Diplomats Pick Up First Win

Sept. 22, 2007

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HUNTINGDON, Pa. - Kyle Turner and George Eager conspired for three touchdowns to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 27-12 win over Juniata in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday. Eager hauled in 11 passes on the day for 137 yards to lead the Diplomats (1-2, 1-1 CC) to their first win of the season. The Eagles dropped to 0-3 (0-2 CC).

For the second-straight week, Eager surpassed the 10-reception and 100-yard receiving marks. He became the first Diplomat to catch three touchdowns in a game since Justin Salton did it in 2002.

Franklin & Marshall piled up 499 yards of offense, with Turner accounting for 272 of the yards through the air. The Diplomats finally managed significant yards on the ground, rolling up 227 yards in the game. Ryan Murray was the Diplomats leading rusher with a season high of 139 yards on 22 carries. Turner accounted for F&M's first rushing touchdown of the season with a one-yard plunge on the Diplomats' first possession of the second half.

Eager put F&M on the board first when Turner lofted a ball into the back of the end zone from 21 yards out. The pair hooked up on the same route from 36 yards out late in the third quarter.

Trailing 7-0 late in the first half, Juniata capped a five-play 74-yard drive with a 24-yard pass from Jay Leonard to Lance Tippett. The pass completed the Eagles' second longest drive of the day. Davis Smith's point after clanged off of the left upright.

Eager returned the ensuing kickoff 24 yards to the F&M 46. Nine plays later, Turner found Eager in the endzone with 33 seconds in the half. Eager's final touchdown came on F&M's was scored late in the third quarter.

The Diplomats defense allowed the Eagles 336 yards of offense, with Leonard passing for 274 yards. Tippett was on the receiving end of 10 of Leonard's 28 completions. He recorded 134 receiving yards to go with his touchdown. Leonard found David Nicklaus from six-yards out to make it the 27-12 final with 7:02 in the fourth quarter. That completed Juniata's longest drive of the day, 77-yards. The two scoring drives were the only pair of Juniata possessions that yielded more than 35 yards.

Zach Romash led the Diplomats' defense with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. It was one of three turnovers the defense forced in the game. Lineman Andrew Rocks collected a batted ball for an interception in the second half. John Warnick and John Weber each collected a sack.

With the win, Franklin & Marshall improves to 1-2 (1-1 CC). The Diplomats return to action at home next Saturday against Catholic.