Six players scored as Frostburg State rolled to a school-record ninth consecutive victory, defeating Catholic, 41-0, yesterday before 950 at CUA field.
The Bobcats, ranked sixth in one nationally recognized Division III poll, amassed a school-record 461 yards rushing and scored 41 points for the second week in a row. Frostburg State (5-0) has not lost since Oct. 14, 1989, to Ferrum (Va.) College, 38-21.
The Frostburg defense was nearly as effective as its offense, posting four sacks and holding the Cardinals to 136 yards total offense. Catholic crossed the 50-yard line just twice in the first half.
"It was a mismatch," said Catholic Coach Rick Novak, whose team fell to 2-3. "That's the difference between a state school and a private school. They are just bigger and stronger."
The only category Frostburg State did not dominate was passing yardage (Frostburg's Mike Jones was one for three for 10 yards, to Catholic quarterback Kyle Farnham's 83 yards on 11 of 23), but the Bobcats had no need to throw, because they were averaging 6.7 yards per rush.
The game's first score came when Steve McClatchy's punt landed at the Catholic 47, then bounced sharply back toward the Catholic end zone. The ball fell into Frostburg nose guard Tony Hooker's hands at the 41, as all but two of the Catholic players ran by the ball. Hooker, a senior from Crossland High School, turned and ran the ball in virtually unchallenged for his first collegiate touchdown.
"It just came right to me," Hooker said. "I didn't have time to think, I just ran."
The rest of Frostburg State's scores came on running plays, primarily handoffs up the middle. "We didn't do anything fancy," Bobcats Coach Dennis Riccio said. "We just wanted to play a basic game."
But what Frostburg did was simply too much for the Cardinals, who used a six- and even seven-man defensive line in a vain attempt to stop the Bobcats' potent running attack.
"They were just too big," Novak said. "There was no way we could slow them down."