Wesleyan Rallies From Early Deficit to Deal Bowdoin Third Straight Loss

Joey Cleary made ten tackles and forced a fumble in Saturday's loss to Wesleyan
Joey Cleary made ten tackles and forced a fumble in Saturday's loss to Wesleyan

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The Wesleyan University football team scored 34 unanswered points to rally from an early deficit and take a 34-14 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon at Andrus Field.

The Cardinals improve to 5-1 this fall while the Polar Bears drop to 1-5. Bowdoin will host Bates in its home finale next Saturday, November 3, at 12:30 p.m.

Things started well for the Polar Bears on Saturday as Bowdoin scored on its first two possessions. The Polar Bears marched 82 yards in 14 plays, cashing in on a three-yard pass from Thomas Romero to Michael English for a 7-0 lead. After forcing its second-straight three-and-out, Bowdoin took over at its own 29 and on its second play from scrimmage saw Romero toss a 62-yard strike to Matt Perlow, reaching the Wesleyan 6. Two plays later, Donnarumma dove four yards to paydirt for a 14-0 advantage.

It was downhill from there, though, as the Cardinals scored on four of its next five possessions. Kevin Hughes caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Jon Lis to trim the Bowdoin lead to 14-7 before the end of the first quarter and Sebastian Aguirre nailed a 28-yard field goal early in the second quarter to make it 14-10. LaDarius Drew went 21 yards for a rushing score shortly before halftime to make it 17-14 Wesleyan at the break.

The Cardinals picked up where they left off in the second half, as Drew scored on a 70-yard scamper before Aguirre hit a 31-yard field goal to make it 27-14. Te'Rhon O'Neal broke free on an 83-yard run in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.

Bowdoin accumulated 354 yards of total offense, but committed six turnovers including five interceptions. The Cardinals racked up 454 total yards, including 284 on the ground. Drew led the way with 154 yards rushing for Wesleyan.

Donnarumma finished with 91 yards on the ground and caught a pass for 59 yards. Defensively, Joey Cleary and Griffin Cardew had ten tackles each. Cleary forced a fumble while Cardew had a sack and a fumble recovery.