THIS WEEK'S GAME: This week's game marks 28th meeting between F&M and Carnegie Mellon, as the Tartans hold a 7-19-1 advantage over the Diplomats. Carnegie Mellon has claimed the last two meetings between the two teams, including a 37-14 victory in Lancaster during the 2001 season and a 21-0 win in Pittsburgh in 2002 during the last meeting between the two programs. F&M's last win over CMU was a 28-7 victory in 1996.
LAST MEETING - CMU 21, F&M 0: Carnegie Mellon fullback Adam Urbanczyk rushed 20 times for 98 yards, including touchdown runs of one and four yards, as the Carnegie Mellon offense rushed for 320 yards in a 21-0 shutout of visiting Franklin & Marshall College. The Tartans accumulated 429 yards of total offense (320 rush - 109 pass) while holding the Diplomats to 201 total yards, including a season low 20 yards rushing. Following a scoreless first half which saw CMU miss a 24-yard field goal attempt and F&M pull a 25-yard attempt wide right, Carnegie Mellon would break through on the opening drive of the second half. On the opening kickoff, CMU's Andrew Garrod took F&M placekicker Dan Eggertsson's (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) kick from the CMU 5 to the F&M 48 to set the Tartans offense up inside F&M territory. After a five yard rush by Ricardo Clarke and an 18-yard pass from CMU quarterback Jarrod Highberger to Garrod, Urbanczyk would do the rest rushing five times for 23 yards, including a one-yard scamper on first-and-goal to put the Tartans ahead 7-0. On CMU's next possession, Urbanczyk keyed an eight play, 46 yard drive capped by a four yard rush with 7:34 left in the third quarter for a 14-0 lead. Two possessions later, Clarke broke through the Diplomats' defensive line for a two-yard touchdown run to finish a nine play, 74-yard drive for the 21-0 final. Overall, F&M did not cross their own 40-yard line in the second half as the CMU defense recorded 10 tackles-for-loss of 50 yards and sacked F&M starting quarterback Dave Makson '03 five times for-loss-of 29 yards. Offensively, wide receiver Justin Salton '03 pulled in eight receptions for a season high 157 yards, while Matt Wagaman '03 caught three passes for 18 yards. F&M's only scoring opportunity would come in the first half as Eggertsson pulled a 25-yard field goal wide right with nine minutes remaining prior to halftime. The Diplomats would set the ball up on the CMU 8 behind a 10-play 78-yard drive in which Salton pulled in three passes from Makson for 86 yards. Makson finished the game 12-of-32 fr 163 yards with an interception. CMU's Highberge completed six-of-15 passes for 94 yards. Defensively, linebacker Andy Rehring '04 led all tacklers with a game high 13, including eight solo hits and three tackles-for-loss of 20 yards. For Carnegie Mellon, defensive lineman Brian Smalley had five tackles with three TFLs of 17 yards and two sacks of 16 yards to lead the Tartans. Pre-season All-America defensive end Chris Gallino '03 finished with seven tackles (three solo) and two tackles-for-loss of nine yards, including an eight-yard sack with Rehring.
LAST GAME - JOHNS HOPKINS 24, CMU 14: The 22nd-ranked Johns Hopkins football team raced to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and limited visiting Carnegie Mellon to just 231 yards of total offense as the Blue Jays ran their winning streak to six games dating back to last season with a 24-14 victory over the visiting Tartans. Hopkins improved to 3-0 this season, while CMU slipped to 1-2. The Blue Jays took advantage of the wind at their backs in the first quarter as they turned a blocked punt, a fumble recovery and an interception into touchdowns in the first 12 minutes of the game. The opportunistic JHU defense setup the Blue Jay offense at the 22, 35 and 30 yards lines of Carnegie Mellon and none of the scoring drives lasted longer than 77 seconds. After Alan Cody blocked a punt to end CMU's first possession the Blue Jays took over at the Tartan 22-yard line and needed just three plays to stick it in the end zone. An 18-yard pass from Zach DiIonno to Brian Wolcott on the first play gave the Blue Jays first and goal at the four and junior T.J. Lyons went in from one-yard out two plays later to make it 7-0 with 10:43 remaining in the first quarter. Sophomore Brian Nickel forced the first of four Carnegie Mellon turnovers on the Tartans' next possession as he stripped Colby Whitman of the ball at the CMU 38 and came up with the fumble recovery at the 35. It took the Blue Jays just four plays to push the lead to 14-0 as DiIonno connected with sophomore Anthony Triplin on a 20-yard touchdown pass to cap the quick four-play, 35-yard drive. CMU's nightmare first quarter continued on their next possession as sophomore Chris Chauvin stepped in front of a Jarrod Highberger pass at the Blue Jay 48-yard line and returned the ball to the CMU 20. An illegal block on the return by the Blue Jays pushed the ball back to the 30, but once again it took just four plays for JHU to find the end zone. After an incomplete pass on first down, senior Adam Cook carried the ball three straight times to account for all 30 yards. His four-yard touchdown run capped the drive and moved him into a tie for eighth on JHU's career rushing touchdowns list (14). The Tartans got the gusting wind at their back in the second quarter and parlayed that into their first touchdown of the game. An impressive 15-play, 80-yard drive saw the Tartans convert on three third-downs and one fourth-down. Travis Sivek ended the drive with a one-yard scoring run. After stopping the Blue Jays on their next possession and getting the ball back at the JHU 38, the Tartans had a golden opportunity to get back in the game before the half. However, the Blue Jays stopped them on downs and then drove for what proved to be a crucial three points. A 12-play, 55-yard drive into the wind took 6:28 off the clock and was capped by a 33-yard field goal by sophomore Ben Scott. Those would be the only three points scored by a team driving into the wind throughout the game. Lyons rushed for 31 yards and had an eight-yard reception on the drive, which was kept alive when DiIonno rushed for two yards on a quarterback keeper on fourth-and-one from the CMU 41. After the teams exchanged possessions in the first five minutes of the third quarter, CMU pulled within 10 with its second scoring drive of the game. Sivek again punched it in as he scored on a one-yard plunge to polish off the nine-play, 38-yard drive that took nearly four minutes off the clock. Both teams had chances in the fourth quarter with a missed Nathaniel Greenstein 25-yard field-goal attempt into the wind proving to be critical for the Tartans. The Blue Jay defense came up with two interceptions and stopped the Tartans on downs to halt four of CMU's last five possessions. The Carnegie Mellon defense was just as impressive as it forced a pair of turnovers and five punts on JHU's seven second-half possessions. Lyons rushed for a game-high 79 yards and the one touchdown, while Cook added 51 yards and the one score. DiIonno was 10-of-19 for 114 yards with one touchdown and one interception, while Triplin had a team-high six receptions for 69 yards and the one score. Sophomore Matt Hagel led the Blue Jay defense with a career-high 13 tackles, including four for losses, and added the second interception of his career. Sivek rushed for a team-high 56 yards and the two scores, while Highberger was 9-of-18 for 129 yards, but threw three interceptions. Jonathan Kline had a team-high three receptions for 29 yards, while Whitman added two receptions for 59 yards. Senior Roman Feola had a team-high 11 tackles, including one sack, to lead the CMU defense.
LAST WEEK'S GAME - F&M 35, HOBART 14: Franklin & Marshall College quarterbacks Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) and Doug Hiltner (Sr., Margate, NJ/Atlantic City) combined with tailback Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) to complete 17-of-32 passing attempts for 243 yards as each tossed a touchdown as the Franklin & Marshall College (3-0, 0-0 Centennial Conference) football team defeated Hobart College (1-1, 0-0 Liberty League) 35-14 in NCAA Division III action. At tailback, Stephen rushed for 58 yards, pulled in a 49-yard touchdown pass from Harner, returned two punts for 10 yards and completed an 11-yard TD pass to Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) to factor in nearly a third of his team's scoring as he upped his single season touchdown total to six touchdowns as he is averaging 12 points per game. At quarterback, Harner completed seven-of-14 attempts, including a 49-yard strike to Stephen, for 149 yards with two interceptions while rotating a QB with Hiltner who completed nine-of-17 attempts for 89 yards with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Boyce. Overall, the Diplomats dominated the Statesmen across the board leading in first downs (18-to-13), net yards passing (243-to-122), total net yards (304-to-231), average gain per play (4.2-to-3.3), penalties (one for 20 yards-to-seven for 65 yards), punting average (48.8-to-31.2), interceptions (two for 31 yards-to-two for seven yards), third down conversions (nine-of-18-to-five-of-18), fourth down conversions (2/2-to-0/2) and sacks (four-to-two). Trailing 7-0 with 10:40 left in the first quarter as Hobart quarterback Shawn Mizro hit Dan Suozzi for a 17 yard touchdown to cap a four play, 31 yard drive following a fumble by Stephen at the F&M 31 on the Diplomats first snap, F&M fired back with a six play, 74 yard scoring drive. Starting at their own 26 yard line, Franklin & Marshall moved to mid-field as Stephen rushed for 12 yards and Harner hit wide receiver Chris Wagner (Fr., Media, PA/Penncrest) for eight yards to move the ball to the F&M 46 yard line. Stephen rushed five yards before being stopped at the line of scrimmage to bring up second-and-10 from the Hobart 49 as Harner hit Stephen for a 49-yard scoring strike to knot the game at seven all with 2:07 left in the quarter. With 26 seconds left in the first quarter the Diplomats got the ball back at the Hobart 30-yard line following a 12-yard punt into the wind by Suozzi. Starting deep in Hobart territory, Harner rushed two yards to the Hobart 28 and a late hit moved the ball to the Statesmen 13-yard line after the 15-yard personal foul walk off. Stephen rushed four yards to the Hobart nine-yard lien as the quarter expired. In the second quarter, the Diplomats continued their march as Harner hit Boyce for a six-yard completion down to the three yard line. Stephen rushed for no gain and for three yards on back-to-back carries to bring up third and goal as Harner found a seam and dove into the endzone to cap a six play, 30 yard drive for a 14-7 lead. Hobart tied the score on their next possession as Mizro found Chris Whipple with a five yard touchdown pass to finish a 12 play, 70 yard drive with 7:17 left in the first half. Franklin & Marshall answered on the team's next possession as Hiltner took over at quarterback for Harner and led a 17 play, 80 yard drive capped by a an 11-yard halfback option pass by Stephen to Boyce on fourth-and-one at the Hobart 11 yard line for the winning points with 55 seconds left in the half. The Statesmen attempted to respond as Mizro led a five play drive from the 50-yard line to the F&M 16 yard line, but Eric Ampuja's 34 yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with no time left on the clock to close out the half. In the third quarter, Hobart threatened as the Statesmen drove to the F&M 37 before an incomplete pass and a sack for loss of six yards by defensive lineman Chris White (Sr., Vestal, NY/Vestal) ended the drive and forced a 43 yard punt for a touchback. Franklin & Marshall attempted to tack another score on the board following Hobart's failed drive as Harner returned at quarterback and led an eight play, 54 yard drive which ended when the Statesmen's James Alexander picked off a potential touchdown pass in the endzone for a touchback. However, Hobart did not hold the ball for long as Mizro attempted to rush to the HC 28, but was stripped by defensive lineman Matt Capone (Sr., Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale) while defensive back Tim Barry (Jr., Madison, NJ/Madison) recovered the fumble at the Hobart 28 to set up another F&M scoring chance. Again the Hobart defense held as F&M advanced to the Statesmen's 18 yard line courtesy a 10-yard holding penalty but Hiltner could not connect with his receivers on four straight attempts before Eggertsson's 35 yard field goal attempt sailed wide left. This time the F&M defense held holding the Statesmen to five total yards before forcing a 45-yard punt to the F&M 32-yard line. The Diplomats attempted to move the ball down the field, but Harner's fumble on second-and-13 at the F&M 43 gave Hobart back the ball in solid field position to tie the game. Hobart could not convert on the opportunity as the team went four-and-out, as Mizro's fourth-and-three pass to Suozzi was one yard short of the first down. Following a three-and-punt situation by F&M in which punter/placekicker Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) placed the ball at the Hobart seven yard line, the Diplomats received a break as Mizro's third-and-five attempt from his own 23 yard line was picked off by Ryan Carrozza (So., Cherry Hill, NJ/Bishop Eustace) who returned the ball from the F&M 40 to the Hobart 41. However, an illegal use of the hands call and a personal foul by the Diplomats moved the ball back to the F&M 39. Franklin & Marshall could not take advantage of the opportunity as Eggertsson punted to the Hobart eight-yard line before Suozzi returned the kick back to the Hobart 23. Mizro hit Colby Feane for no gain, Ty Godinho rushed for six yards to the 29 and a pass attempt to Suozzi was incomplete to bring up fourth down. On fourth-and-four, Mizro completed a pass to Feane as the Hobart 32, but he fumbled the reception back to the Hobart 22 where Josh Van Auken fell on the ball to turn it over on downs. The Diplomats took advantage of the field position as Hiltner found Boyce in the endzone for a 22-yard touchdown connection on third-and-10 for a 28-14 lead with 4:11 remaining on the clock. The team put the game away following the kickoff as Hobart started at their own 14-yard line. On first down, Mizro was sacked for a loss of nine yards by linebacker John Warnick (So., Rockville, MD/Good Counsel) and White back to the five-yard line before Jack Holleran rushed for two yard to the seven. Facing third-and-17 from the seven, Mizro attempted to thread a pass, but F&M defensive back Paul Fields (Fr., Bergenfield, NJ/Bergenfield) picked the pass off at the 12 yard line and raced into the endzone for a touchdown with 1:22 left on the game clock for the 35-14 final. Overall, Boyce finished with four catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns, while fullback Rick Dunlap (So., Boothwyn, PA/Garnet Valley) caught five passes out the of backfield for 33 yards and rushed five times for 11 yards. On defense, Warnick led the way tallying 14 tackles (four solo hits) with four tackles-for-loss of 18 yards and half a sack for nine yards. Capone added 14 tackles with one tackle-for-loss of three yards, while White added seven tackles with three hits-for-loss of 23 yards, including 2.5 sacks for 23 yards. For Hobart, Godinho registered 22 carries for 102 yards as the Statesmen ran up 109 rushing yards on 44 carries. Mizro completed 16-of-27 attempts for 122 yards, including eight passes to Suozzi for 79 yards, with pairs of interceptions and touchdowns while being sacked four times. Keys to the game were weather conditions and punting as the Diplomats had the wind at their back while amassing 28 of the team's 35 points. Further, Eggertsson averaged 49.2 yards per punt off four punts for 197 yards, including a 65-yarder. In addition, his only punt of the first half was partially blocked but still went 47 yards to pin the Statesmen deep in their own territory.
LANCASTER 5-0: Franklin & Marshall enters week four riding a five game win streak after defeating Ursinus (37-17 W) and Gettysburg (14-13 W) to end the 2003 season and Bethany (35-7 W), Oberlin (41-21 W) and Hobart (35-14 W) the last three weeks. The five straight wins since the 1996 team knocked off Muhlenberg (53-0 W), Dickinson (14-12 W), Hobart (34-24 W), McDaniel (38-7 W), Swarthmore (35-7 W), Johns Hopkins (20-14 W) and Gettysburg (35-6 W) to end the regular season before falling 20-0 to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in the ECAC South Region Championship game.
FOUR WINS?: Franklin & Marshall will be looking to record its fourth straight win of the 2004 season this week and open a season 4-0 for the first time since the 1989 team knocked off Randolph Macon (44-8 W), Ursinus (15-14 W), Muhlenberg (21-7 W) and Georgetown (34-13 W) before falling to Dickinson (21-14 L). The 2002 team was the last to open a year 3-0 with victories over Oberlin (13-6 W), Catholic (13-6 W) and Ursinus (34-10 W), but the streak came to a halt in the fourth game as the Diplomats dropped a 68-22 game at Muhlenberg in the 1,000th game in F&M football history.
RUSHING TOWARDS HISTORY: Historically, Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) is 305 yards away from joining Andy Surtz '97 (705 carries for 2,913 yards) as the only Franklin & Marshall players with 2,000 career rushing yards. For his career, he has rushed for 1,695 yards with 10 touchdowns, caught 33 passes for 324 yards with six touchdowns and has completed 25-of-76 passing attempts for 299 yards with four touchdowns.
F&M PICKED FOURTH BY CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE SIDS & COACHES: The Franklin & Marshall College football team has been selected to finish fourth in the race for the 2004 Centennial Conference title in a pre-season poll of the Conference's head football coaches and Sports Information Directors. The ranking marked a two-place improvement for F&M over the team's sixth place selection in 2003 and a three spot improvement over the team's projected finish of seventh in 2001 and 2002. Johns Hopkins, who shared the CC title the past two years, is the preseason favorite to win the honor outright in 2004. The Blue Jays were a unanimous choice, receiving all 12 (teams not permitted to vote for themselves) for 72 points in the annual preseason poll of coaches. Muhlenberg is the second pick with two first-place votes and 62 points. McDaniel is third with 49 points. Franklin & Marshall and Gettysburg followed in fourth and fifth place with 33 and 32 points, respectively. Ursinus (25) and Dickinson (21) rounded out the poll.
F&M PICKED FIFTH IN CENTENNIAL CONFERERENCE BY D3FOOTBALL.COM: The Franklin & Marshall College football team was selected to finish fifth in the race for the 2004 Centennial Conference title in a pre-season ranking by D3football.com. Johns Hopkins is the preseason favorite to win the honor the title in 2004 according to D3football.com as Muhlenberg, McDaniel, Ursinus, F&M, Gettysburg and Dickinson round out the rankings.
15th ANNIVERSARY OF 1989 FOOTBALL TEAM: The 2004 season marks the 15th anniversary of the 1989 football team which finished 10-1 (6-1 Centennial Conference) to tie the school record for most single season wins, get head coach Tom Gilburg his 100th career victory and capture the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) title with a 31-18 victory at St. Johns behind the play of Centennial Conference Co-Player of the Year, Associated Press and Kodak All-America wide receiver and ECAC Most Valuable Player Dale Amos '90.
30th ANNIVERSARY OF 1974 FOOTBALL TEAM: The 2004 season marks the 30th anniversary of the undefeated 1974 football team. Under Coach Bob Curtis, the team rolled to a 9-0 record (8-0 MAC) with wins over Hamilton (14-9), Ursinus (45-6), Johns Hopkins (63-13), Swarthmore (70-0), Dickinson (54-13), Widener (26-22), Lebanon Valley (47-7), Moravian (40-28) and Muhlenberg (47-13) on their way to winning the MAC South Title. In addition, the team finished the year ranked first in the nation (Division I, II, III) in points per game averaging 45.1 points per contest. Further, the team set 33 individual and team single game, season and career records during the season highlighted by amassing 4.229 yards of total offense.
40th ANNIVERSARY OF 1964 FOOTBALL TEAM: The 2004 season marks the 40th anniversary of the undefeated 1964 football team. Behind the play of MAC MVP Seiki Murono '66 (who repeated as MAC MVP in 1965) and the coaching of George Storck, the team cruised to an 8-0 record (7-0 MAC) with wins over Johns Hopkins (21-6), Swarthmore (21-12), Dickinson (6-5), Carnegie Mellon (18-14), Haverford (14-6), Widener (19-17), Muhlenberg (29-22) and Ursinus (20-6).
90th ANNIVERSARY OF 1914 FOOTBALL TEAM: The 2004 season marks the 90th anniversary of the 1914 football team which played under head coach Charlie Mayser. Historically, the team finished 6-2-1 with wins over Penn (10-0), Lebanon Valley (3-0), Swarthmore (16-0), Dickinson (44-6), Haverford (14-0) and Gettysburg (7-6), a tie with Ursinus (6-6) and losses to Lehigh (12-0) and Cornell (26-3). The game against Penn marked the first major event in F&M football history as the F&M Weekly, Franklin & Marshall's student newspaper, reported on the game, "The bloody carnage now taking place in Europe could not be compared to the awful havoc by the wearers of the Blue and White upon the sons of Ol' Penn within the very walls of the City of Brotherly Love...it is the greatest football win in F&M's history." The win marks the only victory in the F&M-Penn rivalry for the Diplomats as the Quakers hold a 34-1 advantage in 35 meetings.
105th ANNIVERSARY OF 1899 FOOTBALL TEAM: The 2004 season marks the 105th anniversary of the largest margin of victory in Franklin & Marshall College football history as F&M crushed Temple University 96-0 in the second to last game of the 1899 season as the team finished 3-5-1. Believed to be the worst defeate in Temple University football history, the game occurred just 15 years after Dr. Russell Conwell founded Temple in 1884 as "an informal adult-education outgrowth of his Baptist Temple ministry. Temple College was chartered in 1888 and was incorporated as Temple University in 1907. In 1965, Temple became a member of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education" according to owlsports.com, the online home of Temple athletics.
115th ANNIVERSARY OF 1889 FOOTBALL TEAM: The 2004 season marks the 115th anniversary of the 1889 F&M football team which rolled to a 5-1-1 record in the first full season of intercollegiate competition for the school. Following an 0-2 mark in 1887 with a pair of losses to the York YMCA (9-0, 6-4), and an 1888 season in which excitement over the presidential election caused the season to be postponed, the 1889 team started F&M's intercollegiate history by winning 60-0 at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. The team followed up the first win in program history with a tie (12-12) at home and win on the road (16-0) versus Bucknell, a 10-0 loss at Dickinson, and home wins over Swarthmore (22-4), Dickinson (22-0) and Fordham (56-0).
DOWN THE FIELD: For head coach Shawn Halloran and offensive coordinator Kyle Smesko the Franklin & Marshall college fight song will sound vaguely familiar as their previous employer, Yale University, and the Diplomats share "On Down the Field".
WELL ISN'T THAT SPECIAL: Franklin & Marshall College placekicker/punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) has been named the September 19 Centennial Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in a 35-14 victory over Hobart College on September 18. Against the Statesmen, he averaged 49.2 yards per punt off four punts for 197 yards, including a 65-yarder, with two downed inside the 20-yard line. In addition, his only punt of the first half was partially blocked but went 47 yards to inside the 20-yard line and pinned the Statesmen deep in their own territory. In the latest Centennial Conference statistics, Eggertsson leads the Conference in punting with a 41.5 yard average (15 punts for 622 yards) and point after efficiency (15-for-15). Further, he ranks third in field goals (two), third in field goal percentage (two-for-three, 66.7 percent) and sixth in scoring with 7.0 points per game as Eggertsson has 21 points in three games as the Diplomats have opened the season 3-0 for the first time since 2002. For his career, Eggertsson has punted 108 times for 4,044 yards, an average of 37.44 yards per punt, as he moved ahead of Andy Gilburg '00 (37.2) and into second place in career punting average in the history of the Conference behind Jon Bushey '97. Eggertsson's selection marks the third time in three weeks the Diplomats have earned a Centennial Conference Player of the Week nod as tailback Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) and quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) earned Offensive Player of the Week honors on September 5 and 12, respectively.
ON A ROLL: Franklin & Marshall College tailback Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) and defensive lineman Chris White (Sr., Vestal, NY/Vestal) have been named to the September 19 Centennial Conference Football Honor Roll for their performances in a 35-14 victory over Hobart College on September 18. An offensive honor roll recipient, Stephen rushed for 58 yards, pulled in a 49-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley), returned two punts for 10 yards and completed an 11-yard TD pass to wide receiver Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) to factor in nearly a third of his team's scoring against the Statesmen. For his career, he has rushed for 1,695 yards with 10 touchdowns, caught 33 passes for 324 yards with six touchdowns and has completed 25-of-76 passing attempts for 299 yards with four touchdowns. In the latest Centennial Conference statistics, Stephen ranks among the Conference leaders in rushing (fourth, 90.0 ypg), total offense (10th, 93.7 ypg), receptions (13th, 2.33 rpg), receiving yards (seventh, 42.3 ypg), all purpose yards (second, 135.7 ypg), scoring (first, 12.0 ppg) and touchdowns (six, first) as he has carried 76 times for 270 yards and three touchdowns, caught seven passes for 127 yards and three touchdowns and completed one pass for 11 yards and a touchdown. White earned a spot on the defensive honor roll as he had seven tackles with three hits-for-loss of 23 yards, including 2.5 sacks for 23 yards, against Hobart. In the latest Centennial Conference statistics, he ranks among the leaders in tackles (15th, 20), sacks (second, 3.0) and tackles-for-loss (third, 5.0). For his career, White has 79 tackles with 18 tackles-for-loss of 116 yards and 13 sacks for 103 yards.
ON A ROLL II: Franklin & Marshall College punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) has been named to the D3football.com Team of the Week for his performance in a 35-14 victory over Hobart College. The September 19 Centennial Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, he averaged 49.2 yards per punt off four punts for 197 yards, including a 65-yarder, with two downed inside the 20-yard line against the Statesmen. In addition, his only punt of the first half was partially blocked but went 47 yards to inside the 20-yard line and pinned the Statesmen deep in their own territory. In the latest Centennial Conference statistics, Eggertsson leads the Conference in punting with a 41.5 yard average (15 punts for 622 yards) and point after efficiency (15-for-15). Further, he ranks third in field goals (two), third in field goal percentage (two-for-three, 66.7 percent) and sixth in scoring with 7.0 points per game as Eggertsson has 21 points in three games as the Diplomats have opened the season 3-0 for the first time since 2002. The honor marks the second time in as many weeks Eggertsson has been named to the D3football.com Team of the Week as he was named at placekicker last week following a 41-21 win at Oberlin College. Against the Yeomen, he averaged 34.8 yards per punt (five punts for 174 yards) and connected on 28 and 45 yard field goals and as it marked the first time the Diplomats made two field goals in a game since Steve Linebaugh '02 made 24 and 16 yarders versus Johns Hopkins in a 21-20 loss on November 4, 2000. Historically, Eggertsson's 45-yard field goal marked the fourth longest in program history trailing a 52 yarder by Mark Slevin versus Swarthmore in 1983, a 48-yarder by Mark Slevin versus Ursinus in 1984, a 47 yarder by Slevin in 1984 versus Muhlenberg and ties a 45-yarder by Slevin in 1984 against Georgetown. For his career, Eggertsson has punted 108 times for 4,044 yards, an average of 37.44 yards per punt, as he moved ahead of Andy Gilburg '00 (37.2) and into second place in career punting average in the history of the Conference behind Jon Bushey '97. Eggertsson's selection marks the third time in three weeks the Diplomats have placed a player on the D3football.com Team of the Week as tailback Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) earned recognition on the September 5 team following a 35-7 win over Bethany College on September 4.
HARNER HAS THE TOUCH: For his two-year career at the College, F&M quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) he has completed 162-of-326 attempts for 1,965 yards and 13 touchdowns while running for 195 yards for 2,160 yards of net offense.
IN THE CONFERENCE: Franklin & Marshall ranks among the Centennial Conference leaders in scoring offense (first, 37.0 points), scoring defense (second, 14.0 points), pass offense (first, 276.3 yards), pass defense (fourth, 172.3 ypg), kickoff returns (second, 22.6 yards), punting (first, 36.4 yards), turnover margin (second, +3), rushing offense (fourth, 149.7 yards), rushing defense (third, 102.7 yards), total offense (first, 426.0 yards), total defense (third, 275.0 yards), punt returns (fifth, 8.2 yards), pass efficiency (first, 159.2 yards), pass defense efficiency (second, 92.8 yards), first downs (first, 65), opponent first downs (fourth, 45), sacks by (second, eight), penalty yards (fifth, 53.7 yards), opponent penalties (third, 59.3 yards), fourth down conversions (second, 62.5 percent), opponent fourth down conversions (first, 11.1 percent), red zone defense (third, 66.7 percent), third down conversions (first, 43.8 percent), sacks against (second, five), field goals (third, .667 percent), PAT kicking (first, 15-for-15) and time of possession (fourth, 30:40).