WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America football team leveled out their record Saturday afternoon when they held off the Builders' final 30-second drive at Cardinal Stadium on September 20.
With the win, CUA advances to 1-1 on the season, as TAS drops to 0-3 on the year.
The Cardinals racked up 565 yards of offense with 244 coming through the air and 321 on the ground. TJ Tutone was 24-of-40 on the day with 244 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 70 yards and a 15-yard touchdown. Lucas Morley caught a team-high five passes for 55 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Perno led the rushing attack with 115 yards and one score on 17 carries.
Both teams found the end zone in the first quarter. The Builders struck first with a 78-yard touch down by Joseph Hodge on a one-play drive. CUA quarterback TJ Tutone responded with 15-yard keeper, tying the game 7-7.
The Cardinals took their first lead of the game on a 28-yard field goal by Peter Rosa in the opening seconds of the second quarter.
CUA's offense continued to click in the second quarter, with the Cardinals capping off a seven-point drive on 87 yards for a 29-yard touchdown by Perno for a score of 17-7.
Catholic reached a 17-point margin lead at the 12:09 mark of the third quarter, as Tutone found Morley 22 yards out.
The Apprentice School manufactured their second score of the day with a 29-yard field goal by Austin Wall.
Morley recorded his second touchdown of the day on a five-yard catch capping off 12 plays for 51 yards.
The Builders began to chisel away at the Cardinal lead at the 26-second mark. Deon Lavender connected with Tylee Smith 65 yards out.
In the fourth quarter TAS continued to find their offensive groove when Brandon Jordan brought the Builders within a touchdown on a six-yard scamper for a score of 31-24. The Builders looked to tie the game, but snapped the ball with less than three seconds remaining, which was a penalty that automatically ended the game.
The Cardinals hit the road for the first time this season heading to Paxton, Mass., on Saturday, September 27 to take on Anna Maria at 1:00 p.m.