Mike Dailey’s post-game huddle with his McDaniel College football players didn’t last very long.
A rainy Saturday at Kenneth R. Gill Stadium turned cold and raw while the Green Terror took on Ursinus. The Bears took control early and rolled to a 30-14 victory.
The brevity that followed wasn’t just to seek more pleasant conditions, though. Dailey and his players had a sense of why they suffered a third straight defeat, and instead of harping on things the group chose to get back to work as soon as possible.
McDanel (3-5, 2-5 in the Centennial Conference) fell for a fake punt that resulted in Ursinus’ first touchdown. The Terror committed costly personal foul penalties during a stalled drive. The offense couldn’t get untracked before it was too late.
“Those things are frustration,” Dailey said. “And that’s human nature. I’ve been coaching a long time — you don’t like it, and you’ve certainly got to address it. But it is frustration.”
The Green Terror’s defense has shined throughout the season, but the unit found it difficult going against a Bears offense that racked up more than 400 yards.
Sophomore back Samuel Ragland had 113 rushing yards, 104 receiving yards, and three combined touchdowns.
Quarterback Thomas Garlick, a junior, threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns.
And freshman Mike Reilly got things going midway through the first quarter.
Ursinus (5-3, 4-3) faced a fourth-and-13 from its own 48-yard line and Reilly stood back to punt. He uncorked a 66-yarder on the Bears’ first possession, but this time the rugby style kicker took off with the ball after showing initial signs of a punt.
Reilly raced 52 yards into the end zone, and McDaniel’s special teams unit didn’t touch him.
The trick play worked for the Bears. It stunned the Terror, and by the time they fully recovered the visiting team was in command.
Ursinus led 23-0 late in the third quarter before McDaniel senior Isaac Murray broke off a 39-yard touchdown run through the middle of the defense. The Green Terror’s defense held Ursinus to a three-and-out on its next possession, but the fourth quarter began with the home team deep in its own end.
On third-and-5 from the 9, quarterback Ben Igo’s pass was intercepted by Mitchell Bradfo. The Bears scored two plays later on a Ragland run, and Ursinus led 30-7.
Matt Cathey added a touchdown run for McDaniel in the fourth quarter.
Murray totaled 137 yards for his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game. But McDaniel’s passing game wasn’t effective — Igo went 11-for-29 for 107 yards and three interceptions.
And even though the Terror won the time of possession battle, their defensive players seemed to be on the field for too long.
“We’ve just got to stay on track,” said junior linebacker Jarius Ransom. “Keep our intensity up and come out strong at the beginning of games, and play a full game.”
Ransom led the Green Terror with 10 tackles and had the team’s lone sack. Aris Mayfield, a junior defensive back, had two pass breakups, as did senior linebacker Anthony Crawley.
McDaniel blocked an extra point and a field-goal attempt along the way.
It didn’t come together for a win, however, and the Terror have to wait until next Saturday for another chance. Susquehanna comes to the Hill on Nov. 3, followed by the season finale at Johns Hopkins.
“We line up good with every team,” Ransom said. “There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. We fall short on the scoring end, but at the end of the day we’re still a unit.”