WASHINGTON – For the first contest in Cardinal Stadium, the Catholic University Cards welcome the Tartans of Carnegie Mellon on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m.
SETTING THE SCENE: The Catholic University of America Football Team welcomes the Tartans of Carnegie Mellon for the 2013 home opener. CUA hosts the Tartans following an impressive 48-16 win at McDaniel on Saturday, Sept. 7. During the 2013 opener, the Cards obtained their third consecutive win over the Green Terror. Six individual Cardinals reached the end zone in the seasoning opening contest. The mighty red and black topped last season's point's superlative, breaking the most points scored in an opener with 48 on the night. CUA dominated McDaniel in multiple categories, especially the rushing game going 64-of-364. In terms of total offense, CUA gathered 553 yards in 91 plays in comparison to McDaniel's 332 yards in 76 plays. Carnegie Mellon enters Friday night with a record of 1-1. On Saturday, Sept. 7 Carnegie lost 28-10 at Grove City and defeated Allegheny at home 26-7 on Saturday, Sept. 14
THE SERIES: The Cardinals and the Tartans meet for the fifth time on Friday evening with Carnegie Mellon holding a 3-1 series lead over Catholic. CMU defeated CUA 35-17 during the 2012 Friday night road opener.
The Last Time They Met (9/14/12): Catholic trailed by four points before Carnegie Mellon pulled away and clinched a 35-17 win. Mike Pitsenberger finished with 127 yards gained, while CUA graduate Greg Cordivari went 26-54-1 for a total 179 yards. Timbo McGarry got the Cardinals on the board with a 24-yard field goal off a turnover. Nick Cortese scored on an 1-yard run and Tucker Hubbell finished the night by completing a 32-yard pass from Cordivari.
CATHOLIC AT THE NEST: Under the direction of head football coach Dave Dunn, the Cardinals are 5-1 in home openers. With a win on Friday night, CUA will notch four consecutive home-opening wins.
RUNNING STRONG: Senior Michael Pitsenberger is well on his way to leading the Cardinals in rushing for the third consecutive season. Pitsenberger currently leads the CUA with 179 yards gained and not a single loss. Evan Calvo trails Pitsenberger with 100 yards.
COMMANDING THE GRID IRON: Sophomore quarterback TJ Tutone currently commands the Catholic offense with 17 attempts, 13 completions and no interceptions on 120 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow classmate EJ Montgomery tallies the longest completed pass with 39-yards.
I'LL TAKE THAT: Senior Andrew Oullette caught six passes in the opening game of the season and leads the Cards with 40 yards and team-high 13 yards during one play.
SACK BY STUECKLER: Conor Stueckler led the Old Dominion Athletic Conference last year in total tackles with 114 (11.4 per game).
CLEANING UP PLAYS: The Cardinals led the ODAC in fumble recoveries with 22 during the 2012 season.
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