Catholic University (1-1) at
Randolph-Macon College (1-2)
Ashland, Va., September 23, 2000, 1 p.m.
Tied 10-10-1. Perhaps the wildest game in the series ended in a 50-50 tie at Randolph-
Macon on Sept. 16, 1995. The teams combined for 15 touchdowns and 996 yards of offense. CUA QB Kevin Ricca finished 31 of 46 for 397 yards, three TDs and two interceptions. Cardinal WR Jeff Clay caught 12 passes for 159 yards and two TDs. CUA trailed 47-35 entering the fourth quarter but tied it on a 1-yard TD run by Matt Taylor and a two-point conversion with 28 seconds left.
Last Game: RB Dan Boyle rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns and Derek McGee completed 20 of 32 passes for 263 yards and two TDs to lead the Cardinals to a 39-0 victory at Franklin & Marshall on Sept. 9. LB Larry Waters recorded a team-high seven tackles and CB Lonnie Meadows added five tackles and two interceptions to play pivotal roles in CUA's first shutout since 1997. Dan Evans led all receivers with a career-high eight receptions for 157 yards and one TD, a 69-yarder from McGee to give the Cards a 25-0 lead in the third quarter.
Last Game vs. RMC: The Cardinals rallied from a 26-7 deficit in the third quarter to win 35-26 at DuFour Field on Oct. 9, 1999. QB Derek McGee was named ODAC Offensive Player of the Week after completing 23 of 35 passes for 224 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns. Andrew Notarfrancesco rushed for 162 yards on 28 carries and Mike Hunter caught 12 passes for 97 yards.
Good Job: The Cardinals are 30-2 (.938) in regular-season games over the past three years. They have not played at Day Field since 1997.
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. The CUA football media guide is also dedicated to him.
|CUA Head Coach Tom Clark|
Alma Mater-Maryland '86
Years at CUA-Seven
Winning Percentage-.817 *
First- or Second-Team All-Americans-8
NCAA Playoffs-1999, 1998, 1997
Best Seasons-10-1 (1998, 1997)
Record vs. RMC-4-1-1
* Third-highest in NCAA Division III
Leading the Fleet: Junior P Mike Fleet leads the ODAC in punting with a 45.7-yard average. Fleet, honorable mention All-ODAC last season, began the year by averaging 49.8 yards on four punts at John Carroll, including a career-high 63-yarder. Guilford's John Alt is second with a 39.0-yard average.
Oh Varian: Senior DE Tim Varian posted two sacks at Franklin & Marshall, including a safety to give the Cardinals an 8-0 lead early in the second quarter. Varian, who entered the season with 10 career sacks, has seven tackles this year.
Catching On: Junior WR Tokollo Moffat, who has replaced an injured Keith Brancato in the starting lineup, is the Cardinals' second-leading receiver with eight receptions for 44 yards. Dan Evans leads CUA's receiving corps with 13 catches for 193 yards (14.8 avg.) and one TD. WR Jim Jankiewicz is third with seven receptions for 81 yards and one TD.