BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats sent the 2018 homecoming crowd happy with a thrilling 27-26 win over the visiting the University of Charleston Golden Eagles Saturday afternoon in a Mountain East Conference game at Cebe Ross Field.
After being snake bitten so many times in previous games this year, it was Wesleyan’s turn for a late fourth-quarter win.
With 88 seconds remaining, Jujuan Linzy hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Luke Casey to make it a 26-26 game.
Tyler Fischer stepped up and made the conversion kick to give Wesleyan a 27-26 lead.
Charleston moved the ball to the Wesleyan 34-yard line, but Kevin Weiman missed a 51-yard field goal wide left with 25 seconds remaining.
It was Wesleyan’s first win of the season.
The Bobcats scored first in the game as Sterling Dewdney hauled in a 14-yard pass from Casey with just 1:15 gone in the game. The score was set up by Kenny Lewis Jr’s 88-yard kick-off return.
The point-after kick failed but Wesleyan had a 6-0 lead.
Charleston scored twice in the second quarter for a 12-6 lead.
C. J. Bagwell had a pick six with an 18-yard interception return and Brant Grisel hit Mike Strachan for a 36-yard pass.
Both point-after kicks were missed.
Casey returned the lead to Wesleyan with a 17-yard scamper with 7:33 remaining in the third quarter.
Fischer was true on his kick as Wesleyan took a 13-12 lead.
The ‘Cats scored on their next drive as Derek Drapen hauled in a 16-yard pass from Casey with 36 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Fischer was again good on his kick as the ‘Cats took a 20-12 lead.
Charleston came back with a pair of scores early in the fourth quarter.
D’ Andre Brooks caught a seven-yard pass from Grisel with 10:07 remaining in the game but Wesleyan still lead 20-18 as the two-point conversion pass failed.
After holding Wesleyan to a three-and-out, Charleston scored again on a 22-yard run by Jimmy Wheeler with 5:12 left.
James Bryant hauled in a two-point conversion to make it a 26-20 game.
Wesleyan started their game-winning drive at the own 20 with 5:11 left.
They marched 80 yards in nine plays with Linzy capping it off.
Charleston doubled up Wesleyan’s output on offense having a 525-242 margin.
Wesleyan gained 179 yards through the air and just 63 on the ground.
Devin Montgomery led the ground game with 67 yards on 16 carries.
Casey completed 11 of his 18 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns.
Dewdney led the receivers with three catches for 55 yards while Drapen had three catches for 41 yards.
The loss dropped Charleston to 4-2 overall and 4-2 in the MEC and seriously damaged their hopes of a regular-season MEC title.
Charleston will host the University of Findlay this Saturday.
Wesleyan improved to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the MEC.
The ‘Cats will return to action next Saturday at UVa.-Wise for a league game starting at 2 p.m.
Charleston 0 12 0 14 – 26
Wesleyan 6 0 14 7 – 27
West Virginia Wesleyan – Sterling Dewdney, 14-yard pass from Luke Casey (kick failed)
Charleston – C.J. Bagwell, 18-yard interception ( kick failed)
Charleston – Mike Strachan, 36-yard pass from Brant Grisel (kick failed)
West Virginia Wesleyan – Casey, 17-yard run (Fischer kick)
West Virginia Wesleyan – Derek Drapen, 16-yard pass from Casey (Fischer kick)
Charleston – D’Andre Brooks, 7-yard pass from Grisel (pass failed)
Charleston – Jimmy Wheeler, 22-yard run (Bryant pass)
West Virginia Wesleyan – Jujuan Linzy, 10-yard pass from Casey (Fischer kick)
First downs – Charleston: 32 (9 rushing, 18 passing, 5 penalty); West Virginia Wesleyan: 15 (4 rushing, 8 passing, 3 penalty)
Total yards – Charleston: 525; West Virginia Wesleyan: 242
Rushing yards – Charleston: 46-180; West Virginia Wesleyan: 28-63
Passing yards – Charleston: 345; West Virginia Wesleyan: 179
Passes – Charleston: 27-49-3; West Virginia Wesleyan: 13-25-2
Penalties – Charleston: 11-84; West Virginia Wesleyan: 8-80
Punting – Charleston: 2-25.5; West Virginia Wesleyan: 6-33.3
Red Zone – Charleston: 1-for-4; West Virginia Wesleyan: 4-for-5
Time of Possession – Charleston: 34:42; West Virginia Wesleyan: 25:18
Charleston – Jimmy Wheeler 24-103 (1 touchdown); Kane Roush 11-48; Tyreik McAllister 1-14; Tyler May 4-13; Jermaine Kelly 3-4; Brant Grisel 3-(-2). Totals 46-180 (1 touchdown).
West Virginia Wesleyan – Devin Montgomery 16-67; Shaq Freeman-Parks 2-9; Lawrence Brown 2-2; Luke Casey 4-(-3) (1 touchdown); Team 3-(-3); Matt Vinson 1-(-9). Totals 28-63 (1 touchdown).
Charleston – Grisel 24-for-42 for 285 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions; May: 3-for-7 for 60 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception. Totals 27-for-49 for 345 yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions.
West Virginia Wesleyan – Casey 11-for-18 for 160 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception; Vinson 2-for-7 for 13 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception. Totals 13-for-25 for 179 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions.
Charleston – McAllister 10-116; Mike Strachan 6-111 (1 touchdown); D’Andre Brooks 5-70 (1 touchdown); Mason Kauffeld 4-20; James Bryant 1-17; Jalen Hairston 1-11. Totals 27-345 (2 touchdowns).
West Virginia Wesleyan – Sterling Dewdney 3-55 (1 touchdown); Derek Drapen 3-41 (1 touchdown); Kenny Lewis Jr. 1-38; Jujuan Linzy 2-17 (1 touchdown); Jaylend Jones 1-14; Shaq Freeman-Parks 1-2; Christian Nelson 1-2; Montgomery 1-0. Totals 13-179 (3 touchdowns).