Catholic University (4-3, 2-1) at Emory & Henry (6-1, 4-0)
Emory, Va., October 28, 2000, 1 p.m.


Today's Game: The Cardinals must win to remain alive for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship and fourth consecutive NCAA playoff berth. 

Last Week: RB Dan Boyle rushed for 190 yards on 33 attempts and scored two TDs to help rally the Cardinals to a 34-23 victory at Hampden-Sydney. After the Tigers assumed a 23-14 lead midway through the third quarter, Cardinal DE Tim Varian recovered a fumble at the H-SC 15 and Boyle scored two plays later. Boyle added a 15-yard TD catch from Derek McGee to give CUA a 27-23 lead, and McGee scored six points on a 16-yard scamper with 9:27 remaining. WR Jim Jankiewicz flattened a Tiger defender with a devastating block to spring Boyle on his TD reception. CB James Parker salted the win with interceptions on H-SC's last two possessions. Varian finished with six tackles-four for loss-and recovered a blocked punt.

Series History: The Cardinals hold a narrow 2-1 lead. CUA won its only meeting at Emory & Henry, 21-18, on Sept. 18, 1982. The next year, the Wasps captured a 21-13 victory at Brookland Stadium, site of the current CUA School of Law. In last year's meeting at DuFour Field, the Cards opened a 21-7 halftime lead en route to a 42-19 victory. Andrew Notarfrancesco rushed for 165 yards and scored three TDs (two by air). Derek McGee was 16 of 23 passing for 213 yards and two TDs. All-American LB Brian Hee paced the Cardinal defense with 10 tackles, including a sack he shared with LB Larry Waters. 

Fleet Feet: Mike Fleet, tied for 12th in the nation in punting with a 40.0-yard average, used both feet to make a key play in the Cardinals' victory at Hampden-Sydney. Fleet tracked down an errant snap over his head and ran out of the end zone for a Tiger safety. The play worked out great for CUA because after Fleet's 54-yard free kick, H-SC fumbled on its first play to set up the TD that drew the Cards to within 23-21 with 7:22 to go in the third quarter. Fleet played without punting for the first time in his three-year career.

Nalls Out: Junior starting FS Jimmy Nalls is likely out for the year after undergoing an appendectomy Monday. Nalls, not only a fine defensive back, is arguably CUA's best special teams player. He blocked a punt last week at Hampden-Sydney to set up CUA's second TD and is the Cards' eighth-leading tackler with 27, including three for loss. He has one interception.

CUA Head Coach Tom Clark
Alma Mater-Maryland '86
Years at CUA-Seven
Career Record-54-13-1
Winning Percentage-
.801
ODAC Record-8-1
First- or Second-Team All-Americans-8
NCAA Playoffs-1999, 1998, 1997
Best Seasons-10-1 (1998, 1997)
Record vs. Emory & Henry-1-0

Can't Lance that Boyle: Junior RB Dan Boyle has rushed for over 100 yards in four straight games: 136 yards vs. Div. 1-AA La Salle; 197 yards and four TDs-both career highs-vs. Washington and Lee; 175 yards and the game-winning TD at Methodist; and 190 yards and a rushing TD at Hampden-Sydney. He is averaging 135.4 yards per game to rank 18th nationally.

Wing and Two Legs: Junior QB Derek McGee rushed for 63 yards and two TDs-both personal-highs-at Hampden-Sydney. McGee scored on runs of 4 and 16 yards, and is the Cardinals' third-leading rusher with 140 yards.


 

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