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The defense forced five turnovers, and junior Matt Johnson rushed for 100 yards, as the Muhlenberg football team handed Ursinus its first loss of the season, 22-6 before a large
Tom Tarsitano
Tarsitano (8), here making one of his two tackles for loss, led the Mules with eight tackles and also forced a fumble.
Homecoming crowd.

The Mules (3-3, 1-2), who snapped a three-game losing streak, scored on their first three possessions against a Bear defense that allowed a total of 22 points in its first five games.

On the first play from scrimmage, junior linebacker Tom Tarsitano intercepted a tipped pass to give Muhlenberg a first down at the Ursinus 21. Sophomore quarterback Eric Santagato completed a pass to senior Chris Poehls for 20 yards, then ran around left end to give the Mules a 6-0 lead.

After an Ursinus three-and-out, Muhlenberg drove 65 yards in nine plays for another touchdown. Santagato completed passes of 29 and 7 yards to senior tight end Stephen Montalto, then
Stephen Montalto
Montalto caught six passes for 78 yards to become the 19th player in team history with 75 career receptions.
found senior fullback Keith Shalvoy on third down from the 7. On the next play, Johnson dived inside the right pylon for a 3-yard touchdown.

The Bears (5-1, 1-1) again failed to gain a first down, and a short punt into the wind gave the Mules the ball near midfield. A 31-yard completion to Montalto set up a 30-yard field goal, making the score 16-0.

After Ursinus scored its only touchdown, it was forced to punt from its 13-yard line on its next possession. Junior Joel Haddock came on from the left, blocked the punt and recovered the bouncing ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

The Bears outgained the Mules, 140-40, in the second half, but could not put any points on the board. Ursinus began the fourth quarter with a 17-play, 76-yard drive that ended on downs at the Muhlenberg 4-yard line. Sophomore linebacker John Holenda broke up a pass in the end zone on third down.

Johnson’s second career 100-yard game came on 25 carries against a defense that was allowing only 1.8 yards per carry.

Sophomores David Mazzola and Matt Rathbun each recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass.

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Last updated October 14, 2006