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Game Stats                                                                                                                                             September 14, 2002

Grove City falls in overtime, 9-6

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Reserve quarterback Michael Wykosky lofted a 25-yard touchdown pass to split end Chris Kay in overtime, lifting Carnegie Mellon past Grove City, 9-6, at Robert E. Thorn Field Saturday afternoon.

Grove City took a 6-3 lead on the first possession of overtime as kicker Mike Titzel (Greenville, Pa./Greenville) booted a 37-yard field goal. But on CMU's first play from scrimmage, Wyksoky received the ball from halfback Ricardo Clarke on a scissors flea-flicker and fired it to Kay, who slipped behind the Wolverine defense.

A 23-yard field goal by Titzel put Grove City up 3-0 with 9:09 left in the first half. A Grove City fumble late in the first half set up the Tartans' lone score in regulation, a 40-yard field goal by Michael Palmer as time expired.

Halfback Steve Roberts (East Petersburg, Pa./Hempfield) led the Wolverines with 76 yards rushing on 24 attempts while quarterback Todd Smargiasso (New Wilmington, Pa./Wilmington) added 47 yards on the ground.

Sophomore inside linebackers Mike Choby (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) and Mike Prioletti (Harmony, Pa./Seneca Valley) led Grove City with 13 and 12 tackles, respectively. Safety Greg Grupp (Harmony, Pa./Slippery Rock) and cornerback Dan Roseum (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga) each forced and recovered a fumble.

Titzel averaged 46.5 yards on eight punts, including a long of 62 yards. Four of the punts were placed inside the 20-yard line. 

Carnegie Mellon had a chance to win the game late in regulation as Jeff Klinefelter fielded a Titzel punt and returned it 69 yards up the left sideline. Grove City's Mike Patterson (McDonald, Pa./South Fayette) caught Klinefelter from behind, preventing him from reaching the end zone. The Wolverine defense held and Palmer missed a short field goal, sending the game to overtime. 

Grove City (1-1) outgained CMU (2-0), 212-171 and limited the Tartans to just 1-for-12 efficiency on third down. The Wolverines also held a 71/2-minute edge in time of possession. The defeat snapped Grove City's four-game win streak in overtime. It is also Grove City's first loss to CMU at home since 1995.

Grove City returns to action next Saturday at Defiance, Ohio. 


FIRST NATIONAL BANK PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSE -- Todd Smargiasso

"Todd did a good job of leading the offense and trying to make plays when we needed them," head coach Chris Smith said.

DEFENSE -- Kevin Wolf

"Kevin played a great game -- maybe his best game here at Grove City," Smith said. "We're looking for good things from him in the rest of the season."

SPECIAL TEAMS -- Mike Titzel and Mike Patterson

"Mike Titzel had a great special teams day," Smith said. "His two field goals gave us the lead and his punting was outstanding. Mike Patterson made a truly inspirational play that allowed us to make it into overtime."

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