Valori throws for 245 in see-saw affair
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Ursinus found the end zone for fifth time with just 19.4 seconds left to break a 28-all deadlock and defeat McDaniel 35-28 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.
Nick O'Melia (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) made three catches for 107 yards and a touchdown to lead the Green Terror (1-3, 1-2 CC), who got another 200-yard passing day from freshman quarterback Nick Valori (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.), who finished 11-for-19 for 245 yards and two touchdown passes.
Bryan Ellis led the Bears (2-2, 2-1 CC) in the running game, rushing for 180 yards on 26 carries. Chris Curran added 45 rushing yards on seven carries with two touchdowns in addition to his 166 yards passing.
A 37-yard pass play to O'Melia set up McDaniel with a first-and-goal at the 10-yard line. On the next play, Rollins reached the ball over the goal line to draw the visitors within two with 3:34 on the clock.
Valori then found O'Melia streaking along the back of the end zone for the two-point conversation and a 28-all tie.
Ursinus methodically moved the ball down the field, reaching the McDaniel 20 with just over 45 seconds to play. A pair of Curran runs up the middle moved the ball to the one-yard line. With 19.4 seconds left, Curran went over his guard and fell into the end zone for the go-ahead score.
Teddy Conrad capped a 6-play, 66-yard drive with a three-yard plunge up the middle for a 7-0 lead with 12:08 to play in the first.
A 30-yard pass play to Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) keyed a 7-play, 54-yard march that Rollins capped with a two-yard carried. The ensuing PAT was blocked to kept it a 7-6 game with 17.5 seconds in remaining in the first quarter.
The Bears put together a 54-yard drive over seven plays and 6:14 to push the lead to 14-7 with 4:08 to play in the second quarter.
Conversely, the Green Terror needed just one play for Valori to hit O'Melia for a 65-yard catch-and-run to make it a 14-13 game just 15 seconds.
A 13-yard tuck-and-run by Chris Curran stretched the advantage to 21-13 with 16.8 seconds remaining on the first-half clock.
Valori hooked up with Matt Emerson (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown), eluding the pass rush for a 35-yard score to cap an 8-play, 85-yard drive and make it a 21-20 game with 4;32 on the third-quarter clock.
After the Green Terror had a 78-yard punt return for touchdown negated by penalty with 11:00 to play and were forced to punt, Ellis capped the ensuing Ursinus possession with a 58-yard run to stretch the lead to 28-20 with 5:17 to play.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Gettysburg on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.