Rushing 65 times for 243 yards, including a 129-yard effort from fullback Bob DiSabato on 25 carries, Amherst remained undefeated with a 5-0 mark following an 18-13 victory over Wesleyan, which fell to 3-2 on the year.
Amherst QB Rich Willard completed seven of 10 passes for 93 yards and rushed for two TDs, both in the second quarter, as Amherst held a 12-6 edge at intermission. Wesleyan scored the opening TD of the game on a seven-yard shuffle pass from QB Jake Fay to fullback John Pascucci 5:14 into the game. That scoring drive was kept alive by a 24-yard pass completion from punter Rob Stager to Pascucci on a 4th-and-10 play near midfield.
Josh Mason, who added 67 yards on 18 carries to the Amherst rushing total, improved Amherst's lead to 18-6 in the third quarter, completing a 73-yard, 11-play march at 9:08 following the second-half kickoff. Wesleyan responded with a 13-play, 59-yard drive that consumed six minutes and ended in a 15-yard scramble by Fay for the TD.
Amherst used its ball control to eat up most of the fourth quarter as Amherst enjoyed a 37-23 minute edge in time of possession for the game and a 10-5 margin in the fourth quarter. Amherst also demonstrated why it led the NESCAC in defense by limiting Wesleyan to a total of 158 yards. Amherst entered the game yielding an average of 162 yards and just four points a game. The 13 points scored by Wesleyan was the most allowed in a game by Amherst this year. Wesleyan came into the game averaging over 400 yards and 30 points a game.
The game was played in a steady downpour and on a field that was nearly underwater by game's end.
|1st Qtr||2nd Qtr||3rd Qtr||4th Qtr||-||Total|
|First Downs (Run-Pass-Penalty)||9 (5-3-1)||17 (13-4-0)|
|Positive Yards Rushing||88||282|
|Negative Yards Rushing||11||39|
|Net Total Yards Rushing||77||243|
|Net Total Yards Passing||81||93|
|Total Offensive Plays||52||75|
|Total Net Yards||158||336|
|Average Gain Per Play||3.0||4.5|
|Interceptions By: Number-Yards||0-0||2-7|
|Punt Returns: Number-Yards||0-0||2-9|
|Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards||4-53||2-28|
|Fumble Returns: Number-Yards||2-0||1-0|
|Time of Possession||23:12||36:48|
|Third-Down Conversions||4 of 13||8 of 17|
|Fourth-Down Conversions||3 of 3||1 of 3|
|Sacks by: Number-Yards||2-13||2-8|
RUSHING: Amherst - Bob DiSabato, 25-129; Josh Mason, 18-67, 1 TD; Jeff Coviello, 4-31; Rich Willard, 12-14, 2 TDs; Josh Carroll, 5-12; Chris Miller, 1-(-10). Wesleyan - John Pascucci, 14-57; Tom Themistocles, 11-10; Jake Fay, 7-10, 1 TD.
PASSING: Amherst - Rich Willard, 10-7-0, 93 yards. Wesleyan - Jake Fay, 19-11-2, 57 yards; Rob Stager, 1-1-0, 24 yards.
RECEIVING: Amherst - Matt Murray, 4-74; Chris Miller, 3-19. Wesleyan - John Pascucci, 7-67, 1 TD; Tom Themistocles, 3-0; Mike Hakim, 1-8; Nate Moore, 1-6.
PUNTING: Amherst - Colin Barnacle, 4-144, 36.0 average. Wesleyan - Rob Stager, 6-203, 35.5 average.