Cards Score on Five of First Seven Possessions and Coast to Comfortable 35-8 Win at Bates
Scoring on four of their first five possessions, the Cardinals rolled out to a 28-0 lead at halftime, then added another scoring drive with the opening series of the second half and never looked back in defeating Bates Sat., Oct. 11, for the 23rd time in 27 all-time meetings. Using a methodical 12-play, 81-yard march to grab a 7-0 first-period lead, Wesleyan capped the drive with a 10-yard scoring pass from Blake DuBois '12 (13-22, 141 yards) to Kevin Leamy '09 (6-42). On the next possession, Wesleyan covered 85 yards on 10 plays with DuBois doing the honors himself from a yard out. A forced fumble by Derrick Williams '12 and subsequent recovery by Bo Brown '10 gave the Cardinals excellent field position just 1:40 later and it took only four plays for the team to navigate 28 yards to the endzone. Greg McDonough '12 crack over from the three-yard line to make it 21-0 with 9:40 left before halftime. Holding Bates deep in its own territory to take over at the Bates 39-yard line following a punt, Wesleyan upped the margin to 28-0 when Vince Miller '12 (#32, main photo) threaded through the line and dashed 23 yards for the score. It was 35-0 at the 10:46 mark of the third period as McDonough again crossed the goalline, this time from two yards away, putting the finishing touches on a 59-yard march on 10 plays. Over the five scoring drives, Wesleyan collected 292 of its 329 yards on the afternoon. Miller led the Wesleyan ground game with 80 yards on just eight carries. Bates had only 207 total yards on the day, more than half of it coming in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach. Also standing out for the Cards on special teams was Chris Helsel '09 (#3, photo insert lower right), who went 5-for-5 on extra points, punted three times for a 46.7-yard average, two of which pinned Bates inside its own 10-yard line, and boomed six kickoffs which were fielded by Bates on average at its 12-yard line. Helsel was honored as the NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week. The next action for the team comes during Wesleyan's Homecoming & Family Weekend festivities Sat., Oct. 18 with the Amherst Lord Jeffs in town. The game will be webcast and details for watching the game are on the athletics home page under "Webcasts."