LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA — QB does a number on W. Md., 41-27
LANCASTER, Pa. -- Bill Meekings threw for three touchdowns and ran for one to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 41-27 Centennial Football Conference victory over Western Maryland (5-2, 4-1), spoiling the Green Terrors' perfect league record.
Meekings, a junior, completed 23 of 34 passes for 283 yards in the Diplomats' sixth straight victory at Williamson Field.
He threw touchdown passes of 6 and 4 yards to tight end Eric Cappelman in the first quarter and a 6-yarder to wide receiver Zac Kraft in the third period. Meekings' 1-yard sneak for a touchdown with 35 seconds left in the first half gave the Diplomats a 27-13 lead.
The Meekings-to-Kraft touchdown and a 24-yard scoring run by Greg Risnychok pushed the Franklin & Marshall lead to 41-13 midway through the third quarter. Western Maryland cut the lead in half on touchdown runs of 13 and 7 yards by tailback Rob Johnson (North Carroll).
Franklin & Marshall (4-3, 2-2), which became just the fourth NCAA Division III team to win 500 games, gained 511 yards of total offense.
Johnson, Division III's top rusher, was limited to 119 yards on 33 carries, below his 181.2 per game average. But he had the first three-touchdown game of his career.
The loss cut Western Maryland's lead in the CFC to a half-game over Johns Hopkins.
Hopkins 17, Georgetown 0
WASHINGTON -- Johns Hopkins won its third straight game for the first time in eight years, shutting down host Georgetown in a non-conference battle at Kehoe Field.
The Blue Jays (5-2) led only 3-0 at the half, but drove 57 yards for a third-quarter touchdown, then put away the game in the final quarter by scoring from the Hoyas' 4 after Ed Lineen set it up with a 20-yard interception return.
Shaun Fallon had 11 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks to lead the Hopkins defense and Chad VanDenBerg intercepted two passes.
Frostburg 37, Bridgewater 2
Jimmy Carter scored on a 93-yard punt return, then went 14 yards with a deflected pass for another touchdown with four seconds left in the first half and Frostburg went on to a romp over Bridgewater.
Montclair 21, Salisbury 12
SALISBURY -- Freshman Darren Walker rushed for 156 yards on 33 carries as Montclair State (4-2) downed Salisbury State (2-4) for the sixth straight time.
Salisbury overcame Montclair's 7-6 halftime lead early in the third quarter on a Matt McGinnis field goal before Tyronne Rolls' 12-yard touchdown run gave the Red Hawks a 15-9 lead. The rest of the game was a field goal exchange between Scott Rubinetti and McGinnis.