop with 11:11 left in the third period, and the tying TD, a 56-yard run up the middle with 9:07 left to play. That run was just the third play from scrimmage after Wesleyan, leading 21-14 at the time, fumbled at the Colby one-yard line and the ball trickled through the side of the endzone for a touchback.
Getting possession with 8:59 on the clock at the Wesleyan 30-yard line after the ensuing kickoff, the Cardinals marched 70 yards on 15 plays, consuming 7:23 of the clock for the winning TD. QB Matt Coyne '12 (#7, photo insert lower right), who accounted for 335 yards of total offense in the game with 26-of-33 passing for 291 yards and 11 rushes for 44 yards, engineered the drive as he connected on five of six tosses for 37 yards and ran twice for 14 yards, including a nine-yard run to the right to give the Cardinals a 2nd-and-goal situation at the one-yard line. Drew pushed in behind the right side of the line for the final TD.
Wesleyan then held Colby shy of midfield in its final possession and a last-ditch pass on a 4th-and-23 play from their own 30 left the Mules 18 yards short of a first down.
Wesleyan took a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter as Drew burrowed in from a yard out after Coyne had found Ernie Wingate '14 open down the right sideline for a 38-yard pass play. Wingate led the Cardinal receiving corps with seven catches for 80 yards. A Cam Davila '12 interception near midfield for Wesleyan started the series. On Wesleyan's next possession, Drew took a handoff, bolted off the right side and was off to the races for a 72-yard TD run at 9:46 of the second period. Drew ended the game with his second career 100-yard game, running the ball 17 times for 114 yards.
Colby responded with a quick scoring drive of its own, going 68 yards on five plays with a 51-yard TD pass accounting for the final play.
Wesleyan upped its lead to 14 once again early in the third quarter when Jay Fabien '15 caught a flare on the right side and picked his way through a crowd before finding his way into the open field on the left. His 38-yard TD catch at 13:31 gave the host a 21-7 advantage.
On defense, senior Brett Bandazian led the Cardinals with 11 tackles on the day.
Wesleyan returns to action Sat., Oct. 15 when it hosts Bates, an upstart 35-26 victor over Williams in its latest outing. The game will be webcast
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