Catholic senior Dan Evans caught a 12-yard touchdown pass in the first overtime as the host Cardinals outlasted Frostburg State in a wild 41-35 contest Saturday afternoon at DuFour Field.
The loss spoiled a career day for Bobcat junior quarterback Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright), who completed 35-of-65 passes for 391 yards and five touchdowns — all single-game school records.
The Cardinals (3-3), who won their third straight, held a 28-7 lead late in the first half before FSU stormed back, eventually tying the game at 28 and then 35 to force overtime.
FSU (3-3) had the first chance in the extra session, but Burrough was intercepted by Jeff McMahon on third-and-two from the 21. Catholic then put the game away on its ensuing possession, as Bill Sutton found Evans in the back corner of the end zone to complete the thrilling win.
CUA dominated early on, building a 14-0 lead on a pair of one-yard dives by James Vollono in the first quarter. CUA moved in front, 21-0, on a 15-yard touchdown pass by Sutton to Kevin McNulty just 2:05 into the second period of play before the Bobcats got going on their next possession.
Burrough hit junior Anthony Long (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) for a 30-yard score, but Catholic needed just two plays to answer, as Sutton hooked up with Jim Jankiewicz for a 46-yard touchdown to give the Cardinals a 28-7 advantage.
FSU threatened on its next two drives, moving inside the Catholic 5-yard line each time. But, Burrough was stopped just inches shy of the goal line on a fourth-down run and threw an incomplete pass from the CUA 3-yard stripe.
The Bobcats (3-3) finally capitalized late in the first half as freshman linebacker Chris Lentz (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) picked off a Sutton pass and returned the ball to the CUA 31 just 1:32 before intermission. Burrough found senior Tim Wilkins (Baltimore, Md./Mervo) for a five-yard scoring pass with 20 seconds remaining as FSU pulled to within 28-14 at the break.
The FSU defense stiffened in the third, allowing the Bobcats to pull even at 28. Burrough connected with Wilkins again on a 10-yard touchdown strike midway the quarter, and, on CUA's first play of the following possession, FSU junior linebacker Dave Lightner (Cherry Tree, Pa./Purchase Line) recovered a Sutton fumble at the Catholic 30.
Four plays later, Burrough hit junior running back Edward Kearney (Bel Air, Md./Calvert Hall) on a dump off out of the backfield for a 9-yard score that notted the game at 28-28.
The Cardinals moved back in front, 35-28, as Sutton found senior Tokollo Moffat on a 16-yard touchdowns pass with just over nine minutes left in regulation, but the Bobcats caught a break when CUA's Nick Bublavi fumbled a punt return which was recovered by FSU junior Tim Pearson (Baltimore, Md./Lake Clifton) at the FSU 47-yard line with 8:31 to play.
The Bobcats marched 53 yards in 11 plays with Burrough capping the drive with a 3-yard pass to junior tight end Roy Olson (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills) to tie the game at 35-35 with less than five minutes remaining in regulation.
FSU forced Catholic to punt on its ensuing possession, and freshman Jason McLaughlin (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) returned the ball 18 yards to the Bobcat 40. However, Burrough was intercepted by Bobby Stutz at midfield to give the Cardinals a final chance in the closing minutes of regulation.
CUA moved to the Bobcat 28 but was stuffed on a fourth-and-two play with just four seconds remaining as the game went into overtime.
Wilkins finished with nine catches for 111 yards for Frostburg State, which ran a school-record 102 offensive plays and set another school mark with 16 first downs passing.
However, Kearney carried 24 times for just 25 yards as the Bobcats couldn't get their ground game going, netting just 58 yards on 37 attempts.
Lightner led the FSU defense with 11 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.
The Bobcats will host Ursinus this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. for Homecoming.
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303