Catholic University (6-3, 4-1) vs.
Bridgewater (8-1, 4-1)
DuFour Field, November 11, 2000, 1 p.m. Today's Game:
The Cardinals welcome Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Bridgewater (Va.) College to DuFour Field on Veterans Day. If CUA wins, it will gain its second straight ODAC crown and fourth consecutive NCAA playoff berth. If the Eagles win, Emory & Henry will win the ODAC title and gain the league's automatic bid to the postseason by virtue of its 37-35 victory over Bridgewater. An Eagles' victory will increase their chances of receiving an at-large bid to the 28-team NCAA playoffs. The Cards have won five straight games, including a 50-40 win at Emory & Henry, while Bridgewater has won six in a row.
Series History: The Cardinals hold a 6-4 advantage and have won four straight in a series that dates to 1950. In last year's contest at Bridgewater, Andrew Notarfrancesco rushed for a career-high and school-record-tying 233 yards and scored twice to lead CUA to a 35-14 victory. Dan Boyle ran for a season-high 137 yards and one TD as the Cardinals set a single-game school rushing record with 371 yards. CUA QB Derek McGee was on target 19 of 28 times for 253 yards and two TDs.
Last Week: The Cardinals scored on nine of their first 10 possessions to dominate Guilford College, 69-27. Derek McGee completed 12 of 14 passes for 264 yards and four TDs. Dan Boyle rushed for 183 yards and two TDs and Kevin Ulrich ran for a career-high 114 yards and scored the first two TDs of his career. WR Jim Jankiewicz caught five passes for a personal-high 115 yards. LB Jeff Tabery had a team-high six tackles.
ODAC Honors: QB Derek McGee was saluted as ODAC Offensive Player of the Week from the Guilford game after completing 12 of 14 attempts for 264 yards and a career-high-tying four TDs (6, 28, 5, 29). He also rushed for 53 yards and scored once (10). Combined with his 2-point conversion pass to Jim Jankiewicz, the junior signal caller had a hand in 32 points for the second consecutive week. He is 25-6 (.806) as CUA's starting QB and has thrown for 5,729 yards and 55 TDs.
Rushin' Roulette: CUA has rushed for 1,950 yards in 2000 and needs 95 yards to break last year's school rushing record of 2,044. The Cards averaged 5.2 yards per carry in '99; 4.8 this year.
|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. Bridgewater-3-0
Might Boyle Over: Dan Boyle's six consecutive 100-yard rushing games has put him in position to eclipse the CUA record for rushing yards in a season. Boyle has 1,302 yards and needs just 27 to pass All-American Matt Taylor's 1,328-yard performance in 1996. After being held under 100 yards in the Cards' first three games, Boyle has reeled off games of 136, 197 (career high), 175, 190, 171 and 183 yards. If he tops the century mark today, he will tie the school season record for most 100-yard games.
Team Rankings: The Cardinals rank 28th in the nation in scoring (32.6 ppg) and 30th in rushing (216.7 ypg) and total offense (405.1 ypg).
National Leaders: Mike Fleet is 10th in the nation in punting (40.0 avg.) and Dan Boyle is tied for 13th in rushing (144.7 ypg).