CUA Football Drops to 0-2 in ODAC Action on Friday

CUA Football Drops to 0-2 in ODAC Action on Friday

WASHINGTON – Will McGhee showed why he is one of the top running backs in the nation at rain-soaked Cardinal Stadium on Friday night.

McGhee rushed for 152 yards on 33 carries, and the Randolph-Macon College defense forced four turnovers in a 34-10 victory over Catholic University.

The Yellow Jackets won their fourth straight to improve to 4-1 and 2-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Cardinals fell to 3-2 and 0-2.

McGhee, who entered the game as the third-leading rusher in the nation and tops in the ODAC, scored on a 1-yard run early in the second quarter to give RMC a 14-7 lead. John Byrd added 67 yards on 10 carries and scored midway through the third quarter to increase the Yellow Jackets' advantage to 27-10.

RMC held CUA to 214 total yards. Mike Pitsenberger rushed for 55 yard and quarterback TJ Tutone added 52 for the Cards. Tutone was 8 of 17 passing with two interceptions, and E.J. Montgomery finished 7 of 14. Each threw for 64 yards. 

CUA took the opening kickoff, marched 65 yards in nine plays and scored on a 3-yard Tutone run. The Yellow Jackets answered with 2:34 left in the first quarter when quarterback Zac Naccarato rolled left and found Steven Quinn in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown. Naccarato finished 12 of 17 for 107 yards.

The weather became a major factor when Cardinal Conor Creagan dropped back to punt but fumbled the snap. He was hit by Trevor Fisher, and Marcus Mitchell picked up the ball at the CUA 11 and ran untouched for a TD to give the Yellow Jackets a 21-7 lead.

The Cardinals' Andrew Ouellette had five receptions for 37 yards, and Alex Evans caught four passes for 37 yards.

McGhee, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior, ran for a career-high 296 yards and three touchdowns – also in the rain – at Bethany on Sept. 21. He came into Friday's game averaging 169.8 yards on the ground.

RMC, which rushed the ball 55 times, dominated the time of possession (37:40 to 22:20). CUA's final points came on a 35-yard field goal by Peter Rosa with 6:05 to play before halftime.

The Cardinals play at Shenandoah on Saturday Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. The Yellow Jackets host Washington and Lee on the same day and time.