Cardinals Defeat Bishops in 34-33 Overtime Thriller

Cardinals Defeat Bishops in 34-33 Overtime Thriller

Cardinals Defeat Bishops in 34-33 Overtime Thriller

Win marks the first time CUA has started 2-0 since 1998

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 9, 2006) - Ryan Bowman's (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) catch in the end zone with one second left in regulation brought the Catholic University crowd it its feet Saturday afternoon at DuFour Field.  The touchdown capped a 1:43 march down the field and would eventually lead to the Cardinals (2-0) 34-33 overtime win over the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops (0-2).

Senior Reuben Simmons (Beacon, N.Y./Beacon) began the scoring for the Cards on the opening drive with a three-yard rush to make the score 7-0.  Nick Olivero (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) continued to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks with an interception with eight minutes to go in the first quarter. 

The Bishops had a chance to put some points on the board with a 26-yard field goal as time was winding down, but kicker Chris Kras couldn't connect and CUA got the ball back.  The Cardinals then put together a drive that included a 27-yard run by Simmons to set up for a 26-yard field goal making the score 10-0 early in the second stanza.

Bishops' quarterback Steve Hymes came right back and made a long distance connection with Zach Dennis for the six.  OWU was unable to convert the extra point making it 10-6.  The Cardinals were looking to answer, but a fumble by quarterback Keith Ricca (Poolesville, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) gave the Bishops the ball at the Catholic University 23.  An 18-yard rush by Hymes and extra point put Ohio Wesleyan on top 13-10.

CUA then took over on its own 28 and Ricca sailed a 73-yard pass to Bowman for his first touchdown of the game to put the Cardinals back on top.  The remainder of the half included two more OWU turnovers and a missed field goal by Card kicker Sam Weaver (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) making the score 17-13 CUA going into the locker room.

The third quarter was quiet as both teams were unable to find the end zone.  The fourth quarter began with a similar feel as CUA held on to its lead.  But an interception led to an OWU touchdown with just 8:54 remaining in the game and the Bishops on top, 20-17. 

The Cardinal offense returned to the field and put together one of the longest drives of the afternoon resulting in Weaver connecting on a 42-yard field goal to tie it up.  Hymes came back with another long pass play to put the Bishops in scoring position at the CUA one yard line.  Kyle Adams broke through the line for the score and the extra point was good to put OWU back in the lead with 1:54 remaining in the game.

With first and ten on the CUA 26, the Bishops looked to be in control sacking Ricca on the first two downs.  With the clock running looking at third and 12, Ricca completed a 25-yard pass to Bowman to ignite the Cardinal offense.  A long completion to Myles Sabrick (Douglassville, Pa./Reading Central Catholic) and another to Andrew Buis ( Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) placed CUA at the Bishop 21.  Sabrick came up for a second big pass of the day connecting with Ricca for 24 yards down to the OWU two and just second remaining.  Ricca found Bowman open in the end zone and with Weaver's kick the score was tied with one second to go.

The Cards had the ball first in overtime and went for it on the first snap.  Ricca handed the ball off to Olivero who had only ran once before in the entire game.  The sophomore broke free and ran for 25 yards.  With OWU down seven, Hymes passed to Zach Dennis for the six.  The Bishops struggled with kicking all afternoon and opted to go for two.  Hymes pass to the back left corner of the end zone was bobbled and dropped to make the final 34-33, CUA.

Simmons led both teams on the ground with 125 yards and one touchdown, while Olivero added 28 and another score.  Ricca completed 18 out of 30 passes under center for the Cards while Hymes was six for seven.  Bowman was the only receiver to gain over one hundred yards notching 148 and two touchdowns for the game.  Freshman Tommie Roberson (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville Eastside) led the defense with six tackles and five assists, Olivero added five tackles and one interception.

CUA will host its annual Cardinal Kickoff next weekend against the McDaniel Green Terror at DuFour Field.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.