With QB Pat Conley completing 22 of 35 passes for 261 yards and a pair of TDs, nine of those tosses going to Danny Noyes, good for 125 yards, Colby College remained the only undefeated team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) behind a 29-7 victory over previously unbeaten Wesleyan. Amherst, which entered the day at 2-0, fell to Middlebury, 17-0. Colby now stands 3-0 while Wesleyan is 2-1.
Despite being outgained 273 yards to 129 yards in the first half, Wesleyan was nearly even with Colby on the scoreboard after 29 minutes of play, trailing 7-0. But an Andrew Tripp punt in the final two minutes of the half pinned Wesleyan inside its own five-yard line, and when Colby forced a punt, the White Mules moved 34 yards in 46 seconds to go ahead 14-0 at intermission. Conley found fullback Don Williams from three yards out for the TD with :45 left.
The game's opening score came on a 57-yard halfback option pass from Noyes, lined up in the backfield, to Lee Carlson on the second play following a Wesleyan fumble in Colby territory. Late in the first quarter, Wesleyan almost evened the count when QB Brennan Carney, starting his first game, found receiver George Thompson behind the defense from the Colby 46 but the ball went off Thompson's hands inside the 10-yard line.
The game's most dominant series resulted in a final Colby TD with 11:27 to go as Colby moved 80 yards on 23 plays, consuming 9:18. The TD came on a two-yarder from Conley to Ian McPherson and the drive featured a 17-yard run by Williams from punt formation on a 4th-and-4 play at the Colby 44.
Colby had made it 22-0 at 9:10 of the third quarter when Conley sneaked in off the right side from a yard out, completing a nine-play, 66-yard march. When the point-after snap was high, Noyes, the holder, improvised and ran in for a two-point conversion.
Wesleyan got on the board with 3:03 to play on a two-yard run by Young Douglas, capping a 61-yard, six-play series led by QB Kevin Cornish, who had spelled Carney. Cornish completed three passes for 42 yards during the drive.
|1st Qtr||2nd Qtr||3rd Qtr||4th Qtr||-||Total|
|First Downs (Run-Pass-/Penalty)||22 (6-13-3)||11 (1-9-1)|
|Positive Yards Rushing||146||90|
|Negative Yards Rushing||12||21|
|Net Total Yards Rushing||134||69|
|Net Total Yards Passing||318||159|
|Total Offensive Plays||77||51|
|Total Net Yards||452||228|
|Average Gain Per Play||5.9||4.5|
|Interceptions By: Number-Yards||1-0||1-0|
|Punt Returns: Number-Yards||2-9||0-0|
|Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards||1-22||5-82|
|Fumble Returns: Number-Yards||0-0||0-0|
|Time of Possession||34:23||25:37|
|Third-Down Conversions||7 of 16||5 of 13|
|Fourth-Down Conversions||2 of 3||0 of 1|
|Sacks by: Number-Yards||3-11||1-8|
Colby - Rashad Randolph, 13-38 ; Don Williams, 3-28 ; Joe Murray, 8-26 ; Guito Joseph, 9-23 ; Danny Noyes, 2-21 ; Pat Conley, 5-(-2). Wesleyan - Ronnie Jacobs, 8-37 ; Greg Thomas, 6-17 ; Rahsaan Wareham, 3-16 ; Young Douglas, 2-7, 1 TD ; Brennan Carney, 4-0 ; Kevin Cornish, 1-(-8).
Colby - Pat Conley, 35-22-1, 261 yards, 2 TDs ; Danny Noyes, 1-1-0, 57 yards, 1 TD.Wesleyan - Brennan Carney, 20-10-1, 117 yards ; Kevin Cornish, 7-3-0, 42 yards.
Colby - Danny Noyes, 9-125 ; Don Williams, 5-25, 1 TD ; Lee Carlson, 4-95, 1 TD ; Andrew Tripp, 2-40 ; Ian McPherson, 2-11, 1 TD.; Jason Meadows, 1-22.Wesleyan - Todd Themistocles, 3-54 ; Larry Woolard, 3-22 ; George Thompson, 2-34 ; Sam Fletcher, 2-29 ; Greg Thomas, 2-7 ; John Stokel, 1-13.
Colby - Andrew Tripp, 5-169, 33.8 average. Wesleyan - Mark Olschefskie, 6-232, 38.7 average.