In a game that featured a 35-yard fumble recovery run for a TD by Nick Ferris '12, a blocked punt and 25-yard return for a TD by Shea Dwyer '10 (#5, photo insert upper right), who got NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week Laurels, and a two-point defensive conversion return of a fumble by Justin Freres '11 (#46, photo insert upper left) to highlight Wesleyan's day at Bowdoin Sat., Oct. 31, nothing was more rewarding than the 29-yard connection from Blake DuBois '12 (#7, main photo) to Paulie Lowther '13 (#8, photo insert lower right) with just 37 seconds to go to give the Cardinals a 43-39 victory.
Dubois, who passed for 320 yards by completing 29 of 52 attempts, found Lowther down the middle inside the five-yard line on a 2nd-and-10 play and Lowther swung into the endzone for the game-winning points. Bowdoin, which trailed Wesleyan 36-18 at the start of the fourth quarter, had rallied for three TDs to take a 39-36 lead with 1:17 remaining. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty force the Polar Bears to kick off from their own 15, and a kickoff return by Te'Rhon O'Neal '13 to the Bowdoin 42 helped set up the final TD, that and a key 4th-and -13 catch for 16 yards from Mike Dudley '13 to extend the drive. Dudley finished the game with four receptions and Lowther had five but Pete Modera '11 led the way with nine catches for 94 yards and a TD in the second quarter. Lowther also opened the day's scoring with a nine-yard TD snag in the first quarter as Wesleyan took a 21-0 lead into the second period.
The margin was narrowed to 27-12 at halftime before the Cardinals pushed the lead up to 18 after the third quarter. The Cardinals got effective running from Greg McDonough '12, who is normally used in short-yardage situations. This day, he had 10 carries for 39 yards and scored a vital one-yard TD in the third period.
Though Wesleyan allowed 564 yards of offense to Bowdoin, it didn't detract from some outstanding defensive efforts, including Freres, who, in addition to his 92-yard run for two points after Bowdoin fumbled on a two-point conversion try, had a 27-yard interception return, broke up two passes and led the squad in tackles with 12. Freres was recognized by the NESCAC as Co-Defensive Player of the Week. Peter Sugarbaker '10 put the finishing touches on the contest with a sack on Bowdoin's final offensive play on 4th-and-10 at the Wesleyan 35-yard line.
On the day, Wesleyan collected 376 yards of offense, mostly behind the arm of DuBois.
Wesleyan takes its 3-3 record into Homecoming/Family Weekend activities on Sat., Nov. 7 when Little Three rival Williams will be the opponent.