Hillsdale College Release
September 17, 2005
Erie, Pa . If scoring plays were a state, then Hillsdale College’s football scores were truly Texas-sized Saturday night.
Averaging 36.8 yards per touchdown play, the Chargers picked up their first road win in two years with a 43-9 rout of the Gannon University Golden Knights at GU Field Saturday.
The win improves the Chargers to 2-2 overall and in the GLIAC on the season. Gannon falls to 1-3. Hillsdale returns home next week for a 7 p.m. game against undefeated Saginaw Valley State University.
Big plays were the theme of the night for the Chargers, who got touchdown runs of 34, 2 and 60 yards from junior tailback Phil Martin. But once again, it was the special teams that stole the show.
Senior co-captain Chad Gurica returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown – his second such play this season – while his little brother Nick returned a punt 41 yards that set up a second-quarter touchdown. The Chargers had the best special teams unit in the GLIAC before the game, but after this one, Hillsdale should count itself among the Division II national leaders in overall kick returns. Hillsdale accumulated 188 return yards on just five combined kick and punt returns.