Tartans' football wins for huge crowd
The Carnegie Mellon Tartans hosted the Ohio Wesleyan Bishops last Saturday in front of a roaring crowd. With festivities provided by the Alumni Association and Tartan Athletics, the fans came flocking in and the Tartans came ready to play.
The Tartans’ first possession ended with a 2-yard run by junior running back Jake Nardone, which closed out a 10-play, 57-yard drive.
On the following Bishops’ possession, junior Vincent Brown intercepted quarterback Mark Espinosa’s pass. The following Tartan possession started from the Bishops’ 29-yard line and ended with a 1-yard run by senior running back Chris Garcia to bring the score to 14–0.
After a quick three-and-out by the Bishops, junior running back Patrick Blanks scored for the Tartans with a 24-yard run down the sideline, breaking tackle after tackle to find the end zone.
After the Tartans forced a second turnover, Nardone scored again, this time on an 11-yard run, extending the lead to 27–0.
The Bishops managed a field goal in the last possession of the half, capping off a 21-play, 63-yard drive.
But with just 30 seconds left in the first half, the Tartans scored again. After a fourth-down-and-one pass from sophomore quarterback Rob Kalkstein to junior wide receiver Alex Lum, Garcia ran for a touchdown from the 1-yard-line. At halftime, the score was 34–3.
The third quarter was scoreless until the 4:50 mark, when junior running back Jared Delello ran one in from nine yards out, bringing the score to 41–3.
The Bishops scored once more on a pass by Espinosa to Rayce Risser for a 9-yard touchdown reception, but that would be the last score of the game. The Tartans won 41–10.
The Tartans finished with 422 all-purpose yards, 300 of them with the running game. Garcia’s 76 yards moved him up to 13th all-time in Tartans rushing with 1,439 career rushing yards. Sophomore inside linebacker Eric Rolfes, who had eight tackles, led the stifling Tartans defense. Junior linebacker Nick Karabin forced two fumbles in the game, adding six tackles as well.
With this win, Carnegie Mellon football is at 499 wins since the team’s founding. After a bye in the upcoming week, the Tartans will play Wittenberg University on Saturday, Oct. 22, where they will look to end the journey to 500 wins.