Football Stands 6-0 for First Time Since 1993 Following Convincing 34-14 Win at Bowdoin - LaDarius Drew '15 is NESCAC POTW
Behind 167 rushing yards and a pair of TDs by LaDarius Drew '15 (#14, shown scoring his second TD), and the pinpoint passing of Jesse Warren '15, Wesleyan improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1993 with a 34-14 victory over Bowdoin Sat., Oct. 26. The Cardinals now have the opportunity to break a 43-year jinx by capturing their first outright Little Three title by defeating Williams during Homecoming/Family Weekend festivities Sat., Nov. 2. The game will be webcast and aired locally on CPTV. A win would also assure Wesleyan of at least a tie for the NESCAC title as the Cardinals are the lone undefeated team left in the NESCAC heading into week seven.
Wesleyan's defense was extremely potent in the first half, limiting the Polar Bears to just 64 yards on 21 offensive plays while the Cardinal attack generated 215 yards on 37 plays as held the ball for 20 of the 30 minutes. Drew had 109 rushing yards on 22 carries in the opening half with both his TDs, the first a 43-yard burst through the right side with 2:05 left in the first quarter and the second a two-yard effort at 7:38 of the second quarter, capping a mammoth 13-play, 87-yard march that consumed nearly half the period as Wesleyan led 14-0 at intermission. Drew became the fifth Wesleyan NESCAC Player of the Week this season when he was named co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Though Bowdoin cut the difference in half at 5:43 of the third quarter with a 16-yard run to finish off a 14-play, 86-yard series, Wesleyan got the next two scores for a 27-7 margin with 5:50 left. Warren, who connected on 12 of 14 passes (85.7 percent) for 126 yards, found Josh Hurwitz '15 in the endzone from 13 yards out at 12:47 of the fourth quarter and the spotted Rob Manning 16 over the middle as Manning bolted the final few yards for the TD, covering 15 yards. Hurwitz led the receiving corps with five catches for 87 yards. Though Bowdoin scored with :45 left to make it 27-14, Wesleyan recovered the onside kick near midfield and tried to kill the clock. Bowdoin continued to use its timeouts after a pair of Cardinal runs so on third down, backup QB Peter George '15 unleashed a 35-yard pass down the middle that was snagged by Jackson Taylor '15 and he raced the final 15 yards for the fifth TD with :15 to go.
Wesleyan ended the game with 383 yards of offense to 224 by Bowdoin as the Cardinals downed the Polar Bears for the 14th time in the last 17 meetings while improving to 55-29-2 all-time in the series.
On defense, the dominant Cardinals had no player with more than five tackles as Nik Powers '15 and Myers Beaird '14 posted that number. Dee Simons '15 and Mitch Godfrey '15 both had a sack in the contest with Godfrey forcing a fumble, recovered by Powers, on his sack. Simons also recovered a fumble forced by Beaird as Wesleyan recovered three fumbles in the game and lost just one. Wesleyan is plus-11 in the turnover department this year.
Despite having his consecutive PAT record ended at 27 when he missed his extra point on the Cardinals' fourth score, Sebastian Aguirre '14 broke the Wesleyan single-season PAT mark, whch stood at 26.