R.J. Bowers rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's non-conference win over Carnegie Mellon.
Wolverines rally past CMU, Bowers captures scoring title
GROVE CITY, PA, November 4, 2000--R.J. Bowers, crowned as college football's all-time leading rusher one week ago, now reigns as the NCAA's career scoring king after delivering the game-winning touchdown in Grove City's 14-10 victory over visiting Carnegie Mellon Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 10-7 in the fourth quarter, Bowers took a pitch left into the end zone from six yards out with 5:57 remaining and surpassed Emporia State's Brian Shay as the all-time scoring leader with 550 career points. Bowers, who accounted for the Wolverines' other score on a 10-yard run in the first quarter, now has an NCAA-record 90 touchdowns. Shay amassed 544 points and 88 touchdowns from 1995-98.
The West Middlesex, PA native became college football's first 7,000-yard rusher on his second carry of the game, a five-yard run off right tackle. He will take 7,127 yards into next week's regular-season finale against Alfred -- a 1:30 start at Grove City's Thorn Field.
Bowers' game-winning score was set up by senior quarterback Steve Lacinski (New Kensington, PA/Valley), who ran a flea-flicker keeper 33 yards to the Tartan 26-yard line. Bowers followed with rushes of 15, 2 and 3 yards before hitting paydirt from the six.
Carnegie Mellon, who outgained Grove City in the game 386-255, failed to answer on its final two possessions. Wolverine junior ILB Adam Corbett (Warren, OH/Champion) snuffed out the Tartans' first chance to retake the lead with a ferocious hit on would-be receiver Matt Saneholtz, who couldn't control an Eric Zimpfer strike near the Grove City 40.
On CMU's final possession, Tartan RB Drew Garrod rambled to the Grove City 34, but the series was thwarted when junior OLB Jonathan Forbes (New Martinsville, WV/Magnolia) and freshman NT Monte Bell (Blairsville, PA/Blairsville) sacked Zimpfer for a loss of seven back to the 41. On fourth-and-17 from the 41, Zimpfer completed a pass to Saneholtz at the 25, one yard short of the first down.
Bowers' 10-yard touchdown run, which came on the first possession of the game, punctuated a 14-play, 74-yard drive that lasted over six minutes. CMU sustained a six-minute drive of its own on its first possession, but came up empty when Mike Palmer's 26-yard field goal attempt went wide right.
CMU tied the game on a 30-yard run by Garrod with 12:39 left in the second quarter. Palmer gave CMU its first lead with a 21-yard field goal with 5:58 left in the third quarter.
Lacinski, who gained 41 yards rushing on seven carries, completed 5-of-11 passes for 48 yards. Senior HB Jack Gillespie (Imperial, PA/Montour) caught three passes for 34 yards.
Corbett finished with a team-high 19 tackles, including 11 solos, while Forbes closed with 10 tackles, including four for loss. Freshman OLB John Bialowas (North Royalton, OH/St. Edward) also contributed 10 tackles, two resulting in negative gains. Junior strong safety Michael Volchko (Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) recorded his team-best fifth interception of the year.
Senior Ben Shreve (Union City, PA/Union City) helped the winning cause with punts of 51 and 50 yards, the latter downed at the CMU 18 with 3:06 left in the game, setting up the Tartans' final drive.
Wolverine freshman Matt Styer (Greenford, OH/South Range) was perfect on two extra-point attempts.
Garrod led all rushers in the game with 148 yards on 21 carries. The two teams combined for 540 yards on the ground.
Grove City and CMU each moved to 5-4 overall with one game to play.
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