Ocean City High School graduate Chris Curran already was the top quarterback in the Centennial Conference after Ursinus College's first five games, but Curran took it up another notch Saturday.
The junior threw for 375 yards and a season-high four touchdowns in a 37-27 win over Juniata. He also went his fourth straight game without throwing an interception after being picked off four times in the first two games of the season.
It was Ursinus' third straight win after starting conference play 0-2.
The Bears started slow, falling behind 6-0. But starting in the last minute of the first quarter, they went on a run in which they outscored Juniata 31-8.
"We woke up, and we realized how good of a football team we were playing," Curran told the Altoona Mirror. "They did a really good job getting pressure on me, and they were really shutting down the run in the first half. They let it be known they weren't going to give me time in the pocket. But they wore down. We had to respond, and we did it at the right time."
Curran leads the Centennial Conference in passing at 267.8 yards per game -- 22 more than anyone else. His 16 touchdown passes are four more than anyone else in the conference. He was named the conference's co-offensive player of the week for his performance against Juniata.
Curran and the Bears go out of the conference Friday night when they host Susquehanna. The resume Centennial Conference play Oct. 27 vs. Johns Hopkins.