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Football records 21–13 victory against Washington University

Senior quarterback Phil Pantalone looks for an opening against Washington University, while junior Justin Pratt blocks a rushing Bear player. The Tartans defeated the Bears 21–13. Senior quarterback Phil Pantalone looks for an opening against Washington University, while junior Justin Pratt blocks a rushing Bear player. The Tartans defeated the Bears 21–13.

Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, staff, and alumni enjoyed Homecoming festivities this past week, including the Carnegie Mellon University football game against Washington University at Gesling Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m. The football team opened its 2009 University Athletic Association (UAA) play with a 21–13 victory over the Bears. The game improved the Tartans’ overall record to 5–3 for the season.

After a rainy first half, the Tartans found themselves trailing 13–0. “We started the game a little flat, but knew that we would find a way to turn things around,” senior Socrates Zacharias said. “Taking advantage of the right opportunities let us capitalize to take the lead. The momentum change came when [first-year] Sam Thompson recovered a fumbled punt in the third quarter.” Late in the third quarter, junior punter Richard Pattison’s 55-yard punt resulted in a fumble that Thompson recovered at the Washington 10-yard line. With his first rushing touchdown of the season, senior quarterback Phil Pantalone brought the score up to 13–7 on third and goal on the four-yard line with only 14 seconds left in the third.

The strong Tartans defense then quickly forced the Bears to punt, but a bad snap was fumbled and recovered by Carnegie Mellon junior Tom Todd at the Washington 17-yard line. Only two plays later, senior Andrew Lovrovich brought the Tartans a 14–13 lead with 12:21 on the clock in the fourth quarter.

With the score close and the clock running down, the Tartans turned on a powerful rushing attack. Through 15 plays, a 75-yard drive, and eliminating 8:32 off the clock, the Tartans increased their lead. Junior running back Justin Pratt scored a one-yard touchdown, making the score 21–13 with only 1:36 left in the game.

The Bears had one last chance to bring the game back, but this was soon halted by an interception by Zacharias. This interception secured the Homecoming win for our Tartans. “The offense really pulled through with an 8-minute drive late in the fourth quarter,” said Zacharias. “We’re all ecstatic that we never gave up and were able to get our fifth win.”

The football team will play its last home game in Gesling Stadium this Saturday against Case Western Reserve at 2 p.m.