Football falls 28–24 in Southwest Bowl
In the final game of the season, the Tartans took on the Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southwest Bowl on Saturday. In a closely fought game, the Tartans came up just short, losing 28–24.
Junior quarterback Rob Kalkstein set three single-season records at season’s end. Kalkstein threw for 188 yards on 10 of 19 total passes with two touchdowns. The 188 yards put Kalkstein at 2,148 yards, passing Thomas Hubka’s record set in 1967. Kalkstein also broke Hubka’s record of 127 completions in a single season, throwing 136 in this campaign. Additionally, his .624 completion percentage tops graduated quarterback Phil Pantalone’s .623 percentage from 2009.
“With all the injuries we’ve had at running back, we really needed a stronger passing game that we’ve had in the past. Rob stepped up,” said senior cornerback Sam Thompson.
Junior wide receiver Tim Kikta was electric in this game, averaging 30.8 yards per reception on 154 total receiving yards. Kikta had a touchdown catch as well.
Junior running back Michael Trentalange rushed seven times for 100 yards. Senior fullback Jared Delello had the only rushing touchdown in the game for the Tartans.
The Tartans faltered in stopping the run. Yellow Jacket running backs Bertrand Ngampa and Dominic Moore rushed for nearly 300 yards combined, 170 and 110 yards, respectively. Ngampa rushed for one touchdown and Moore found the end zone twice.
Junior inside linebacker Akwasi Brefo and senior outside linebacker Nick Karabin led the defense in tackles, each with 11.
Senior cornerback Liam McGrath had an interception for his seventh on the season. His seventh pick ties him with Thompson last season and Andy Helms in 1991 for most interceptions in a single season.
The Tartans finished 6–5 on the season. After a 4–0 start, the Tartans began to struggle, but the hot start was enough to land them in a bowl game.
Despite the loss, many Tartan players were able to make Carnegie Mellon history in this final game.