October 19, 2013

CUA Football Takes on Shenandoah on Saturday

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University football team heads to Winchester, Va., on Saturday, Oct. 19 to take on Old Dominion Athletic Conference foe Shenandoah.

Setting The Scene:  The Cardinals, who are 3-2 on the season and 0-2 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play look for their first ODAC win of the season on Saturday in Winchester, Va., against Shenandoah.  In the last contest, Randolph-Macon defeated CUA 34-10 at Cardinal Stadium.  The Yellow Jackets held the Cards to their lowest points scored of the season, as TJ Tutone scored the lone touchdown of the contest, while Peter Rosa added three points with a 35-yard field goal.  Catholic rushed for 86 yards, passed for 128 yards for 214 yards of total offense.  Randolph-Macon forced two CUA turnovers.

The Series: The Cardinals and the Hornets meet for the 10th time this afternoon, with CUA holding a 6-3 advantage.  The Cards have won the last two meetings, which includes a 34-7 win in 2012.

The Last Time They Met (10/12/12): CUA earned an impressive win during last year's "Family Weekend" in Cardinal Stadium with five different Cardinals scoring touchdowns.  Mike Pitsenberger rushed for 77 yards and one touchdown.  Tanner Keefe totaled 22 yards with three catches.

Conference Categories: Catholic is ranked in the top three in four Old Dominion Athletic Conference categories, CUA leads in field goals (3-3) and sacks (14 sacks for 111 yards).  The Cards are ranked No. 2 in 4th-down conversions and ranked No. 3 in rushing offense with 207.8 yards per game with 1039 yards on the season.

Individual ODAC Leaders: Among the individual Old Dominion Athletic Conference awards, five Cardinals make the top five on both sides of the ball.  Anthony Albanese is ranked No. 1 in sacks with five on his own, fellow classmate Mark D'Annibale follows with three solo sacks as No. 2.  The duo is also ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in tackles for loss.  Peter Rose is ranked No. 3 in scoring (kick) going 18-of-19 in PATs and 3-3 in field goals.  Mike Pitsenberger is ranked No. 5 in rushing with 468 yards and an average 93.6 per game.  Andrew Ouellette is listed as No. 5 in receptions per game with 26 catches for 210 yards and a long 22 on the year.

Good On The Go: The Cardinals ground game has been excellent thanks to Mike Pitsenberger and Nick Cortese.  With 1039 so far this season, CUA's ground effort outweighs their opponents who have only rushed for 783 yards.

Cardinal Red Zone Takeover: CUA is second in the ODAC in red zone efficiency, converting 85.7% of its chances (18-21).  The Cardinals have scored 15 touchdowns and three field goals inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

Up Next: The Cards return to the nest to host Emory & Henry on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.

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