Catholic University (1-0) at Franklin & Marshall College (0-0)
Lancaster, Pa., September 9, 2000, 1 p.m.

Last Game: John Carroll generated 449 yards of offense and converted 12 of 17 first downs in a 37-3 dousing of the Cardinals last week in University Heights, Ohio. It was the worst regular-season loss in Coach Tom Clark's seven-year tenure. QB Derek McGee completed 19 of 32 passes for 140 yards and RB Dan Boyle rushed 25 times for 76 yards. CUA, which converted just 2 of 13 third downs, was held without a TD for the first time since a 12-2 loss at Salisbury State in Clark's second year (1995).   

Last Year's Records: CUA was 9-2 and F&M 2-8.   

Almost Perfect: The Cardinals are 29-2 (.935) in regular-season games over the past three years.   

Champions: CUA, which has competed as an independent for most of its football history, won its first league title last year when it captured the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship. The Cardinals gained the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs with a 6-0 league record. CUA's record-setting RB Andrew Notarfrancesco was named ODAC Player of the Year and Tom Clark Coach of the Year.   

Captain Bottoni: CUA has dedicated its 2000 season to Anthony Bottoni, a two-year starting right guard who was killed in an automobile collision last December. Bottoni would have been a senior captain this year. The Cardinals' jerseys sport No. 76 patches in Bottoni's honor and their black helmets have no decals.

Preseason Polls: The Cardinals garnered the following preseason rankings: 7th (Sports Illustrated), 16th (Preview Sports, Street & Smith's), 18th (Columbus Multimedia), 21st (Lindy's) and 26th (USA Football).   

The Fleet Is In: Junior P Mike Fleet provided one of the few bright spots last week at JCU by averaging 49.8 yards on four punts. Fleet, who averaged a career-high 37.6 yards last year, launched a personal-best 63 yarder against the Blue Streaks.  

Tom Terrific: Coach Tom Clark notched his 50th career victory last season and now has a six-year career record of 50-11-1. His .815 winning percentage is third-highest among NCAA Division III head coaches serving at least five years. His teams have not lost three straight since he became coach in 1994.   

Rare Air: Sophomore Ryan Welsh and senior Geoff DeOliveira both made a career-best eight tackles at JCU. Sophomore transfer Jamar Brooks produced five tackles and recovered a fumble.   

Little Mo: Junior WR Tokollo Moffat caught a career-best five passes for 26 yards at JCU and returned two kickoffs for 19 yards.   

KO'd: Senior WR Keith Brancato suffered a fracture/dislocation of his right ankle at John Carroll and is out for the season. Brancato, starting for the first time in his career, was carried off by stretcher following a 1-yard reception late in the third quarter. He caught a career-high three passes for 14 yards.

Cardinals' Returning Leaders

Passing-Derek McGee: 193 of 298 (64.8 %) for 2,397 yards, 23 TDs and 6 INTs. His rating of 153.7 was 17th in the nation. Rushing-Dan Boyle: 653 yards on 76 carries (8.6 avg.). Receiving-Dan Evans: 29 receptions for 426 yards (14.7 avg.).
Scoring-Greg Stokes: 67 points on 7 of 11 field goals and 46 of 50 PATs.
Tackles-J.P. Quinn (51), Drew Interdonato (47), Jimmy Nalls (44) and Matt Steiner (44).
Sacks-Tim Varian: 3.5.
Punt Returns-James Parker, 16.6 avg. (Fifth in the nation).

CUA Head Coach Tom Clark
Alma Mater-Maryland '86
Years at CUA-Seven
Career Record-50-11-1
Winning Percentage-
.815 *
First- or Second-Team All-Americans-8
NCAA Playoffs-1999, 1998, 1997
Best Seasons-10-1 (1998, 1997)
Record vs. F&M-3-0
* Third-highest in NCAA Division III
Series History
CUA leads 3-1. Last game: The Cardinals forced six turnovers and Andrew Notarfrancesco rushed for three TDs to lead CUA to a 46-12 victory against the Diplomats at DuFour Field on Sept. 11, 1999. First-team All-American LB Brian Hee, who led the Cards with 11 tackles, scored on a 26-yard interception return to give CUA a 39-6 lead just before halftime. Greg Stokes nailed a career-
high 40-yard FG and J.P. Quinn blocked a PAT that James Parker scored on.
Probable CUA Starters
  9  Derek McGee  QB
32  Dan Boyle RB
21  Jim Jankiewicz  WR 
13  Dan Evans WR
11  Tokollo Moffat WR
99  Damian Richard TE
55  Puri Garzone LT
59  Tim McCarthy  LG
65  Andy Klienksiek C
66  Jon Tor RG
51  Dan Riely RT
10  Greg Stokes  K 
92  Tim Varian LE
67  Drew Anderson DT
98  Matt Steiner  DT
97  Scot Lutte  RE
29  Larry Waters   LB
57  John Paul Mantey  LB
36  Ryan Welsh   LB
  6  James Parker   CB
  5  Lonnie Meadows   CB
24  J.P. Quinn  FS
  2  Drew Interdonato   SS
19  Mike Fleet   P