Cardinals Suffer 17-15 Loss Despite Fourth Quarter Offensive Surge
WASHINGTON – After a quiet three quarters of play, the Cardinals found themselves at the end of 17-15 loss to the Emory & Henry, despite scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.
With the loss, CUA drops to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, as E&H advances to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
Both ODAC squads put three points on the scoreboard heading into the halftime off of field goals in the second quarter. E&H's Austin Breed was successful at a 30-yard field goal, as Peter Rosa answered back with a 26-yard field goal.
CUA entered the fourth quarter trailing 10-3 after the Wasps' third quarter 5-yard in the air touchdown. Mike Pitsenberger reached the end zone on a 1-yard run, unfortunately CUA was unable to tie the contest, as Rosa could not manufacture the extra point for a score of 10-9.
At the 3:04 mark Emory & Henry initiated a 17-yard five play possession to advance the lead 17-9, setting the foundation for the most nail-biting home game of the season.
In seven minutes of play, the Cardinals engineered eight plays and impressive 92 yards in seven minutes. TJ Tutone connected with Tucker Hubbell at 40 yards for the longest touchdown pass of the contest for a score of 17-15. With seven seconds remaining CUA regained possession off the on-side kick. The Cardinals moved 12 yards down the field, placing Rosa in range for a field goal. Rosa's attempt was blocked and the contest was sealed 17-15 in favor of Emory & Henry.
By the numbers, CUA rushed for 153 yards and passed for 245 yards for an offensive total of 398 yards on 85 plays. Pitsenberger topped the rushing numbers with 96 yards and a long 23, as Andrew Ouellette caught seven passes for 50 yards. Matt Barton led the defensive effort with four solo tackles.
CUA returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 22 with a road game at Washington & Lee at 1 p.m.