Diplomats Head to Collegeville for Showdown with the Bears - Week 9 Game Notes

Diplomats Head to Collegeville for Showdown with the Bears - Week 9 Game Notes

Game 9
Franklin & Marshall at Ursinus | 1:00 p.m.
Live Video | Live Stats

Series Record: F&M 65-29-4
In Lancaster: F&M 36-13-2
In Collegeville: F&M 28-15-1
In Norristown: Tied 1-1-1
In Centennial Play: F&M 22-12
First Meeting: 10/13/1894 (F&M 76-0)
Last Meeting: 9/17/2016 (F&M 34-12)
Last F&M Win: (34-12) 9/17/2016

Series History: Saturday's game marks the 99th renewal of a series that dates back to 1894. The Diplomats have taken seven of the last 15 meetings, with the Bears coming out on top in four of the last five years. Franklin & Marshall holds a 65-29-4 lead in the series and a 22-12 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. 

Records Watch: Taalib Gerald became the fourth player in program history to reach 2,000 yards and has 2,067 yards heading into the week, while Andy Surtz '97 sits on top at 2,913.  Gerald is second with 25 rushing touchdowns with Keith Wert '78 owning the record at 28. His 30 touchdowns scored rank second, while his 180 points are also second. Dale Amos '90 holds both records with 35 touchdowns and 210 points, respectively.

CC Rankings: F&M ranks in the top of multiple statistical categories around the conference. Tanner Erisman leads the conference with a 165.8 passing efficiency. K.J. Pretty is first in touchdowns (11) and first with 122 receiving yards per game. Joe Granahan sits first with 11 sacks and second with 12.5 tackles for a loss.

CC POTW: K.J. Pretty was named the CC Offensive Player of the Week announced late Sunday evening. The honor was the first for Pretty and the fourth for a member of the F&M football team this season.

Pretty hauled in nine passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns in the Diplomats' 36-14 win at Moravian. He snared scoring aerials covering 21, 9 and 17 yards. The junior wideout has finished with 100 or more yards in six games this season with at least one score in six contests.

National Rankings: K.J. Pretty ranks seventh across the nation with 120 yards per game and Joe Granahan sits 10th with 1.13 sacks per game.

F&M Last Week: K.J. Pretty scored three touchdowns to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 36-14 victory over Moravian in Centennial Conference (CC) football action Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats improved to 7-1, 6-1 CC while the Greyhounds fell to 1-7, 1-6 CC. 

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Tanner Erisman completed 26-of-36 passes for 291 yards and three scores. K.J. Pretty hauled in nine passes for 139 yards, his sixth 100-yard plus performance of the year, and three touchdowns while Dillon Alderfer had 58 yards on six grabs and Fortunato Perri ended with 46 receiving yards for F&M.

Taalib Gerald racked up 81 yards on 20 rushes and became just the fourth Diplomats to amass 2,000 or more career rushing yards.

Drew Tomlinson connected on two field goals (30 yd. & 26 yd.) and averaged 50.3 yards on seven kickoffs, including one touchback.

Ben Okun paced the defense with seven stops (5s), Joe Granahan ended with six tackles, including one for a loss. Vincent Speranza tallied five stops, forced a fumble and had three tackles for a loss, including one sack.

Ursinus Last Week: Stacey Gardner rushed for two touchdowns, Heath Hidlay had two interceptions (including one for a score), and Ursinus survived a second-half push by visiting McDaniel for a 28-21 Centennial Conference victory on Saturday. The Bears (6-2, 5-2) snapped a two-game losing streak and vaulted into third place in the league standings following losses by Muhlenberg and Susquehanna.

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Senior linebacker Brandon Dowd led the defense with seven tackles and two pass breakups for Ursinus, which limited McDaniel to just 292 yards of offense and a 1-for-15 success rate on third down. The Green Terror managed just 71 yards rushing on 30 attempts.

Thomas Garlick finished 12-of-21 for 158 yards on the afternoon, with neither a touchdown nor an interception. In the process, he became the 12th quarterback in program history to pass for 3,000 yards in a career. Senior Shawn Hackett was Garlick's top target, catching five passes for 66 yards.

The Bears racked up 217 yards on the ground and picked up 14 of their 22 first downs with rushes.

The Last Meeting: Franklin & Marshall scored 24 unanswered points to erase an early 9-0 deficit and cruised to a 34-12 victory over Ursinus in Lancaster last year on Sept. 7.

Tanner Erisman ended the contest with a game-high 74 yards on 15 rushes with two touchdowns. He added another 108 through the air with 10 completions. Taalib Gerald rushed for 51 yards on 18 touches.

The defense was relentless all afternoon led by Luke Foukas with seven tackles (6s), including three sacks. Joe Granahan finished with eight stops (5s) and recorded two tackles for a loss (tfl) and one sack.

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