Football falls to 0-3 in big loss to Wesleyan Cardinals

Colby Football has yet to find their first win after losing 28-7 in a cold, wet Saturday matchup against Wesleyan. Turnovers hurt the Mules as a big, fast, and opportunistic Cardinals team took advantage of even slight mistakes.

The game began with a Colby fumble on the opening kickoff; Wesleyan recovered the ball on Colby’s 20-yard line.  Moments later, Cardinals running back Kyle Gibson got to the outside of the defense and dashed 17 yards into the endzone to put his team up 7-0 early.  A Colby four and out soon returned the ball back to Wesleyan in a dangerous position on the Colby 48-yard line. Cardinal quarterback Jesse Warren systematically led his offense down the field in two plays to punch in a second touchdown to give Wesleyan a 14-0 lead. 

The Mules cut the lead in half with 10 minutes to go in the first half, when Jabari Hurdle-Price ’17 ran in from seven yards for the Mules first and only points of the game.  On that 53-yard drive, Mbasa Mayikana ’18  caught two passes for 28 yards.  Hurdle-Price was big all day, carrying for 101 yards on 26 touches. 

In the third quarter, Wesleyan was able to kill a lot of clock and score with seconds left in the quarter when Warren connected with Josh Hurwitz for a 4 yard touchdown to make it 21-7.

In an last-minute comeback effort, Colby’s hurried offense was stopped in its tracks by Wesleyan’s Jake Bussani, who capitalized on an interception, running the ball back for a 22-yard pick-six touchdown to make it 28-7 and seal the deal for the Cardinals.

Warren threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 13 completions.  He also punted eight times, averaging almost 40 yards per punt.  His performance  was a big factor in Wesleyan’s win, their third in as many games.

Colby quarterback, Gabe Harrington ’17, had 118 yards over 17 completions, averaging seven yards a completion. Mayikana caught four passes for 43 yards  and Ryder Arsenault ’17 contributed with 37 yards over five completions. On defense, Henry Nelson ’15 led the way for the Mules with 11 tackles, followed by eight from Randy Person ’15. 

The struggling Mules (0-3) will look to reverse their fortunes as they travel south to take on a difficult Amherst team (3-0) on Saturdayat 1:00 p.m. 

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