The Catholic University of America

Nov. 10, 2008

CUA Football Team to Compete for Conference Championship

After improving to 8-1 with a win against Guilford College on Saturday, Nov. 8, the CUA football team will compete for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship in its game against Bridgewater (Va.) College on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium. If CUA wins, the team will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs.

CUA's record has the team tied for first place in the conference with Hampden-Sydney College. Since there is no playoff for the championship title, if the two teams finish with the same record, CUA would win a tiebreaker since the Cardinals beat Hampden-Sydney 33-21 on Oct. 25.

Saturday also will be Senior Day when the team will recognize its 19 seniors and two senior cheerleaders. From noon to 2 p.m., the Program Board will sponsor a student tailgate. There will be a cookout, with hot chocolate and an MP3 player giveaway. At halftime, the university will honor the service of military veterans.

CUA's last conference championship in football was in 1999 when the team finished with a 9-2 record.

The CUA football team is currently ranked 26th in the nation in the D3football.com poll and leads the ODAC in seven team categories and is in the top 25 nationally in four categories: passing offense (20th), turnover margin (fourth), passing efficiency (16th), and sacks (25th).

Three other CUA athletic teams - men's soccer, women's soccer and field hockey - competed for Landmark Conference championships on Nov. 8. However, all three teams lost in close contests and must await the announcement from the NCAA and the Eastern College Athletic Conference to see if they will receive invitations for post-season play.

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