|John Carroll 56, Catholic 7||Sept. 7, 2002|
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio - No. 15-ranked John Carroll downed Catholic, 56-7, to spoil the head coaching debut of Tom Mulholland. The Blue Streaks' Tom Arth, a first-team All-American, threw for 356 yards and a school-record six touchdowns as the Cardinals have dropped the last four season openers, all to John Carroll.
Quarterback Bill Sutton (Columbia, Md./DeMatha) made his first start of his career going 19-for-39 for 155 yards with two interceptions and a score. The senior hooked up with sophomore wideout Nick Bublavi (Norwood, Pa./Interboro) on a 10-yard score late in the third quarter. Bublavi led Catholic with five receptions for 45 yards.
The Blue Streaks (1-0) took advantage of Catholic turnovers to build a 14-0 first-quarter lead. On JCU's second punt of the quarter, returner Mike Larkin couldn't handle the kick and the Blue Streak's Scott Greenberg recovered the fumble at the CUA 35-yard line. On the very next play, Arth hit Jeff Lerner for one of his three scores on the day. Lerner finished with a game-high 166 receiving yards.
On the next JCU possession, the Blue Streaks struck again as Ryan DeGeorge caught a flare out of the backfield and rumbled in the end zone from 27 yards.
The Cardinals punted five times in the first half as the offense showed some of its firs-game jitters. Sutton did manage to lead the troops late in the half but penalties put CUA at a fourth-and-23 from the JCU 27 where Sutton's pass to senior Chris Teddy (Overland Park, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas) was short of the first down.
Arth would hook up with Lerner again on a 79-yard score and Adam Therrien for two more touchdowns to put Catholic in a 35-0 deficit at the half.
The Cardinals (0-1) did get on the board as the offense used an eight-play, 60-yard drive where Sutton was 4-for-5 for 38 yards and used key runs by senior James Vollono (Kensington, Md/Bethesda-Chevy Chase) freshman Ed Smith (Wallingon, N.J./Paramus Catholic). Vollono led the Cardinals rushing attack by gaining 74 yards on 24 carries. Smith had an impressive CUA debut, rushing for 30 yards on nine carries.
Senior wide receiver Dan Evans (South Riding, Va./Paul VI) had four catches for 28 yards, extending his reception streak to 30 games.
Ryan Welsh (Glen Mills, Pa./Salesiamun), Pat Gallagher (Philadelphia, Pa./Penn Charter) and Dan Zane (Pleasantville, N.Y./Pleasantville) led the defense as the trio had five tackles apiece. Gallagher added two for losses and a sack.
The Cardinals return to action next weekend as they travel to Lancaster, Pa., to take on Franklin and Marshall. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.