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DEFENSE DOESN’T TAKE BREAK,
LEADS FOOTBALL TO FIFTH WIN
It may have been fall break at Muhlenberg, but the football team’s defense didn’t take any time off, holding Ursinus to 111 total yards
Dan Walker
This third-down sack by Walker, his ninth of the season, forced an intentional grounding penalty. Ursinus punted on the next play, leading to the Mules’ second touchdown.
in a 17-3 win.

The Mules (5-1, 2-1), who came into the game ranked first in Division III in total defense, lowered their average to 153.7 yards per game allowed. The Bears (1-5, 0-2) managed only nine first downs and had minus-1 yards rushing. The last time Muhlenberg held an opponent to negative yards rushing was in a 2000 shutout of Franklin & Marshall (minus-11).

Muhlenberg has allowed only one offensive touchdown in its last 18 quarters.

Junior cornerback Mike McCurley led the defense, making a
Stephen Montalto
Sophomore tight end Stephen Montalto caught a career-high four passes. This 22-yard reception, after a one-handed catch, kept the Mules’ second touchdown drive alive.
career-high 12 tackles and tying a school record with four pass breakups. Senior linebackers Ryan Peer (two sacks, two forced fumbles) and Dan Walker (six tackles, 2½ tackles for loss) also contributed to the defensive effort.

Walker set up the first touchdown of the game when he intercepted a pass on the first play after Ursinus returned an interception 79 yards to the Muhlenberg 18-yard line. Walker returned his second career pick 43 yards to the Bear 42.

Four plays later, senior Nick Rosetti lofted a perfect pass to sophomore wide receiver Chris Giannini in the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown with 3:37 left in the first quarter.

Muhlenberg needed seven plays to reach the end zone on its next possession, which started at the Ursinus 46 after a short punt into the wind. The score came when freshman running back Matt Johnson took a direct snap and hit sophomore fullback Keith Shalvoy in the end zone from 2 yards out on the second play of the second quarter. It was Johnson’s first career touchdown pass, and Shalvoy’s team-leading third TD of the season.

The teams traded third-quarter field goals to account for the final score, with Mule freshman Jordon Grube booting a 26-yarder for his first career points.

Freshman running back Ross Tanner had his first 100-yard game, with 105 yards on 28 carries.

The win was the 50th in the eight-year career of Mike Donnelly. He is the fourth football coach in Muhlenberg history to reach the half-century mark.

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Last updated October 16, 2004