WESTMINSTER, Md. – Ursinus scored the first 10 and last 14 points of the game to bookend a 40-21 Centennial Conference (CC) football victory over McDaniel on Saturday.
Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) amassed a career-best 362 all-purpose yards to led the Green Terror (0-4, 0-3 CC), running for 223 yards on 15 carries and recording another 139 on four kickoff returns. It was his third career 200-yard rushing game.
Chris Curran threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bears (2-2, 1-2 CC), who outgained McDaniel 435-415 on the day but held a 303-132 advantage at halftime.
Ursinus won the kickoff and – behind three first downs on its first three plays – drove inside the Green Terror five-yard line before the hosts held strong and forced a 19-yard Eric Boyer field goal.
A McDaniel fumble on its first possession gave the Bears the ball at the Green Terror 12. A Curran run around the left side resulted in a touchdown and a 10-0 lead with 8:24 on the clock.
A 48-yard Rollins return gave McDaniel the ball at the Ursinus 42.
After runs of 14 and 24 by Rollins, Nick Valori (Treasure Island, Fla./Washington Twp. [N.J.]) found Shane Edmond (Sherman, Conn./New Milford) for a nine-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 10-7 with 6:52 showing.
On the next play from scrimmage, Curran found Josh Williams for a 71-yard touchdown, stretching the lead to 17-7 just 15 seconds later.
Curran capped a 10-play, 84-yard drive with a 17-yard pass to a wide-open Jerry Rahill to stretch the lead to 23-7 just 18 seconds into the second quarter.
After moving 26 yards on eight plays, the Bears capitalized on their first possession of the second half with a 22-yard Boyer field goal.
Taking over at its own 20 with 9:07 to play in the quarter after a touchback on a punt, Rollins ran 12 yards for a first down before breaking off a 63-yarder to set up first-and-goal at the five.
After a false start and Matt Emerson (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) nine-yard run, Patrick Steele (Lutherville, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) capped the four-play march with his first collegiate touchdown to make it a 26-14 game with 7:06 on the clock.
The defense forced a three-and-out and another touchback gave McDaniel the ball at its own 20.
After a two-yard loss on a backwards pass, Rollins ripped off a 65-yard run to set up a first down at the Ursinus 17.
Five plays later, Valori kept the ball and ran five yards for a score to make it a five-point game with 2:28 on the third-quarter clock.
Curran responded, however, engineering a 12-play, 67-yard drive that ate up 5:46 of clock. He found Darius Jones for a 15-yard touchdown to cap the march with 11:42 to play, making it a 33-21 game.
Ellis accounted for all 32 yards on a seven-play drive after the Green Terror turned the ball over on downs, setting the final margin with 1:43 to play.
Valori finished 15 of 21 for 118 yards with a touchdown and interception. Tom Orrok (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) caught seven passes for 53 yards to lead the receiving corps. Keith Woodrow (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) and Aqil Tweedy (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) added three catches each. Woodrows had 30 yards receiving while Tweedy had 28.
Erik Klugh (Millersville, Pa./Penn Manor) led the defense with nine tackles while Tim McLister (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun) made eight. Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) and Nick Chuong (Alexandria, Va./Annadale) had seven each.
McDaniel returns to action at Gettysburg on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.