Bears Maul Diplomats

Oct. 6, 2007

Box Score

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Aaron Harper rushed 40 times for 183 yards and a touchdown to lead Ursinus to a 31-10 win over Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Conference football Saturday afternoon. Ursinus (4-1, 2-1 CC) piled up 299 rushing yards on its way to 317 yards of total offense, while the Bears defense limited Franklin & Marshall (1-4, 1-2 CC) 134-yards in the game.

The Bears marched 46-yards on their opening possession before quarterback Nicholas Dye plunged in from one-yard out. Franklin & Marshall responded on its first possession with an 11-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 20-yard field goal from Paul Sousa. The drive was one of only two that F&M sustained for more than 50 yards. The Diplomats went three-and-out on nine of its 14 possessions.

Franklin & Marshall led briefly when Jeff Kellar made the Diplomats only foray into the endzone early in the second quarter. He picked off a Dye pass and scored from the Bears' 25 to make it 10-7 in favor of F&M.

The lead would not hold up for long. Ursinus scored on its ensuing possession when backup signal caller, Erich Wolf, scampered in from 18 yards out. His field goal from 29-yards out in the final minute of the second quarter made it a 17-10 game at the half.

The Bears added touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Diplomats had just one drive longer than three plays in the second half - a five play, 15-yard drive that ended with one of Kyle Turner's pair of interceptions on the afternoon. Turner completed nine of 31 passes in the game for 85 yards.

In addition to his interception return, Kellar recorded six tackles (4 solo) and broke up a pass for the Diplomats. John Weber led all tacklers with 11 stops, including eight solo tackles. Zach Romash and Andrew Rocks recorded nine and eight tackles, respectively. Each had a sack in the contest. James Gregory had 10 stops, nine of which were solo.

With the loss, Franklin & Marshall falls to 1-4 (1-2 CC). The Diplomats return home next Saturday, where they will host Moravian.