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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. 


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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