Saturday's Game: Ursinus (0-2, 0-1 CC) at Franklin & Marshall (1-1, 0-1 CC)
Series History: Saturday's game marks the 98th renewal of a series that dates back to 1894. The Diplomats have taken eight of the last 14 meetings, with the Bears coming out on top in four of the last six years. Franklin & Marshall holds a 64-29-4 lead in the series and a 21-12 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.
F&M Last Week: Muhlenberg scored 28 unanswered points in the first half enroute to a 35-19 victory over Franklin & Marshall last Saturday. Full recap.
F&M put its first points on the board with a 14-play, 75-yard drive to open the third quarter. Tanner Erisman led the drive with 39 yards through the air and another 21 on the ground. The Diplomats faced a fourth-and-goal on the two at 8:16 b before Erisman found Bobby Keyes on a two-yard score to make 28-6 midway through the third.
Muhlenberg countered on their next series with a 75-yard drive to make it 35-6 with a little under five minutes to play in the third.
The Diplomats responded on their ensuing possession with a 65-yard drive capped off by a 3-yard rush from Dave Shellhammer to make 35-12 at 1:46. F&M put its final points on the board after taking over on the Muhlenberg 30 when Jeff Leone forced a fumble that Michael Sullivan recovered for the Diplomats. Taalib Gerald took the ball down to the 15 on the first play and Erisman found Dillon Alderfer for a 15-yard score for the 35-19 final.
Erisman finished with 119 yards (14-for-28) with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He added another 37 on the ground.
Gerald picked up 77 on 18 carries while Shellhammer had four carries for 44 yards and one score for the Diplomats. Andrew DeStefano led the receivers with 47 yards on seven grabs while Keyes ended with 27 yards on three catches and a score.
Steve Elf led the defense with eight stops including one sack and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Brendan Daly had eight tackles (6 solo) while Joe Granahan recorded eight solo tackles with one sack and two tackles for a loss. Luke Foukas and Vincent Moffett both had seven tackles for F&M.
Ursinus Last Week: The Bullets outscored the Bears 42-3 after two early touchdowns by Ursinus and rolled to a 42-17 triumph in the Centennial Conference opener for both. Full recap.
Thomas Garlick finished 25-for-43 for 173 yards and a touchdown for the Bears, which got 73 yards on 13 carries from senior Corey Kelly. Carmen Fortino led all players with seven receptions – matching a career high he set in the season opener – for 47 yards and the first-quarter touchdown. Sophomore Alec Vera collected a team-high 50 yards on three receptions, with junior Shawn Hackett and sophomore Jacob Clifford each registered four grabs for 23 yards.
Freshman running back Stacey Gardner rushed for 37 yards on 11 carries after a 105-yard effort in the 2016 opener.
Senior linebacker Robert Glanville was a force all afternoon, getting into the backfield at will for a sack and 6.5 tackles for loss, a school record that also equaled the conference mark set in 2003 by Muhlenberg's Dan McCall. He finished with a game-high 12 stops and also forced a fumble. Classmate Zachary Tharp had the other sack for the Bears, and Prince Patterson broke up two passes in addition to his fumble recovery touchdown.
Last Time We Meet: Franklin & Marshall downed Ursinus in a thrilling 17-13 victory last season. Full recap.
Matt Magarity completed 15-of-21 passes for 148 yards and one score and added another 48 on the ground for the Diplomats. Taalib Gerald racked up 122 yards on 28 carries with a score, and Dave Shellhammer added another 82 on 11 rushes.
Steve Elf led the way on defense with six tackles (5s) while Vincent Moffett and Brendan Daly each totaled five tackles and forced a fumble in the game. Luke Foukas had a sack and four tackles, Jon Naji recorded four tackles, while A.J. Koikoi and Ben Okun each ended with four tackles each.