Catholic University (1-0) at Franklin
& Marshall College (0-0)
Lancaster, Pa., September 9, 2000, 1 p.m.
Last Game: John Carroll generated 449 yards of offense and converted 12 of 17 first downs in a 37-3 dousing of the Cardinals last week in University Heights, Ohio. It was the worst regular-season loss in Coach Tom Clark's seven-year tenure. QB Derek McGee completed 19 of 32 passes for 140 yards and RB Dan Boyle rushed 25 times for 76 yards. CUA, which converted just 2 of 13 third downs, was held without a TD for the first time since a 12-2 loss at Salisbury State in Clark's second year (1995).
Last Year's Records: CUA was 9-2 and F&M 2-8.
Almost Perfect: The Cardinals are 29-2 (.935) in regular-season games over the past three years.
Champions: CUA, which has competed as an independent for most of its football history, won its first league title last year when it captured the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship. The Cardinals gained the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs with a 6-0 league record. CUA's record-setting RB Andrew Notarfrancesco was named ODAC Player of the Year and Tom Clark Coach of the Year.
Captain Bottoni: CUA has dedicated its 2000 season to Anthony Bottoni, a two-year starting right guard who was killed in an automobile collision last December. Bottoni would have been a senior captain this year. The Cardinals' jerseys sport No. 76 patches in Bottoni's honor and their black helmets have no decals.
Preseason Polls: The Cardinals garnered the following preseason rankings: 7th (Sports Illustrated), 16th (Preview Sports, Street & Smith's), 18th (Columbus Multimedia), 21st (Lindy's) and 26th (USA Football).
The Fleet Is In: Junior P Mike Fleet provided one of the few bright spots last week at JCU by averaging 49.8 yards on four punts. Fleet, who averaged a career-high 37.6 yards last year, launched a personal-best 63 yarder against the Blue Streaks.
Tom Terrific: Coach Tom Clark notched his 50th career victory last season and now has a six-year career record of 50-11-1. His .815 winning percentage is third-highest among NCAA Division III head coaches serving at least five years. His teams have not lost three straight since he became coach in 1994.
Rare Air: Sophomore Ryan Welsh and senior Geoff DeOliveira both made a career-best eight tackles at JCU. Sophomore transfer Jamar Brooks produced five tackles and recovered a fumble.
Little Mo: Junior WR Tokollo Moffat caught a career-best five passes for 26 yards at JCU and returned two kickoffs for 19 yards.
KO'd: Senior WR Keith Brancato suffered a fracture/dislocation of his right ankle at John Carroll and is out for the season. Brancato, starting for the first time in his career, was carried off by stretcher following a 1-yard reception late in the third quarter. He caught a career-high three passes for 14 yards.
Cardinals' Returning Leaders
Passing-Derek McGee: 193 of 298 (64.8 %) for
2,397 yards, 23 TDs and 6 INTs. His rating of 153.7 was 17th in the
nation. Rushing-Dan Boyle: 653 yards on 76 carries
(8.6 avg.). Receiving-Dan Evans: 29 receptions for
426 yards (14.7 avg.).
|Probable CUA Starters|
9 Derek McGee QB
32 Dan Boyle RB
21 Jim Jankiewicz WR
13 Dan Evans WR
11 Tokollo Moffat WR
99 Damian Richard TE
55 Puri Garzone LT
59 Tim McCarthy LG
65 Andy Klienksiek C
66 Jon Tor RG
51 Dan Riely RT
10 Greg Stokes K
92 Tim Varian LE
67 Drew Anderson DT
98 Matt Steiner DT
97 Scot Lutte RE
29 Larry Waters LB
57 John Paul Mantey LB
36 Ryan Welsh LB
6 James Parker CB
5 Lonnie Meadows CB
24 J.P. Quinn FS
2 Drew Interdonato SS
19 Mike Fleet P