(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson College football team had a chance late in Saturday's homecoming game against Muhlenberg, but the Mules' defense held and the offense added six points of insurance to secure a 26-13 win here on Saturday.
Following a scoreless first quarter, the Devils were the first to put points on the board as they capitalized on strong field position, taking possession at the Muhlenberg 43 yard line. Junior quarterback Jordan Kaufman (Somerset, Pa./Somerset ) capped a 10 play drive with a one-yard plunge to give Dickinson a 7-0 lead at the 12:38 mark of the second quarter.
The teams traded punts with Muhlenberg taking over on their own 45 yard line. Terrence Dandridge broke free for a 20-yard scoring run to tie the game with just over five minutes remaining in the half. The Mules gambled with an on-side kick, but Matt Musick made the recovery, giving Muhlenberg the ball on their 41-yard line.
Senior linebacker Kevin Wood (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) broke up a pass in the end zone, forcing Muhlenberg to settle for a 22-yard field-goal by Michael Katz with 26 seconds on the clock. The field-goal gave the Mules a 10-7 lead at the break.
The teams again traded punts to open the third period before Dandridge did the majority of the work on a nine-play, 53-yard drive, scoring from the one to stretch the lead to 17-7. The Muhlenberg defense stopped the Devils on fourth-down to take over at the visitor's 45 yard line. That drive would finish with a 32 yard field-goal from Katz for a 20-7 lead just 12 seconds into the fourth quarter.
The Devils were forced to punt on the next possession, but a big interception by junior Scott Sullivan (Coatesville, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) gave the ball back to Dickinson on the Muhlenberg 32 yard line.
First-year Todd Smolinsky (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) came on for an injured Kaufman to lead the Devils on a seven-play scoring drive. He ran it in from nine yards out to pull Dickinson within a touchdown. The extra-point was blocked by Musick to keep the lead at seven.
The Devil defense held the Mules on three straight plays and would take over with 7:17 remaining in the game. They would be forced to punt, however, giving the ball to Muhlenberg with 4:14 on the clock. Dandridge broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run, putting the Mules in front 26-13 with just 38 seconds left to play.
Dandridge led the way with 191 yard rushing and three touchdowns for Muhlenberg as they improve to 6-2 overall and 6-1 in the Centennial Conference.
Pat McNeal (Glen Mills, Pa./Archmere) led the defense with eight tackles. Wood and Sullivan each tallied seven tackles and a pass breakup.
The Red Devils slip to 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the conference. They travel to Juniata College next Saturday to face the Eagles at 1:00 pm.