BALTIMORE, Md. – The Ursinus College football team's undefeated start came to a crashing halt on Saturday as the Bears suffered a 52-6 defeat at the hands of Johns Hopkins.
The Bears were powerless to stop the Blue Jays' juggernaut, yielding 665 total yards and struggling to get its own offense going. Junior Thomas Garlick's 75-yard touchdown pass to freshman Ryan Loughlin with 8:45 remaining in the first quarter was the only score of the day for Ursinus.
Ursinus (4-1, 3-1) shocked the Division III football world with a stirring upset of Johns Hopkins a year ago, ending the Blue Jays' 40-game Centennial Conference winning streak. The magic was not to be this time around, and the blue and white exacted revenge.
Stuart Walters got the scoring going with a 6-yard touchdown run on the Blue Jays' first possession, but Garlick answered back on the next play with his bomb to Loughlin, who hauled in his fourth touchdown of the season. The extra point was blocked, however, and the onslaught commenced.
Johns Hopkins (4-1, 3-1) drove 72 yards in six plays and just 1:23 of game time to make it 14-6, and Walters' second scoring run opened a 21-6 advantage in the closing seconds of the first quarter.
David Tammaro hit Ryan Hubley for a 19-yard touchdown, and later hooked up with Tyler Messinger for a 76-yard strike. Messinger's 8-yard touchdown run with 34 seconds left in the first half capped an 84-yard march in less than a minute and sent the Blue Jays into the locker room with a 42-6 lead at the break.
Johns Hopkins added another score late in the third and a short field goal in the fourth for the final margin.
Tammaro had another huge day, completing 20 of 33 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns. Walters carried 12 times for 99 yards for an offense that posted 260 yards on the ground.
Sophomore Samuel Ragland had 63 yards on nine carries for the Bears, also collecting five catches.
Junior Mitchell Bradford recorded an interception, while seniors Charles Anderson and Matt Hartigan each had a sack. Hartigan also forced a fumble that was recovered by sophomore Kyron Thomas; junior Jacob McCain poked a ball loose near the Bears' goal line late in the first half and classmate Jack Spingler jumped on the ball.
The Bears continue the most difficult portion of their schedule with a home game against Muhlenberg next Saturday.