Cardinals fall to Gallaudet 47-27

Cardinals fall to Gallaudet 47-27

WASHINGTON – CUA suffered its first loss of the 2012 season on Friday evening, dropping a 47-27 decision to Gallaudet.  The Bison broke a 7-7 first quarter tie with 28 of the next 35 points to even their record at 1-1, while dropping the Cardinals to 1-1.

CUA created an early turnover by forcing a Gallaudet fumble, and five plays later, Greg Cordivari hit Wes Stringfield for a six-yard touchdown and a 7-0 Cardinals lead.

Late in the first, the Bison pulled even when Todd Bonheyo hit Ryne Worsham for a four-yard score.

Cordivari was picked off by Tony Tatum early in the second quarter, giving the Bison the ball at their own 26.  After a lengthy drive, the Bison were forced to punt, but rather than kick, Gallaudet faked the punt and Shelby Bean hit Ryan Bonheyo for 27 yards and a first down at the CUA 10-yard line.

On the very next play, Tatum hauled in a 10-yard scoring strike from Todd Bonheyo to give the Bison their first lead of the night.

On CUA's next drive, Gallaudet forced a Cardinals fumble, which Nico Santiago scooped up and rumbled 65 yards to pay dirt to make it 21-7 in favor of the visitors.

CUA was able to cut it to a seven-point game with a 12-play, 65-yard drive that ended on a five-yard TD pass from Cordivari to Jason Howard late in the quarter, and the score remained that way heading into halftime.

Early in the third, Cordivari was intercepted by Bean who returned it 61 yards to the CUA one-yard line.  On the very next play, Todd Bonyeho plunged across the goal line to put the Bison on top 28-14.

Another Cordivari interception, this one again picked off by Tatum, was converted into another Gallaudet touchdown.  The Bison went 52 yards in 13 plays and Todd Bonyeho again scored on a one-yard plunge to make it 35-14 with 5:33 to play in the third.

Cordivari hit Tanner Keefe for an eight-yard touchdown late in the quarter, sending the teams into the final 15 minutes with CUA trailing by 14.

Gallaudet tacked on two more scores early in the fourth to all but seal the win, and CUA received a late touchdown from Christian Baker to set the final margin at 20 points.

The win was Gallaudet's first-ever over CUA.  The Cardinals came into the contest with an all-time record of 23-0-2 vs. the Bison in a series that dates back to 1906.

CUA finished with only 239 yards of total offense, including just 124 through the air.  The Cardinals turned the ball over five times and lost the time of possession battle 36:36 to 23:24. 

Nick Cortese led the way for CUA on the ground with 34 yards, while Andrew Ouellette caught a team-high four passes for 33 yards.

Patrick Thomas led the Cardinal defense with nine tackles, with Kevin Ross and Conor Stueckler next in line with eight stops.

Gallaudet finished with 221 yards on the ground, led by Bj Flores with 99 yards on 14 attempts and Ryan Bonheyo with 40 yards on five attempts.  Todd Bonheyo completed 6 of 15 passes for 88 yards.

Tatum and Bean had two interceptions apiece for the visitors and Tom Pangia led the way with 14 tackles.

CUA hits the road for the first time in 2012 on Friday, September 14 when the Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh to face Carnegie Mellon.  Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.