CUA welcomes Tartans in home opener under the lights

CUA welcomes Tartans in home opener under the lights

WASHINGTON - After a pair of come-from-behind wins on the road, CUA opens its 2011 home schedule on Friday evening, welcoming Carnegie Mellon to town for a showdown underneath the lights.  The Cardinals defeated cross-town rival Gallaudet last week in dramatic fashion, overcoming a 28-0 deficit to improve to 2-0.  Mike Pitsenberger scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:51 remaining in the game as CUA outscored the Bison 31-13 after halftime.

Carnegie Mellon is looking to bounce back following a 33-13 loss to Allegheny last weekend.  The Tartans committed four costly turnovers, but did have two players, Taylor O'Brien and Ben Perko rush for more than 80 yards.

CUA and Carnegie Mellon are meeting for the third time this weekend with the Tartans having won both matchups.  The last game took place in 1993.

CUA has ridden a pair of strong second halves to win its first two games this season.  The Cardinals have outscored their competition by a combined score of 46-34 in the final 30 minutes, including a 36-13 count in the fourth quarter.

Greg Cordivari has been nearly unstoppable in the early going, having completed 64 percent of his passes for 763 yards and seven touchdowns.  The junior QB has a pass efficiency rating of 154.6 and is averaging over 380 yards per contest.

CUA is 3-1 in night games under Head Coach Dave Dunn.  The Cardinals lone loss during that time came last year vs. Washington & Lee.

The Cardinals and Tartans will get things started at 7 p.m. on Friday evening from inside Cardinal Stadium.  CUA will offer live video and stats of the contest.

To learn more about this week's matchup, check out the CUA game notes.