MILLERSVILLE, Pa. -- Ursinus junior running back Corey Kelly scored two touchdowns, both in extra periods, as Ursinus (1-0) outlasted Millersville (0-1) 17-9 in five overtimes -- yes, five -- on Thursday night in the opener for both teams.
Kelly scored on runs of 4 and 10, the last coming in the fifth overtime to give the Bears the win. Required to go for two after the second overtime, Ursinus converted a two-point conversion from junior quarterback Sal Bello to sophomore wide receiver Carmen Fortino.
Senior Eric Boyer accounted for the other score, a 34-yard field goal in the first overtime for the first scoring of the game.
The Ursinus defensive unit came up big several times. In addition to pitching the shutout, the Bears held Millersville to just one first down in the first half (on a penalty). The Bears also held Millersville on a goal-line stand in the first overtime from the 1-yard line. Millersville, a member of the PSAC East, had just eight first downs in the game.
"I have been a player or coach most of my life," said an exhausted Ursinus head football coach Peter Gallagher afterwards. "Tonight was the gutsiest performance I have ever been involved with and I am so proud of our players and coaches."
In tonight's win, Ursinus set several school records including: Longest game in school history and longest game in Centennial history. In addition, the Bears came one overtime period away from tying the NCAA Division III record for longest game.
Bello threw for 126 yards, while senior quarterback Nick Lundholm had 72 yards for the Bears. Kelly finished with 50 yards rushing, while Fortino had 74 yards receiving on four catches.
Senior defensive lineman James Worrilow had 15 tackles for Ursinus, with junior linebacker Tim Rafter netting 14, senior linebacker James Roccograndi having 13 and senior defensive back Kyle Adkins with 11.
Ursinus finished with 259 yards of total offense on the night, with 13 first downs.
Millersville got 76 yards rushing from junior running back Cimirrow Moat and 43 yards passing from freshman quarterback Blake Cahill. Sophomore wide receiver Kevin Wiggins had four catches for 23 yards.