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Season opens with epic defensive battle

 
The Ursinus offense will get lots of notes after they scored just three times in a five-overtime game.
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SCORING 1 2 3 4 OT OT2 OT3 OT4 OT5 FINAL
Ursinus (1-0) 0 0 0 0 3 0 6 0 8 17
Millersville (0-1) 0 0 0 0 3 0 6 0 0 9

It's a good thing Ursinus opened up on Thursday night, because the Bears looked like they might need all the way until Saturday to get their first score of the season. In fact, it took more than 60 minutes, as the Bears battled Division II Millersville to a scoreless tie in regulation before finally surviving to win 17-9 in five overtimes.

Charles Johnson hauled in a 40-yard TD pass in the first quarter for Bethel to get the Royals on the board.
Photo by Pat Coleman, D3sports.com

The Bears held Millersville to 9-for-27 passing and just 221 yards of total offense, managed just 259 themselves, only 184 yards in regulation. The teams were a combined 6-for-40 on third down conversions.

"I have been a player or coach most of my life," said an exhausted Ursinus head football coach Peter Gallagher afterwards. "Tonight was the gutsiest performance I have ever been involved with and I am so proud of our players and coaches."

Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, another Centennial Conference team opened and had a completely different type of night. Matt Magarity threw for 248 yards and four touchdowns, two of them in the final 18 minutes, and the Franklin & Marshall defense broke up a potential game-winning touchdown pass in the end zone with 22 seconds left as the Diplomats won at local rival Lebanon Valley 42-37. Taalib Gerald ran for 152 yards and a touchdown for the Diplomats. 

Bethel was the only ranked team in action on Thursday night and the No. 20 Royals struggled through three quarters before breaking the game open with a couple of long fourth-quarter touchdowns to win at UW-Stout, 35-20. Andrew Dzurik made his debut at quarterback for Bethel and was 21-for-27 passing for 270 yards and four touchdowns. He threw a 40-yard touchdown to Charles Johnson in the first quarter, then his Bryce Marquardt for a 41-yard score early in the fourth and followed with a 46-yard bomb to Drew Neuville with 4:42 left in the game. 

But Bethel suffered a big loss on the field and the postgame mood was a little somber. "We lost Landon Mathis, who's the best player on our team. That's a hard deal," Royals coach Steve Johnson said. Mathis, the undisputed leader of a young defense, went down with a season-ending injury. 

Mike Clancy became the first Coast Guard player to rush for more than 100 yards since 2012 as the Bears played their first home night game in 20 years, defeating Anna Maria 34-6. Derek Victory led Coast Guard with 148 yards and a touchdown through the air. Lamar Carswell got his college football career off to a good start, rushing for 172 yards on 15 carries and scoring three touchdowns in his first collegiate game, leading Trine to a 38-14 win vs. Manchester.

The Air Raid is alive and well, but not particularly effective on opening night for Belhaven. Playing its first game as a provisional member of Division III, Hal Mumme's Belhaven offense chucked it 72 times and threw for 525 yards but rushed for minus-3 as Millsaps outscored the Blazers 34-7 in the second half of a 52-23 win. Andrew Warren ran for 113 yards and two scores for the Majors.

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Maryville (Tenn.) at Washington and Lee
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at Morrisville State 34, St. Lawrence 26
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at Bridgewater State 42, Fitchburg State 15
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at Delaware Valley 41, Alvernia 10
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at Endicott 27, Hobart 24
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Framingham State 28, at Massachusetts Maritime 13
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at RPI 44, Buffalo State 14
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at MIT 34, Catholic 24
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Springfield 17, at WPI 14
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Lycoming 27, at FDU-Florham 21
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Emory and Henry 52, at Rochester 17
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Southern Virginia 14, at Kean 9
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Montclair State 17, at Christopher Newport 14
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at Carnegie Mellon 42, St. Vincent 27
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at Union 49, Curry 6
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at Franklin and Marshall 14, Susquehanna 7
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at Trinity (Conn.) 59, Bates 16
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at Johns Hopkins 62, Dickinson 14
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Misericordia 47, at Wilkes 45
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at Frostburg State 34, Rowan 7
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McDaniel 25, at Gettysburg 0
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at Wooster 24, DePauw 21
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Stevenson 38, at King's 17
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at Alfred 38, Cortland 33
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at Washington and Jefferson 62, Grove City 10
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at Westminster (Pa.) 21, Bethany 3
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at Allegheny 25, Ohio Wesleyan 17
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at Wesley 43, William Paterson 7
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at LaGrange 42, Apprentice 13
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Denison 52, at Oberlin 27
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at Western New England 59, Anna Maria 7
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Martin Luther 63, at Greenville 28
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at St. Scholastica 23, Westminster (Mo.) 20
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at Minnesota-Morris 13, Iowa Wesleyan 7
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at Muhlenberg 62, Juniata 7
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at Widener 69, Albright 0
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Anderson 18, at Defiance 14
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at Mount Union 23, John Carroll 10
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Hanover 28, at Bluffton 10
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Westfield State 42, at Worcester State 22
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at Waynesburg 10, Geneva 7
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at Virginia-Lynchburg 16, Brevard 14
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at Ferrum 81, Greensboro 0
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Ithaca 21, at St. John Fisher 14
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Muskingum 31, at Wilmington 24
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Ohio Northern 13, at Otterbein 7
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North Central (Ill.) 35, at North Park 0
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Rhodes 29, at Birmingham-Southern 10
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at UW-Stout 49, Cal Lutheran 24
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Millsaps 21, at Sewanee 14
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Thomas More 38, at Huntingdon 35
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at Washington U. 51, Carthage 31
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at Chicago 56, Illinois College 9
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Wartburg 42, at Nebraska Wesleyan 14
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Coe 35, at Buena Vista 14
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Central 35, at Dubuque 13
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Loras 35, at Luther 28
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Carroll 16, at Elmhurst 14
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Cornell 28, at Beloit 17
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at Lake Forest 35, Lawrence 34
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at St. Thomas 49, UW-Eau Claire 0
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Mount St. Joseph 59, at Earlham 2
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Dean 42, at Becker 15
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Western Connecticut 40, at Salve Regina 21
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at Mass-Dartmouth 21, Plymouth State 16
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at Tufts 16, Wesleyan 13
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at Salisbury 38, TCNJ 7
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at Rose-Hulman 19, Manchester 12
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at Case Western Reserve 63, Thiel 20
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Baldwin Wallace 34, at Heidelberg 10
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Berry 38, at Centre 35
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at Wittenberg 45, Kenyon 3
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Northwestern (Minn.) 38, at Crown 18
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at Hardin-Simmons 65, Howard Payne 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 41, at Augustana 24
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at McMurry 35, Sul Ross State 24
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 63, Millikin 6
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Louisiana College 21, at Southwestern 19
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 47, at Texas Lutheran 14
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East Texas Baptist 46, at Belhaven 20
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at Delaware Valley 41, Alvernia 10
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at RPI 44, Buffalo State 14
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at Wesley 43, William Paterson 7
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at Washington and Jefferson 62, Grove City 10
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at Frostburg State 34, Rowan 7
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at Franklin and Marshall 14, Susquehanna 7
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at Mount Union 23, John Carroll 10
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Ithaca 21, at St. John Fisher 14
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at St. John's 59, Carleton 0
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North Central (Ill.) 35, at North Park 0
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at St. Thomas 49, UW-Eau Claire 0
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at Wittenberg 45, Kenyon 3
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Berry 38, at Centre 35
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at Case Western Reserve 63, Thiel 20
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 47, at Texas Lutheran 14
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at Hardin-Simmons 65, Howard Payne 14
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 63, Millikin 6
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Illinois Wesleyan 41, at Augustana 24
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