Catholic University Coach Rick Novak concluded his inaugural season on a sour note, as the Gannon Golden Knights blocked three punts in a 3:50 span of the third quarter to claim a 24-7 victory yesterday at CUA Field.
The Cardinals finish at 5-5. Gannon, 0-7 last season, is 6-3.
"They're not a team of great athletes, but they wanted it more," Novak said. "We just got caught up in the extracurriculars."
Two minutes into the third quarter, Catholic punter Steve McClatchy fielded a low snap and hesitated just long enough for Eric Fisher to burst through the line and smother the kick. Theo Salberg picked up the ball and ran 27 yards for a touchdown.
Two minutes later Bill Pavlek redirected a McClatchy punt into the hands of Steve Trejchel, who went in for a 12-yard touchdown. Catholic blocked the extra point attempt, but Gannon's John Campbell picked up the ball and ran it in for a two-point conversion.
Incredibly, the next time McClatchy went back to punt, Dante Battles blocked it. The Golden Knights failed to capitalize this time, as Sean Conley missed a 27-yard field goal attempt.
Gannon has scored four touchdowns on blocked kicks this season.
Catholic's touchdown came midway through the second quarter. Gannon's Chris Zayachak attempted to pick up a punt that bounded away from him. He fumbled when hit by a swarm of tacklers, and Matt Stanton (Gonzaga High School) recovered.
On fourth and three, quarterback Kyle Farnham found tight end John Gavin on a timing pattern in the left corner of the end zone, cutting the deficit to 9-7.
Youngstown State 13, Towson State 0:
Tamron Smith ran for a career-high 153 yards to lead the Penguins (10-0) over the host Tigers (1-9).
Towson had its best scoring chance thwarted in the fourth quarter when tailback Robbie Jackson was stopped on fourth down at the 1.
Wesley 17, Gallaudet 8:
The Wolverines (5-5) capitalized after the Bison (2-8) failed to convert a fake punt in Dover, Del.
Gallaudet, trailing 10-8 with two minutes remaining, tried a fake punt from its 15-yard line. But punter Kelvin Etkie touched his knee to the ground when fielding a low snap. Wesley scored two plays later.
Washington and Lee 21, Georgetown 6:
Jeff Kreis ran 59 yards for a touchdown with 14:31 remaining as the Generals won in Lexington, Va.
Waynesburg 28, Frostburg St. 18:
In Waynesburg, Pa., Dave Ammons caught a 30-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter as the Yellowjackets dropped the Bobcats to 9-1.