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Football Falls to Catholic on Late Touchdown

FROSTBURG, MD – Senior Derek McGee scored on a five-yard bootleg with 1:06 remaining to lift visiting Catholic University past Frostburg State, 31-26, Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.

A back-and-forth final quarter saw the teams combine for 26 points and trade the lead three times. After Frostburg State took a 26-24 lead on senior DeNelle Hale's (Baltimore, Md./Dunbar) 64-yard run with 4:02 to play following a missed field goal, Catholic took the ensuing kickoff and went on an 11-play, 62-yard march in 2:56 for the deciding score.

After an eight-yard sack on the first play, McGee completed three straight passes and scrambled eight yards to put the Cardinals at the FSU 39-yard line. McGee followed another completion with a six-yard run, and James Vollono churned out 18 more yards on three consecutive carries.

Following a Bobcat timeout, McGee faked a handoff, rolled to his right and scampered into the end zone. FSU (2-3) opened the scoring with 4:20 left in the first quarter when junior Tim Wilkins (Baltimore, Md./Mervo) caught a short pass along the near sideline, slipped a tackle and raced 44 yards for the touchdown.

Catholic (2-4) responded early in the second quarter after Denis Campbell intercepted a pass by FSU sophomore Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) at the Cardinal 16. On the next play, McGee found a streaking Pat Truxillo over the middle, and Truxillo sprinted 84 yards into the end zone.

The extra point by Greg Stokes was blocked, and FSU held a slim 7-6 lead.

The Bobcats put together a solid drive on their next possession, aided by a pair of Catholic penalties. FSU drove from its 20 to the Cardinal 14, but freshman Jarred Boehner (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland) was wide left on a 31-yard field goal attempt with 9:10 left in the first half.

The Cardinals then took a 9-7 lead at the intermission when Stokes nailed a 36-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining in the half.

Catholic opened a 17-7 lead when Truxillo hauled a 22-yard scoring pass from McGee and then caught the two-point conversion with 3:19 left in the third quarter, but Frostburg State would rally.

Wilkins, who caught 12 passes for a school-record 210 yards, snared an 11-yard touchdown pass from on the final play of the third quarter, and sophomore Ed Kearney (Bel Air, Md./Calvert Hall) darted through traffic for a career-long 61-yard scoring run with 13:13 remaining to give the Bobcats a 20-17 advantage.

Truxillo again put the Cardinals back in front, 24-20, with a 10-yard touchdown pass from McGee with 7:12 left before Hale's long run turned the lead back over the Bobcats.

McGee finished 28-of-51 for 355 yards, while Truxillo hauled in six passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns.

Hale led the Bobcats with 168 yards on 22 carries, while Burrough completed 24 of a school-record 48 attempts for 295 yards and two scores.

Missed opportunities cost the Bobcats, as they lost two fumbles and threw an interception inside the Catholic 20.

Frostburg State will host Allegheny (Pa.) College next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780