Gettysburg (3-6, 3-4 CC) at F&M (7-2, 5-2 CC)

Gettysburg (3-6, 3-4 CC) at F&M (7-2, 5-2 CC)

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Route 30 Rivalry

The Vitals: F&M 44-43-7 | In CC: F&M 15-10-1 | In Lancaster: F&M 36-27-5

Today’s game marks the 95th meeting between Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall in a series that began with a 68-0 Franklin & Marshall win in 1890. The game was played on Thanksgiving Day for the better portion of the early part of the 20th century. The Diplomats hold a tenuous lead on the series with a 44-43-7 edge. 

The bulk of the series has been played out in Lancaster, with 68 of the 94 games on the books having been settled here on the Sponaugle-Williamson gridiron. F&M holds a 36-27-5 lead in those games, and has taken the past two meetings at home. The most recent tie came in 1985, when the squads finished the day without changing the scoreboard.  It was the third scoreless tie in the series. Neither team mustered a point in the 1920 or 1921 clashes. All told, there have been 30 shutouts in the series (33 if you count the scoreless ties twice). Gettysburg was the victor in 16 of the shutouts, while F&M has won 11 without surrendering a point. The series has also seen an anomalous 4-4 tie coming in the 1893 meeting.

the honor is ours
Franklin & Marshall will honor its eight seniors prior to today’s game. Frank DiMattia, George Eager, Jeff Kellar, Jeffrey Liberatore, Barry Lovett, Michael Marcinek, Clarke Miller, and Ryan Murray have started the Diplomats back down the path to the sustained excellence that has been a hallmark of F&M football. The seniors have delivering the first winning season since 2004. This group has left its mark on the  F&M record books. Here is a closer look at where F&M’s seniors stand entering their final regular season game:

George Eager
• Career Receiving Yards – 2,284 (3rd)
• Season Receiving Yards – 881 in 2009 (8th)
• Season Receiving Yards – 776 in 2007 (13th)
• Season Receiving Yards – 637 in 2008 (19th)
• Career Receptions – 190 (3rd)
• Season Receptions – 70 in 2007 (5th)
• Season Receptions – 69 in 2009 (6th)
• Season Receptions – 51 in 2008 (10th)
• Game Receptions – 15 vs. Dickinson, 2007 (2nd)
• Game Receptions – 13 vs. McDaniel, 2009 (3rd)
• Game Receptions – 13 vs. Wash. & Lee, 2009 (3rd)
• Career Receiving TDs – 25 (2nd)
• Season Receiving TDs – 11 in 2009 (2nd)
• Season Receiving TDs – 8 in 2007 (11th)
• Season Receiving TDs – 6 in 2008 (17th)
• Game Receiving TDs – 3 vs. Juniata, 2007 (1st)
• Game Receiving TDs – 3 vs. Juniata, 2009 (1st)
• Game Receiving TDs – 3 vs. Wash. & Lee, 2009 (1st)
• Career TDs Responsible For – 28 (14th)
• Season TDs Responsible For – 13 in 2009 (27th)
• Career All-Purpose Yards – 3,786 (2nd)
• Season All-Purpose Yards – 1,350 in 2007 (1st)
• Season All-Purpose Yards – 1,283 in 2009 (6th)
• Season All-Purpose Yards – 1,153 in 2008 (9th)
• Career Points Scored – 172 (3rd)
• Season Points Scored – 82 in 2009 (4th)
• Career TDs – 28 (3rd)
• Season TDs – 13 in 2009 (4th)
• Career Kick Return Yards – 1,344 (2nd)
• Season Kick Return Yards – 515 in 2008 (6th)
• Season Kick Return Yards – 407 in 2009 (9th)
• Career Kick Return TDs – 3 (1st)
• Season Kick Return TDs – 2 (1st)
• Career Kick Return Average – 24.00 (1st)
• Season Kick Return Average – 27.11 in 2008 (1st)
• Season Kick Return Average – 25.44 in 2009 (4th)
• Longest Kick Return – 85 vs. Dickinson, 2009

Jeff Kellar
• Career Unassisted Tackles – 110 (13th)
• Season Unassisted Tackles – 47 in 2007 (20th)
• Career Interceptions – 8 (15th)
• Season Interceptions – 3 in 2007, 2008 (28th)
• Career Interception Return Yards – 108 (16th)
• Season Interception Return Yards – 56 in 2007 (26th)
• Season Interception Return Yards – 51 in 2008  (31st)
• Career Interception Return TDs – 2 (1st)
• Longest Interception Return – 51 vs. McDaniel, 2008 (4th)
• Career Pass Breakups – 15 (12th)
• Game Pass Breakups – 3 vs. Catholic, 2007 (4th)
• Career Kick Return Average – 21.69 (5th)
• Season Kick Return Average – 22.64 in 2006 (11th)

Barry Lovett

• Career Unassisted Tackles – 90 (26th)
• Career Tackles for Loss – 12.5 (38th)
• Career Interceptions – 7 (16th)
• Season Interceptions – 3 in 2009 (28th)
• Career Interception Return Yards – 118 (14th)
• Season Interception Return Yards – 74 in 2009 (16th)
• Career Interception Return TDs - 1 (2nd)
• Longest Interception Return – 62 vs. McDaniel, 2009 (3rd)
• Career Pass Breakups – 16 (10th)
• Game Pass Breakups – 4 vs. McDaniel, 2007 (2nd)
• Career Fumble Return Yards – 88 (2nd)
• Career Fumble Return TDs – 1 (1st)
• Longest Fumble Return – 69 yards vs. Muhlenberg, 2009 (1st)

Ryan Murray
• Career Rushing Yards – 1,170 (14th)
• Season Rushing Yards – 794 in 2006 (6th)
• Game Rushing Yards – 240 vs. Gettysburg, 2007 (1st)
• Career Rushing Average – 4.29 (14th)
• Season Rushing Average – 4.90 in 2007 (13th)
• Game Rushing Average – 7.4 vs. Gettysburg in 2007 (2nd)
• Career Rushing TDs – 9 (27th)
• Season Rushing TDs – 7 in 2007 (13th)
• Game Rushing TDs – 5 vs. Gettysburg in 2007 (1st)
• Career TDs – 13 (25th)
• Game TDs Scored – 5 vs. Gettysburg in 2007 (1st)
• Game Points Scored – 30 vs. Gettysburg, 2007 (1st)
• Season All-Purpose Yards – 980 in 2007 (20th)

academic accolades
Franklin & Marshall senior offensive lineman, Clarke Miller, was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II Football Second Team when it was released on Thursday.

Miller is a Government major from Richmond, Virginia and a graduate of St. Christopher’s School. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. The All-District team is voted upon by the district’s Sports Information Directors. First team selections move on to Academic All-America balloting.

Miller has started each of F&M’s eight games this season at right tackle, giving him 27 career starts. He is the only returning starter on the F&M offensive line in 2009. The senior is the first Diplomat gridder named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District II team since Dan Eggerston landed the honor in 2004, en route to Academic All-American status.

the harrison file
Sophomore quarterback, John Harrison, has been rewriting the Franklin & Marshall record book all season. Last week, he became the first Diplomat to complete 200 passes in a season, and just the eighth Diplomat quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in his career.  He can realistically move into sixth place on the career charts today, needing 255 yards to make the jump. Two touchdown passes would tie him for second in career touchdown tosses with Rob Shepardson, the last F&M quarterback that started from the outset of his freshman season. He is 10 touchdowns away from tying the college’s career touchdown record. The coveted mark of Joe Coviello stands at 52. Here is a closer look at Harrison’s numbers heading into the final regular season game. (.pdf only)

the waiting was the hardest part

The first Franklin & Marshall quarterback to throw five touchdowns in a game was Wally Witmer in the 1951 meeting with Johns Hopkins, a 52-7 F&M victory.  That feat went unmatched for 58 years. John Harrison finally matched the effort in the win 42-21 win over Catholic. He ensured that the wait would not be another 58 years, in fact, ensured that it would not reach 50 days, throwing five touchdowns against McDaniel to tie the school record once again.

twice as nice
Barry Lovett’s 62-yard interception return for a touchdown at McDaniel marked the second time in as many weeks that he scored a defensive touchdown. He scooped a fumble and scored from 69 yards out against Muhlenberg two weeks back. Lovett’s efforts mark the first time a Diplomat defender scored in consecutive weeks since Tim Sheridan did it in 1995. Sheridan returned interceptions of 22 yards and 40 yards in consecutive weeks against Ursinus and Muhlenberg, respectively.

touchdowns and tackles
Mike Deutch’s two-touchdown day at McDaniel marked the first multiple touchdown game in the junior’s career. Just to show that it hadn’t gone to his head, he recorded the tackle on the ensuing kickoff after both of his touchdowns.

career day
Jarrell Diggs (Baltimore / Gilman)
recorded the first 100-yard receiving day of his career at McDaniel. He caught three passes for 127 yards, including F&M’s longest reception of the season, a 77-yard catch and run that set up a touchdown.

getting it out of the system
Johns Hopkins’ 51 points marked the Jays’ second week scoring 50 or more points, the first time Hopkins went consecutive weeks with 50 or more since 1967. It is safe to say that the Diplomats ran into a veritable buzzsaw in Baltimore.

Hanging 50 points on Franklin & Marshall is no easy feat. With 1,076 games on the books, only 16 – or 1.49 percent - have seen the opposition score 50 or more points. The bulk of those 50-plus point games came in the first 50 years of F&M football, beginning at Navy on October 19, 1895, a 68-0 loss. F&M is 5-11 in games after the opposition has hung 50. The first bounceback win game against Gettysburg in 1898, a 26-0 win after a 58-0 loss at Princeton. The others came at the expense of Susquehanna, Ursinus, Richmond and Washington & Lee.

chart climbers
Here is a look at F&M’s current players climbing the season and career charts (.pdf only).