WASHINGTON – Cedrick Delaney rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns to guide Shenandoah University to a 24-14 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over Catholic University on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.
With the loss, CUA falls to 2-4 (0-3 ODAC). The Hornets improve to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
Richard Roach and Nikolas Echeverria recorded late touchdowns for the Cardinals. Roach provided a record-breaking touchdown in the third quarter when he ran the length of the field for the longest fumble recovery for a touchdown in CUA football history.
The Hornets struck first on a three-yard scamper by Kye Hopkins to cap a 10-play, 49-yard drive at the 3:39 mark of the first quarter.
Shenandoah continued to add points on the board, as Delaney finished up a three-play drive for 45 yards on a 34-yard run with four minutes remaining in the second frame. SU's Jacob Newton made good on his second point after touchdown for a 14-0 lead into the intermission.
After the break, Delaney scored on a 19-yard run to cap a seven-play drive for another 45 yards at the 2:32 mark of the third quarter.
With 41 seconds remaining in the quarter, Roach put six points on the boards for the Cardinals on his 100-yard fumble recovery. The junior defensive back recovered Shenandoah quarterback Drew Ferguson's fumble in the end zone and ran untouched down the right sideline. Instead of facing a 28-0 deficit, the Cards were only down 14-7.
Roach also intercepted Ferguson twice, once in each half. Ferguson finished 19 of 27 for 158 yards and two picks.
Thriving off of Roach's phenomenal run, TJ Tutone found Echeverria wide open on the left sideline from 39 yards with 8:22 left in the final quarter. With a PAT from Peter Rosa, CUA trailed by just 21-14.
The Hornets went on to secure the lead when Newton nailed a 29-yard field goal at the 2:33 mark, his eighth field goal of the year without a miss.
The Cardinals put together 331 yards of total offense with 124 yards passing and 207 yards on the ground. Tutone was 11 of 24 for 124 yards with one interception and rushed for a team-high 86 yards. Matt Perno finished with 84 yards on the ground, and Lucas Morley caught five passes for 62 yards.
Kye Hopkins added 84 yards rushing for Shenandoah, which ended a three-game losing streak to the Cards. The Hornets finished with 372 yards and had the ball for 36:35.
CUA heads to Emory, Pa., on Saturday, October 25 to face ODAC foe Emory & Henry at 1 p.m.