Wesleyan 20, Bates 17
1 2 3 4 F Wesleyan (3-1) 0 0 7 13 - 20 Bates (0-4) 7 3 0 7 - 17 TEAM Q TIME PLAY SCORE BAT 1 10:56 Owen Miehe 2 run (Rejean Guerriero kick) 7-0 BAT 2 14:10 Guerriero 30 FG 10-0 WES 3 10:46 Ronnie Jacobs 29 run (Vin Balsamo kick) 10-7 WES 4 10:00 George Thompson 27 pass from Brennan Carney (Balsamo kick) 10-14 BAT 4 7:46 Sean Atkins 53 run (Guerriero kick) 17-14 WES 4 7:06 Thompson 37 pass from Carney (kick failed) 17-20 Bates Full Game Stats
BOBCATS FALL SHORT AGAINST WESLEYAN, 20-17
LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College football team (0-4) was within reach for the third straight game, but the Bobcats were unable to pull out the victory in a 20-17 loss to Wesleyan today (3-1).
The Bobcats took advantage of a Wesleyan fumble on the Cardinals' first possession, needing only 10 yards for the first touchdown of the game. The score came on fourth down when first-year wide receiver Owen Miehe (Glen Rock, N.J.), the holder on Bates field goals, scampered in from two yards out on a fake FG attempt less than five minutes into the game. Bates twice stymied the Cardinals inside the Bobcat 20 yard line in the first quarter, including a 60-yard fumble return by senior Kevin Jackson (Woodbury, N.J.) that resulted in a Rejean Guerriero (Spofford, N.H.) field goal from 30 yards out to give Bates a 10-0 lead shortly after the start of the second quarter. The Bobcats held that lead into half time.
Wesleyan came out of the locker room prepared, going 62 yards on eight plays to score a 29-yard TD run by sophomore Ronnie Jacobs (Staten Island, N.Y.). Jacobs accounted for 55 Cardinal yards on the drive. Wesleyan claimed its first lead of the game with 10 minutes left in the game when rookie Brennan Carney (So. Burlington, Vt.) hit junior WR George Thompson (Jacksonville, Fla.) in stride for a 27-yard touchdown, outting the Cardinals up, 14-10. The Bobcats answered five plays later on sophomore tailback Sean Atkins's (New York, N.Y.) fourth touchdown run of the season, from 53 yards out, giving Bates the 17-14 lead. Wesleyan came right back however, answering even more quickly, as Carney and Thompson connected from 37 yards out just two plays and 40 seconds later. Bates sophomore LB Ben Johnson (Lyndonville, Vt.) blocked the ensuing extra point, meaning the Bobcats needed just a field goal to even the 20-17 game. The teams traded short drives before the Bobcats got the ball back with 2:12 to go at their own 30. A series of short passes and a 17-yard run by Atkins brought the ball to the Wesleyan 28, but the Wesleyan defense forced Bates QB Steve Barry (Boston, Mass.) to make a bad pass in the last 30 seconds, ending the Bobcats' hope of a comeback.
Bates was led by Atkins' 146 yards rushing on 21 carries, while Barry added 63 yards rushing on 15 carries. A balanced passing attack saw seven Bobcats catch balls for a total of 68 yards.