CUA falls to Emory and Henry 15-14 in final seconds
EMORY, Va. – Leading Emory & Henry 14-0 on Saturday, CUA saw the Wasps slowly claw their way back into it, and eventually pull out a 15-14 win on a 22-yard Matt Turchin field goal with 10 seconds remaining. The loss drops the Cardinals to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the ODAC, while Emory & Henry ups its record to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the league.
CUA came out of the gate looking sharp, taking the opening kick-off and marching 81 yards in 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead on Mike Pitsenberger's two-yard touchdown run.
That proved to be the only scoring in the first quarter, but the Cardinals added to their lead in the second when Pitsenberger plunged in from one yard out to make it 14-0 with 6:19 to play before the half.
In what turned out to be CUA's final scoring drive of the afternoon, the Cards covered 94 yards in 10 plays and chewed up 4:52.
On the very next possession, Emory & Henry was able to get on the board when Turchin nailed a 34-yard field goal to make it 14-3.
That is how the score remained as the teams retired for halftime.
Following a scoreless third quarter, the Wasps pulled to within 14-6 on Turchin's second field goal, this one coming with 8:43 to play in the game.
A Cardinals turnover on their next possession led to an Emory & Henry touchdown as the home team pulled to within 14-12 with 5:45 remaining. The Wasps' TD came on an 11-yard Kyle Boden pass to Lucas Kirby, but the ensuing two-point conversion was stopped by CUA.
CUA then got the ball back and was looking to eat up as much clock as possible, but with just under four minutes remaining, the Wasps picked off a Cardinals pass and began their game-winning drive.
A Joe Vaughn four-yard run on third-and-three kept the Emory & Henry drive alive, and with just 10 ticks remaining, Tuchin nailed his third field goal of the day, to give the Wasps their first lead at 15-14.
CUA had one final chance to try and win, but the Cardinals ran out of time and the game was over.
CUA finished with 368 yards of total offense, including 251 through the air and 117 on the ground.
Senior Greg Cordivari completed 24 of 35 passes for 251 yards, but was picked off once, while Pitsenberger led the ground attack with 80 yards on 22 carries.
Christian Baker hauled in seven passes for the Cards, while Victor Fernandez caught five.
Conor Stueckler once again led the CUA defense in tackles, this time totaling 12 stops, while Andrew Pitsenberger, Alex King and Kevin Ross each had eight tackles.
Boden finished the day completing 22 of 32 passes for 203 yards for the home team and Joe Vaughn totaled 71 yards on 23 carries.
Neither team had a high level of success on 3rd down, with CUA converting only 5 of 16 and Emory & Henry finishing 7 of 17.
The Cardinals won the time of possession battle (26:13 to 25:27), but they did commit two costly turnovers.
CUA returns home next week to face Washington & Lee on Saturday, October 27. The Homecoming contest will begin at 1 p.m. from inside Cardinal Stadium.