Logo: Wesleyan Athletics

at Wesleyan 28, Middlebury 21

Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999 at Middletown, Conn.

Game Notes:

Fullback Larry Woolard rushed six yards for the decisive TD, his second of the game, with 8:19 to play to cap a Wesleyan comeback, leading Wesleyan to a 28-21 victory over Middlebury here this afternoon in the season opener for both teams. Woolard's run capped a 15-yard drive set up when Derrick Bantley scooped up a Middlebury fumble at the Middlebury 42 and returned it 27 yards. Middlebury halfback Bryan Sanchez had caught the ball with 10 minutes to play in the game and made a sizeable gain before Wesleyan defensive lineman Noel Pena knocked the ball from Sanchez to cause the fumble.

Wesleyan had just tied the score at 10:13 of the period on a one-yard run by QB Jake Fay, completing a 50-yard march on nine plays. Middlebury scored all three of its TDs through the air, including a halfback option pass by Sanchez just four minutes into the contest, that going to Devon O'Neil for 35 yards on a 4th-and-1 play. Middlebury QB John Wenner, who completed 15 of 22 passes for 186 yards, threw TD passes of 10 and 16 yards. Sanchez finished the game with 20 carries for 74 yards and three receptions for 39 yards.

Fay completed 16 of 34 passes for 230 yards, seven going to Matt Perceval, who caught a 33-yard TD in the first quarter. He ended the game with 124 receiving yards. Woolard had 15 carries for 46 yards while Wesleyan's ground game was led by Rahsaan Wareham, who picked up 73 yards on 10 rushes.


SCORING SUMMARY 

1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr - Total
Middlebury (0-1) 7 7 7 0 - 21
Wesleyan (1-0) 6 8 0 14 - 28

1st Quarter 
Middlebury - Devon O'Neil 35 pass from Bryan Sanchez (Nils Hegstad kick) 11:05 
Wesleyan - Matt Perceval 33 pass from Jake Fay (kick blocked) 6:56 
2nd Quarter 
Wesleyan - Larry Woolard 3 run (Jake Fay pass to George Thompson) 3:14 
Middlebury - Zac Campbell 10 pass from John Wenner (Nils Hegstad kick) 0:46 
3rd Quarter 
Middlebury - John Dickie 16 pass from John Wenner (Nils Hegstad kick) 10:09 
4th Quarter 
Wesleyan - Jake Fay 1 run (Curt Younkin kick) 10:13 
Wesleyan - Larry Woolard 6 run (Curt Younkin kick) 8:19 

TEAM STATISTICS 
WESLEYAN MIDDLEBURY
First Downs (Run-Pass-/Penalty) 19 (9-10-0) 14 (4-101-0)
Rushing Attempts 35 39
Positive Yards Rushing 160 166
Negative Yards Rushing 39 18
Net Total Yards Rushing 121 148
Net Total Yards Passing 230 221
Passes Attempted-Completed-Intercepted 34-16-3 24-16-0
Total Offensive Plays 69 63
Total Net Yards 351 369
Average Gain Per Play 5.1 5.9
Penalties: Number-Yards 5-39 10-60
Fumbles: Number-Lost 1-1 1-1
Interceptions By: Number-Yards 0-0 3-27
Punts: Number-Yards-Average 3-127-42.3 8-206-25.8
Punt Returns: Number-Yards 4-36 2-15
Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards 4-76 5-100
Fumble Returns: Number-Yards 1-27 0-0
Time of Possession 29:08 30:52
Third-Down Conversions 8 of 17 3 of 14
Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 3 2 of 2
Sacks by: Number-Yards 2-11 1-7

 


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS 

RUSHING: 
Wesleyan - Rahsaan Wareham, 10-73 ; Larry Woolard, 15-46, 2 TDs ; Jake Fay, 8-21, 1 TD ; George Thompson, 1-3 ; Team, 1-(-22).Middlebury - Bryan Sanchez, 20-74 ; Von Craig, 8-39 ; Chris Davis, 5-12 ; John Dickie, 1-13 ; John Wenner, 5-10.

PASSING: 
Wesleyan - Jake Fay, 34-16-3, 230 yards, 1 TD .Middlebury - John Wenner, 22-15-0, 186 yards, 2 TDs ; Bryan Sanchez, 1-1-0, 35 yards, 1 TD ; Anthony LoSauro, 1-0-0.

RECEIVING: 
Wesleyan - Matt Perceval, 7-124, 1 TD ; Larry Woolard, 6-40 ; Luke Kephart, 3-66.Middlebury - Anthony LoSauro, 4-56 ; Bryan Sanchez, 3-39 ; Devon O'Neil, 2-46, 1 TD ; Zac Campbell, 2-28, 1 TD ; Brendan Creedon, 2-17 ; John Dickie, 1-16, 1 TD ; John Goldsmith, 1-17 ; Von Craig, 1-2.

PUNTING: 
Wesleyan - Mark Olschefskie, 3-127, 42.3 average.Middlebury - John Dickie, 7-206, 29.4 average ; Team 1-0.

ATTENDANCE: 2,800