Game 3 | Franklin & Marshall (2-0, 1-0 CC) at Ursinus (1-1, 0-1 CC)
Series History: Saturday's game marks the 97th renewal of a series that dates back to 1894. The Diplomats have taken seven of the last 13 meetings, with the Bears coming out on top in four of the last five years. Franklin & Marshall holds a 63-29-4 lead in the series and a 20-12 lead since Centennial play began in 1983. The Diplomats won the initial contest by a score of 76-0 and the Bears picked up their first win over F&M in the sixth meeting, a 16-0 victory in Collegeville in 1902.
Coaching Milestones: John Troxell picked up career win 50 with last week's win over Muhlenberg.
F&M Last Week: Franklin & Marshall scored 13 points in the final 4:24 of action to upset No. 23 Muhlenberg 16-15 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday afternoon on a rain-soaked Sponaugle-Williamson field.
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Ursinus Last Week: Sam McDermott scored three touchdowns for Gettysburg, including two in the third quarter, as the Bullets (2-0, 1-0 Centennial) defeated Ursinus (1-1, 0-1 Centennial) 22-15 in the Centennial opener for both teams last Saturday afternoon.
Corey Kelly finished the game with a game-high 127 yards rushing on 27 carries, and had 35 yards receiving. He passed the 1,000 rushing yard mark for his career.
Junior quarterback Salvatore Bello had 174 yards on 22-for-43 passing with one interception. Senior wideout Nicholas Lundholm made a game-high seven catches for 65 yards.
Junior linebacker Timothy Rafter had 14 tackles for the Bears, while sophomore defensive back Jamie Casseus and senior linebacker James Roccograndi had nine.
The Last Meeting: Franklin & Marshall dropped a heartbreaking 31-24 contest in overtime to Ursinus in CC action last year on Sept, 20.
Ursinus had the first possession in the extra period as the Diplomats won the toss and elected to defend first. On second-and-six, Nicolaas Drapanas appeared to make a clean play on the ball, but was called for pass interference, giving the Bears the ball on the six and a fresh set of downs. Three plays later, Corey Kelly plunged in from a yard out to make it 31-24.
The Diplomats did not fare as well on its overtime possession as Matt Magarity was picked off on the third play of the drive, securing the win for the Bears.
Taalib Gerald finished the day with 134 yards on 13 touches and two scores, one of 55 yards and the other 36 yards. Scott LaValva added another 61 yards on the ground with 16 carries.
Magarity completed 13-of-24 passes for 195 yards with a score and two picks, while Paul McGann led the Diplomats' receivers with 57 yards on four catches and a touchdown.
Ryan Young paced the defense with eight stops (5 solo) and Steve Elf picked up six stops (5s) for the Diplomats. Vincent Moffett, Tre Henderson, A.J. Koikoi and Jonathan Cox all had four stops on the afternoon with Cox ending with a sack and two tackles for a loss.
F&M outgained Ursinus 391-360 yards on offense and held a 35:46 – 24:14 edge in time of possession, but the Bears had a slight edge in red zone efficiency, scoring two out of three trips, while the Diplomats went 2-for-5.