Record passing day brings first victory

September 29, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

It took a record-setting day from quarterback Brian Van Deusen for the Western Maryland football team to come away with its first win last Saturday.

The junior set school and Centennial Conference records with 433 yards passing and 415 total yards to lead the Green Terror to a 22-20 win over Ursinus.

In earning Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, Van Deusen completed 28 of 42 passes, threw for one touchdown and rushed for two.

It was the kind of win that could help turn around a season.

The Green Terror was leading, 19-7, in the fourth quarter before Ursinus scored two touchdowns -- the go-ahead score coming with 1:15 left on the clock -- to take a 20-19 lead.

But, Van Deusen set up kicker Dung Dinh for a 32-yard field goal with six seconds remaining to salvage the win.

The Green Terror is 1-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play going into Saturday's home game against conference foe Muhlenberg. The offensive line will have to give Van Deusen better protection; he has been sacked 24 times.

On the other hand, junior defensive tackle Joe Krcma has 13 tackles -- including seven solo and three for losses -- and two sacks to lead the Green Terror defense.


It's quite possible Franklin & Marshall again will stand between Western Maryland and a Centennial Conference title.

The Diplomats, who won last year's crown with a 10-0 conference mark, visited Western Maryland on Tuesday and came away with a five-game win to hand the Green Terror its first conference loss. Western Maryland sent the match into a fifth game with a 15-6 win in the fourth game, but dropped the finale, 15-8.

The Green Terror fell to 14-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play. Franklin & Marshall is 11-1, 5-0.

Denise Spangler had 19 kills, eight digs and seven blocks for the Green Terror, which will travel to Elizabethtown tonight.


Both the men and women continue to struggle.

The Green Terror men lost their fourth straight on Monday, a 3-2 loss at York, to fall to 3-5-1 overall.

They'll look for their first conference win in four tries when Franklin & Marshall (4-4-1, 2-0-1) visits on Saturday. Senior midfielder Chris Kaplan (Westminster) leads the Green Terror with five goals.

The women have dropped six straight after opening the season with a win. The last was a 1-0 setback at Swarthmore in their conference opener. They'll get another chance Saturday afternoon with Bryn Mawr (4-5, 0-0) visiting Westminster.

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