October 5, 2010

CUA hits the road to face No. 23 Yellowjackets

WASHINGTON - The Cardinals look to snap their three-game losing streak on Saturday as CUA heads on the road to take on Randolph-Macon.  CUA put forth a strong effort last weekend before falling to Hampden-Sydney by a 35-27 score.  The Cardinals racked up 424 yards of offense led by freshman Mike Pitsenberger with 186 rushing yards.  Randolph-Macon meanwhile downed Emory & Henry 34-22 on the road to move to 5-0.  The Yellowjackets are ranked 23rd in this week's AFCA DIII poll.

CUA meets Randolph-Macon for the 32nd time this weekend with the Yellow Jackets leading the series 17-13-1.  RMC has won the last three meetings, including last year's 31-21 showdown in Washington, D.C. The Cardinals last win in the series was a 14-7 victory in 2006.

Freshman Mike Pitsenberger seems to get better with each passing week.  Against Hampden-Sydney, Pitsenberger ran for a season-best 186 yards on 36 carries (5.2 per carry).  On the year Pitsenberger is second in the ODAC with 567 yards and his 113.4 yards per game ranks third.

The Cardinals are currently second in the ODAC in rush defense, allowing only 95.4 yards per game.  CUA has held three of its five opponents below 100 rushing yards with a season-best of 60 coming vs. Apprentice School.

CUA registered a season best four takeaways against Hampden-Sydney.  Scotty Braswell intercepted two passes, and Dylan O'Shea recovered a pair of fumbles.  The Cardinals have now totaled 12 takeaways this season and currently sit second in the ODAC at +6 in turnover margin.

Led by Andrew Ouellette's 28.8 per return average, CUA ranks 27th nationally in kick return average.  Ouellette is 17th in the nation in average return, with a long of 58 coming at Albright.

For more information on this weekend's contest, check out this week's game notes.

The Cardinals and Yellowjackets will get things started at 1:00 on Saturday from Day Field in Ashland, Va.  The game will be shown live on Randolph-Macon's website.

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