BRUNSWICK, Maine - Mike Breuler caught three touchdown passes as the Wesleyan University football team held off Bowdoin 21-10 on Saturday afternoon at Whittier Field.
The Cardinals improve to 5-2 this season while the Polar Bears remain winless at 0-7.
- Bowdoin controlled most of the opening quarter and cashed in on a 31-yard field goal from Andrew Sisti to take a 3-0 lead with 3:01 remaining in the period.
- Wesleyan answered with an eight-play, 60-yard drive, capped off by a 10 yard pass from Mark Piccirillo, who rolled out to the right and found Breuler in the end zone for a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter.
- After a Bowdoin three-and-out, the Cardinals marched 76 yards in 12 plays, scoring on another Piccirillo strike to Breuler over the middle from 20 yards to increase the lead to 14-3.
- Late in the half, Bowdoin failed on a fourth down conversion at midfield, but the Cardinals couldn't cash in as a 47-yard field goal by Corey Phillips was blocked, keeping it 14-3 at halftime.
- After a scoreless third quarter, Wesleyan made it 21-3 on the opening play of the fourth as Breuler hauled in a back-shoulder catch from Piccirillo to end a six-play, 60-yard drive.
- Bowdoin didn't go away, however, stopping Wesleyan on a fourth down deep in their own territory later in the period and then scoring on an 85-yard pass from Griff Stalcup to Nick Vailas - the fourth longest pass in school history - to cut the lead to 21-10 with 4:36 to go.
- The Polar Bears had a late bid to cut further into the Cardinal lead, but a late drive stalled inside the Wesleyan 10 with under a minute to play.
By The Numbers
- The Cardinals totaled 389 yards of offense as Piccirillo passed for 259 and also rushed for 54 for Wesleyan.
- Gerald Hawkins (seven receptions, 99 yards) and Breuler (seven catches, 96 yards) led a balanced receiving effort by the Cardinals.
- Griff Stalcup posted a career-high 317 yards passing on 26-47 attempts, becoming Bowdoin's first 300 yard passer since Tim Drakeley against Colby in 2015.
- Vailas caught eight passes for a career-high 167 yards, upping his career receptions total to 102 and becoming just the second Bowdoin player to surpass 100 career catches (Pat Noone, 176).
- Bryan Porter chipped in nine catches for 104 yards on the afternoon.
- Brandon Morris led the Cardinals with 11 tackles including a sack. Ben Thaw had two pass break-ups.
- Bowdoin was led by eight tackles from Francis Rose while Nat Deacon had a pair of sacks.
- Bowdoin will begin pursuit of the CBB Championship next weekend as they travel to Lewiston to play Bates at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
- The Cardinals will continue Little Three play against Williams next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.