Turnovers plague Cardinals in Senior Day loss to Eagles

Turnovers plague Cardinals in Senior Day loss to Eagles

WASHINGTON – Bridgewater jumped out to a 28-0 lead on Saturday and spoiled the Cardinals Senior Day by downing CUA 42-14.  CUA (3-7, 2-5 ODAC) committed six turnovers on the day, which the Eagles converted into 21 points to finish the year at 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the ODAC.

After CUA received the opening kick-off and was driving, Bridgewater picked off the first of five Cardinal passes on the day, and then drove 51 yards in five plays to go on top 7-0 with 10:59 to play in the 1st.

Following a three-and-out by CUA, the Eagles took a 14-0 lead when Willie Logan rushed in from a yard out.

Midway through the 2nd, the Cardinals fumbled the ball away, and Bridgewater took advantage once again, this time covering 80 yards in 11 plays, capped by a one-yard TD by Jacob Wright to make it 21-0.

Bridgewater went up by four scores on the first possession of the 3rd when the Eagles went 64 yards in 3:51 and received a four-yard scoring strike from Logan to Jayme Perry to make it 28-0.

CUA then responded with its best drive of the afternoon to get on the board for the first time. 

The Cardinals covered 53 yards in 13 plays, capped by a one-yard touchdown by Mike Pitsenberger to cut the lead to 21.  Pitsenberger's score gave him 10 rushing TDs on the year, making him the first Cardinal with double-digit rushing touchdowns since Dan Boyle scored 14 in 2000.

Trailing 35-7 in the 4th, CUA added its second score of the day when senior Mike McCarthy plunged in from two yards out to cap his career with a score.

The Eagles added one final touchdown to set the final tally at 42-14.

Logan had a strong all-around day for the Eagles, finishing 17 of 22 through the air for 245 yards and two scores, to go along with 97 yards rushing on 16 carries.

Pitsenberger finished with 56 yards on 15 carries for CUA, while senior Kyle Bernard came on in relief at quarterback and completed 6 of 8 passes for 35 yards.

Senior Alonzo Cooke led the Cards in receiving, catching four passes for 49 yards.

Senior Kevin Ross closed his career out with 11 tackles, including one for loss, and a sack, while junior Conor Stueckler added 10 stops.

CUA converted 7 of 14 3rd down chances, while Bridgewater was 9 of 15, but the Eagles finished with a 452 to 227 advantage in total yards.