Brunson Helps Quakers to First ODAC Win

Washington, D.C. (11/03/07) -- Sophomore Markas Brunson returned a blocked field goal 88 yards for a touchdown with 1:24 left to help visiting Guilford College past the Catholic University of America Saturday, 34-27, in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference football game at Cardinals Stadium. Brunson also forced a Catholic fumble on the Quakers' two-yard line with 36 seconds left, which teammate Danny Langston recovered to preserve Guilford's lead.

Guilford (5-4, 1-4 ODAC) opened a 28-14 fourth-quarter lead after Josh Vogelbach's second touchdown pass of the game, a 30-yard scoring strike to junior Kevin Vaughn. The Cardinals (5-4, 1-4 ODAC) rallied behind the fourth-quarter passing of Kevin Ricca, who completed short touchdown passes to Miles Sabrick and Pete Mercanti to pull Catholic to within 28-27 with 4:32 left.

Guilford failed to move the ball on its ensuing possession and a botched punt gave Catholic possession on the Quakers' 26-yard line with 3:30 remaining. Greg Brown's 10-yard run set up first and goal from Guilford's two-yard line, but the Cardinals failed to punch it in on three rushing attempts. Sophomore Brendan Deluca, who earlier missed a point-after attempt and had a 24-yard field goal blocked, lined up for an 18-yard field goal with 1:40 left, but Guilford's Jackson Williams surged through the middle of the line and blocked the kick. Brunson recovered and took it 88 yards the other way for a 34-27 Guilford lead.Catholic blocked the point after.

Ricca rallied the Cardinals again and completed four straight passes down to Guilford's 20-yard line.After an incompletion, Ricca connected with tight end Dan Saunders for an 18-yard gain down to the Quakers' two-yard line, but Brunson knocked the ball loose and Langston recovered on the goal line with 36 seconds left.

Guilford's Justin Parker picked up 24 yards on the next play, which gave the Quakers some breathing room and enabled Guilford to run out the clock.

Vogelbach overcame two first-half interceptions and finished with 367 passing yards and two touchdowns. He became the 18th football student-athlete in NCAA Division III history to pass the 10,000 career passing yards mark with a second-quarter completion to Joe Joyner. Hagen Miller caught 11 passes for 32 yards and Joyner added 10 grabs for 110 yards. Chad Kastor made seven catches for 120 yards, including a 17-yard first-quarter touchdown reception. Brunson's 13 tackles paced Guilford's defense. Jacob Bright added 12 stops.

The loss offset a strong performance by Ricca, who completed 34-of-52 passes for 384 yards and four scores. Mercanti caught nine passes for 120 yards, while Sabrick finished with eight grabs for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Amthony Delborrell led Catholic's defense with 13 tackles, including a sack.

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