MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University football team lost to Little Three rival Amherst College on Saturday afternoon at Corwin Stadium, 33-3. With the loss, the Cardinals are now 3-3 on the year while the Mammoths remain perfect at 6-0.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Amherst received the opening kickoff but Wesleyan forced a 3-and-out. On the Cardinals second play of the game, John Callahan broke through the line and sacked Mark Piccirillo '19 in the end zone for a safety.
- The Mammoths got the ball back and took advantage of their opportunity. Starting the drive at the Wesleyan-48 following a 23-yard punt return, Biafra Okoronkwo rushed to the left 15 yards untouched for the first touchdown of the day to cap off an 8-play drive. Amherst held a 9-0 lead with 8:00 to play in the first quarter.
- The Cardinals took over at their own-28 and went 48 yards before Patrick Wolff '21 made a 41-yard field goal to cut the deficit to six.
- Amherst responded with a 41-yard field goal of their own just five minutes later following an 11-play, 49-yard drive to increase the lead to nine with 13:03 to play in the first half.
- Following a Wesleyan punt, the Mammoths took over at their own-25 and went 75 yards on only eight plays. Okoronkwo found the end zone once again as he went seven yards through the left side to increase the lead to 19-3.
- The Cardinals were forced to punt on their next drive to give Amherst the ball back at its own-13 with 3:26 on the clock. The visitors drove 67 yards and on 1st-and-goal from the Wesleyan-6, Brandon Morris '19 came around the edge and sacked Ollie Eberth, forcing a fumble, as Jude Lindberg '19 landed on it with 22 seconds left in the half. The Cardinals then kneeled to go into the break.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The second half began with back-to-back 3-and-outs before Nate Tyrell recorded the only interception of the game with 11:30 on the clock. The Cardinals' defense stepped up, however, and forced another Amherst 3-and-out.
- Wesleyan punted on its ensuing possession and gave the Mammoths the ball back with 8:33 on the clock. Facing a 4th-and-8 at the Cardinals' 30-yard line, the visitors went for it and Ollie Eberth found a wide open James O'Regan near the right hash mark as the WR secured the 30-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 26-3.
- The Cardinals were forced to punt on their next drive and Amherst took over at its own-25. The visitors went for it once again on 4th-and-3 but Morris made a big stop and broke up the pass. Wesleyan was unable to capitalize on the turnover on downs, however, and punted shortly after.
- With 8:08 on the clock, the Mammoths took over from the 50-yard line and Eric Jung capped off a 5-play drive with a 5-yard TD run up the middle for the final score of the game.
- Wesleyan's next drive went 30 yards on eight plays before a turnover on downs to give the Mammoths the ball with 1:22 on the clock as they knelt two times to run out the clock.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Amherst outgained Wesleyan 421-to-101 as the Mammoths totaled 25 first downs to the Cardinals' 13. The Mammoths also recorded six sacks for a loss of 35 yards and the Cardinals totaled two.
- Okoronkwo led Amherst's offense with 119 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. Eberth was 14-of-24 for 203 yards passing and a score. He also rushed 12 times for 59 yards and O'Regan hauled in seven catches for 134 yards and a TD.
- Piccirillo was 16-of-29 for 104 yards. Defensively, Morris had a huge day for Wesleyan and led all players with 11 tackles including a sack, forced fumble and pass break-up. Grant Williams '19 recorded a sack as well.
- Wesleyan is back in action next Saturday, Oct. 27 and will remain at home as the Cardinals face Bowdoin at 1 p.m.