|Washington & Lee 18, Catholic 12||Oct. 6, 2001|
LEXINGTON, Va.- Catholic needed a late fourth-quarter drive for the third time in as many weeks and could not complete a comeback as Derek McGee's pass was picked off by the Generals' Ted Maffit in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter as Washington & Lee held on for a 18-12 victory in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest. Key turnovers by the Cardinals helped Washington and Lee score 11 fourth-quarter points to rally from a 12-7 deficit.
The Generals (2-3, 2-1 ODAC) got on the board first as Chris Sullivan raced in from 19 yards, breaking a Lonnie Meadows tackle capping off a six-play, 49 yard drive to make it 7-0. Sullivan finished with 80 yards on 31 carries. CUA's Mike Martin (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) made his first interception of the season to give the Cardinals the ball at the W&L 43-yard line. Six plays later, an incomplete pass on 4th and 6 gave the ball back to the Generals.
After forcing Washington & Lee to punt, Catholic used its two-minute offense late in the first half to tie it at 7-7. McGee would find freshman wideout Nick Bublavi (Norwood, Pa./Interboro) on an 11-yard score with just 12 seconds before the half. McGee led the CUA offense down the field in 12 plays and 74 yards on just 1:29 of game time.
The Generals took the second half kickoff and drove deep into CUA territory. Key defensive stops forced W&L to attempt a 36-yard field goal that was no good, keeping the score knotted at 7-7.
Catholic used the momentum of the missed field goal to move the offense to the W&L 31 but McGee would be sacked by Jeff Bahl on fourth down, turning the ball back to the Generals.
After the two teams traded punts, the Catholic defense forced W&L to punt from its own 18-yard line. The snap sailed over punter Whit Whitfield's head and out of the end zone to give the Cardinals a safety.
Catholic would then get the ball off the free kick in great field position as Whitfield's kick went to the W&L 40 yard-line. Using an eight-play 25-yard drive, including a big fourth-down completion to senior tight end Damian Richard (Winona, Minn./Cotter) for 17 yards, junior kicker Greg Stokes (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) came on and hit a 32-yard field goal that hit the left upright and fell between the sticks to raise the CUA lead to 12-7.
On the ensuing possession, the Generals recovered a fumble on a punt return by Denis Campbell (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) on the CUA 5-yard line. Two plays later, Marc Watson dove in from a yard out to give the Generals their first lead of the day. Peter Dean would then hit Watson on the two-point conversion to give W&L a 15-12 lead with 10:51 to play in the game.
Getting the ball back at their own 21-yard line off a punt,
McGee would throw one of his two interceptions putting W&L at
the CUA 42-yard line. Seven plays later, Brad Wiginton would make a
31-yard field goal to raise the lead to 18-12.
Catholic went on an 8-play, 39-yard drive on the next possession all the way to the W&L 30 before McGee could not connect on fourth down, giving the ball back to the Generals with just 2:17 to go.
A strong defensive stand by the Cardinals forced W&L to punt. Starting at their own 32-yard line and with no timeouts, McGee would scramble for nine yards and complete a 15-yard pass to sophomore Pat Truxillo (Frederick, Md./Thomas Jefferson). After a spike to stop the clock, McGee would find Truxillo again for 8 yards, putting CUA in General territory. On third-and-2, McGee, simply trying for a quick slant to get the first down was picked off by Maffitt to help Washington & Lee seal the victory.
McGee would finish the game 22-of-53 for 241 yards and two interceptions. He was one pass attempt shy of tying his own single game record for attempts (54) set last week at LaSalle. Nick Bublavi was the leading receiver for the Cardinals, grabbing seven passes for 90 yards and a score. Senior running back Kevin Ulrich (Egg Harbor Twp, N.J./Holy Spirit) filled in for the injured Dan Boyle and managed to rumble for 30 yards on 13 carries.
The CUA defense held the General rushing attack to just 87 yards on 46 carries. Leading the charge was sophomore linebacker John Blattner (Lutherville, Md./Loyola) who had three tackles, 1½ for losses and 1½ sacks. Teammate Jeff Tabery (Saylorsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg) collected 12 stops along with a tackle for a loss and a half-sack.
The Cardinals (1-4, 0-2 ODAC) close out their non-league portion of their schedule with a meeting with the Bobcats of Frostburg State on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m.