Time of Poss.
Sophomore receiver Aden Twer caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Kody Smith as time expired, and Gettysburg held off a furious Ursinus rally to win 40-34 in the Centennial Conference opener for both teams at a hot and humid Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.
Gettysburg (1-1, 1-0 CC), which was also playing its home opener, led 34-10 midway through the third quarter before Ursinus (0-2, 0-1 CC) rallied with 24 unanswered points, scoring three touchdowns and converting the two-point conversion on all three. Quarterback Chris Curran capped the rally with a 1-yard touchdown run – his second of the game – with 47 seconds left before running in the conversion himself, setting up a wild finish.
On just five catches, Twer finished with 179 yards and tied a school record with three touchdowns receptions on distances of 81, 43, and 32 yards. Smith threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns – both career highs – on 13-of-22 passing while junior tailback Ted Delia rushed for a career-best 86 yards on 12 carries for Gettysburg, which never trailed.
Win the victory, the Bullets won both their home and conference openers for the first time since 2007.
The two teams continued their history of shootouts after Ursinus won 49-39 last season and 55-50 in 2009.
"We needed a touchdown," said Twer. "Kody came into the huddle and said 'This is what's going to happen. I'm throwing a fade, and I'm throwing it to you, Twer.'
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