Catholic Conquers Carnegie Mellon 19-7 in Home Opener

Catholic Conquers Carnegie Mellon 19-7 in Home Opener

WASHINGTON – Senior running back Mike Pitsenberger put the running game under his cleats, as he rushed for 137 yards and sophomore quarterback E.J. Montgomery went 15 of 25 in Catholic University's 19-7 home-opening victory over the Tartans of Carnegie Mellon on Friday night.

CUA scored early into the game, as Ben Powers blocked CMU's punt at the 13:21 mark of the first quarter, which Leif Colberg recovered for a nine-yard touchdown.

With 21.9 seconds left in the first quarter, CMU went for a 31-yard field goal.

The Cards went for an in-the-air touchdown at the second quarter, despite a solid end zone catch the officials deemed it incomplete.  Rosa returned to the field for CUA and advanced the Cards to a 10-0 lead at the 10:38 mark.

The Cardinals held Carnegie Mellon to 61 plays for 199 yards, including a touchdown-attempt disruption by R.J. Allison in Carnegie Mellon territory.

CMU headed to the bench for a timeout to review the X's and O's.  The Tartans returned to the gridiron to score a three-yard touchdown in nine plays and 64 yards over three minutes and 40 seconds of play.  The visiting Pittsburgh foes added the 1-point play by kicker Connor Young for a score of 10-7.

Rosa maintained a strong kicking game, as he completed a 35-yard field goal to add an additional three points to the Cardinals, 13-7.

CMU finished the night with three sacks, which included a demonstrative shut down of Montgomery at the 8:37 mark of the third quarter.

CUA concluded the scoring effort for the night with a touchdown by Tanner Keefe at from Montgomery for a score of 19-7 at the 6:44 mark.

The fourth quarter was relatively silent, as both team held each other scoreless in the last 15 minutes of play.

CUA tallied 22 first downs and 132 yards passing, while the Cards went 44-203 (rushing).

Catholic advances to 2-0 on the season and they return to action on Saturday, Sept. 28 for their homecoming contest against Anna Maria on Cardinal Stadium at 1 p.m.

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