Logo: Wesleyan Athletics

at Wesleyan 40, Bowdoin 6

Saturday, October 31, 1992 at Middletown, Conn.

Game Notes:

Senior halfback Mike Muraca tied a Wesleyan team record by scoring five TDs for the second straight week as Wesleyan rolled past Bowdoin, 40-6.

Rushing for 83 yards on 20 carries, Muraca scored on runs of 5, 4, and 3 yards twice while also catching six passes for 97 yards, including a 19-yard TD reception, to up his season total to 14 TDs. He is now the Wesleyan single-season record holder for both rushing TDs with 12 and total TDs with 14. The previous marks were nine and 10, respectively.

The previous week, Muraca equalled the Wesleyan team record of five TDs in a game as Wesleyan defeated Amherst, 46-14. The first Wesleyan player to score five TDs in a game was H.G. Travis in a contest against Hamilton in 1918.

In boosting its record to 4-2 on the year by scoring 40 points or more for the third straight week, Wesleyan took advantage of six Bowdoin turnovers while not turning the ball over at all. Wesleyan intercepted five Bowdoin passes, with Rick Wilson picking off two of the five, and recovered one fumble.

Bowdoin, which fell to 2-3 on the year, averted a shutout when Eric LaPlaca scored on an 11-yard run early in the fourth quarter. LaPlaca rushed 15 times for 73 yards as Bowdoin amassed 336 yards and 21 first downs but could not overcome its mistakes. Wesleyan totaled 435 yards and 28 first downs.


SCORING SUMMARY 

1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr - Total
Bowdoin (2-3) 0 0 0 6 - 6
Wesleyan (4-2) 6 13 8 13 - 40

1st Quarter 
Wesleyan - Mike Muraca 5 run (kick failed) 9:58

2nd Quarter 
Wesleyan - Mike Muraca 4 run (pass failed) 5:20
Wesleyan - Mike Muraca 3 run (Josh Stein kick) 1:40

3rd Quarter 
Wesleyan - Mike Muraca 19 pass from Dave D'Onofrio (Troy Robinson pass to Dave Cottrell) 0:00

4th Quarter 
Wesleyan - Mike Muraca 3 run (Josh Stein kick) 13:30
Bowdoin - Eric LaPlaca 11 run (pass failed) 11:43
Wesleyan - Troy Robinson 7 run (kick failed) 10:39

TEAM STATISTICS 
BOWDOIN WESLEYAN
First Downs (Run-Pass-Penalty) 21 (6-13-2) 28 (17-9-2)
Rushing Attempts 33 61
Positive Yards Rushing 127 273
Negative Yards Rushing 25 27
Net Total Yards Rushing 102 246
Net Total Yards Passing 224 189
Passes Attempted-Completed-Intercepted 35-18-5 27-15-0
Total Offensive Plays 68 88
Total Net Yards 326 435
Average Gain Per Play 4.9 4.9
Penalties: Number-Yards 6-60 7-57
Fumbles: Number-Lost 2-1 1-0
Interceptions By: Number-Yards 0-0 5-70
Punts: Number-Yards-Average 3-56-18.7 1-37-37.0
Punt Returns: Number-Yards 0-0 2-11
Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards 6-73 1-9
Time of Possession 23:30 36:30
Sacks by: Number-Yards 2-16 3-8

 


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Bowdoin - Eric LaPlaca, 15-73, 1 TD; Bill Dolley, 2-21; Chris Good, 7-8; Ramon Martinez, 1-2; Mark McCormick, 8-(-2). Wesleyan - Mike Muraca, 20-83, 4 TDs; Howard Lindsay, 12-49; Dave Cottrell, 9-46; Chris Richardson, 6-24; Frank Truslow, 4-24; Troy Robinson, 4-22; Jermaine Lawrence, 2-8; Dave D'Onofrio, 4-(-10).

PASSING: Bowdoin - Chris Good, 33-18-5, 224 yards; Ramon Martinez, 2-0-0. Wesleyan - Dave D'Onofrio, 27-15-0, 189 yards, 1 TD.

RECEIVING: Bowdoin - Peter Nye, 7-107; Mike Ricard, 3-57; Mark McCormick, 3-33; Chris Seeley, 2-18; Bill Dolley, 2-3; Eric LaPlaca, 1-6. Wesleyan - Mike Muraca, 6-97, 1 TD; Tim Vessel, 3-34; Jeff Wilner, 2-21; James Yaker, 2-19; Dave Cottrell, 1-12; Matt McCarte, 1-6.

PUNTING: Bowdoin - Kevin Letellier, 2-73, 36.5 average; Team, 1-(-17). Wesleyan - Scott Yagnesak, 1-37.

Attendance: 1,800