Franklin & Marshall-Dickinson Football Game Notes II - October 23, 2004

GETTING OFF TO A FAST START: If you want F&M to win, hope the team does not score on its first drive of the game as the Diplomats are 0-2 this year when scoring quickly. Against Johns Hopkins in a 20-14 loss, quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) hit wide receiver Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) for a 79-yard touchdown connection on the first play from scrimmage in the game to put F&M in front 7-0 18 seconds into the game. It marked the second time this year F&M scored on its first drive as Harner hit Rob Donofrio (So., Sea Girt, NJ/Wall Township) for a 20 yard TD to cap a six play, 55 yard drive against Carnegie Mellon in a 31-14 loss.

RUSHING TOWARDS HISTORY: Historically, Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) is 284 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 1,716 yards on 505 carries, caught 33 passes for 324 yards with six touchdowns and has completed 25-of-76 passing attempts for 299 yards with four touchdowns.

BOYCE WONDER: Wide receiver Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) raised his career numbers to 39 catches for 696 yards with seven touchdowns courtesy six catches for 137 yards with a 79-yard TD against Hopkins on October 9. The 79 yard TD marked the second longest of Boyce's career as he had a 98 yard hookup with Harner in a win at Oberlin. The 137 yards against JHU marked the second 100-yard receiving game of Boyce's career as he pulled in seven catches for 189 yards at Oberlin in a 41-21 win. In the latest CC statistics, Boyce leads the Centennial Conference with 519 yards and six TD catches on 26 receptions this season. Among receivers with 10+ catches, his 20.0 average is also tops in the CC.

CURSE OF 14: F&M is 5-39 in their last 44 games dating back to the beginning 1996 season in which the Diplomats have scored 14 or fewer points. Of the five wins, one came last year (14-13 W over Gettysburg) and two came in the first two games of the 2002 season (13-6 wins over Oberlin and Catholic), one came in 1997 (14-10 W over Muhlenberg) and one came in 1996 (14-12 W at Dickinson).

JUST KICKING IT: Punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Pal, FL/Suncoast) has punted 38 times for 1,588 yards (41.8 ypp average) with a long of 65 yards to lead the Centennial Conference in punting average and stand in contention for All-America honors. For his career, has punted 131 times for 5,010 yards with 36 punts inside the 20-yard line, seven fair catches and four touchbacks. For his career, he is averaging 38.2 yards per punt as he is currently 0.20 off the school career punting record of 38.4 held by Jon Bushey and is on pace to erase the single season punt average record of 39.9.

SACK MASTER: Dickinson defensive lineman Bob Ziegler leads all active CC defenders with 18.5 career sacks in just 16 games since moving to the defensive side of the ball prior to last season. He is second in the CC in sacks (7.5) and fourth in tackles-for-loss (11.5) this season. The closest any CC player is to Ziegler in career sacks is the mark of 15.5 held by Josh Kemp of Ursinus. F&M defensive lineman Chris White (Sr., Vestal, NY/Vestal) is third among active CC defenders in sacks with 13.

TOUGH ROAD AHEAD: Only twice in CC history has a team lost two Conference games and gained a share of the Centennial Conference title - 1983 (Gettysburg, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore) and 1993 (Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall). In those years, the Conference had eight teams and the champion shared the trophy with 5-2 records.

THIRD QUARTER HEROICS: Dickinson has not allowed a point in the third quarter this year while outscoring its opponents 24-0. Statistically, the Diplomats have struggled in the third quarter as F&M is only outscoring its opponents 23-10 marking the best quarter defensively and the worst offensively for Franklin & Marshall this year.

THE BEST VERSUS THE BEST: This week's game features a matchup of the best pass efficiency (F&M, 127.5) versus the best pass defense efficiency (Dickinson, 74.9) in the Centennial Conference.

PENALTIES: Do not watch for a lot of penalties in the game as Dickinson leads the CC with 30.7 yards per game in penalties (22 for 184 yards), while F&M ranks third with 39.2 yards per game (23 for 235 yards).

PUTTING IT THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS: If the game comes down to a field goal, look to F&M to win as the Diplomats ranks third in three-pointers hitting three-of-four, while Dickinson is four-of-10. In addition, Dickinson is the only CC school to remain perfect on extra points hitting 13-of-13, while F&M is 19-of-20.

CONVERTING ON THIRD DOWN: The Diplomats and Red Devils will have an interesting battle on third down. F&M, ranked fourth in the CC with 31 conversions on 94 attempts (33.0%) will face a Dickinson defense that is allowing opponents to convert 26.4% of the time (23-of-87) to rank second in the CC in opponent third down conversions. For the Red Devils who rank last in the Conference in third down conversions with 30 on 104 attempts (28.8%), Dickinson will square off with a Diplomats' defense that is allowing opponents to convert 35.1% (34-of-97) to rank fifth in the CC.

THESE GUYS STRIP BETTER THAN TURPENTINE: The key to the game could be the play of Dickinson's Bob Ziegler and F&M's Chris Santaniello (So., Somers Point, NJ/Mainland) as the duo ranks 1-2 in the Centennial Conference in fumbles forced. Through six games, Zeigler has forced five fumbles, while Santaniello is tied with Muhlenberg's Ryan Peer for second in the CC with four forced fumbles.

THE REVENGE OF MERVIN: For Franklin & Marshall College wide receiver John Mervin (Sr., Yardley, PA/Hun School), this week's game will mark the end of a long, strange trip as Mervin will be facing his former team, A fifth year receiver after getting a medical red shirt from the NCAA this summer, Mervin recorded three catches for 56 yards last year as a Diplomats after transferring from Dickinson prior to the 2003 season. However, he went down with a season-ending injury in the second half of a 10/4/03 home game against Muhlenberg, so he is back for one more crack at his former teammates. While at Dickinson, he caught 19 balls for 322 yards with one touchdown in three seasons. His best game came against Susquehanna University on 9/23/00 as a freshman as he racked up 174 all-purpose yards and caught a 72 scoring strike for his only collegiate TD. This year, he has caught four passes for 95 yards as he now has 26 catches for 473 yards.

DIPLOMATS IN THE CONFERENCE STATS: Franklin & Marshall College punter/kicker Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast), wide receiver Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg), quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley), defensive back Chris Santaniello (So., Somers Point, NJ/Mainland) and the Diplomats rank among the leaders in the October 17 Centennial Conference football statistics. Ranked fourth in receptions (4.33 rpg), first in receiving yards (86.5 ypg), sixth in total offense (95.0 ypg) and fourth in scoring (6.0 ppg) per game, Boyce leads the Centennial Conference with 519 yards and six TD catches on 26 receptions this season. He raised his career numbers to 39 catches for 696 yards with seven touchdowns courtesy six catches for 137 yards with a 79-yard TD against Hopkins on October 9. The 79 yard TD marked the second longest of Boyce's career as he had a 98 yard hookup with Harner in a win at Oberlin. The 137 yards against JHU marked the second 100-yard receiving game of Boyce's career as he pulled in seven catches for 189 yards at Oberlin in a 41-21 win. At quarterback, Harner is second in the Centennial Conference in passing yards (178.5 ypg) and total offense (192.0 ypg) as he has completed 63-of-132 attempts for 1,071 yards. His 129.8 efficiency rating is tops in the Conference as he has completed 63 of 132 attempts with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. For his two-year career at the College, Harner has completed 193-of-400 attempts for 2,451 yards and 16 touchdowns while running for 189 yards for 2,640 yards of net offense. Also at quarterback, Doug HIltner (Sr., Margate, NJ/Atlantic City) ranks 10th in total offense (83.2 ypg), seventh in passing yards (87.0 ypg) and third in passing efficiency (121.8) as he has completed 29-of-57 attempts for 348 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Over his four-year career, Hiltner has completed 111-of-237 attempts for 1,395 yards and 14 touchdowns. Eggertsson leads the Conference in punting with a 41.8-yard average (38 punts for 1,588 yards) and ranks second in point after efficiency (95 percent). Further, he ranks fifth in field goals (three), third in field goal percentage (three-for-four, 75.0 percent), second in scoring by kick (28 points) and ninth in scoring with 4.7 points per game. For his career, Eggertsson has punted 131 times for 5,010 yards with 36 punts inside the 20-yard line, seven fair catches and four touchbacks. For his career, he is averaging 38.2 yards per punt as he is 0.20 off the school career punting record of 38.4 held by Jon Bushey and is on pace to erase the single season punt average record of 39.9 held by Bushey from 1996. At tailback, Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) ranks sixth in rushing (58.2 ypg), 14th in total offense (60.4 ypg), 11th in receiving yards (27.2 ypg) and ninth in all purpose yards (87.4 ypg) as he has carried 90 times for 291 yards with three touchdowns and caught eight passes for 136 yards with three touchdowns. For his career, he has rushed for 1,716 yards on 505 carries, caught 33 passes for 324 yards with six touchdowns and has completed 25-of-76 passing attempts for 299 yards with four touchdowns. In addition to Stephen, running back Rick Dunlap (So., Boothwyn, PA/Garnet Valley) ranks ninth in receptions per game (2.5) as he has pulled in 15 catches for 109 yards in six games. Further, Rob Donofrio (So., Sea Girt, NJ/Wall Township) ranks sixth in punt return average (6.3 ypr) as he has run back 11 kicks for 69 yards, while Curtis Varner (So., State College, PA/State College) rates fourth in kick return average (18.1 ypr) with 12 returns for 217 yards. On defense, Santaniello ranks second in fumbles forced (four), while defensive backs Paul Fields (Fr, Bergenfield, NJ/Bergenfield) and Matt Pastore (So., Ridgewood, NJ/Peddie School) rate fifth (two) and 14th (one) in interceptions, respectively. Defensive lineman Chris White (Sr., Vestal, NY/Vestal) ranks seventh in sacks (three) and 15th in tackles (33), while defensive lineman Matt Capone (Sr., Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale) ranks ninth in tackles (42).

CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE TEAM RANKINGS: As a team, Franklin & Marshall ranks among the leaders in scoring offense (third, 25.7 points), scoring defense (fifth, 17.2 points), pass offense (first, 249.7 yards), pass defense (fifth, 194.5 ypg), kickoff returns (sixth, 16.2 yards), punting (first, 34.5 yards), turnover margin (third, +2), rushing defense (fifth, 150.3 yards), total offense (third, 348.0 yards), total defense (sixth, 344.8 yards), pass efficiency (first, 127.5), pass defense efficiency (sixth, 114.2), first downs (third, 106), sacks by (fifth, 10), penalty yards (third, 39.2 yards), opponent penalties (first, 64.8 yards), fourth down conversions (third, 60.0 percent), opponent fourth down conversions (second, 20.0 percent), red zone offense (fifth, 66.7 percent), red zone defense (first, 42.9 percent), third down conversions (fourth, 33.0 percent), opponent third down conversions (fifth, 35.1 percent), sacks against (third, 65), field goal percentage (third, 75.0 percent), PAT kicking (second, 19-for-20) and time of possession (sixth, 28:00).

IN THE NATIONAL STATS: Franklin & Marshall College punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) and defensive back Chris Santaniello (So., Somers Point, NJ/Mainland) rank among the nation's best in the October 18 NCAA Division III football statistics. A member of the October 10 Centennial Conference Special Teams Honor Roll for punting seven times for 279 yards (39.9 avg.) with a long of 49 and three punts inside the 20-yard line in a 20-14 loss to Johns Hopkins on October 9, Eggertsson ranks third in the nation with a 41.8 punting average. Santaniello ranks fifth in forced fumbles with four through the first six games of the season. In the latest Centennial Conference statistics, he is tied for second in forced fumbles and ranks second in forced fumbles per game behind Bob Zeigler of Dickinson (four in five games). For his career, he has 66 tackles, two interceptions for 30 yards, nine pass breakups, four fumbles forced and three blocked kicks.

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 defeat 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).

HOT HAND HARNER: For his two-year career at the College, F&M quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley) has completed 193-of-400 attempts for 2,451 yards and 16 touchdowns while running for 189 yards for 2,640 yards of net offense. He is currently second in the Centennial Conference in passing yards (1,071) and total offense (192.0 ypg). His 129.8 efficiency rating is tops in the Conference as he has completed 63 of 132 attempts with eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

IN THE CONFERENCE: As a team, Franklin & Marshall ranks among the Centennial Conference leaders in scoring offense (third, 25.7 points), scoring defense (fifth, 17.2 points), pass offense (first, 249.7 yards), pass defense (fifth, 194.5 ypg), kickoff returns (sixth, 16.2 yards), punting (first, 34.5 yards), turnover margin (third, +2), rushing defense (fifth, 150.3 yards), total offense (third, 348.0 yards), total defense (sixth, 344.8 yards), pass efficiency (first, 127.5), pass defense efficiency (sixth, 114.2), first downs (third, 106), sacks by (fifth, 10), penalty yards (third, 39.2 yards), opponent penalties (first, 64.8 yards), fourth down conversions (third, 60.0 percent), opponent fourth down conversions (second, 20.0 percent), red zone offense (fifth, 66.7 percent), red zone defense (first, 42.9 percent), third down conversions (fourth, 33.0 percent), opponent third down conversions (fifth, 35.1 percent), sacks against (third, 65), field goal percentage (third, 75.0 percent), PAT kicking (second, 19-for-20) and time of possession (sixth, 28:00).