Football falls to Case Western in final game

In its last game of the season, the Carnegie Mellon football team fell to Case Western Reserve University 28–0 on Saturday, but managed to surpass the Spartans in net yards rushing 231–84 and in possession time by nearly 13 minutes.

The loss wrapped up the season for the Tartan team, which finished 4–6 overall and 0–3 in the UAA. Case Western Reserve was a strong opponent, as the Spartans finished their season 8–2 overall. A few individual performances stood out in Saturday’s game: Offensive leaders senior Justin Pratt and sophomore Jake Nardone recorded 77 and 52 yards rushing, respectively, and defensive lineman senior Mike Shedlosky bagged 10 tackles.

The Tartans played a strong first quarter by having solid offense and defense. The Spartans were unable to penetrate the Tartan defense initially; however, the Spartans increased their level of offense in the second quarter and blitzed to the end zone, scoring a touchdown to put them on the scoreboard at 7–0. The Tartans fought back, but gave up the second touchdown of the game on a turnover. This brought the first half of the game to an end with the Spartans in the lead 14–0.

The Spartans came out on fire and proved unstoppable in the third quarter. Carnegie Mellon still did not give up, but continued to fight. Down 21–0, the Tartans stuck with their game plan, waiting for a chance to enact it. The Tartans were ahead of the Spartans in terms of rushing yards, but the Spartans were topping the Tartans in total yards, and that made the difference. The Spartans came up with a fourth touchdown near the end of the third quarter. This brought the score to 28–0 leading into the fourth quarter.

The Tartans held the Spartans off for the entire fourth quarter, and the final score remained 28–0.

The game ended the fall 2010 season for Carnegie Mellon football. It left the team fired up and ready to set new goals for next season. If the Tartans to continue to work hard in the gym during their offseason, the team and its fans can expect improvement next season.