October 3, 2012

CUA heads to Randolph-Macon seeking 2-0 ODAC start

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WASHINGTON - Fresh off of a 41-28 upset of Hampden-Sydney last weekend, CUA hits the road on Friday night to face Randolph-Macon in another key ODAC showdown.  The Cardinals defense was the story against the Tigers, holding the high-powered offense to only 251 total yards, while forcing five turnovers and registering four sacks.  Mike Pitsenberger rushed for three touchdowns to lead the offense, and Alonzo Cooke caught 10 passes for 135 yards and two scores. 

The Yellow Jackets enter this weekend riding a three-game winning streak, which includes a 22-10 win over Emory & Henry last weekend.

The Cardinals and Yellow Jackets meet for the 34th time on Friday with Randolph-Macon leading the series 19-13.  Last season, RMC downed the Cardinals 51-34 in a shootout in Washington, D.C.  CUA has not beaten RMC since earning a 14-7 win in 2006.

Through four games and 167 pass attempts, the CUA offensive line has not allowed a single sack, which is tops in the nation.  The Cardinals ranked third in this category in the ODAC last season and led the conference in 2010.

The CUA defense played its best game of the season vs. Hampden-Sydney. The Cardinals held the Tigers to 3 of 11 on 3rd down, 0 of 4 on 4th down, forced five turnovers and registered four sacks.  CUA picked off three HSC passes and recovered a pair of fumbles.

After rushing for only 67.1 yards per game last season, CUA is off to a great start in 2012, averaging 145.5 yards per game, including 213 at Carnegie Mellon on September 14.  The Cardinals have run for at least 110 yards in all four games in 2012, after not running for more than 103 in any game last season.

CUA dominated the time of possession battle last weekend, holding the ball for 37:28.  It marked the first time the Cardinals had a +10 minute advantage in TOP since October 24, 2009 when they were +12:34 vs. Hampden-Sydney.

Senior quarterback Greg Cordivari registered his 10th career 300-yard passing game in last week's win.  The Pennsylvania native completed 26 of 38 passes for 302 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.  Cordivari's TD passes covered 26 and 42 yards.

CUA looks to win back-to-back ODAC games this weekend for the first time since November of 2008 when the Cardinals beat Emory & Henry and Guilford in consecutive weeks.

Friday's game will get underway beginning at 7 p.m. from Ashland, Va.

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