Cardinals close out road schedule with trip to Guilford

WASHINGTON - The CUA football team closes out its 2010 road schedule on Saturday as the Cardinals travel to North Carolina to take on Guilford.  The Cardinals are looking to bounce back following a tough loss to Washington and Lee a week ago in the first-ever home night game at CUA.  The Cardinals allowed season highs in total yards and rush yards against the potent Generals offense.  The Quakers meanwhile are still searching for their first win of the season after falling to nationally ranked Hampden-Sydney in Virginia.

The Cardinals and Quakers have met 11 previous times with Guilford having won six of the meetings, including last season.  CUA's last win in the series came in 2008 when the Cardinals earned a 49-34 victory.

The future looks promising for CUA's rushing attack after freshman Nick Cortese ran for a career-best 95 yards on 19 carries vs. Washington and Lee.  Cortese was filling in for his injured classmate Mike Pitsenberger, who leads the Cardinals with 755 yards on 169 carries and is averaging 108 yards per game.

Senior linebacker Christian Pavik made his presence felt against Washington and Lee's option offense.  The Maryland native recorded a career-high 13 tackles, including ten solo stops, as well as a fumble recovery in the contest against the Generals.  The 13 tackles are the most by any CUA player in a game this season.

The Cardinals are averaging more points on the road this season than at home.  In four road games CUA has scored an average of 27 points, including three straight games of at least 28.  In four home games the Cardinals are averaging 24 points, including their season-low of 14 on two occasions.

A major reason why quarterback Greg Cordivari has been able to throw for at least 200 yards in each game is that CUA has allowed only eight sacks this season.  That mark ranks second best in the ODAC.  The Cardinals did not surrender a sack against Albright, Hampden-Sydney, Emory and Henry and Washington and Lee.

For more information on the CUA – Guilford matchup, check out this week's game notes.

CUA and Guilford will get things started beginning at 1:00 on Saturday from Greensboro, N.C.  Fans can watch the game live here.