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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 43rd meeting between McDaniel (0-2, 0-1 CC) and Muhlenberg (2-0, 1-0 CC) in a series that dates back to 1927. The Mules took a 34-26 victory last season in Allentown to make it back-to-back wins and four in five years to pull within 22-17-3 in the all-time series. The Green Terror's lone win during the stretch came by a 16-9 margin in Allentown in 2010.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Muhlenberg scored 27 fourth-quarter points to overcome an early 26-7 deficit and defeat McDaniel 34-26 last season in Allentown. Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) and Woody Butler combined for 242 of the 319 yards for the Green Terror, who scored 26 points in the game's first 19 minutes, 40 seconds. Dan Deighan threw for 282 yards for the Mules, 226 of which came in the fourth quarter.
LAST TIME OUT: Moravian scored 14 points in the final 1:06 of the first half to break a 7-all deadlock and defeat McDaniel 21-7 in the CC opener for both teams last week. Matt Emerson (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) led the Green Terror on offense with 153 yards rushing on 21 carries. Joe Tegan led the offense for the Greyhounds with 129 yards rushing. Jimmy Lahue completed 14 of 22 passes for 178 yards.
WITH HONORS: Matt Emerson and Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) were named to their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls last week. Emerson was named the offensive ledger after leading the Green Terror with 153 yards rushing on 21 carries, including the lone touchdown – his first collegiate rushing score. Cousar earned the defensive nod after leading the defense with a career-high 14 tackles, including seven solo stops. He also had a sack.
LEADING THE WAY: Tyler Lloyd (Broad Run, Va./Fauquier), Tim McLister (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun) and Kevin White (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Haverford Twp.) will captain the squad in 2012. White is a two-time captain while Lloyd and McLister will lead the squad for the first time as seniors.
WANNA BE LIKE MIKE: The Green Terror defense has been led so far this season by junior outside linebacker Mike Cousar. Cousar paces the squad and CC with 26 tackles through the first two games of the year. He followed up a career-high 12 tackles in the opener at Catholic with a career-best 14 stops at Moravian last Saturday. His 13.0 tackles per game is tied for 23rd in all of the Division III.
SWITCHED ON: McDaniel wide receiver Matt Emerson made a switch prior to the start of the regular season. A high school running back, Emerson has taken full advantage of the move back to the backfield. After a five-carry, 47-yard performance in the opener, Emerson ripped off 153 yards at Moravian on Saturday. With that performance, Emerson is the only player other than Joe Rollins with a 100-yard rushing game to his credit. Emerson is currently the team's leading rusher with 200 yards on the season. His 100.0 yards per game ranks second in the conference and 65th nationally.
KEPT GOING AND GOING: The Green Terror put together a second-quarter drive on Saturday that consumed more than two-thirds of the period. McDaniel took over at its own 12-yard line with 12:39 on the clock. Behind 13 running plays, including eight by Matt Emerson, the Green Terror marched 88 plays over the course of 18 plays and 10 minutes, 7 seconds. It was the longest drive by the Green and Gold since consuming 11 minutes, 11 seconds that spanned the first and second quarters at Moravian five years to the day earlier. The 2007 drive, however, ended with an interception after 60 yards.
HOME, SWEET HOME: In week three, McDaniel finally opens the home schedule. It is the latest the Green Terror has opened at home since also starting the 2007 season with two straight road games. In both seasons, McDaniel started the year 0-2 on the road. The Green Terror finished 2007 with a 1-9 overall record. It is also the first game being played at the newly renovated Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, which will be formally dedicated at Homecoming on Nov. 3.
BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR: All four of the Green Terror touchdowns in the opener were scored through the air. Furthermore, Francis Scott Key High School graduates were on the receiving end of all four of Nick Valori's (Treasure Island, Fla./Washington Twp. [N.J.]) scoring tosses. Nick O'Melia (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) caught the first three, including strikes of 62 and 60 yards before Keith Woodrow (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) got in on the action. They are still the only passing scores of the year to date.
RUN AWAY: The Green Terror has rushed for more yards than each of its first two opponents. In week one, McDaniel outgained Catholic 144-133 on the ground before outdueling Moravian 219-161 on the ground last week.
PARTY LIKE IT'S 1960: In addition to being the first game at the new stadium that bears the name of 1961 alumnus Kenneth R. Gill, current trustee, today also features a reunion planned for all graduates during the 1960s. The second Rock, Roll and Remember Reunion (the first was in 2010) will feature introductions at halftime and members of the football team running a play on the field with Gill on the receiving end of the pass.
TERROR TIDBITS: Nick Valori needs 95 yards to reach 2,000 for his career. He will be the 10th Green Terror signal caller to reach that mark… McDaniel fell to 0-3 in Bethlehem since Moravian joined the CC in 2007… The Green Terror has won the time of possession battle in both games this year.
COACHES' CORNER: Mike Hoyt is in his first season at the helm of the Green Terror, entering today's game with an overall record of 0-2. He spent the last eight seasons as the defensive coordinator, culminating with being a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2011. In his first season at Albright, his defense went from allowing an average of 235.4 yards per game to 175.1 yards per contest, helping to guide Albright to an ECAC South Atlantic championship. His tenure as defensive coordinator was marked specifically by stout run defense, ranking in the top half of the Middle Atlantic Conference in rush defense, total defense and scoring defense in four of his last five seasons. His 2008 defense led the conference and ranked 33rd nationally, allowing just 16.9 points per games and appeared in the ECAC South Central Bowl… Mike Donnelly is in his 16th season at Muhlenberg. He has compiled a record of 100-61 to date with the Mules to rank as the winningest coach in the 109-year history of football. Since taking over a program that won a total of 18 games in the eight years prior to his arrival, Donnelly has turned Muhlenberg into a perennial championship contender and national top-10 team. He was named regional coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association and D3football.com after leading the Mules to their first undefeated regular season and second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs five seasons ago, backing that up with a CC title and NCAA bid in 2008. Donnelly guided Muhlenberg to the program's first-ever NCAA berth in 2002 – part of five consecutive postseason appearances from 2000-04 that included NCAA bids in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
THE WORD ON MUHLENBERG: The Mules enter today's game off a 21-0 win over Franklin & Marshall last Saturday… Terrence Dandridge led the Muhlenberg offense with 99 yards rushing and a touchdown… Dan Deighan added 91 yards rushing to his 107 yards passing on 7-for-11 throwing… As a team, the Mules outgained Franklin & Marshall 230-65 on the ground and 350-231 overall… The Muhlenberg defense has allowed just seven points on the young season, which is tied with Gettysburg for the conference lead in scoring defense. The 3.5 points allowed per game is tied for 11th nationally… Dandridge ranks third in the conference, averaging 96.5 yards per game rushing. Kory Crichton leads the defense with 20 tackles, including 2.0 for loss and one sack… Matt Johnson has 15 tackles, including a team-best 3.5 stops for loss. He also has a sack and an interception.