Accuracy of QB Jesse Warren '15, Consistent Running of Kyle Gibson '15 Power Football Past Bates, 35-7
Extending its winning streak vs. Bates to eight games while improving its overall record against the Bobcats to 28-4, Wesleyan yielded the opening TD to its visitor before rattling off 35 unanswered points to come away a 35-7 victor Sat., Oct. 12. Wesleyan takes a 4-0 mark into its opening Little Three game of the season, traveling to Amherst, also 4-0, Sat., Oct. 19 for its next encounter.
Wesleyan, ranked second in Division III for scoring defense, entered the game allowing just 15 total points through its first three contests. Bates got on the board at 3:45 of the first period for a 7-0 lead, but the Cardinals played shutout ball for the final 48:45 as the Bobcats got into the red zone just once after its TD and that possession resulted in a missed 34-yard field goal.
Wesleyan rolled up 440 yards of total offense to 218 by Bates. Leading the Cardinals' ground game was Kyle Gibson '15 (#24, left side photo) with 132 yards on 16 carries, including a 39-yard TD scamper up the left side at 2:29 of the second quarter, spotting Wesleyan a 21-7 halftime lead. Earlier in the period, LaDarius Drew '15 (13-54) burst in from two yards out at 10:57, capping an eight-play, 74-yard march to tie the count at 7-7. Wesleyan went ahead for good at 5:11 as Rob Manning '16 skied to catch a nine-yard offering by QB Jesse Warren '15 (#2, right side photo) in the endzone. That 40-yard scoring drive followed a Bates fumble at its own 40-yard line. Warren, who came into the contest ranked fifth nationally for passing efficiency with a 186.0 rating, completed 17 of 20 passes for 190 yards and three TDs. Those figures gave him a 214.3 QB rating on the day, which improved his seasonal figure to 193.3. He hit Josh Hurwitz '15 on a crossing pattern at 12:23 of the third quarter for a 32-yard TD, and added a four-yard scoring toss to Kevin Hughes '14 to compete the day's scoring at 9:18 of the fourth quarter. Hughes ended the day with six catches for 43 yards while Hurwitz had four for 66 yards.
Bates, which came into the game leading the NESCAC and ranked ninth nationally in Division III for rushing offense, averaging almost 300 yards a game, was held to 125 yards on the ground from its 48 attempts. Time of possession in the game favored Wesleyan but about nine minutes. On defense, the Cardinals got eight tackles from Gregg Kelley '15 while Justin Sanchez '17 added seven tackles and forced a fumble.
With his 5-for-5 effort on extra points in the game, Wesleyan kicker Sebastian Aguirre '14 set a Wesleyan record for consecutive PATs in a season as he has made all 22 of his tries in 2013. The previous mark for consecutive PATs in a season had been 20.