at Wesleyan 14, Amherst 13
Saturday, October 19, 2002 at Middletown, Conn.
Notes: Wesleyan's defense came up with two big plays in the closing minutes of the game to hold on for a 14-13 victory over Amherst, ending an eight-game losing streak against the Lord Jeffs. Wesleyan last defeated Amherst in 1993. That win came on the road. It was Wesleyan first home win over Amherst since 1992. Amherst had a 4th-and-one play at the Wesleyan 21-yard line, trailing by a point, but elected to go for it rather than try for a go-ahead 38-yard field goal. Wesleyan's DT Brendan Kelley and LB Tom Moran, with help from LB Keilembo Ellison, stopped Amherst QB Marsh Moseley behind the line on his sneak, giving Wesleyan the ball with 1:07 to go. Amherst forced Wesleyan to punt, getting the ball back at their own 35 with :46 to play. Two pass completions and a scramble by Moseley got the ball to the Wesleyan 32. From there, Amherst tried an 49-yard field goal as time ran out, but it was blocked as the low kick hit the back of an Amherst player, pushed back by Wesleyan's Jeremy George. Wesleyan got two TD runs from RB Young Douglas (14-54) to cap scoring drives, one covering 47 yards on nine plays. That came right after Amherst went ahead, 7-0, on a 33 -yard interception return by Jeremy Carroll at 11:03 of the first quarter. Carroll had three pickoffs on the day. Wesleyan returned the ensuing kickoff 48 yards as Pat Moffett fielded the ball at the five, and handed off to Jeremy George at the 15. George went up the right side to the Amherst 47. A key play during the Wesleyan scoring drive was an 18-yard scramble by QB Brennan Carney which got Wesleyan to the Amherst 16. Douglas made it 7-7 with a three-yard burst up the middle at 6:20 of the quarter. Amherst went ahead, 10-7, on David Bodner's 27-yard field goal with 0:23 left in the opening period. He added a 36-yarder at 7:56 of the second period for a 13-7 edge. Wesleyan took the lead for good on Douglas' four-yard run at 5:12 of the third quarter. A blocked punt by Wesleyan's Greg Thomas gave Wesleyan the ball at the Amherst 20-yard line, setting up the eventual game-winning points. The top rusher in the NESCAC, Fletcher Ladd of Amherst, had a solid day, gaining 173 yards on 38 carries, just above his yardage average of 163. Conversely, Wesleyan's Pat Moffett, who leads the conference in receiving,, was held without a reception. He averaged 6.5 catches a game for 175 yards coming in.
Amherst - Jeremy Carroll 33 interception return (David Bodner kick) 11:03
Wesleyan - Young Douglas 3 run (Vin Balsamo kick) 6:20
Amherst - David Bodner 27 field goal 0:23
Amherst - David Bodner 36 field goal 7:56
Wesleyan - Young Douglas 4 run (Vin Balsamo kick) 5:12
|First Downs (run/pass/penalty)
|Rushes - Yards
|Passes Attempted - Completed - Intercepted
|Fumbles - Lost
|Penalties - Yards
|Return Yards (punt, interception. fumble)
|Kickoff Returns - Yards
|Punts - Yards - Average
|Time of Possession
|3rd/4th Down Conversions
RUSHING: Amherst - Fletcher Ladd, 38-173 ; Matt Monteith, 4-10 ; Marsh Moseley, 9-(-1) ; Jason Wagstaff, 1-(-4). Wesleyan - Patt Curran, 17-75 ; Young Douglas, 14-54, 2 TDs ; Brennan Carney, 8-(-21).
PASSING: Amherst - Marsh Moseley, 18-10-0, 82 yards. Wesleyan - Brennan Carney, 22-12-4, 135 yards.
RECEIVING: Amherst - J.P. Zito, 3-43 ; Jeff Ryan, 3-20 ; Jason Wagstaff, 2-14 ; Brian Hart, 1-7 ; Fletcher Ladd, 1-(-2). Wesleyan - Sam Fletcher, 3-69 ; Tim McGee, 2-30 ; Jim Rooney, 2-17 ; Young Douglas, 2-6 ; Dan Long, 1-6 ; Matt Barnum, 1-5 ; James Wallace, 1-2.
PUNTING: Amherst - Geoff Bough, 8-293, 36.6 average ; Team, 1-0. Wesleyan - Jim Rooney, 5-181, 36.2 average.