Wesleyan 36, Bates 29 (OT)
Bates (1-3) 7 0 7 15 0 - 29 Wesleyan (3-1) 7 13 6 3 7 - 36 1st Quarter Wesleyan - Jake Fay 1 run (Brian Walker kick) 11:27 Bates - Jason Coulie 15 pass from Matt Bazirgan (Rejean Guerriero kick) 8:46 2nd Quarter Wesleyan - Matt Perceval 51 pass from Jake Fay (Brian Walker kick) 7:08 Wesleyan - Matt Perceval 36 pass from Jake Fay (kick blocked) 1:28 3rd Quarter Bates - Paul Erickson 13 run (Rejean Guerriero kick) 4:02 Wesleyan - Larry Woolard 3 run (pass failed) 1:09 4th Quarter Wesleyan - Brian Walker 29 field goal 11:28 Bates - Jason Coulie 14 pass from Matt Bazirgan (Rejean Guerriero kick) 7:14 Bates - Paul Erickson 16 run (Matt Bazirgan pass to Paul Erickson) 1:26 Overtime Wesleyan - Matt Perceval 6 pass from Jake Fay (Brian Walker kick) Full Game Stats
Taken from a Wesleyan University press release
In a game that featured nearly 1,000 yards of total offense, Bates (516 yards) rallied from a 29-14 fourth-quarter deficit with an 11-play, 64-yard drive culminating in a 14-yard pass from Matt Bazirgan (Newbury, Mass.) to Jason Coulie (Manchester, N.H.) with 7:14 to play and an eight-play, 80-yard march ending in a 16-yard TD run by Paul Erickson (Merrimac, Mass.) with 1:26 to go. Erickson then caught the two-point conversion pass to even the score at 29-29.
Erickson ended the game with 26 carries for 156 yards and two TDs while Coulie had 12 catches for 126 yards and two TDs. The 12 catches matches a school record accomplished three times previously, including Coulie last season against Hamilton. Bazirgan completed 23 of 39 passes for 218 yards. The Bobcats' 516 yards of total offense were their largest output of the 1990's. The afternoon was highlighted by a third-quarter drive that started when junior Pat Collins (Walpole, Mass.) forced a Cardinal fumble inside their own 10-yard line. The Bobcats then went 94 yards on 18 plays as Erickson scored his first touchdown of the day. The drive, which consumed 7:53 off the clock, included three third-down conversions and a fourth down conversion.
Wesleyan QB Jake Fay was 23 of 35 for 343 yards and also led the team on the ground with 30 yards as Wesleyan amassed 452 yards on the afternoon.
In overtime, Wesleyan moved 25 yards on four plays as Fay connected with Perceval for nine yards, then George Thompson for 10. Fay then hit Perceval on a 2nd-and-goal pass from the six and Brian Walker added the extra point.
Bates ran seven plays in overtime, but stalled after reaching the 14 as an incompletion, a sack and two more failed passes ended the game.