Matthew McDaniels' (Malverne, NY) over 300 yards of offense and four total touchdowns earned him Liberty League Co-Offensive Performer of the Week accolades. The USMMA sophomore made his first collegiate start at quarterback a memorable one in a 35-28 comeback victory over Susquehanna Saturday afternoon. He was a part of three different scoring plays of over 65 yards after the Mariners fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter.
McDaniels threw for the Mariners first score of 2013 as he hit Connor Kennedy (Bellerose, NY) with a pass up the seam that went for 77 yards and cut the deficit to 21-7. McDaniels second touchdown came in the second quarter on a ten-yard run that closed out the scoring in the first half. McDaniels sprung free around the left edge for an 88-yard touchdown rumble that tied the game at 28-28 with 26 seconds left in the third quarter. The sophomore quarterback completed the improbable comeback by slicing through the left side of the Crusaders defense for 66 yards and a score that put the home team on top, 35-28 with just over six minutes to play. McDaniels finished the game with 196 yards and three touchdowns on the ground to go along with 113 passing yards and one touchdown.