COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Ursinus jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead en route to a 40-21 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.
Nick O'Melia (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) led the Green Terror (1-3, 1-2 CC) with his fifth career 100-yard receiving day, catching seven balls for 143 yards that included a pair of spectacular touchdown grabs.
Jason Golderer led the Bears (4-0, 3-0 CC) on the ground with 160 yards on 32 carries. Jerry Rahill caught eight passes for 181 yards and three scores.
A Golderer 52-yard burst down the right sideline keyed a seven-play, 82-yard drive. Golderer capped the march with a three-yard touchdown run, staking Ursinus to a 7-0 lead with 9:50 on the first-quarter clock.
After Chris Curran scrambled for 14 yards to convert a third-and-8, he went deep and found Jerry Rahill for a 39-yard touchdown to stretch the Bears lead to 14-0 with 3:03 showing.
On the first play of the second quarter, Ursinus faced a third-and-21. Defensive pressure forced Curran to throw the ball away and bring up fourth down at the 11.
Mike Oliveto (Robesonia, Pa./Conrad Weiser) came through the middle and blocked the punt in the end zone. Marty Windisch (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) fell on the ball for his first collegiate touchdown, drawing the Green Terror within 14-7.
A 36-yard Eric Boyer field goal and Josh Williams seven-yard touchdown catch stretched the lead to 24-7 at the intermission.
After Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) set the Green Terror up at midfield taking the second-half kickoff back 47 yards, McDaniel faced third-and-8 from the Bears 48.
Ryan Yamada (Brookeville, Md./Good Counsel) dropped back and hit O'Melia down the right sideline. O'Melia initially touched the ball at the 20 before it bounced up and back into his hands a few times. The receiver eventually hauled in the ball and streaked to the end zone to cut the deficit to 24-14 with 13:04 showing.
After a 35-yard reception gave Ursinus first-and-goal at the one-yard line, the defense came up with two tackles in the backfield, forcing the Bears to settle for a 23-yard Boyer field goal, pushing the lead to 27-14 with 9:21 on the clock.
A four-yard completion to Jerry Rahill in the back of the end zone with 14:16 to play in the fourth quarter made it a 33-14 game after a missed PAT.
O'Melia added his second touchdown of the day with a one-handed grab in the corner of the end zone for a 19-yard score to close the deficit to 33-21 with 6:12 remaining.
A roughing-the-passer call on a would-be interception prolonged the four-play, 36-yard drive.
Rahill rounded out the scoring, catching a four-yard touchdown pass with 1:14 to play.
Ralph Bernardo (Rockville, Md./Thomas S. Wooten) led the defense with 14 tackles while Taylor Rush (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills Regional) added 11 stops and an interception on the Bears' first play from scrimmage.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Gettysburg on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.