LANCASTER, PA - Quarterback Doug Hiltner (Sr., Margate, NJ/Atlantic City) completed 15-of-22 attempts for 192 with two touchdowns, tailback Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) ran for 133 yards and place-kicker Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) connected for field goals of 32 and 21 yards as the Franklin & Marshall College (5-3, 2-2 Centennial Conference) football team stunned #16 McDaniel College (5-2, 3-1 Centennial Conference) 20-7 in Centennial Conference action.
The Diplomats dominated the game in first downs (22 to 16), yards gained rushing (227 to 200), net yards rushing (194 to 183), net yards passing (208 to 119), passes attempted (29 to 22), net yards (402 to 302), punting average (37.4 to 36.7), kickoff returns (2 for 54 to 4 for 32), punt returns (six for 27 to 1 for no yards), third down conversions (4 of 14 to 4 of 17) and sacks (2 for 5 yards to 1 for 4 yards)
The Diplomats took the lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter as Hiltner marched Franklin & Marshall 80 yards on seven plays before hitting Bobby Freiler (So., Orwigsburg, PA/Blue Mountain) for a 22 yard touchdown with 12:28 left in the first half. Eggertsson tacked on the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
Overall, the touchdown marked the first points McDaniel has allowed in the second quarter this year and was the first passing TD the Green Terror have allowed all season.
Following drives by both teams, the Diplomats took possession of the ball at their own 28 yard line and went 57 yards on seven plays before Eggertsson drilled a 32 yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the quarter for a 10-0 lead at halftime.
The lead grew to 13-0 on F&M's first possession of the second half as Eggertsson hit a 21-yard field goal with 8:45 left in the third quarter to cap a 12 play, 48-yard drive by the Diplomats.
McDaniel countered on their following possession as Eggertsson's kickoff sailed out of bounds at the Green Terror 14 to set McDaniel up at their own 35-yard line.
The Terror took advantage of the field position marching 65 yards on 10 plays as Brad Maybank scampered 24 yards on third and two from the F&M 24 for a touchdown. Nate Getchell tacked on the extra point as McDaniel closed to within 13-7 with 3:12 left in the third quarter.
However, F&M fired back as Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) returned Getchell's kickoff 31 yards out to the 50-yard line.
The Diplomats' backfield did the rest as Stephen rushed for nine yards to the McDaniel 41 and fullback Rick Dunlap (So., Boothwyn, PA/Garnet Valley) ran for 22 yards on a fake punt to set F&M up at the McDaniel 23 yard line. On first and 10, Hiltner's pass was tipped at the goal line and fell into the arms of Boyce in the endzone for a 23-yard touchdown to cap a five play, 50-yard drive. Eggertsson added the extra point as F&M led 20-7 with 1:50 left in the quarter to close out the scoring.
The clock was not McDaniel's friend the rest of the way as F&M chewed up five minutes in an 11 play, 61 yard drive and four minutes in an eight play, 40 yard drive in the fourth quarter as the Diplomats defeated McDaniel for the first time since a 38-7 victory at home in 1996.
In addition, the Diplomats recorded their fifth win of the season as the victory guarantees F&M of having the first .500 or better season since the 1996 team finished 9-2, 6-1 in Centennial Conference play.
Overall, Hiltner finished the game with 204 yards of net offense as he added 12 rushing yards after entering the game in relief of starting quarterback Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley). Combined, Harner and Hiltner completed 17-of-29 attempts for 208 yards.
On the ground, Stephen closed to within 55 yards of becoming the second F&M player with 2.000 career rushing yards. Further, Dunlap registered 44 yards and Harner tacked on five yards as the Diplomats rolled up 194 yards on the ground off 41 carries.
Boyce led the receivers pulling in six balls for 103 yards, while Matt Mondonedo (So., Silver Spring, MD/James Hubert Blake) caught four for 43 yards and Robert Donofrio (So., Sea Girt, NJ/Wall Township) added one for seven yards. Dunlap (three for 13), Freiler (two for 37), Stephen (one for five) also added receptions as the Diplomats racked up 402 total yards of offense.
George Farrell (Fr., Hatfield, PA/North Penn) led all players with 10 tackles, including two tackles for loss of three yards, with two pass breakups, while Joe LoCastro (Jr., Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic) added nine tackles with three for loss of four yards.
For McDaniel, quarterback Brad Baer completed eight of 22 passes for 119 yards and ran for 67 yards to lead the Terror. Maybank added 108 rushing yards as McDaniel racked up 183 yards of rushing offense.
Franklin & Marshall (5-3, 2-2 Centennial Conference) will continue the season on November 6 at home versus Ursinus. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.