Catholic University (2-3) vs. Methodist
Fayetteville, N.C., Oct. 14, 2000, 1 p.m.
Today's Game: Catholic University, playing its final nonconference game of the year, visits Methodist College for the second time. The Cardinals won the previous matchup in Fayetteville, 27-21 on Oct. 3, 1992. CUA is 1-2 in nonconference action in 2000.
Last Game: RB Dan Boyle rushed 33 times for 197 yards and four TDs-all career highs-to lead the Cardinals to a 47-0 obliteration of previously unbeaten Washington and Lee in Old Dominion Athletic Conference action. The Generals, who entered the contest ranked 27th in the nation by Football Gazette, were held to 46 yards total offense and suffered their worst defeat since a 49-0 loss at Hampden-Sydney on Oct. 15, 1977.
Series History: CUA leads 3-0. The host Cardinals won the first game 20-0 on October 26, 1991. In last year's meeting, CUA built a 49-0 lead and won 49-21. RB Andrew Notarfrancesco ran for 95 yards and two TDs to become the Cardinals' all-time scoring leader. CB James Parker scored on a 73-yard punt and an 80-yard interception. QB Derek McGee completed a school-record 81.0% (17 of 21) of his passes for a career-high 332 yards.
Tight Fit: The Cardinals have abandoned their principal three-wide-receiver set in favor of a two tight-end alignment. Freshman Jason Weber joins Damian Richard as a starting tight end. Weber caught his first collegiate TD last week vs. W&L on a 2-yard pass from Derek McGee. Richard has eight catches for 86 yards (10.8 avg) this season. Weber plans to play baseball in the spring.
White(wash) Sale: Both of CUA's victories this season have been by shutout. The Cards blanked host Franklin & Marshall 39-0 on Sept. 9 and kept W&L out of the end zone last week. F&M managed nine first downs and 94 yards of offense. W&L was averaging 35.5 points per game.
Boyle's a POW: Junior RB Dan Boyle was named ODAC Offensive Player of the Week for his 197-yard, four-TD effort last week vs. W&L. It was his first such honor.
Fire in the Meadows: CB Lonnie Meadows ignited the Cardinals' 47-0 victory over W&L by racing into the end zone on a 39-yard interception return just 31 seconds into the game. It was his team-leading third pick of the year. The junior transfer is third on the squad in tackles (25), second in solo takedowns (14) and second in pass break-ups (4). He began the year playing right CB but is now playing on the left side.
|CUA Head Coach Tom Clark|
Alma Mater-Maryland '86
Years at CUA-Seven
First- or Second-Team All-Americans-8
NCAA Playoffs-1999, 1998, 1997
Best Seasons-10-1 (1998, 1997)
Record vs. Methodist-1-0
The DTs.: Bob Larson, CUA's defensive coordinator, has been getting exquisite results from starting junior defensive tackles Matt Steiner and Drew Anderson. Steiner totaled a career-high 13 tackles vs. Div. 1-AA La Salle and is second on the team in tackles with 29. Anderson recorded a personal-high 2½ sacks vs. W&L and made a career-best six tackles at Randolph-Macon.
Can't Bottle Waters: Senior OLB Larry Waters leads the Cards in tackles with 34, including 17 solo and five for loss.