Football falls to #23 Hampden-Sydney, 21-7
WASHINGTON-- After taking an early 7-0 lead the CUA football team (1-6, 0-3 ODAC) fell to No. 23 Hampden-Sydney (8-0, 5-0 ODAC) on Saturday, 21-7.
Battling both the Tigers and on and off rain throughout the game, the Cardinals ran for 263 yards, adding 82 more through the air. Dylan Knight led CUA with 143 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown.
Kirk Rohle led Hampden-Sydney with 99 yards and two scores. Corey Sedlar led the aerial attack for the Tigers completing 28 of 38 passes for 268 yards but failed to throw a touchdown pass in the contest.
After punting on its first drive of the game, CUA recovered a fumble on the CUA 20 yard line. Eleven plays and 80 yards later, Knight capped the drive with a 14-yard run to put the Cardinals on top, 7-0.
CUA recovered a second fumble, this time on the visitor 29 yard line, but a stalled drive forced the Cardinals to attempt a 31-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead. With the wind in his face, Timbo McGarry pulled the field goal wide to the left and gave the ball back to the Tigers at their own 20 yard line.
On the first play from scrimmage Ryan Klein intercepted Corey Sedlar's pass at the 37 yard line and again the Cardinals had the ball in striking distance. After a sack on third and goal, the CUA offense found itself back on the 19 yard line attempting a second 31-yard field goal. The kick went up and passed through the uprights, but flags on the field disallowed the points, as the offense allowed the play clock to expire and was called for delay of game. McGarry attempted a second field goal, this time from 36 yards out, but Thomas Hovis broke through the line and blocked the kick.
At the break CUA led 7-0 but in the second half Hampden-Sydney knotted things up on a 4-play, 76-yard drive that took only one minute off the clock as Sean Cavanagh broke through the CUA defense and streaked to the endzone on a 43-yard run.
The teams exchanged the ball throughout the third quarter, but with 10:45 remaining in the contest the Tigers drove 47-yards on 10 plays to take a 14-7 lead. After that score, the line of scrimmage was never closer to the endzone than the Hampden-Sydney 43 yard line. The visitors added to their lead with 2:32 remaining on a third down and three play that saw Kirk Rohle scatter down the left sideline and into the endzone from the 50 yard line.
Defensively for the Cardinals, James Fucillo and Christian Pavik each had nine tackles and a forced fumble in the game to lead CUA while nine Cardinals brought down a Tiger runner behind the line of scrimmage. Pavik and Meniard Culpepper each had a fumble recovery in the game while Fucillo and Ryan Klein each intercepted a pass. Kyle Gaughan broke up two passes while Pavik and Tommie Roberson each broke up one.
The Cardinals held the advantage in time of possession with 36:17 while the Tigers had the ball for only 23:43. In the first half CUA dominated T.O.P. with allowing the visitors less than eight minutes of possession.
CUA returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. as Emory and Henry will travel to Cardinal Stadium to take on the Cardinals.