ASHLAND, Va. - Catholic University football sophomore Brady Berger posted 153 yards of total offense and accounted for the Cardinals' only score as they dropped a nonconference contest at Randolph-Macon on Wednesday night at Day Field, 41-6.
Catholic (0-3) was playing on a Wednesday for just the second time in school history. The only other time happened 82 years ago when the Cardinals defeated Ole Miss in the second-ever Orange Bowl, 20-19, on Jan. 1, 1936.
Tonight's game was moved from Saturday afternoon due to the potential impacts of Hurricane Florence on the east coast and Mid-Atlantic region over the next few days. As a result, both teams had just three days to recover and prepare following their last game on Saturday. Catholic returned home from a nonconference contest in Utica, N.Y., late Saturday night while Randolph-Macon posted a 24-14 home win over Averett Saturday night.
Berger completed 13-of-21 passes for 135 yards, but was sacked six times and carried the ball 16 times for 18 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown run with 9:54 remaining in the opening quarter to give the Cardinals a 6-0 lead.
Catholic has scored first in two of its three games this season and are now 3-3 when doing so under second-year head coach Mike Gutelius after posting a 3-1 record a year ago.
The Yellow Jackets (2-1) responded just 1:49 later with a four-play, 61-yard drive, capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Sean McDonald that wa set up by a 42-yard run down to Catholic 1-yard line by Tre Frederick.
Randolph-Macon scored on four-straight possessions to take a 20-6 halftime lead after the Cardinals limited the home team to just two field goals over the final 18 minutes of the first half.
The Yellow Jackets, who added three rushing touchdowns in the second half, did all of their damage offensively on the ground. They totaled 456 yards of total offense, including 381 yards rushing. Four different players had touchdown runs with two running for over 100 yards.
Catholic was whistled for just two penalties for 10 yards, the fewest since they also had just two for 10 yards in the season opener at McDaniel a year ago.
Sophomore Trey Carson followed up his career-best performance at Utica last week with a team-high three catches for 46 yards on Wednesday as he was one of seven Cardinals to catch at least one pass from Berger.
After having just three days to prepare for Randolph-Macon, Catholic now has nine to get ready for its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener next Saturday, September 22 at MIT. The game will conclude the Cardinals three-game road trip, their longest since 2016 when they also opened the season at home against McDaniel before traveling to Rochester, Coast Guard and Guilford.
Kickoff from Henry G. Steinbrenner Stadium is at noon.