WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Catholic University football team won its second game of the season defeating cross-town rival Gallaudet University on Friday at Hotchkiss Field with a final score of 45-41. Gallaudet was within minutes of beating Catholic for the first time in 26 chances, but CUA scored an impressive three touchdowns in less than five minutes in the fourth quarter to rip away any chances for the Bison.
CUA's Mike Pitsenberger scored the final touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter as he ran in from one yard out. Pitsenberger rushed for 115 yards on 19 carries and caught eight passes from Greg Cordivari for a total of 45 yards.
Cordivari had a great afternoon, completing 28 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns including a 41-yard pass to Tanner Keefe with 6:39 left in the fourth quarter, cutting Gallaudet's lead 41-31. The next score came after Gallaudet was penalized by a pass interference call, which gave Cordivari an opportunity for a 14-yard pass to Jeff Frusciante for a touchdown making the score 41-38.
Gallaudet had an opportunity to end the game, but Gabriel Paulone fumbled the ball and it was recovered by CUA's Nick DiRubio at Gallaudet's 40 yard line. Cordivari completed four passes to three different receivers with Pitsenberger scoring the game-winning touchdown with only 51 seconds left on the clock.
CUA returns to action next weekend when the Cardinals open their home schedule vs. Carnegie Mellon on September 16. Kick-off inside Cardinal Stadium is set for 7 p.m.