Greensboro, N.C. (11/08/2008) -- Keith Ricca passed for an NCAA Division III season-high 530 yards and five touchdowns in visiting Catholic University of America's 49-34 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory at Guilford College Saturday.
Catholic (8-1, 4-1 ODAC), winners of five straight games, moved into a first-place tie with Hamdpen-Sydney College entering next week's regular-season finale. The Cardinals can win the ODAC title next Saturday with a win over visiting Bridgewater College. Guilford slips to 4-5 (1-4 ODAC) with the loss.
Guilford redshirt-senior quarterback Josh Vogelbach set NCAA Division III records for career total offense (13,753) and career passing yards (13, 439) in his final home appearance. Both records were set by Westminster (Mo.) College's Justin Peery from 1996-99. Vogelbach now holds 17 NCAA Division III standards and heads into his final college game with 13,439 passing yards and 13,753 total offensive yards.
Catholic's no-huddle offense rolled up 608 of the game's 1,150 total yards. Ricca directed seven scoring drives on 11 possessions, the longest of which took 3:12. The ODAC's passing efficiency leader completed 28-of-42 passes with one interception.
Ricca threw three touchdowns in the decisive second quarter, including a 22-yard strike to Andrew Buis 13 seconds before halftime. The score marked the quarter's third lead change and was set up by a Dylan O'Shea interception at Catholic's 31-yard line with 54 seconds left in the half. Ricca sandwiched a short completion to Greg Brown between two tosses to Buis before connecting with his favorite target for the go-ahead score. Brendan Deluca's point-after made it a 27-21 Catholic lead just before halftime.
The teams exchanged punts to start the second half, but Ricca got the Cardinals on the board again with a six-play drive that covered 80 yards in 1:53. Brown picked up the first of his two rushing scores of the quarter and caught a two-point conversion pass for a 35-21 Catholic edge.
Guilford answered when Vogelbach hit Vaughn from 38 yards out for his third and final touchdown pass of the day. He broke Justin Peery's NCAA Division III career total offense record on the play, which marked his 124th career touchdown pass.
The Quakers drew no closer as the Cardinals recovered a Vogelbach fumble on their own 16-yard line early in the fourth quarter. Joe Martin made the sack and recovered the ball, which led to Catholic's final score of the day, a 34-yard strike from Ricca to Alonzo Cooke. The Quakers thought they had stopped the drive when Kenneth Hyman picked off Ricca near midfield, but Guilford was offsides on the play and the Catholic's drive continued.
A one-yard touchdown run by Justin Parker and Hunter Chappell's extra point provided the game's final margin after a 14-play, 72-yard scoring drive. The Cardinals recovered the ensuing on-side kick and ran out the clock.
Buis finished with nine receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Brown added 101 receiving yards on five catches, one of which was a 63-yard first-quarter score. He also rushed for 34 yards and two touchdowns. Christian Pavik made a game-high 10 tackles for a defense that forced three turnovers. O'Shea made five tackles and recovered a fumble in addition to his interception.
Guilford's Kevin Vaughn, one of 11 seniors playing their final home game, caught six balls for 102 yards and a touchdown. Chad Kastor had seven catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. Parker rushed for a game-high 113 yards and two scores, which gives him a school-record 10 rushing touchdowns this year.
Guilford wraps up the season next Saturday (11/15) at league-rival Emory & Henry College.