CMU football loses bowl game
Carnegie Mellon's football team was doomed by their limited offense as Brevard College ran all over them on Saturday to win 42-28 in the ECAC Scotty Whitelaw Bowl.
Carnegie Mellon was unable to keep up with Brevard's scoring after a helmet-to-helmet hit led to starting quarterback, junior JD Dayhuff, leaving the game in the second quarter. The Brevard player who hit Dayhuff was ejected for a personal foul, but the Carnegie Mellon passing offense finished with just 16 completions out of 39 attempts and was intercepted twice. Dayhuff's backup, senior Matthew O'Hea, played well with two touchdowns to one interception and going 16 out of 34, but it was not enough to make the game competitive. Additionally, Dayhuff went a dreadful zero for five on pass attempts, including one pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown before he left the game.
This contributed to Carnegie Mellon managing just 193 yards of total offense compared to Brevard's 390. Carnegie Mellon could not sustain a passing or rushing attack, as they finished with a net 25 rushing yards gained. The offense of the day was slow, and they could not generate many opportunities to score. Brevard's defense also terrorized Carnegie Mellon with nine sacks to make it even harder on the offense. Even with Brevard getting flagged for nine penalties, Carnegie Mellon could not capitalize and score.
Carnegie Mellon's struggles did not stop at their offense. The Tartan defense struggled to stop Brevard's offense, so they could not set up the offense as usual. The Carnegie Mellon defense was also demoralized after allowing two long touchdown runs of 81 and 46 yards, as well as a passing touchdown in the third quarter. Carnegie Mellon's defense did generate three turnovers, but two of these came in the last five minutes when the game was sealed. Even the special teams struggled as Brevard blocked a punt in the second quarter and returned it for a touchdown.
Carnegie Mellon's struggles in every part of their game made them look outmatched against Brevard. However, the Tartans still improved from last year overall, and had some big wins carried by their stout defense.
The Tartans now drop to 8-3 after their final game of the season.