Shea Dwyer '10 (#5 in photo) rushed for his sixth 100-plus-yard game of the season in work-horse fashion, gaining 113 yards on 32 carries but his streak of scoring a rushing TD in each game this season was ended as Williams rolled to a 45-7 home Little Three victory Sat., Nov. 6, to set up a winner-take-all meeting at Amherst next week for the 2010 Little Three crown.
Williams held a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter when the Cardinals struck for their lone TD, an 11-yard run around the left side by QB Matt Coyne '12 (#7 with ball in photo) with 3:03 left in the half. That capped an 11-play, 53-yard march that consumed 5:50 on the clock. When Williams came right back and scored just 33 seconds later, it started a run of 31 straight Eph points. The lead was 28-7 at intermission and Williams tacked on 17 unanswered second-half points.
The Cardinals were held well below their offensive average coming into the game of nearly 27 points and almost 400 yards a contest as Williams limited Wesleyan to 182 yards to total offense. Dwyer accounted for 126 of those yards with his rushing total and three catches for another 13 yards. Dwyer now has 1,128 yards rushing this year as he continues to add to his school-record figure. In the meantime, Williams methodically racked up 402 yards, 292 through the air and 110 on the ground, in claiming its victory.
On the defensive side, Wesleyan got eight tackles from Cam Davila '12 and seven from Cyprian Oyomba '12 to pace the squad.
Earlier in the week, Wesleyan center and team tri-captain Nick Seara '11 was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine District I academic All-America first team, as voted upon by the district members of CoSIDA. Seara is a four-year starter on the offensive line, the last two at center.
Wesleyan has another tough road ahead in the season finale Sat., Nov. 13 at home against Trinity. The Bantams, 6-1 on the year, handed Amherst its first loss of the season while extending their home unbeaten streak to 39 games with a 28-13 win over the Lord Jeffs Nov. 6.