Gallaudet defeats Catholic for the first time in school history
WASHINGTON, D.C. – History was made Friday night as Gallaudet University stunned Catholic University of America with a 47-27 victory before a crowd of 1,243 at Cardinal Stadium. The win is the first for the Bison over the Cardinals in the 106-year history of the rivalry between the two D.C. schools.
"It was nice to see a full team effort tonight as our offense, defense and special teams came together to play as a complete unit. A lot of players stepped up in key moments," said Gallaudet coach Chuck Goldstein after the victory. "We had terrific support from our administration, faculty, staff and students who made the short trip to attend the game tonight. Not many schools can say their President, Provost, Vice-President, Dean of Student Affairs and Athletic Director travel for a big game like this. It was terrific to deliver our program's first win with them and our fans in attendance."
Freshman quarterback Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) completed 6-of-15 passes for two touchdowns and ran in two touchdowns from a yard out in the third quarter to give the Bison (1-1) a 35-14 lead. Freshman running back BJ Flores (Raymondville, Texas) put the game away in the fourth with two touchdown runs as GU led 47-21, its largest margin in the game, with five minutes left in regulation.
Gallaudet's defense forced five turnovers (four interceptions) as the Bison harassed and swarmed around Catholic quarterback Greg Cordivari (19-for-38, 115 yards, three touchdowns, four interceptions) and caused problems in the secondary. Senior cornerback Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) had a stellar game as he picked off Cordivari twice and made an acrobatic 10-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter to give GU the lead for good. Tatum's first interception helped to set up his touchdown reception when he tipped Cordivari's pass up and while falling to the ground corralled the ball in for the pick. Eleven plays later he celebrated his first touchdown of the season.
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