#24 Mules Shut Down Diplomats

Oct. 20, 2007

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. - John Deluca rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries to lead #24 Muhlenberg to a 31-0 win over Franklin & Marshall. The Mules (7-0, 5-0 CC) extended their shutout streak to 10 quarters of football, and posted a school-record fourth shutout of the season in the win.

The Diplomats' (1-6, 1-4 CC) Kyle Turner threw for 106 yards on 12 completions, to become F&M's seventh 4,000-yard passer in Franklin & Marshall history. He was sacked six times. Muhlenberg's defense limited F&M to 151 yards of total offense.

Eight different players registered at least a half sack for the Mules. Dustin Good and Tom Tarsitano each chalked up 1.5 sacks, with each player setting the Diplomats back six yards. Muhlenberg, meanwhile, gained 361 yards of offense on the day.

71 of the yards came on the Mules' first possession of the game with DeLuca getting eight touches on the 11-play drive. DeLuca finished it with a five-yard run that put the Mules up 6-0 with 8:32 left in the contest.

DeLuca did the bulk of the work on Muhlenberg's next scoring drive two possessions later. On first down from his own 38-yard line, he broke off a 37-yard run. Five carries later, including two of 12-yards or greater, he set the Mules up with a first and goal on the Diplomats' three. Erik Snyder plunged in from there. A Jordan Grube 29-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the second quarter made it 17-0 going into the half.

DeLuca put the exclamation point on his day early in the third quarter, breaking through the Center of the Diplomats' defense for a 27-yard touchdown.

Jeff Kellar led the Diplomats with nine tackles, eight of which were unassisted. James Gregory made six stops, including 2.5 for losses of 11 yards, and broke up a pass. Andrew Rocks, George Farrell, and James Freeman each recorded a sack for F&M.

Seven different players recorded receptions for F&M. Paul Sousa led all Diplomat receivers with four catches for 28 yards. Jay Ridinger and Ryan Murray each had three catches.

With the loss, F&M falls to 1-6, with a 1-4 Centennial mark. The Diplomats return to action next week at McDaniel.