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Cards Score First, Lead at Halftime, But Come Away from Tufts with a 20-14 Setback in Season Opener

Joe Giaimo '11 and others

Joe Giaimo '11 (#14, left in photo), the first lefty starting QB at Wesleyan since 1981, completed his first five passes, the last of which covered three yards on a nicely lofted pass to Steve Hauser '11 on the left side of the endzone for a 7-0 Wesleyan lead at Tufts Sat., Sept 20 in the season opener. Wesleyan received the initial kickoff and drove 63 yards on 12 plays while consuming 7:15 of the clock. When Tufts tied the score on a 30-yard run late in the second quarter, the Cardinals responded with a seven-play, 56-yard march that used just :55, culminating in a four-yard pass from Giaimo to Kevin Leamy '09 (#29, receiving congratulations from his teammates) with only 18 second to go before intermission. Leamy finished the game with six catches for 39 yards. Giaimo, who played the first three quarters, completed 14 of 20 passes, good for 102 yards and two TDs. Lane Kirshe '10 paced the ground game with eight runs for 50 yards, including three carries for 22 yards on the opening scoring drive. But Tufts, which was held to 149 yards to Wesleyan's 180 over the first 30 minutes, stormed out in the third period and scored twice on drives of 49 and 89 yards, with 74 yards coming from 13 rushes during what proved to be the game-winning drive. The Tufts defense also rose to the occasion, limiting Wesleyan to only 49 net yards in the second half as the Jumbos held on for the 20-14 decision. Defensively, Dave Brustein '10 led the Cardinals with nine tackles. Wesleyan will inaugurate the home schedule Sun., Sept. 28 by hosting Hamilton. The game was rescheduled from Sat. Sept. 27 due to bad weather. The game will be webcast and details for watching the contest are on the athletics home page under "webcasts."