Sebastian Aguirre '14, Named NESCAC Special Teams POW, Boots 20-yard Field Goal with :34 Left to Get Football Past Colby, 31-28

Sebastian Aguirre '14 (#94, kicking in main photo) booted a 20-yard field goal with :34 remaining and Wesleyan hung on in the closing seconds to defeat Colby on the road Sat., Oct. 6, 31-28, giving the Cardinals a 3-0 mark for the first time since 1998.  Ahead is a contest at Bates (2-1) Sat., Oct. 13.  Bates dismantled Williams, 33-6, in its latest game.

Wesleyan never led against Colby until the final field goal as no more than seven points separated the teams during the afternoon.  Colby always scored first with Wesleyan coming back to tie the game four times.  The last tie came with 2:31 left as LaDarius Drew '15 (#14, photo insert upper right) skipped in from five-yard out to make it 28-28.  Wesleyan had gotten the ball at the Colby 38 to start the drive after a poor punt snap and strong Cardinal rush prevented a punt from taking place.  Jesse Warren '15 then went 4-for-4 during the seven-play march, good for 26 yards and Drew rushed three times for 12 yards and the score.

Wesleyan then held Colby on its next possession and forced a punt which went out-of-bounds at the Cardinal 43.  A big 31-yard rush by Drew was the key play in setting uo the winning three-pointer as he darted up the left side, initially ruled by one official as scoring a TD, but then ruled out-of-bounds at the four-yard line.  Aguirre then connected from the left hash to give Wesleyan its first lead.  For his winning three-pointer, four extra points and solid work on kickoffs, Aguirre was named NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Colby got a 30-yard completion on its final drive to get to the Wesleyan 40.  A seven-yard rush got the ball to the 33 with :07 to go.  An 11-yard completion to the left resulted in a tackle in-bounds by Jon Kim '13 as the clock ran out.

Wesleyan got its first TD from Kyle Gibson '15 on a two-yard burst to cap a 32-yard drive at 14:33 of the second quarter.  The run was set up by a 21-yard completion from Warren to Kevin Hughes '14.  A 74-yarder between Warren and Hughes gave Wesleyan a 1st-and-goal late in the third period and Drew pushed in from a yard away for the Cardinals' third score.  It came just 20 seconds after Colby had taken a 21-14 edge on a 94-yard TD connection.

Wesleyan's second TD was a three-year catch by Dan D'Arcy '13 to finish off Wesleyan's longest scoring drive of the day, an 11-play, 77-yard march that consumed 5:22, making it 14-14 with :18 left in the first half.

Drew ended the game with 23 runs for 112 yards.  Warren completed 18 of 31 tosses for 233 yards.  Hughes was on the receiving end of five aerials for 115 yards.  Warren also punted seven times for a solid 39.1-yard average.

On defense, Donnie Cimino '15 led the way with nine tackles while Jake Bussani '14 had five stops and broke up three passes.