Late Touchdown Lifts Wesleyan over Bowdoin in Homecoming Football Battle

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BRUNSWICK, Maine – Wesleyan tailback Glenn Smith scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals football team survived Bowdoin 20-13 on Saturday at Whittier Field.

Wesleyan stays unbeaten at 4-0 this season while Bowdoin drops to 0-4 on the year.

Game Highlights

  • For the third time in four games, Bowdoin scored the game's opening points as Nate Richam-Odoi broke free on a 59-yard scamper midway through the opening quarter, breaking four tackles for a touchdown to give the hosts a 7-0 lead at 8:38 of the first.
  • Wesleyan got on the board early in the second quarter, capping a nine-play, 58-yard drive with an eight-yard pass from Ashton Scott to Dario Highsmith. The Cardinals missed the PAT as Bowdoin maintained a 7-6 lead.
  • The Cardinals looked to take the lead later in the period, but Scott fumbled on a third-and-goal at the Bowdoin 1 and Tyriq Jones-Garland recovered for the Polar Bears as the hosts clung to a 7-6 edge at the half.
  • Wesleyan took its first lead of the game early in the third quarter, marching 51 yards and scoring on an Ashton Scott keeper from nine yards out to take a 13-7 advantage.
  • Bowdoin chipped away at the Wesleyan lead, scoring on a 40-yard field goal by Michael Chen on their next drive and tying the game on a 24-yard field goal by Chen with 6:15 remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • Wesleyan took over with 6:10 left in the fourth quarter and quickly moved to midfield on a pair of Scott passes to Matthew Simco. After a pass interference call moved the ball to the Bowdoin 31, Smith took a draw and cut to the right side where he found daylight, scoring with 3:52 remaining to give the Cardinals a 20-13 edge.
  • Bowdoin refused to go away, getting a great kickoff return by Brendan Ward that gave the Polar Bears possession at their own 43. Austin McCrum found Gregory Olson on three straight pass plays that moved the ball to the Wesleyan 19 with a minute to play. The Wesleyan defense got to McCrum on the next two plays and two late desperation passes fell incomplete as the Cardinals walked away with the victory.

By The Numbers

  • Bowdoin's Nate Richam-Odoi was outstanding, rushing for 174 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.
  • Ashton Scott went 11-16 passing for 125 yards for Wesleyan while Glenn Smith finished with 108 yards rushing on 19 carries with a score.
  • Bowdoin's Gregory Olson led all receivers with five catches for 38 yards on the day.
  • Defensively, Isaiah Miller made nine solo tackles for the Cardinals while Ben Thaw had two pass breakups and five tackles.
  • Noah Clack made ten tackles for Bowdoin, including three for a loss.
  • Wesleyan finished with 215 yards rushing as a team and owned slim 31:16-28:44 edge in time of possession.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin hits the road next Saturday as they head to Amherst for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.
  • Wesleyan will return to Middletown to host Tufts next Saturday at 6:00 p.m.