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T.D. times three:
Dandridge runs Mules past Devils

Sophomore Terrence Dandridge lived up to his initials three times, rushing for a career-high 191 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Muhlenberg football team to an important 26-13 win at Dickinson.

The win, combined with Ursinus’ 24-17 loss at Moravian, put the Mules (6-2, 6-1) back into a tie for first place in the Centennial Conference with Ursinus. The two tied teams meet in Allentown next Saturday in a showdown for first place.

Dandridge’s running allowed Muhlenberg to shake off a
Mark Bigelli
Senior guard Mark Bigelli leads the way for sophomore Dan Deighan on a third-quarter run. The offensive line helped the Mules average 5.5 yards per carry and possess the ball for 28 of the 45 minutes over the last three quarters.
sluggish start. The Red Devils (2-6, 2-5) drove inside the Mule 20-yard line on their first two possessions but came away with no points. They missed a short field goal on their first drive, and junior Kevin Ryan picked off a pass near the end zone to end the second.

Dickinson finally got on the board with a touchdown early in the second quarter, and at that point the Red Devils had outgained the Mules, 147-47. But as Muhlenberg learned last week in its loss to Franklin & Marshall, not taking advantage of a big edge in yards early in the game can come back to haunt a team.

The Mules put together their first good drive midway through the second
Chase Nadell
Junior cornerback Chase Nadell makes one of his five tackles.
quarter, aided by a late hit penalty on Dickinson after a failed third-down conversion. Two plays later, Dandridge scored on a 20-yard run with 5:04 left in the first half to tie up the game.

Muhlenberg tried an onside kick following the touchdown, and junior linebacker Matt Musick recovered, setting up a 22-yard go-ahead field goal by senior Michael Katz with 26 seconds on the clock.

The Mules began to take control of the game in the third quarter. Dandridge capped a 9-play, 53-yard drive with a 1-yard run midway through the third, and Katz added a 32-yard field goal on the second play of the fourth quarter. The two field goals gave Katz 27 for his career, tying the school record set by Bob Powers (1988-90).

A 9-yard touchdown run by Dickinson’s relief quarterback with about 10 minutes left ended the 20-0 Muhlenberg run, but Musick blocked the extra point to keep the gap at seven.

Muhlenberg took over at its own 35 with 4:14 left and had a third-and-3 at the Dickinson 48 with less than a minute to play, needing a first down to clinch the game. Dandridge got it and more, bouncing to the outside and running a career-best 48 yards for his third touchdown.

“Our lineman were really holding their blocks today,” said Dandridge, who topped the 100-yard mark for the sixth game in a row. “So when I got the ball I could just look down field because I knew they were going to get the job done up front.”

Senior Patrick McDonough led the Mule defense with 13 tackles. He made a touchdown-saving tackle after a 42-yard run in the first quarter and tackle for a 3-yard loss with Dickinson driving for a potential game-tying score in the fourth.
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