LaDarius Drew '15 & Kyle Gibson '15 are Both 100-Yard Rushers vs. Colby as Football Rolls, 41-0
Shutting out Colby for the first time since 1980 and for the third time in its 19 all-time victories vs. the Mules against 17 losses, Wesleyan racked up 354 yards of total offense to just 152 by Colby on its way to a decisive 41-0 victory Sat., Oct. 5. While Colby entered the game ranked tops in the NESCAC for rushing defense, allowing just 39.5 yards per game on average, Wesleyan amassed 266 yards on the ground and had two 100-yard rushers as juniors LaDarius Drew (#14, 29-135, 1 TD) and Kyle Gibson (#24, 14-110, 1 TD) both accomplished the feat. Cardinal QB Jesse Warren '15 competed 12 of 22 passes for just 88 yards, but hit Jon Day '15 with a seven-yard TD toss and Jay Fabien '15 with a five-yard TD offering as he has now thrown eight scoring passes this season with no interceptions.
Wesleyan limited Colby to two first downs in the first half while accumulating a 21:15-8:45 edge in time of possession, leading to a 17-0 lead. In the game, Sebastian Aquirre '14 connected on a pair of field goals, the first from 24 yards out to get Wesleyan on the board at 12:41 of the opening period. That resulted from an interception by Myers Beaird '14 of a Colby pass at the Mules' 15-yard line when Nik Powers '15 hit the arm of the Colby QB.
Day's seven-yard snag and a one-yard burst by Drew accounted for two second-quarter Wesleyan TDs, capping 10- and 12-play drives.
Aquirre's 33-yarder in the third period made it 20-0 at 10:13. Wesleyan got three scores in the final period with Fabien and Gibson getting the first two, the latter on a two-yard run. The final TD came from Lou Stevens '17 on a five-yard rush at 6:16.
Colby crossed midfield just once in the contest, that on its final drive of the game, but the 76-yard march stalled at the Wesleyan two-yard line on a third-down incompletion as time ran out. That drive alone accounted for more than half of Colby's first downs in the contest (five of nine) and nearly half its total offense (71 of 152). On the day, the Wesleyan defense held Colby to just 56 yards rushing on 25 attempts.
Alex Daversa-Russo '16 was the Cardinals' top tackler on the day with five stops as Wesleyan ran 75 offensive plays to 55 by Colby and ended the game with an 11:42 margin in time of possession.
Wesleyan now stands 3-0 for the 18th time in program history and for the second year in a row. Never before, however, have the Cardinals been so dominant as they have outscored the opposition, 128-15, over the first three contests. It is the third time Wesleyan has cracked the century mark for scoring while going 3-0 (2012 and 1998), but never before has the team outscored its initial three rivals by more than 100 points. Ahead for Wesleyan is another home game Sat., Oct. 12, taking on Bates. The game will be webcast and have LiveStats.