Susquehanna (2-1, 1-1 CC) at No. 21 Franklin & Marshall (3-0, 2-0 CC)
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. | Shadek Stadium
Series Record: F&M 13-3-2
In Lancaster: F&M 8-2-2
In Selinsgrove: F&M 5-1
In Centennial Play: F&M 5-3
First Meeting: Oct. 25, 1898 (F&M 6-0)
Last F&M Win: (27-24) Sept. 23, 2017
Last SU Win: (20-10) Oct. 29, 2016
Series History: Saturday's contest marks the 19th meeting between Franklin & Marshall and Susquehanna with F&M leading the series 13-3-2. The first clash between the two teams came in 1898 in Selinsgrove. F&M won 6-0 on October 25 that year, before both teams met again in Lancaster the following year and played to a 6-6 tie, the first of two ties in the series. Last season's win brought the record to 5-3 in F&M's favor in Centennial Conference action.
Rankings: F&M continued to be ranked in the D3football.com Poll, staying at 24th. The Diplomats did move up from their preseason rankings in the AFCA Coaches Ranking, sitting at 21st. The Diplomats are the only CC team ranked in this either poll.
Player of the Week: Franklin & Marshall senior defensive end Joe Granahan was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Defensive Player of the Week and to the D3football.com National Team of the Week.
Granahan was the leader of a Diplomat defensive effort that held McDaniel to just 61 rushing and 216 total yards in a 21-14 victory. He registered nine tackles, including five solo stops, with 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
Around the Conference: The Diplomats rank first in rushing defense, allowing just 73.0 per game, and Joe Granahan leads with 5.5 sacks this season. Mack Focht leads the CC with a 22.8 kick return average while K.J. Pretty is first with three receiving touchdowns and Timothy Walter's 6.3 grabs per game is also top in the Conference.
Last Time We Met: Franklin & Marshall escaped with a 27-24 victory over Susquehanna last year on Sept. 23.
Tanner Erisman completed 10-of-17 passes for 149 yards with two touchdowns and added another 79 yards on 11 rushes with one touchdown.
Taalib Gerald picked up 66 yards on 21 rushes while Dillon Alderfer had 78 receiving yards and one score and Fortunato Perri finished with 46 yards and a touchdown.
K.J. Boston led the defense with 10 stops (5 solo) and Ben Okun along with Bobby McDevitt each recorded eight stops. McDevitt also recorded one sack and a fumble recovery. Vincent Speranza had seven tackles with 1.5 sacks, and Joe Granahan ended with three tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and one interception.
F&M Last Week: No. 24 Franklin & Marshall defeated McDaniel 21-14 in last week's matchup.
Joe Granahan led the defense with nine tackles (5 solo), including 3.5 for a loss, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Marlen Fenstermacher had five stops (3s), and Bobby McDevitt along with Frank McGlinchey both ended with five tackles, with two going for a loss each. McGlinchey also recorded a sack as did Brendan Kilkenny, and Kevin Gault was in on half a sack.
Susquehanna Last Week: Quarterback Michael Ruisch was 12-for-23 for 246 yards and three touchdowns in the second half while receiver Mitch Carsley had five catches for 135 yards and a TD as the Susquehanna University football team erased an early 24-0 deficit to tie the game at 34-34 before falling to Muhlenberg College by a 37-34 margin in overtime Saturday afternoon in a Centennial Conference matchup.
Susquehanna had the first possession of the extra period but was stymied by a pair of penalties and a 42-yard field goal attempt rattled off the left upright and out.
Muhlenberg gained just five yards on its overtime possession but hit a 37-yard field goal to end the game.
Ruisch finished the day 21-for-44 for 379 yards and three TDs and also ran for a TD while Carsley ended up with seven catches and 166 yards. Mikah Christian had three catches and a pair of scores while Aaron Speight led the running backs with 53 yards on 15 carries.