Something had to give, and it finally did last night for the Ursinus football team, which beat Johns Hopkins, 20-18, in Centennial League play.
For the past decade -- as a player, assistant coach and head coach -- Paul Guenther had been part of teams that had not won at Homewood Field.
With the second of Brian DeGiosio's touchdowns, a 31-yard run with 11: 51 left in the fourth quarter, the Bears (4-1, 3-1) ended that string and stayed in the league hunt, one game behind Western Maryland. Quarterback Frank Vecchio completed 20 of 36 passes for 252 yards and one touchdown.
"I've been in this conference for 10 years, and we'd never won here before," said Guenther, in his third year leading Ursinus. "I thought it was a jinx."
Whatever it was, it ended last night as the Bears out-gained the Blue Jays (3-2, 2-1), 423-286. Though Adam Gentile had 95 yards on 22 carries, the Bears held the Blue Jays to 120 rushing yards, 138 below their average.
After the fourth-quarter score by DeGiosio put Ursinus up 20-10, Hopkins narrowed the gap to two points on Frank Fattori's 1-yard run and a pass on the extra-point conversion with 4: 57 left.
But, after the Hopkins score, Ursinus kept the ball for all but the last 14 seconds of the game.
"You have to give them credit," Hopkins coach Jim Margraff said. "They did a nice job of moving the ball, and we couldn't get going."