WEST?LIBERTY?- West Virginia Wesleyan is off to a bumpy start to the West Virginia Conference portion of its schedule after suffering a 33-16 loss at West Liberty Saturday.
Quarterback L.D. Crow put the Hilltoppers ahead on the game's initial drive, hitting Bo Whitney from four yards out.
A Jeff Hoak field goal later in the first quarter extended the lead to 10-0, but the Bobcats responded with a field goal of their own as Kasper Bernild delivered a 26-yarder with 1:36 remaining in the first stanza.
It would be the final Wesleyan points until the eight-minute mark of the fourth quarter. In between the Hilltoppers registered 17 unanswered points to gain separation.
Crow hit Dominiuc Cooper with a 58-yard scoring strike in the second quarter and followed that with a 43-yard TD?pass to Brand Schroeder in the third.
Another Hoak field goal extended the lead to 27-3.
Wesleyan scored its first touchdown on a Jeremy Musselman pass to Chase Blackwell, but there would be no comeback as the Hilltoppers responded quickly when Isiah Moody rambled in from 22 yards to move the lead to 33-10.
Musselman delivered another touchdown toss to close the days' scoring, hitting LaVaughn Hughes for a 34-yard touchdown with 4:42 remaining.
West Liberty, which led in total yards 343-309, received 205 yards through the air and three touchdowns from Crow. Moody led the Hilltopper rushing attack with 80 yards on 19 carries.
Musselman was 18-of-31 through the air for 245 yards and two touchdowns for the Bobcats. Hughes was his primary target among the Wesleyan receivers, collecting six catches for 121 yards and a score.
Jesse Robertson led the Bobcat defense with 15 total tackles. Jake Leninsky hit double figures again as well with 10 stops.
Wesleyan falls to 0-3 with the loss and will host Seton Hill on Saturday for Family Weekend.