Football defeats Ohio Wesleyan, 35–7, on the road

The Carnegie Mellon football team came out strong in the beginning of Saturday’s game against the Ohio Wesleyan College Bishops in Delaware, Ohio, seizing an early lead of 14–0 in the first quarter. The team never let up, winning 35–7. The victory was not only the first of the season but also contributes to the impressive streak of 10-season opener wins dating back to the 1999 season.

“The defense definitely played well. Our quarterback Phil Pantalone had two interceptions, but he still did fine,” said senior Jon Scholl. “Most importantly, it was great to start our season with a win.”

The Carnegie Mellon defense was the highlight of the game as it limited the Bishops to just seven points. In addition, two of the five touchdowns that the Tartans scored in the first half came from a fumble and interception from junior safety Joshua Kresge, who also recorded another interception later in the game.

“It was a good opening game. We did some good things in all aspects,” said head coach Rich Lackner. “What you want to do is protect the football, and we only had one turnover and one fumble. We got four turnovers and three interceptions, and we had very few penalties. We did fine, but we got a lot of things we can work on.”

The Carnegie Mellon offense had a solid performance throughout Saturday’s game with senior fullback Ryan Phillips and sophomore running back Anthony Ruzga rushing for a touchdown each. Although Pantalone had two interceptions, he finished strong at 5-of-7 passes, throwing 59 yards along with a 34-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Brendan Howe in a difficult fourth-and-14 play.

“We still definitely got a lot to work on here even after today’s win,” Scholl said. “We will watch the films tomorrow with Coach and we will play better at our next game.”

After a successful victory on the road against Ohio Wesleyan, the Tartans travel to Grove City College this Saturday with kick-off at 1:30 p.m.