Rocky Mount, N.C. - Freshman Jacques Alston scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and racked up 151 return yards, but it would not be enough on Saturday as Hampden-Sydney cruised to a 56-17 victory at the Northern Nash Football Complex, spoiling the Bishops' 2011 home opener. The loss drops Wesleyan to 0-2 on the season, while the Tigers improve to 2-0.
HSC senior quarterback Travis Lane struck early and often, finding Kyle Vance for a 36-yard touchdown just 51 seconds into the game. The TD pass was the first of seven for Lane on the day, and the first of four that Vance would catch. The Tiger defense was equally as strong in the opening quarters, holding Wesleyan to just 67 yards of offense in the first half en route to a 35-0 HSC lead at intermission. The Bishops got their offense going in the third quarter by taking the opening kickoff and driving 81 yards in 10 plays for the score. The drive was capped by a 33-yard scoring run by Alston down the left side, and Kevin Quicker's point-after made it 35-7.
Hampden-Sydney responded with another Lane-to-Vance touchdown, this time from 25 yards out, and he promptly posted a 50-yarder just minutes later. NCWC senior Keith Blunt, however, recorded an interception on HSC's next possesion to set up a 20-yard scamper by Alston that made the score 49-14 heading into the fourth....
The Tigers managed to tack on another seven in the final period, while Quicker booted home a 37-yard field goal for the final score. Wesleyan's offense, which finished with 334 yards on the day, had driven down to the Tiger 9-yardline when time expired.
For Wesleyan, junior QB John Jackson completed 24-of-34 passes for 257 yards, while Alston finished with 77 yards on the ground. Defensively, Tazmon Foster and Sterling Smith each recorded 10 tackles, with Smith adding an interception for the Bishops. HSC's offense finished with 552 yards on the day, which included 389 yards off of Lane's 28 completions. Sean Stewart paced the Tiger defense with nine takedowns. Wesleyan will enjoy a bye next Saturday before returning to action on the road the following week. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m. at LaGrange College in Georgia.