From the Gettysburg College Website
:Bullets Run Wild on F&M, Top Dips 54-21 in MonsoonNick McConnell piled up a career-high 181 rushing yards and two TDs against F&MBox Score
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg rushed for 299 of its 434 yards in the first half and the Bullets closed their 2008 season with a bang, running away with a 54-21 Centennial Conference victory over Franklin & Marshall College Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at a drenched Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.
After starting 0-4, the Bullets (5-5, 5-3 CC) won five of their final six games, the team’s best six-game stretch since the 1994 squad won six in a row, while finishing with at least a .500 record for the third straight season. Franklin & Marshall (4-6, 3-5 CC) lost its second straight game to end the year.
Gettysburg had two players go over 100 yards rushing in the first half alone, when the Bullets outscored the Diplomats 33-7 in a furious driving rain. Senior tailback Nick McConnell
(Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) ran for 111 of his career-high 181 yards in the opening half while sophomore tailback Jamel Mutunga
(Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) posted 123 of his career-high 144 yards over the opening 30 minutes. The two finished with two rushing touchdowns apiece. It was the first time since last season’s 41-10 win at Johns Hopkins that the Bullets finished with a pair of 100-yard rushers, when Tom Sturges ’08 had 148 and junior quarterback Matt Flynn
(Northfield, N.J./Mainland Regional) had 119.
Sophomore wing Charles Curcio
(Hammonton, N.J./St. Joseph’s) added 67 yards rushing and a touchdown on just three carries while junior wings Ricky Manigat
(Baldwin, N.Y./Balwin) and Michael McInerney
(Habrouck Heights, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) rushed for one touchdown apiece.
The Bullets scored 40 points more than F&M's Centennial Conference-leading scoring defense average (14.1) entering the game.
Gettysburg’s 434 rushing yards marked the team’s highest output since their 458-yard performance in a 59-28 win at St. Lawrence on Oct. 30, 1999. It was the team’s first 50-point game since its 52-7 win over Lebanon Valley in 2003 and was the team’s highest-scoring game since their 61-6 victory at Averett in 2001. The Bullets ran up their second-highest scoring total ever against F&M, second only to the team’s 72-0 win in 1905.
Flynn attempted just nine passes for Gettysburg but set a pair of school records. He broke the school’s career passing yardage record, upping the mark to 5,207, and surpassed the single-season passing yards record, which now stands at 2,126. Dennis Flaherty ’01 held both previous records. Flynn also set school records for career total offense and career touchdown passes earlier this season. He finished 7-for-9 for 72 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 26 yards.
Flynn helped Gettysburg break the single-season team record for passing yards, as the Bullets finished with 2,220.
Senior kicker Josh Huson
(McLean, Va./McLean) was 6-for-7 on extra-point attempts and finished his career with 204 points, which ranks second on both the Gettysburg and Centennial Conference charts for kick scoring.
Jeff Hogan came on in the second half to throw for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 15-of-24 passing for F&M while George Eager caught five passes for 64 yards and a TD. Ryan Murray led F&M on the ground, carrying the ball 10 times for 74 yards.
Freshman safety Joe Delaney
(Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional) had nine tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception for Gettysburg.
Despite the extremely wet conditions, the Bullets did not commit a turnover for the first time this season.
After receiving the opening kickoff, the Bullets needed just five plays to move 66 yards before scoring on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Flynn to sophomore Brian Betley
(Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape). McConnell got things started, breaking off a 33-yard run to the F&M-21. Three plays later, Flynn hit Betley one yard shy of the end zone, and Betley drug a defender into the end zone as the Bullets took a 7-0 lead just 1:37 into the game.
A steady rain at kickoff turned into a furious, driving downpour minutes into the game, and the Diplomats tied it up on their second possession when backup quarterback Mark Mellinger came on to score on a 5-yard keeper up the middle, capping a 5-play, 37-yard drive.
The Bullets took the lead for good when they scored on their ensuing drive. Mutunga gave his team a first-and-goal at the Diplomat-1 after breaking free for a 32-yard run, and he took it up the middle on the next play. Huson came on to knock through the extra point, giving the Orange and Blue a 14-7 lead with 2:29 left in the first quarter.
F&M threatened to tie the game after driving 45 yards to the Bullet-15, but that’s where the drive stalled and Gettysburg took over on downs. On the very next play, Mutunga broke through the line of scrimmage and out-sprinted the defense up the middle for an 85-yard touchdown run with 11:27 remaining in the opening half. It was a career-long run for Mutunga, the team’s longest play from scrimmage this season, and Gettysburg’s longest rush since Dusty Green’s 85-yarder against Hampden-Sydney in 2006. The Bullets failed to get off an extra-point attempt following a bad snap as Gettysburg increased its advantage to 20-7.
With the rain coming down in torrents, the Bullets continued to roll on their next two possessions. After holding F&M to punt, Curcio took a pitchout left and raced down the sideline for a 30-yard touchdown run as the Bullets went ahead 27-7 with 7:48 on the clock.
Gettysburg forced the first turnover of the game when Delaney stripped the ball from Mellinger on the ensuing possession, and senior linebacker Dean Staley
(Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) fell on it at the Bullet-47. Gettysburg then went to the ground for a 10-play, 53-yard touchdown drive, running the ball on every play. McConnell took the handoff seven times while eating up 35 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown run to make it a 33-7 game at the half.
After receiving the second-half kickoff, F&M turned it over on its third play from scrimmage, when Delaney came down with a tipped pass and returned it four yards to the Gettysburg-49. However, the Bullets were unable to capitalize after Huson’s 43-yard, line-drive field goal attempt fell short.
With the rain letting up slightly, the Diplomats turned it over on downs on its next drive, and Gettysburg responded with a 10-play, 71-yard touchdown drive. The Bullets kept the chains moving when senior tight end David Rodriguez
(Fort Belvoir, Va./Bishop Ireton) hit freshman punter Rob Pennella
(Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater Raritan) with an 11-yard, first-down pass to the Gettysburg-48 on a fake punt. Six plays later, McInerney took it on from 1 yard out as the Bullets lead swelled to 40-7.
F&M cut the gap to 47-21 with 10:50 left in the game after Hogan sandwiched a pair of touchdown passes – a 19-yarder to Alan Williams and an 8-yarder to Eager – around a 3-yard TD run from Manigat.
McConnell set the final score on the first play of the ensuing drive. After the Bullets recovered an onside kick, he burst down the left sideline and dodged several defenders en route to a 44-yard touchdown run.
Staley and sophomore cornerback Tairi Mobley
(Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) each tied their career-high tackle total, with Staley making 11 stops and Mobley dealing 10 hits. Senior linebacker Terence Hartigan
(Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) also notched 10 tackles while senior defensive end Josh Jerrold
(Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury East) had four tackles and a sack to finish his career tied for third on Gettysburg’s career sack list with 19.5 and fourth in tackles for loss with 32.5.
Zach Romash led F&M with 11 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, while James Gregory had 10 stops and 2.0 for loss.
From the F&M Website
:Bullets Shoot Down Diplomats
Nov 15, 2008Box Score
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- After watching Ryan Murray run all over its defense in last year's meeting, the Gettysburg Bullets returned the favor, running to a 54-21 win over Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Conference (CC) football on Saturday. The Bullets (5-5, 5-3 CC) rolled up 299 yards of rushing on 25 carries in the first half and 434 yards in the game. Three of the first half touches ended in the Diplomats' (4-6, 3-5 CC) end zone, giving the Bullets an insurmountable 33-7 lead at the half.
Jamel Mutunga and Nick McConnell each rushed for well over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Mutunga rushed for 123 yards and a pair of scores in the first half. He broke off a 34-yard run down to the Diplomats' one-yard line and plunged in on the next play. His next touch came on first down of the Bullets' next possession. He split the Diplomats' defense to go 86-yards for the score that broke F&M's back.
Nick McConnell had rushed for 111 yards on 13 carries in the first half before finally finding the end zone with 28 ticks in the second quarter. He finished the game with 181 yards on 17 rushes. Charles Curcio rushed for an additional 68 yards from the win, scoring one touchdown and setting up another. His score came on a 30-yard run.
Gettysburg outgained F&M 517-396, and went five-for-five in the red zone.
The Bullets marched 66 yards on five plays to score on their opening possession. F&M answered on its second possession, a five-play, 37-yard drive finished by Mark Mellinger's second rushing touchdown of the season making it 7-7. It was all Gettysburg from there.
Ryan Murray led F&M's offense with 74 yards on 10 carries. George Eager caught five passes for 64 yards and a second half touchdown. It was the second of Jeff Hogan's two touchdown passes in the second half. He had hit Alan Williams for the first touchdown on both ends of the equation from 19-yards out late in the third quarter.
The Diplomats close the 2007 season at 4-6, with a 3-5 mark in league play.