|Catholic 39, Washington & Lee 20||Oct. 12, 2002|
WASHINGTON - Catholic University got a season-high 177 yards rushing and quarterback Bill Sutton completed 13 of his first 15 passes as the Cardinals rolled past Washington & Lee 39-20 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference football game at DuFour Field.
After Washington & Lee took its second possession of the game 77 yards on 10 plays for a Chris Sullivan 10-yard touchdown run, Catholic scored the next 33 points and coasted to its first ODAC win of the season.
After being stopped inches short on a fourth-and-2 from the Washington & Lee 7-yard line, Catholic's defense held, forcing the Generals to punt from the back of their own end zone. Catholic returned the punt to the Generals' 39-yard line, and after senior running back Tokollo Moffat, above, carried the ball to the 26, Sutton hit Dan Evans to the 12 and Nick Bublavi for an 11-yard touchdown. Chris Waechter's extra point went wide right, leaving Washington & Lee up 7-6.
Washington & Lee missed two scoring opportunities in the second quarter, as the Generals got a big pass play from freshman Greg Tweardy to sophomore running back Mike DiVerio to get into Catholic territory. Sophomore defensive back Ryan Parrish intercepted Tweardy on third down and returned it to his own 36 before fumbling it away.
Given new life, the Generals went three-and-out, giving Catholic the ball on its own 22-yard line with 2:08 left in the half. Behind Moffat and Sutton, Catholic drove 78 yards in eight plays, despite burning two timeouts on the same play from their own 48-yard line with 1:24 remaining. The Cardinals recovered from that to have Sutton find Evans for a 40-yard catch, then, following an illegal shift penalty, Sutton hit Bublavi on the far side of the end zone for a 13-7 lead at the half.
Catholic took the kickoff to begin the second half and was in the end zone three plays later, when Moffat broke loose off the left side of the line and scampered 51 yards for a touchdown.
The Cardinals struck quickly on their next possession as well, as Sutton hit Bublavi for a 67-yard touchdown. Justin Kelly picked off Tweardy on the very next play from scrimmage. Later in the quarter, Dave Beety returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown to make it 33-7 early in the fourth quarter, the last of four interceptions thrown by General quarterbacks.
Washington & Lee scored early in the fourth quarter on an 7-yard pass from Tweardy to Dave Callaham to cut the lead to 33-14, but Mike Martin intercepted a tipped ball at the Generals' 41-yard line on the next possession to seal the game for Catholic. Joe Hafera, the backup quarterback, capped off the scoring with a 3-yard rollout with 2:36 left.
The Generals added another touchdown from Tweardy to Callaham with 52 seconds left to cut the final margin to 39-20. Sutton finished the afternoon 14-for-23 passing for 234 yards and three touchdowns, all to Bublavi, who led all receivers with seven catches for 126 yards. Moffat went over 100 yards rushing for the second consecutive week, leading all ballcarriers with 18 touches for 113 yards.
James Vollono added 17 carries for 62 yards for the Cardinals. Catholic was led defensive by Ryan Welsh, who tallied 11 total tackles (seven solo), two for loss.
The Generals' rotating quarterbacks completed just 13 of 35 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown. Sullivan finished with 24 carries for 57 yards, minus-3 after the first quarter. Callaham was the leading receiver with six catches for 86 yards and the two fourth-quarter scores. Ted Maffitt led the way with 14 total tackles (10 solo).
The Cardinals return to action next Saturday as Catholic hosts Frostburg State on Homecoming at 1 p.m.