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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 44th meeting between McDaniel (1-1, 1-0 CC) and Muhlenberg (1-1, 0-1 CC) in a series that dates back to 1927. The Mules took a 33-0 victory last season in Westminster to make it three wins in a row and five in six years to pull within 22-18-3 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 piled up 413 yards of total offense and the defense pitched a shutout, defeating McDaniel 33-0 in CC action last year. Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) led the Green Terror with 86 yards rushing. He also had 58 yards on a pair of kick returns. Dan Deighan threw for 158 yards to lead the Mules while Terrence Dandridge ran for 100 yards. Deighan ran for another 91 yards.
LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the game's first 16:37 en route to a 21-14 CC victory over Moravian last Saturday. Joe Rollins scored all three touchdowns for the Green Terror, who snapped a 13-game losing streak and gave head coach Mike Hoyt his first win as a head coach. Rollins rushed for 219 yards on 29 carries to move into second place on the program's all-time career list with 3,604 yards. Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) finished with 11 tackles and had an interception with 19.8 seconds left to seal the victory and allow his offense to go into victory formation for the first time in 686 days. James Price (Baltimore, Md./W.E.B. DuBois) and Nick Chuong (Alexandria, Va./Annadale) added seven stops each. Robbie Moyer led the Greyhounds with 117 yards rushing, including a touchdown, while also going 13-for-31 through the air for 96 yards. Chris Negron rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Joe Rollins was named the CC Offensive Player of the Week and a Beyond Sports Network Athlete of the Week after leading the Green Terror to the victory with 219 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
WITH HONORS: Mike Cousar was named to the CC Weekly Honor Roll last week. Cousar earned the defensive nod after recording 11 tackles, including two for loss, to lead the defense. He also broke up two passes and had an interception in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.
LEADING THE WAY: Mike Cousar, Derrick Miles (Glen Mills, Pa./Bayard Rustin), Mike Oliveto (Robesonia, Pa./Conrad Weiser), Joe Rollins and Pat Tighe (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J./Point Pleasant Beach) will captain the squad in 2013. All five are first-time captains and mark the most since 2009.
ROLLINS ALONG: Joe Rollins ran for 219 yards to move into second place on the program's all-time career list with 3,604 rushing yards. With a 44-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, he went over 3,400 yards and passed Rob Johnson '94 in the process. He enters this week's game trailing Eric Frees '92 by 1,677 yards for the program record.
WANNA BE LIKE MIKE: Senior LB Mike Cousar led the defense on Saturday with 11 tackles, including two for loss, and now holds the team lead with 22 through the first two weeks of the season. However, none of his 11 tackles were bigger than when he corralled a tipped pass with 19.8 seconds left for his first interception of the season, sealing the victory.
ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR FIRST: Saturday's victory was the first under head coach Mike Hoyt, snapping a 13-game losing streak that dated back to the 2011 season. Joe Rollins provided the scoring with all three touchdowns but it was the defense that made the difference. The 14 points and 311 yards allowed were both the fewest in Hoyt's 12 games at the helm. In fact the 311 yards allowed were the fewest since holding Susquehanna to 198 in a 35-0 victory on Oct. 9, 2010.
FLYING V: With the interception by Mike Cousar with 19.8 seconds on the clock, it meant the offense could trot back on the field for one final play and line up in Victory Formation to take a knee and run out the clock. It was the first time in 686 days that McDaniel was able to line up in that formation at the end of a game.
LUCKY 13: Last Saturday's victory snapped a 13-game losing streak for the Green Terror. However, the team is hoping that 13 continues to be a lucky number. McDaniel enters today's road game at Muhlenberg riding a 13-game road losing streak. The Green Terror has a history with the number 13 that predates Mike Hoyt. The last time McDaniel defeated Muhlenberg was by a 16-9 margin in Allentown on Oct. 17, 2009. That win snapped a 13-game conference road losing streak that, you guessed it, also dated back to a win in Allentown (13-6 on Nov. 5, 2005). The last Green Terror road win was at Catholic on Sept. 18, 2010 (24-14).
YOUTH MOVEMENT: The Green Terror will enter the regular season with a roster of 96 players. Of those 99 players, 64 are either freshmen or sophomores. McDaniel will have a freshman class of 41 in 2013 – by far its largest class on the roster.
TERROR TIDBITS: Today is McDaniel's first road game of the season… Joe Rollins notched his 17th 100-yard rushing game and sixth 200-yard game last Saturday. The only Green Terror player with more in program history is all-time leading rusher Eric Frees (28 and 8)… Rollins leads the CC in rushing yards (337) and touchdowns (5)… McDaniel is third in the CC in passing defense (142.5 ypg)… The Green Terror has zero punt return yards through the first two weeks… McDaniel is the most penalized team in the league (18) and has drawn the second most flags in the CC (15).
COACHES' CORNER: Mike Hoyt is in his second season at the helm of the Green Terror, entering today's game with an overall record of 1-11 after picking up his first win last week – a 21-14 victory over Moravian. He spent the previous 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 17th season at Muhlenberg. He has compiled a record of 107-65 to date with the Mules to rank as the winningest coach in the 110-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 28-21 loss at Franklin & Marshall last Saturday. Trailing 7-3, the Diplomats pulled within one at halftime with a 31-yard field goal in the final 23 seconds of the second quarter before scoring 15 straight points to open a 21-7 lead… Nick Palladino led Muhlenberg last week on offense with 85 yards passing, completing 4 of 16 passing with a touchdown. He also ran for 41 yards on eight carries with a touchdown… Joe Carlucci added a 4-for-8 showing passing for 80 yards… Palladino and Kevin Van Laar have combined for 191 of the Mules' 363 rushing yards. Palladino has 96 yards on the ground while Van Laar has 95… Cody Geyer leads the Muhlenberg receiving corps with 171 yards on six catches and two touchdowns… The Mules were able to muster just 239 yards of total offense while allowing the Diplomats to roll up 456 yards, including 301 through the air… Muhlenberg currently ranks ninth in the CC in passing defense (210.5 ypg)… The Mules, however, are second in rush defense (124.0 ypg).