|Catholic 31, Frostburg State 26||Oct. 13, 2001|
FROSTBURG, Md. - Senior defensive back Lonnie Meadows intercepted the Bobcats' Grant Burrough with 22 seconds left to preserve a 31-26 victory against Frostburg State to end a three-game losing streak. After a 5-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Derek McGee with 1:06 left put the Cardinals ahead, Meadows and the CUA defense clamped down to win their second game of the season.
McGee would finish throwing for a season-high 355 yards on 28-for-51 passing with three scores, all to sophomore wideout Pat Truxillo. Truxillo finished the day grabbing six passes for a team-high 151 yards.
Frostburg (2-3) would get on the board first as Bobcat receiver Tim Wilkins would score one of his two toucdowns, catching a sideline pass and breaking two tackles, racing 44 yards to the end zone to make it 7-0.
Catholic would return the favor as the Cardinals would get the ball back off a Denis Campbell interception deep in their own territory, putting CUA at the 16-yard line. On the very next play, McGee would throw a deep ball to Truxillo on an 84-yard scoring pass down the middle of the field. The extra point was blocked, giving Frostburg a 7-6 lead.
After a Frostburg missed field goal, Catholic would be forced to punt but would catch a break as returner Mike Larkin was interfered with as he was attempting to make the fair catch, which resulted in a FSU penalty, giving Catholic an automatic first down. With a second chance, junior kicker Greg Stokes came on and gave CUA 9-7 lead with his 36-yard field goal with just under two minutes left in the half.
The Catholic defense forced a three-and-out, getting the offense one more chance before the half but Stokes' 53-yard attempt as the half expired was no good, keeping the 9-7 halftime lead.
Frostburg would threaten early in the second half and drive deep into Cardinal territory, but junior linebacker Jeff Tabery would pounce on a botched handoff to recover his second fumble of the day.
After the teams traded punts, Frostburg was faced again with fourth down. A pass attempt by kicker Nick Quisgard on a fake punt fell incomplete which gave CUA prime field position. Just four plays later, McGee would hook up with Truxillo on a fade pattern from 22-yards out to add to the CUA lead. A McGee-to-Truxillo completion on the two-point conversion made it 17-7.
Frostburg held tough and with a great punt that put Catholic at their own 1-yard line, the Bobcats were able to get great field position. Starting at the CUA 29 yard-line, Burrough would find Wilkins again as time expired in the third quarter on an 11-yard jump ball to put FSU within three points at 17-14.
The Bobcat offense featured one of the Atlantic Central Football Conference's top runners in DeNelle Hale, but Edward Kearney stole part of the spotlight as he sprinted 61 yards up the middle for a touchdown to give Frostburg its first lead of the day with 13:13 left to play. The extra point attempt was blocked, making it 20-17.
On the ensuing drive, Catholic was forced to punt on 4th and 6, but a roughing the punter call gave the Cardinals a fresh set of downs and great field position. After three straight plays that resulted in first downs, McGee found Truxillo for the hat trick on a 10-yard pass at the 7:12 mark of the fourth, putting CUA back into the lead.
Junior defensive end Scot Lutte would get the offense the ball back with his fumble recovery at the FSU 34-yard line but a Stokes 42-yard field goal was wide left, keeping the score 24-20.
After being held in check for most of the game, the Bobcats' Hale finally broke off a 64-yard scoring run with just four minutes left. Quisgard's extra point attempt was blocked, making it a two-point game at 26-24. Hale would finish with a game-high 168 yards on 22 carries.
Catholic would get the ball back and be faced with a similar situation it had problems with all of this season; late fourth-quarter drives. Catholic had chances to win against Randolph-Macon, LaSalle, and Washington & Lee, but all three tries fell short. But McGee and the CUA offense marched 68 yards on 11 plays, eating up just under three minutes. The senior quarterback would complete the comeback as he took a naked bootleg to the right side and ran into the end zone to make it 31-26 with just 1:06 to play.
McGee and the CUA offense totaled 476 yards. Sophomore James Vollono had a breakout game as he rumbled for 74 yards on 14 carries, often carrying Bobcat defenders. Junior wideout Jim Jankiewicz caught seven passes for 74 yards.
The CUA defense was led by Campbell, as he collected 12 tackles, including one for a loss, the interception and a pass breakup. Jeff Tabery finished with nine stops to go along with his two fumble recoveries.