|Hampden-Sydney 27, Catholic 25||Oct. 20, 2001|
WASHINGTON - Catholic University graduate Marty Favret usually
likes to see the Cardinals succeed. On Saturday at DuFour Field he
did everything he could defeat his alma mater.
Favret, who served as CUA's offensive coordinator from 1994-99, made his first return home a triumphant one as Hampden-Sydney held off the Cardinals 27-25 to end a seven-game losing streak to CUA.
The Tigers (3-4, 2-3 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) secured the win by stopping Cardinal quarterback Derek McGee's two-point rushing attempt with 1:53 remaining after James Vollono's 8-yard touchdown run pulled CUA (2-5, 0-3) within two.
Vollono, who rushed for a career-high 212 yards, scored on a 9-yard scamper midway through the third quarter to narrow the HSC lead to 24-19. But Tiger junior Doug Van Der Mallie hit a 30-yard field goal with 11:39 to go in the game to give HSC an eight-point lead. Van Der Mallie also nailed a 32-yarder in the first half.
Quarterback Mac Russell completed 19 of 35 passes for 221 yards and scored two consecutive rushing TDs as the Tigers ran off 17 unanswered points to take a 24-13 early in third quarter. C.W. Clemmons led the HSC ground attack with 49 yards on 12 carries and Kevin Tucker added 46 yards on 10 carries, including a 20-yard TD for the game's first points.
McGee responded with a pair of TD passes, an 11-yarder to Jim Jankiewicz and a 71-yarder to a wide-open Pat Truxillo to give the Cards a 13-7 advantage late in the first period. McGee, who threw for a career-high 355 yards last week in a win at Frostburg State, was held to 9-for-23 passing for 162 yards. He was sacked twice and intercepted on the game's final play by Jonathan Meeks.
Kevin Ulrich added 59 yards rushing on 10 carries as CUA rushed for a season-high 301 yards. The Cardinals were victimized by 10 penalties for 105 yards and converted just one of 12 third downs.
Tiger senior wide receiver Neal Herndon moved into second place on the HSC all-time receptions list with a game-high eight catches for 50 yards to give him 141 for his career. Tiger linebacker Rob Tuebner recorded a game-high 11 tackles (six solo), and strong safety Jimmy Nalls paced the Cards with 10, including five for loss.
CUA hosts ODAC rival Emory & Henry next Saturday for Homecoming at 1 p.m. HSC travels to Division 1-AA Davidson at 1 p.m.