CUA opens league play vs. Tigers on Homecoming

WASHINGTON - CUA opens its 2010 ODAC schedule on Saturday afternoon as the Cardinals welcome the Tigers of Hampden-Sydney to Cardinal Stadium on Homecoming.  Following last week’s 41-31 road loss at Albright, the Cardinals are looking to snap a two-game losing streak, while Hampden-Sydney will be looking for its fifth straight win to start the 2010 season.

CUA and Hampden-Sydney have played one another 19 previous times with the Tigers leading the series 10-9.  Hampden-Sydney won last year’s matchup, but CUA prevailed 33-21 in 2008.

CUA’s quick-strike offense was in full gear at Albright.  Of the Cardinals’ five scoring drives, the longest took only 2:32.  The average time of CUA’s scoring drives was 1:44.

Sophomores Greg Cordivari and Alonzo Cooke continue to make life difficult for opposing defenses.  That pair hooked up six times for 99 yards and a pair of scores last weekend, and for the season, Cordivari has thrown five touchdowns to Cooke.  Cooke is among the national leaders this season, averaging 19.9 yards per catch.

After not registering any takeaways vs. McDaniel, the CUA defense rebounded with two at Albright.  Ryan Klein picked off a pass and Kevin Ross recovered a fumble to bring the Cardinals season total to eight takeaways.

For more information on the CUA – Hampden-Sydney showdown, check out this week’s game notes.

CUA and Hampden-Sydney will get things started beginning at 1:00 on Saturday afternoon from inside Cardinal Stadium.  The game will be shown live on with Dustin White, Frank Persico and Darin Hazel providing the commentary.