McDaniel Green Terror
First season1891
Head coachDeMarcus White
1st season, 3–7 (.300)
StadiumKenneth R. Gill Stadium
LocationWestminster, Maryland
NCAA divisionDivision III
ConferenceCentennial Conference
Past conferencesMason–Dixon Conference 1946-1974
All-time record529–514–48 (.507)
Bowl record0–2 (.000)
Claimed national titles1 [1]
Conference titles12
RivalriesMaryland Terrapins 1894-1942

Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 1947- present

Gettysburg College
Consensus All-Americans44
ColorsGreen and Gold
WebsiteOfficial website

The McDaniel Terror football is the intercollegiate football team representing McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. The team is coached by DeMarcus White and plays its games at Kenneth R. Gill Stadium.

The Green Terror have a long and storied program including: inventing the forward pass,[2] Inventing the Shovel pass, first team invited to the Orange bowl and claiming the 1929 national championship.[3] Legendary coaches and players include, quarterback Eugene "Stoney" Willis, first player to throw the shovel pass; All-American and five-time All-NFL running back Bill Shepherd, and college football Hall of Fame coaches Dick Harlow and Rip Engle.


McDaniel, formerly known as Western Maryland, football dates back to 1891 when the first game was played against northern rival Gettysburg College.[4]

In 1908 sportswriter Grantland Rice describe that Carl “Molly” Twigg, tossed the first forward pass. The revolutionary invention was patented in the autumn of 1908 and perfected against Lehigh in 1910. That year the six-foot-three Marylander shocked the Engineers by hooking up with Chandler Sprague 20 times (in 21 attempts) for 350 yards handing Lehigh, fresh off a win over the eastern powerhouse, Princeton, a 10-0 defeat.[5]

The Green Terror would become a power house in college football from in the 20s and 30s. During this decade the Terror Squad had 3 undefeated seasons, despite only having around 500 students. The Green Terror were nationally ranked and were commonly beating schools such as Boston College & Bucknell University, 40-0. Other impressive victories included, beating University of Maryland College Park 39-7, Georgetown University 20-0, and Temple University, 23-0.[6] Many of these victories were played in front of +20,000 crowds at Baltimore Memorial Stadium. Such was the case in 1927 when they won the MacArthur Cup handed out by General Douglas MacArthur, when The Terror beat an all-army team made up of the best players from all the regional army bases, 48-0.[7]: 288 

In 1929 the Terror would be the only team to play an 11 game schedule, going undefeated. Furthermore, 10 of the 11 games would be played on neutral sites. After the season the associated press proclaimed in the New York Times: “Western Maryland With 11 Straight Victories Leads the List. Fourteen teams remained unbeaten at the close of the football season, Western Maryland leading the major teams with eleven straight victories, according to The Associated Press.”[8]

In 1934, during the Great Depression, Western Maryland was invited to play in the first Orange Bowl. Coach Dick Harlow declined so that his best player, Bill Shepherd, could play in the then more prestigious East–West Shrine Game, which hosted over 55,000 fans. Shepherd was the MVP of the game, playing 59 of 60 minutes as his East team lost. In the initial Orange Bowl (which only 5,000 attended[9]) Bucknell, shut out earlier in the season by the Terror, defeated the Miami Hurricanes 26-0.[7]: 334 

In 1947 The Green Terror football team was featured in a cartoon in the New Yorker before a Western Maryland – Harvard Crimson game. Soon after World War II, WMC decided to play only other small colleges described as the college's natural rivals. The McDaniel-Hopkins rivalry game has annually been the last game of the regular season since 1947 and played over 90 times since their first meeting in 1894.

Another historic moment was in 1992 when McDaniel became the first college football team to play in Russia. Against an all-Europe team The Terror won 47-4. In the 1990s and 2000s the Terror would go on to be nationally ranked, going 58-7, and have great players such as running back Eric Frees who would go on to set the then NCAA D3 rushing record in 1992.[7]: 638 


  1. ^ "14 ELEVENS UNBEATEN.: Western Maryland With 11 Straight Victories Leads the List". New York Times. December 10, 1929.
  2. ^ "History of Football". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "14 ELEVENS UNBEATEN.: Western Maryland With 11 Straight Victories Leads the List". New York Times. December 10, 1929.
  4. ^ "McDaniel Football Records - All-time Game Results".
  5. ^ "History of Football". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ McDaniel Football Records - All-time Game Results - McDaniel College
  7. ^ a b c Lighter, James E (2007). Fearless and Bold. Westminster, Maryland: McDaniel College.
  8. ^ "14 ELEVENS UNBEATEN". The New York Times. December 10, 1929.
  9. ^ Bucknell Wins Game At Miami," Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, Jan. 2, 1935, p8