WATERVILLE, Maine — Wesleyan University rushed for 285 yards and passed for 235 more to score 23 points in the middle two quarters on the way to a 37-6 victory over Colby College in NESCAC football Saturday at Harold Alfond Stadium.
Wesleyan (2-1 overall) had two touchdown passes, but not one from its starting quarterback. Mark Piccirillo passed for 127 yards and ran for 109 yards on six carries. Devon Carrillo threw a touchdown pass and ran for two more scores.
Carrillo made his mark early, scoring just 2:41 into the contest on a 25-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
The Mules used 6:49 off the clock and drove 73 yards in 11 plays, but Colby came away empty on a blocked field goal by Nate Taylor. Braden Wilson had a 34-yard catch on the drive. The Mules had fourth down on the Wesleyan 2-yard line and decided to send out kicker John Baron. Taylor got in and smothered the kick to keep the 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Baron buried the Cardinals on their own 1-yard line with a 40-yard punt. In the drive of the game, Wesleyan went 99 yards on 11 plays to go up 14-0 on Carrillo’s 1-yard scoring run. Lou Stevens had a rush for 41 yards and Piccirillo had a 25-yard completion to Andrew Mehr on the drive.
The Mules had another chance to put points on the scoreboard on the ensuing drive. Colby used 5:56 off the clock and drove 71 yards on 11 plays. The Mules, on the Wesleyan 20-yard line, went for it on fourth-and-one and did not convert.
Wesleyan went up 17-0 at halftime by covering 69 yards in 10 plays in just 1:43. Ike Fuchs booted a 28-yard field goal as time expired.
The Cardinals ran off six straight running plays before Carrillo took a direct snap from center and threw a 48-yard touchdown pass up the middle of the field to Mike Breuler with 5:35 left in the third quarter. The point after kick failed and the score was 23-0.
Wesleyan had a third-and-two at the Colby 48 when Piccirillo went all the way for a score.
The Mules scored early in the fourth quarter on Christian Sparacio’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Sebastian Ferrell with nine minutes to play. On a third-and-eight at Wesleyan’s 12-yard line, Sparacio found Ferrell over the middle and he raced in for the score.
Gernald Hawkins took over at quarterback and threw a 60-yard scoring pass to Mehr with 7:15 to play. Mehr caught the ball about six or seven yards down field, was able to get out to the left sideline, and then dove for the score as he was being hit.
Stevens rushed 11 times for 93 yards and Hawkins had five rushes for 29 yards. Mehr caught two passes for 85 yards and Breuler had a game-high five grabs for 81 yards.
Sparacio threw for 150 yards, while running back Jabari Hurdle-Price rushed for 45 yards and caught three passes for 29. Hurdle-Price also averaged 26 yards on three kickoff returns.
Brandon Morris had nine total tackles, one sack, and forced a fumble for the Cardinals. Shayne Kaminski added seven tackles and Cole Harris finished with one sack among his six stops. Taylor had an interception to go with his blocked field goal.
Sebastien Philemon led the Mules with eight tackles. Sam Friedman and Craig Strand both had six stops. Don Vivian had four tackles and two pass break-ups. Josh Levinger had an interception for Colby.