By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One of the area’s big college football games on Saturday will be a Division III match-up in Collegeville as Ursinus hosts undefeated Johns Hopkins in a key Centennial Conference showdown.
The Bears are 6-1 this season and tied for second, with Muhlenberg, in the Centennial with a league mark of 5-1. Both teams are looking up at 7-0 (6-0 in the conference) Hopkins.
Last week, the Bears bounced back from their first loss as they hammered Susquehanna, 44-14. Ursinus did a lot of things right in that one, but no one had a more memorable day than senior defensive back Matt Glowacki, who was quite busy around halftime.
“He ran out of the locker room, won the homecoming king,” Ursinus head coach Peter Gallagher tells KYW Newsradio. “Ran back into the locker room. Ran back out on the field with the team. (46) seconds into the third quarter, we hold them to a three-and-out and then he gets a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown. So in a span of about five minutes, the kid probably logged about two miles. So it was a pretty neat deal for Matt.”
Listen to the entire interview with Ursinus head coach Peter Gallagher:
Johns Hopkins has won at least a piece of the last five Centennial Conferences titles. This year they are averaging nearly 40-points a game.
“Great players at every position,” Gallagher says. “They’re deep, they’ve got back-ups. They’ve got two of the best running backs in the league. Their quarterback is a senior and he’s spreading it out to receivers that are athletic, can run and catch. Their offensive line has always been very big, very physical, and can block for these running backs. Running backs get in space they can make you miss.”
The Blue Jays are also stout defensively, allowing just 14 points a contest.
Now Ursinus is also playing well on both sides of the ball and Gallagher says playing a mistake-free game will be important.
“We can’t get behind the sticks,” Gallagher says. “We can’t commit penalties. Obviously, we’d love to gain a couple of extra possessions with taking the football away. So that’s kind of been our ‘MO’ this year and we’re hoping that that’s going to work out for us on Saturday.”
Last season, Ursinus lost to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, 24-18.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 1:00pm.
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