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CMU rallies to beat Wolverines, 17-14


PITTSBURGH, PA, November 3, 2001--Just when it appeared the Grove City Wolverines were about to knock off a 6-1 team for the second week in a row, they threw in the towel.  That is, the referees tossed a yellow flag four times, penalizing Grove City 51 yards on Carnegie Mellon's final drive which resulted in the game-winning touchdown.

Trailing 14-10 in the fourth quarter, the host Carnegie Mellon Tartans (7-1) rallied to defeat Grove City (2-6), 17-14, on Adam Urbanczyk's 1-yard run with 1:43 left in regulation.  CMU started the drive on its own 12-yard line after Grove City turned the ball over on downs.  The Wolverine defense held CMU short of first-down yardage on its first three plays, but the Tartan drive was kept alive on fourth down by a 15-yard roughing the punter penalty.  Aided by two more 15-yard penalties, CMU drove the ball to the Wolverine eight-yard line, where on fourth-and-goal, the Tartans threw into the end zone and coerced a flag for pass interference.  The ball was placed at the two-yard line and CMU scored from the one on second-and-goal.

Grove City sophomore FB Steve Roberts (East Petersburg, PA/Hempfield) gave the Wolverines an early lead with a 35-yard touchdown run on their first possession.  Sophomore PK Matt Styer (Greenford, OH/South Range) added the point after and the Wolverines led, 7-0.

CMU evened the score midway through the second quarter on an 18-yard run by Jeffrey Stolper and the game remained tied at halftime, 7-7.

Roberts, who rushed for a game-high 138 yards on 26 carries, put the Wolverines back on top, hitting paydirt from the three-yard line with 8:11 left in the third quarter.  Styer nailed the extra point and the Wolverines had a 14-7 lead.

The Tartans settled for a field goal with 2:03 remaining in the third quarter as the Wolverine defense stopped CMU on third-and-goal from the three.  Michael Palmer' 20-yard boot cut Grove City's advantage to 14-10, which stood until CMU started its game-winning drive midway through the fourth quarter.

CMU outgained Grove City in total offensive yards, 272-201.

Wolverine senior QB Mike Kashurba (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe) completed 7 of 14 passes for 46 yards, hitting Roberts three times for nine yards and senior split end Todd Gibson (Warren, OH/Champion) twice for 18 yards.  Junior TE Mark Byrer (Morgantown, WV/University) and junior halfback Todd Smargiasso (New Wilmington, PA/Wilmington) caught a pass each for 13 and six yards, respectively.

Senior ILB Adam Corbett (Warren, OHChampion) and senior FS Josh Sachleben (Ringtown, PA/North Schuylkill) registered a team-high 13 tackles each.  Senior OLB Jonathan Forbes (New Martinsville, WV/Magnolia) posted 11 tackles, including a sack, while freshman ILB Mike Choby (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) made 10 tackles, including three for loss.  Senior DE Jesse Kohser (Gibsonia, PA/Pine-Richland) and sophomore NT Monte Bell (Blairsville, PA/Blairsville) added a sack each.

Corbett is now just three tackles shy of the school record for career tackles (330) set by Scott Fraser from 1991-1994.

Grove City will play its second straight game on artificial turf next Saturday when it travels to Alfred University in Alfred, NY.  Game time is 1:30 p.m.

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