Football Holds off Bowdoin 20-14 on Road

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

Wesleyan Football racked up 429 yards of total-offense, and Zac Cuzner had three interceptions to lead the Cardinals in a 20-14 win at Bowdoin on Saturday Oct. 31 at Whittier Field.

Wesleyan improves to 4-2 overall and 4-2 in the NESCAC, while Bowdoin drops to 1-5 overall and 1-5 in conference action. 

How It Happened

  • The Cardinals built a ten-point lead in the opening half thanks to an eight-play, 81-yard drive in the first quarter that resulted in a Lou Stevens three-yard touchdown run. The big play of the drive came on a 32-yard pass from Gernald Hawkins to Eric Meyreles
  • Wesleyan added a 28-yard field goal from Ike Fuchs to cap an eight-play, 52-yard drive in the second quarter to take a 10-0 lead
  • The Cardinals had a chance to add to their lead late in the period after stopping Bowdoin on a fourth down at midfield, but the Polar Bear defense responded with a fourth-down stand and took over at their own 33
  • Bowdoin then covered 67 yards in just 1:06 before the break, getting a 24-yard pass from Noah Nelson to Seamus Power down to the Wesleyan 13. Nelson found Bryan Porter in the back corner of the end zone on the next play to trim the lead to 10-7 at the break
  • Wesleyan scored on its first possession of the third quarter, marching 75 yards in seven plays to make it 17-7 on a 15-yard rumble from Stevens through the middle of the Polar Bear defense
  • Bowdoin responded again, as Raj Nagarajah forced a Wesleyan fumble on a punt return and Reeder Wells recovered at the Cardinal 33. Nelson found Porter for a 24-yard pass down to the Wesleyan one and then scrambled into the endzone himself on the next play to trim the lead to 17-14
  • Wesleyan added a Fuchs field goal with 5:26 remaining in the fourth quarter to make it 20-14
  • Bowdoin had two late chances to take the lead, but Cuzner intercepted Nelson twice in the final 4:40 - once at the Wesleyan 32 and then, after a Cardinal punt, at the Bowdoin 30 to seal the win

By The Numbers

  • Wesleyan totaled 429 yards of offense, including 187 rushing
  • Jaylen Berry was the Cardinals' top rusher with 96 yards on the ground
  • Mark Piccirillo threw for 164 yards and rushed for 35 more for Wesleyan
  • Eric Meyreles caught a game-high ten passes for 126  yards for the Cardinals
  • Andrew Tichy carried the ball 21 times for 75 yards to pace the Bowdoin offense
  • Nelson finished 16-36 but was sacked five times on the day
  • Bryan Porter was the top target, catching six passes for 72 yards and a score
  • Defensively, Wesleyan was led by Justin Sanchez's nine tackles while Jude Lindberg had two sacks
  • Philippe Archambault had 14 tackles for Bowdoin while Henry Little had a dozen stops for Bowdoin

Up Next

  • Bowdoin opens CBB play next week at Bates for a 12:30 kick-off. Bates defeated Colby 10-9 on Saturday and will have an opportunity to claim the CBB title on their home turf next week
  • The Cardinals will play Little Three rival Williams at home next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

(Bowdoin Athletics release)