Catholic University (1-2) vs. La Salle
DuFour Field, September 30, 2000, 2 p.m.
The Cardinals hold a 6-0-1 advantage in the series, which began in 1933. After a 6-6 tie in 1934, CUA opened its 1935 Orange Bowl-winning season with a 41-6 victory. In 1997-the year the Explorers re-instituted football-the Cards rolled to a 61-21 win before 5,845 in Philadelphia. CUA gained a school- and ECAC-record 759 yards that day behind QB Kevin Ricca's school-record 472-yards passing and six TDs. WR Jeff Clay made 17 receptions for 310 yards and four TDs.
Today's Game: The Cardinals play their first home game of 2000 against non-conference rival La Salle University of Philadelphia. The Explorers are ranked 10th nationally in Football Gazette's NCAA 1-AA Mid-Major Top 20. CUA is 4-2 in home openers under Coach Tom Clark.
Last Game vs. La Salle: Andrew Notarfrancesco ran for 182 yards and two TDs and WR Mike Hunter caught 12 passes for 143 yards and one TD to lead the Cardinals to a 25-14 victory at DuFour Field on Oct. 10, 1998. QB Derek McGee completed 14 of 24 passes for 145 yards, one TD and one interception. TE Bill DeVuono led the Explorers with 10 receptions for 130 yards.
Last Week: The Cardinals lost a 28-6 lead with nine minutes left before halftime in a 31-28 loss at Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Randolph-Macon. WR Dan Evans led the Cards with five receptions for 179 yards and RB Dan Boyle gained 75 yards on 17 carries and scored one TD.
He's a Dandee: Sophomore WR Dan Evans caught five passes at Macon on Saturday for a career-high 179 yards. He scored on a 79-yard bomb from Derek McGee and hauled in a tipped pass for a 38-yard score. For the year, Evans leads CUA's receivers with 18 receptions for 374 yards (20.8 avg.) and three TDs. At Franklin & Marshall three weeks ago, he snagged a career-best eight passes for 159 yards and a TD.
The D.A.: Junior DT Drew Anderson is coming off the finest game of his college career at Macon. He recorded a career-high-tying six tackles, assisted on a sack and graded out the highest of any Cardinal defender. He has 11 tackles in 2000. His sister, Christy, will become a major in the Air Force on Monday.
|CUA Head Coach Tom Clark|
Alma Mater-Maryland '86
Years at CUA-Seven
Winning Percentage-.805 *
First- or Second-Team All-Americans-8
NCAA Playoffs-1999, 1998, 1997
Best Seasons-10-1 (1998, 1997)
Record vs. La Salle-2-0
* Third-highest in NCAA Division III
Scot Free: Sophomore DE Scot Lutte produced a career-high 10 tackles at Macon on Saturday, including a sack and a tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
Sweet 16: Four CUA defenders are tied for second on the team in tackles with 16: sophomore LB Ryan Welsh, junior CB Lonnie Meadows, junior FS J.P. Quinn and Scot Lutte.
Steinway: Junior DT Matt Steiner paces CUA in tackles for loss with five and sacks with 2½.
Welcome Back: Cardinal Coach Tom Clark, who is serving as CUA's offensive coordinator and play caller this season, will move from the booth to the sidelines for the first time in 2000.