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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 34th meeting between McDaniel (4-2, 2-2 CC) and Ursinus (3-3, 3-1 CC) in a series that dates back to 1976. The Bears have won the last three meetings but the Green Terror leads the all-time series, 24-7-1.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Mark Jaskowski ran for 148 yards, including 79 and two touchdowns as part of a 23-point fourth quarter that led Ursinus to a 26-7 victory over McDaniel last season. The Bears, who trailed 7-3 entering the final quarter, turned three Green Terror turnovers deep in its own end into 20 points to rally for their third consecutive victory in the series. T.J. Develin (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) paced McDaniel with 47 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also added 15 receiving yards and nine yards in the return game for 71 all-purpose yards. Ursinus finished with a 268-214 advantage in total offense, including 80-17 over the first 12:26 of the fourth quarter. Mike Weick (Holland, Pa./Penn Charter) and Aaron Slaughter (Baltimore, Md./Loyola) led the Green Terror defense with 13 and 10 tackles, respectively.
LAST TIME OUT: Clinging to a one-point lead late, Sam Cox (Towson, Md./Towson) recorded a sack, fumble recovery and touchdown to seal the win, lifting McDaniel to a 16-9 CC victory at Muhlenberg last week. The Green Terror, who won 13-6 over the Mules in Allentown on Nov. 5, 2005, notched its first road conference win since that day to snap a 13-game streak. In a day in which the two teams combined for 435 yards, it was a defensive play that sealed the win for McDaniel. Matt Cahill (Broomall, Pa./Haverford Twp.) accounted for the Green Terror's offensive touchdown, catching a 32-yard pass from Tom Massucci (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) in the second quarter.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Sam Cox was named the CC Defensive Player of the Week after recording his second sack of the day with his team clinging to a one-point lead and Muhlenberg driving in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble. He scooped up the loose ball and headed 36 yards for the game-clinching touchdown, keying the win. Cox finished the day with four tackles - all for loss - and the two sacks.
WITH HONORS: Tom Massucci earned a spot on the CC Weekly Honor Roll. Massucci earned the offensive nod after throwing for 165 yards and a touchdown, completing 18 of 31 passes.
LEADING THE WAY: Matt Cahill, Austin Herr (Millersville, Pa./Penn Manor), Aaron Slaughter, Mike Weick and Eric Zwilsky (Knoxville, Md./Brunswick) will all captain the squad in 2009. The five captains are the most named by the Green Terror since five players led the 2003 squad. Three of the four elected to the post this season are two-time captains. Cahill, Slaughter and Zwilsky were all captains in 2008 as well. They are the 11th, 12th and 13th two-time captains during Tim Keating's tenure.
LIVING HERE IN ALLENTOWN: Everyone knows the number - 13. The Green Terror had gone 13 consecutive CC road games without a victory. There is a bit of symmetry in the streak, however, and the answer lives in a Billy Joel song. Prior to Saturday's 16-9 victory at Muhlenberg, McDaniel's last road conference win also came in Allentown - a 13-6 triumph on Nov. 5, 2005. In the nearly four years between the two wins, the Green Terror had lost on every CC field - and twice on five of the eight. However, before the 2007 loss in Allentown (43-0) the last time the Green and Gold had failed to win in Allentown was 1993 (29-27). Scotty Wood Stadium is one of just two CC fields where the Green Terror has a winning record. Ursinus' Patterson Field is the other.
SAM, I AM: After a slow start to the season that included a preseason injury, Sam Cox has become a key member of the defensive line after recording just five tackles in the first four games. Against Juniata the week before the bye, Cox notched eight tackles, including 2.5 sacks. Out of the bye, he made just four stops but all were for loss and two were sacks. His second sack also resulted in what could be argued is the play of the year for the Green Terror. With his team clinging to a one-point lead in the fourth quarter, Cox knocked the ball out then scooped it up and darted 36 yards for the game-clinching touchdown. For the year, he now has 17 tackles. More impressively, however, he has 8.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He also has the one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
RUNNING WITH THE DEVELIN: T.J. Develin has rushed for 480 yards this season, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the Green Terror 726 net rushing yards this season. He enters today's game needing just 64 yards to match his 2008 total. For his career, he has rushed for 1,330 yards and is just 78 yards from breaking into the top 15 all-time on the career rushing list. The senior tailback has run better at home this season, averaging 12 more yards a game in Westminster than on the road. In the three home games, he has racked up 258 yards compared to the 222 he has recorded in three road games.
KEEP IT SHORT: McDaniel ranks sixth in the CC in third-down conversion, converting a first down on just 39.6 percent of its attempts (38 of 96). However, it's been third-and-long situations that forced that number down. The Green Terror has converted just two of its 15 situations when facing more than seven yards to gain on third down. On third-and-short and third-and-middle, McDaniel is 13-for-15 converting the first down.
THREE TIMES AS NICE: As a team, the Green Terror is putting up an average of 451.5 all-purpose yards per game - a total that encompasses rushing, receiving and return yards. The trio of T.J. Develin, Matt Cahill and C.J. Billera (Allentown, Pa./Emmaus) have accounted for 63.7 percent of that yardage. The top three offensive players are averaging 287.8 yards per game. Develin leads the group with 106.5 all-purpose yards per game. Of his 639 yards, 480 have come on the ground. Cahill and Billera are averaging 90.8 and 90.5 yards, respectively. The bulk of Cahill's yardage has come in the passing game (457 of 545) while Billera has 390 of his 543 yards in the return game.
LINE 'EM UP: The Green Terror defensive line as a unit has keyed a defensive unit that ranks ninth in sacks, averaging 3.83 per game.
TERROR TIDBITS: The Green Terror is 52-22-1 on Homecoming, including 10-4-1 under Tim Keating... McDaniel recorded eight sacks in Saturday's win - its highest single-game sack total since recording nine against Ursinus in 2004.
COACHES' CORNER: Tim Keating is in his 17th season at the helm of the Green Terror. His 102 victories are the most by any McDaniel coach. Keating enters today's game with record of 102-67-3, guiding the program to seven CC championships and a pair of NCAA playoff wins. Before coming to the Hill, Keating notched a 26-23 record in five seasons at Wesley... Peter Gallagher is in his ninth season at Ursinus. He has posted a 37-50 mark at the helm of the Bears, including a 6-4 record in his first season (2001), marking the first time an Ursinus coach registered a winning season in his first year at the helm. In 2006, Gallagher added offensive coordinator to his duties and recorded the most successful campaign in his tenure at 8-3. Prior to his arrival in Collegeville, he served as the defensive coordinator at the University of Rochester in addition to successful stints at Dartmouth, Wagner and Georgetown.
THE WORD ON URSINUS: The Bears enter today's game off a 16-14 win at Johns Hopkins last week... It marked the third straight trip to Baltimore that Ursinus came away with a victory... The two teams combined for 20 punts and just 23 first downs and the Bears endured a strange sequence of events over the final 38 seconds to hold on for the win... The Blue Jays lined up for a 38-yard field goal, and following timeouts by both teams, Ursinus was called for 12 men on the field, giving Johns Hopkins a first down. One play later, after losing two yards, the Blue Jays called a timeout. Just before the ball was snapped for the field goal 35-yard attempt - a kick that sailed through the uprights - the Bears called a timeout, forcing Alex Lachman to do it again. On his second attempt, the ball drifted wide left, preserving the win for Ursinus... The Bears enter today's game as one of four CC teams with one loss. Ursinus, Franklin & Marshall and Dickinson are all at 3-1 while Johns Hopkins, which is on its bye this week, sits at 4-1... Justin Decristofaro ranks third in the CC, averaging 233.0 yards per game through the air. He has completed 94 of 190 attempts with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions... Nick Giarratano has caught 30 passes for 524 yards... Derek Giannetti leads the CC in punting average, booting his 36 punts for an average of 38.7 yards. He has dropped 13 balls inside the 20 with just four touchbacks. He has forced nine fair catches.