at Williams 13, Wesleyan 12
Saturday, November 2, 1996 at Williamstown, Mass.
Scoring the final points of the game with 2:57 remaining, then failing to convert a go-ahead two-point conversion pass, Wesleyan trailed homestanding Williams, 13-12. After the ensuing onside kick was recovered by Williams at its own 42-yard line, Wesleyan held Williams without a first down and got the ball back via punt at the Wesleyan 14-yard line with 2:20. Under the direction of QB Jake Fay, Wesleyan mounted a final drive, going 80 yards to set up a potential game-winning field goal with :07 showing on the clock. But Rob Stager's 23-yard attempt went wide to the right and Williams, now 5-2 on the season, escaped with its 11th consecutive victory over Wesleyan, which fell to 3-4 on the year, dating back to the 1985 season.
Following a scoreless first half, both teams got on the board early in the third quarter as Wesleyan's John Pascucci bounced off a pack of players on a 1st-and-10 play from the Wesleyan 45 and raced out to the right and up the sideline for a 55-yard TD bolt 31 seconds into the period. He finished the day with 16 carries for 100 yards, scoring Wesleyan's final TD as well on a one-yard leap with 2:57 to go. That capped a 13-play, 72-yard drive, bringing Wesleyan within a point. Electing to go for two, Wesleyan came up empty as Fay's throw to Pascucci in the right corner of the end zone was batted down. Earlier, Stager had missed the initial extra-point kick.
For the year, Pascucci now has 11 rushing TDs, just one shy of the Wesleyan seasonal record.
Williams took the lead for good when QB Pete Supino, who replaced starter Ziv Lalich late in the first half due to injury, connected with Mark Kossick on an eight-yard scoring strike at 11:40 of the third period, and Sam Landis added the extra point for the 7-6 lead. Williams upped its edge to 13-6 when Supino finished off a 40-yard march by hitting Matt Sigrist from 20 yards out. Sigrist led Williams with five catches for 118 yards. The extra point was blocked.
Wesleyan, which outgained Williams 382 yards to 314 yards, got a strong finish from Fay, who completed 15 of 43 passes for 177 yards on the afternoon. Over the Cardinals' final two drives, Fay hit on seven of 14 tries (with three spikes to stop the clock), good for 103 yards. He also ran six times for 20 yards as he netted 68 yards on the ground for the game.
This was the first one-point decision between the two teams, who met for the 102nd time, since Wesleyan gained a 21-20 triumph over Williams in 1981.
No scoring2nd Quarter
No scoring3rd Quarter
Wesleyan - John Pascucci 55 run (kick failed) 14:29 (3-play, 74-yard drive)
Williams - Mark Kossick 8 pass from Pete Supino (Sam Landis kick) 11:40 (7-play, 69-yard drive)4th Quarter
Williams - Matt Sigrist 20 pass from Pete Supino (kick blocked) 6:31 (6-play, 40-yard drive)
Wesleyan - John Pascucci 1 run (pass failed) 2:57 (13-play, 72-yard drive)TEAM STATISTICS
|First Downs (Run-Pass-Penalty)
|Positive Yards Rushing
|Negative Yards Rushing
|Net Total Yards Rushing
|Net Total Yards Passing
|Total Offensive Plays
|Total Net Yards
|Average Gain Per Play
|Interceptions By: Number-Yards
|Punt Returns: Number-Yards
|Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards
|Fumble Returns: Number-Yards
|Time of Possession
||3 of 16
||6 of 20
||0 of 1
||3 of 3
|Sacks by: Number-Yards
RUSHING: Wesleyan - John Pascucci, 16-100, 2 TDs; Jake Fay, 19-68; Tom Themistocles, 9-37.Williams - Chris Cuneo, 8-37; Mike McAdam, 9-31; Kris Kahn, 7-27; Mark Kossick, 9-24; Brandon Davidson, 1-5; Pete Supino, 4-5; Ziv Lalich, 5-2.
PASSING: Wesleyan - Jake Fay, 43-15-2, 177 yards. Williams - Pete Supino, 18-7-0, 102 yards, 2 TDs; Ziv Lalich, 10-4-1, 82 yards.
RECEIVING: Wesleyan - John Pascucci, 5-20; Mike Hakim, 4-51; Nate Moore, 2-48; Matt Perceval, 2-29; Tom Themistocles, 2-29. Williams - Matt Sigrist, 5-118, 1 TD; Mark Kossick, 5-54, 1 TD; Mike Paolercio, 1-12.
PUNTING: Wesleyan - Rob Stager, 11-398, 36.2 average. Williams - Sam Landis, 11-422, 38.4 average.