Tartan football beats previously undefeated Wesley Wolverines 24
The Carnegie Mellon University football team will head into its UAA Conference schedule on a high note after moving to 3?2 with a 24?10 victory over the previously undefeated Wesley Wolverines (3?1) of the ACFC. Despite the Tartans? inability to handle the Wolverines? two-pronged rushing attack of 6'3" senior tailback Ken Busch and 5'4" junior tailback Kevin Nelson, the Tartans? three first-half interceptions and a slew of other Wolverine mistakes made sure the contest was never in doubt.
The game?s scoring was almost complete by halftime, with the Tartans holding a 21?10 lead despite being out-gained on offense by the Wolverines 212?196, including 105 rushing yards from the Wolverines? sneaky, quick-cutting Kevin Nelson. Wesley also had 35 yards in first half penalties, mostly on holding calls.
The Tartans punted on their first possession but got the ball back six plays later when senior Adam Bowland hopped in front of a screen from Wolverines? sophomore quarterback Chris Warrick, taking it thirty yards to the Wolverine one-yard line. First-year running back Colby Whitman followed up with a one-yard run that put the Tartans up 7-0. Wesley was undaunted however, following up with a 15-play, 77-yard drive featuring impressive runs by Busch and Nelson, and capped off with a 32-yard field goal by Chris Carlton.
Tartans? senior quarterback Jarrod Highberger responded quickly, finding Colby Whitman in the flat for on a huge 35-yard completion, but only moments later found Wolverines? cornerback Mario Harris for the Tartans? only turnover. Warrick was not to be outdone, however, and immediately gave it back when sophomore defensive back Aaron Lewis chased down an underthrown ball, giving the Tartans possession at their own 39.
Carnegie Mellon was again forced to punt, but forced yet another turnover, this time a credit to the quick hands of senior defensive back Adam Lovrovich. First-year fullback Travis Sivek, the Tartans? most consistent offensive producer of the day, then broke off a 27-yard run to the Wesley one-yard line, and put it into the end zone three plays later.
The Tartans then seemed to take control of the game, grinding out a defensive stop and putting together a 12-play, 79-yard touchdown drive, highlighted and completed when a fake field goal attempt found tight end Matt Dalta for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Before halftime, however, Wesley strung together a long drive of their own, moving 78 yards in 11 plays as Ken Busch gained their only touchdown on a nine-yard run.
After halftime the scoring ground to a halt, aided by intermittent rain that seemed to disrupt both offenses. CMU?s Neil Stegall provided the only points with a 31-yard field goal, and the Wolverines never seriously threatened to score.
The Tartans have next week off, followed by the Homecoming game, which is also the opening game of their UAA schedule, on October 16 against the University of Chicago.