Catholic University (5-3, 3-1) vs.
Guilford (1-7, 1-4)
DuFour Field, November 4, 2000, 1 p.m.
Today's Game: The Cardinals welcome Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Guilford College of Greensboro, N.C., to DuFour Field for the first time. CUA must win to remain alive for its second straight ODAC crown and fourth NCAA playoff berth.
Playoff, Play on: The Cardinals are the only team in the ODAC that controls its playoff destiny. If they win their remaining two games, they will advance to the 28-team NCAA postseason tournament for the fourth year in a row. Bridgewater needs to win today against Randolph-Macon, defeat the Cardinals next week and have Washington & Lee defeat Emory & Henry to gain the ODAC's automatic bid. For Emory & Henry to proceed to the playoffs, it must defeat Washington & Lee and hope that Bridgewater or Guilford downs CUA. Bridgewater, Catholic and Emory & Henry each have one ODAC loss.
Series History: The Cardinals and Quakers met for the first time last year, with CUA prevailing 31-13 in Greensboro, N.C. Andrew Notarfrancesco fueled the win with 187 yards rushing and two TDs and Derek McGee completed 22 of 34 aerials for 285 yards and three TDs. Aaron Ybarra's final catch went for a 36-yard TD. The win clinched CUA's first-ever league title.
Last Week: The Cardinals ended Emory & Henry's nine-year, 22-game home ODAC winning streak with a 50-40 victory. CUA rallied from a 33-28 deficit heading into the fourth quarter by scoring 22 points in the final frame. The win kept the Cardinals in the saddle for a second ODAC title.
Five Score and Two More: Derek McGee accounted for five TDs at E&H and rushed for a two-point conversion. The junior QB threw for three scores (7, 9, 65) and ran the ball in twice (40, 11). His 40-yard run, which gave CUA a 43-33 lead with 5:47 to go, was the longest of his career and contributed to his career-high 91 yards rushing. McGee's 11-yarder sealed the Cardinals' fourth straight victory with 1:05 remaining.
Millennium Man: Dan Boyle rushed for 171 yards -- his fifth straight 100-yard rushing performance -- to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the year. He joins Karl Kohl (1989), Derek Savoy (1992), Matt Taylor (1994, '96) and Andrew Notarfrancesco (1997-99) as the only men in school history to rush for 1,000-plus yards in a season. Boyle leads the ODAC in rushing (1,119) by three yards over W&L's Marc Watson. Boyle can thank the CUA defense for the slight margin as Watson was held to 14 yards in the Cards' 47-0 destruction of the Generals on Oct. 7.
|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. Guilford-1-0
Cornering the Market: Junior CB James Parker scored on a school-record 91-yard punt return at E&H and added an interception, a fumble recovery, two tackles and two pass breakups.
Run Richard Run: TE Damian Richard caught four passes for a career-high 118 yards and two TDs (7, 65) at E&H.
Among the Best: Mike Fleet is 14th in the nation in punting (39.9 avg.), Dan Boyle is 17th in rushing (139.9 ypg) and James Parker is tied for 27th in punt returns (12.4 avg.).