With Vince Miller '12 (#32, left side of photo, courtesy of Don Chapin P'09) carrying the ball 23 times for 102 yards to support Wesleyan's ball-control offense, and Shea Dwyer '10 (#5, right side of photo, courtesy of Don Chapin P'09) adding 69 yards on 14 runs, including the game's only TD on a five-yard scamper, Wesleyan held off Tufts for an opening-day 7-3 triumph Sat., Sept. 26. It was the second 100-yard rushing day in Miller's career as he picked up 109 yards vs. Bowdoin in 2008.
Though Wesleyan yielded a 32-yard field goal to Tufts on the Jumbos opening possession, and saw Tufts drive to the Wesleyan 20-yard line on its second series, Wesleyan got a big tackle from Justin Freres '11 on a 4th-and-1 play to hold Tufts for no gain and momentum began to turn toward the Cardinals. Wesleyan went 59 yards on 10 plays early in the second quarter with a 30-yard completion from Blake DuBois '12 to Pete Modera '11 triggering the drive. Dwyer did the honors by taking a pitch to the right and leaping over a Jumbo defender to roll into the endzone. Matt Alexander's '12 extra point gave Wesleyan a 7-3 lead with 8:31 to go before the half.
Tufts had two other scoring chances end in missed field goals, one of 46 yards just before halftime, and another of 43 yards which was low and hit into the line. Seven of Tufts' 12 possessions resulted in punts. Wesleyan punter Kyle Weiss '11 was busy making nine punts of his own.
On the final Tufts possession, the Jumbos got near midfield but their final four passes resulted in just six net yards and the ball turned over the Wesleyan on downs with :08 remaining.
The Cardinals go on the road Sat., Oct. 3 to visit Hamilton for their next outing.