McCord leads W. Maryland's 27-3 win

September 29, 1991|By Jeff Fletcher | Jeff Fletcher,Special to The Sun

WESTMINSTER -- Western Maryland showed another side of itself yesterday.

Ursinus saw that there is more to the Green Terrors than Eric Frees, as sophomore quarterback Paul McCord threw three touchdown passes to lead Western Maryland to a 27-3 victory at Bair Stadium.

McCord, who transferred to Western Maryland from Delaware, had his best game of the season, completing 11 of 20 passes for 154 yards.

"This was by far his best game," Western Maryland coach Dale Sprague said. "He came a long way as a Western Maryland quarterback."

The Green Terrors (2-1) are 2-0 in the Centennial Football Conference. It is only the second time in Sprague's six seasons ** that the team has won its first two CFC games. The Terrors did it in 1989, but lost the rest of their games.

But this team isn't showing any signs of an imminent collapse. Since falling behind, 14-0, in the first half of its opening-game loss to Albright, Western Maryland has outscored its opponents, 52-10.

"The encouraging thing about [the improvement] is we're young," Sprague said, "and we're getting older every week."

McCord and Sprague agreed experience was a key to his game yesterday. McCord said several of his completions came on audibles at the line of scrimmage.

McCord saw early in the first quarter that the Bears (1-2, 0-2) were not able to cover the Green Terrors receivers.

"They were giving a good cushion," McCord said. "I must have hit four or five of those little short pops on checkoffs at the line.

"Two weeks ago, I wouldn't have been able to make that adjustment. This is the first week I've really felt a part of the offense."

McCord, who played high school football in Wilmington, Del., threw touchdown passes of 3, 27 and 17 yards in the first half, as Western Maryland built a 21-3 lead. He came out of the game with eight minutes to play and the Terrors up by 24.

The quarterback even ran for 51 yards.

But McCord's emergence as a passer can only help the Terrors, who last season watched Frees out-gain the entire Western Maryland passing attack.

Frees did his part yesterday, rushing for 143 yards to move into ninth place on the NCAA Division III all-time list with 4,128 career yards.

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