COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Touchdowns on three consecutive possessions was all Franklin & Marshall needed to hand Ursinus a 21-14 their first setback in Centennial Conference (CC) play this season. John Kaschak did the bulk of the damage with 129 yards and two touchdowns, moving F&M to 4-1 (2-1 cc) for the first time in five years.
It took the Diplomats awhile to shake off the bye week rust. The Bears (2-3, 2-1 cc) took the opening kickoff and needed only three plays to put F&M in an early hole. Justin Decristofaro hit Nick Giarratano for a 52-yard strike to make it 7-0 just 61 seconds into play. The play accounted almost one-third of the Bears' 164-yards of offense on the day. Meanwhile, a punt ended F&M's first drive, while a red zone interception halted a 75-yard march on their second possession.
The offense finally got on track late in the first quarter with a 73-yard drive capped by John Kaschak's first trip into the endzone, a four-yard jaunt. That was the first of three consecutive possessions that ended in Ursinus' endzone. Kaschak rushed for 78 yards on 11 carries on the afternoon. He also caught seven passes for 51 more yards including a four-yard touchdown pass that capped the three-touchdown surge.
On the first possession after Kaschak's first score, the Diplomats went 43 yards in six plays to make it a 14-7 ball game. John Harrison finished the drive with a touchdown pass to Mike Deutch from four yards out. Harrison completed 30 of his 47 pass attempts for 305 yards on the day. He crossed the 300-yard plateau for the fourth time in as many games, breaking into F&M's top ten in passing yards with 2,990 career yards at the end of his 15th game in blue and white. His 31st career touchdown pass leaves him alone in sixth overall on F&M's career charts.
F&M sacks and Ursinus penalties hurt the Bears all afternoon. F&M posted eight sacks for losses of 48 yards in the contest, its most dominant day of dropping passers since putting up eight sacks against Oberlin in 2001. The Bears were flagged 10 times in the game, setting the hosts back 112 yards.
Despite the dominant defensive effort, the Bears managed to make it a game in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. Ursinus' Greg Martell fell on a fumbled exchange between Harrison and Ryan Murray at the F&M 31. Don Wiezik's third sack of the day cost the Bears ten yards, ultimately setting up a third and 19 that saw Ursinus collect a first down on the F&M 26. The penalty was F&M's eighth of the day, accounting for the final 15 of 84 penalty yards.
Massaro added F&M's eighth sack on third and five to followed by a false start to make it fourth and 16 on the 32-yardline. That's when Decristofaro and Giarratano hooked up again. The Bears receiver snared the pass one-yard deep in the endzone to get his team within a possession with 4:56 showing.
Decristofaro finished the game with 164 yards on a 9-of-24 effort. Giarrantano accounted for 123 of the yards, five of the receptions, and both touchdowns.
F&M recovered the ensuing onsides kick and killed most of the clock, primarily on handoffs to Alan Williams. The Bears got the ball back with six seconds deep in their own territory. With no timeouts, they were unable to threaten the Diplomats lead.
In addition to Wiezik's three sacks, Massaro accounted for a pair, while Kyle Wengerter got to Decristofaro one-and-a-half times. Massaro recorded seven tackles. Frank DiMattia led all F&M tacklers with eight stops.
Franklin & Marshall wraps up a two-game road swing unblemished, and returns to Sponaugle-Williamson for a homestand against Lehigh Valley opponents. F&M will host Moravian next Saturday, followed by a Homecoming date with Muhlenberg in two weeks.
Franklin & Marshall vs Ursinus (Oct 10, 2009 at Collegeville, Pa.)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Franklin & Marshall 0 21 0 0 21 Record: (4-1,2-1)
Ursinus 7 0 0 7 14 Record: (2-3,2-1)
1st 13:59 UC Nick Giarratano 52 yd pass from J Decristofaro (Keith Baker kick), 3-68 1:01, F&M 0 - UC 7
2nd 12:15 F&M John Kaschak 4 yd run (Mike Shin kick), 13-73 6:32, F&M 7 - UC 7
07:37 F&M Michael Deutch 4 yd pass from John Harrison (Mike Shin kick), 6-43 2:57, F&M 14 - UC 7
00:26 F&M John Kaschak 5 yd pass from John Harrison (Mike Shin kick), 10-80 2:56, F&M 21 - UC 7
4th 04:56 UC Nick Giarratano 32 yd pass from J Decristofaro (Keith Baker kick), 6-32 1:51, F&M 21 - UC 14
RUSHING: Franklin & Marshall-John Kaschak 11-78; Alan Williams 16-43; Frank DiMattia 1-18; Jarrell Diggs 1-4; Ryan Murray 2-4; John Harrison 7-minus 10.
Ursinus-Travis Evans 9-51; Kahlil Pittman 4-23; Teddy Conrad 3-5; CJ Yespelkis 1-2; J Decristofaro 11-minus 23.
PASSING: Franklin & Marshall-John Harrison 30-47-1-305. Ursinus-J Decristofaro 9-24-0-164.
RECEIVING: Franklin & Marshall-George Eager 10-106; John Kaschak 7-51; Ryan Murray 3-41; Jay Ridinger 3-33; Michael Deutch 3-33; Jarrell Diggs 2-24; Alan Williams 2-17. Ursinus-Nick Giarratano 5-123; Al Desiderio 2-23; Shea Wisler 1-13; Kahlil Pittman 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS: Franklin & Marshall-None. Ursinus-Chris Rountree 1-0.
FUMBLES: Franklin & Marshall-John Harrison 2-1; Ryan Murray 1-1. Ursinus-None.
SACKS (UA-A): Franklin & Marshall-Donald Wiezik 3-0; Sam Massaro 2-0; Kyle Wengerter 1-1; Mark Surma 0-1; Drew Hutcheon 1-0. Ursinus-Tony Stefanoni 2-0; Dave Queroli 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Franklin & Marshall-Frank DiMattia 8-0; Sam Massaro 7-0; Jeffrey Liberatore 4-2; Donald Wiezik 4-0; Drew Hutcheon 2-1; C.T. Marsh 1-2; Ty Savastio 1-1; Kyle Wengerter 1-1; John Kaschak 1-0; James Freeman 1-0; Kenny Provost 1-0; Shane Gray 1-0; Barry Lovett 1-0; Mark Surma 0-1. Ursinus-Greg Martell 9-3; Shane Whalen 8-0; Mike Rissmiller 5-3; Dave Queroli 6-1; Nate Mast 4-1; Tony Stefanoni 4-1; Joe Galie 4-1; Mark Worrilow 3-1; Chris Decker 2-1; Tim Blaine 2-0; Sam Morgan 2-0; Chris Rountree 2-0; Joe Kost 1-1; Chas Cathers 1-1; Bryan Borek 1-0; Chris Santoro 1-0; Kevin Kley 1-0; Joe Henry 0-1; Sean Whela 0-1; Greg Fontaina 0-1; Ben Abitz 0-1.