Logo: Wesleyan Athletics

at Wesleyan 20, Hamilton 3

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000 at Middletown, Conn.

Game Notes:

Getting two touchdown catches from George Thompson, one of nine yards in the first quarter and another of 27 yards in the fourth period, Wesleyan defeated Hamilton, 20-3. Wesleyan improved to 2-0 on the year while Hamilton fell to 0-2.

The two teams combined for just 346 yards of total offense and each punted 10 times. Wesleyan went ahead 7-0 at 4:43 of the first period when Thompson completed a 58-yard drive with a nine-yard TD reception from Kevin Cornish. When Hamilton fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, Wesleyan had the ball at the Hamilton 23 and five plays later, Greg Thomas burrowed in off the left side from a yard out to make it 14-0 with 2:12 remaining in the quarter.

Hamilton got its only points of the contest on a 34-yard field goal from Greg Bemis midway through the third period as Hamilton moved the ball 55 yards from its own 28, consuming more than six minutes on 11 plays. It was the only time in the ballgame that a Hamilton drive ended in Wesleyan territory other than the final minute of the contest.

Wesleyan collected its third TD when reserve QB Brennan Carney found Thompson in the left corner of the endzone from 27 yards out to cap a 72-yard, six play series with 4:06 to play. Two Hamilton penalties accounted for 26 of the 72 yards. For the game, Wesleyan amassed 214 yards with Thompson gaining 78 yards on six catches and running back Ronnie Jacobs coming through with 83 yards on 26 rushes. Hamilton had just 142 yards, led by running back Chris McCarthy who had 18 carries for 69 yards.

Steve Woodruff made two interceptions for Wesleyan from his free safety position as Wesleyan forced four Hamilton turnovers. Wesleyan turned the ball over only once.


SCORING SUMMARY 

1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr - Total
Hamilton (0-2) 0 0 3 0 - 3
Wesleyan (2-0) 14 0 0 6 - 20

1st Quarter 
Wesleyan - George Thompson 9 pass from Kevin Cornish (Vin Balsamo kick) 4:43 
Wesleyan - Greg Thomas 1 run (Vin Balsamo kick) 2:12 
3rd Quarter 
Hamilton - Greg Bemis 34 field goal 7:13 
4th Quarter 
Wesleyan - George Thompson 27 pass from Brennan Carney (kick failed) 4:06 

TEAM STATISTICS 
WESLEYAN HAMILTON
First Downs (Run-Pass-/Penalty) 15 (7-4-4) 8 (3-4-1)
Rushing Attempts 44 30
Positive Yards Rushing 146 97
Negative Yards Rushing 25 23
Net Total Yards Rushing 121 74
Net Total Yards Passing 93 68
Passes Attempted-Completed-Intercepted 27-9-0 28-10-3
Total Offensive Plays 71 58
Total Net Yards 214 142
Average Gain Per Play 3.0 2.4
Penalties: Number-Yards 8-72 8-77
Fumbles: Number-Lost 2-1 1-1
Interceptions By: Number-Yards 3-15 0-0
Punts: Number-Yards-Average 10-413-41.3 10-340-34.0
Punt Returns: Number-Yards 2-10 7-36
Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards 1-25 4-64
Fumble Returns: Number-Yards 0-0 0-0
Time of Possession 32:52 27:08
Third-Down Conversions 6 of 18 4 of 15
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 1 1 of 1
Sacks by: Number-Yards 2-19 3-17

 


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS 

RUSHING: 
Wesleyan - Ronnie Jacobs, 26-83 ; Greg Thomas, 11-37, 1 TD ; Brennan Carney, 1-10 ; Kevin Cornish, 6-(-9). Hamilton - Chris McCarthy, 18-69 ; Chris Weeden, 7-18 ; Mike Pellman, 5-(-13).

PASSING: 
Wesleyan - Kevin Cornish, 13-5-0, 41 yards, 1 TD ; Brennan Carney, 14-4-0, 52 yards, 1 TD.Hamilton - Mike Pellman, 28-10-3, 68 yards. 

RECEIVING: 
Wesleyan - George Thompson, 6-78, 2 TDs ; Todd Themistocles, 2-14 ; Greg Thomas, 1-1.Hamilton - Tom Bradley, 3-35 ; Chris Wollard, 2-10 ; Chris Acheson, 2-9 ; Tim Berbenich, 1-10 ; Michael Feuerstein, 1-3 ; Chris McCarthy, 1-1. 

PUNTING: 
Wesleyan - Mark Olschefskie, 10-413, 41.3 average.Hamilton - Greg Bemis, 10-340, 34.0 average.

ATTENDANCE: 2,300