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September 8, 2007

Carnegie Mellon tops Grove City

PITTSBURGH -- Grove City limited host Carnegie Mellon to just 214 yards and 11 first downs Saturday afternoon but CMU still pulled out a 16-6 victory over the visiting Wolverines in non-conference football action at Gesling Stadium.

Grove City (0-2) out-gained the Tartans, 243-214, and limited Carnegie Mellon to a 3-for-15 effort on third downs. However, Carnegie Mellon forced three Grove City turnovers and also blocked a punt that resulted in a safety.

Grove City took a 6-2 lead midway through the first quarter as senior tailback Matt Weil (Fombell, Pa./Riverside) scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 7:47 left. The touchdown run capped a nine-play, 80-yard touchdown drive.

Weil highlighted the drive by catching a 54-yard screen pass from sophomore quarterback Andrew DiDonato (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette). DiDonato completed 25 of 40 passes for 238 yards.

Grove City carried its 6-2 lead into the third quarter but CMU (2-0) took the lead on a one-yard touchdown run by senior Travis Sivek with 8:25 left in the third quarter. CMU then sealed the win in the fourth quarter on David Babcock's 13-yard touchdown run with 5:11 remaining.

Carnegie Mellon ran for 445 yards in its season-opening win over Rochester September 1. Grove City limited the Tartans to 210 yards on 54 rushing attempts Saturday. Senior linebacker Bill Waugh (Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte) led Grove City with 13 total tackles and an interception. Junior defensive end Ryan Rylands (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny), senior strong safety Shane Coughlin (Medford Lakes, N.J./Shawnee) and senior nose tackle Justin Fowler (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) all recorded nine tackles each.

Senior defensive end Ross McCracken (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) added a sack while junior linebacker Ian Minster (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) recovered a fumble.

Offensively, senior wingback Ian Tobin (Titusville, Pa./Titusville) caught a career-high 13 passes for 73 yards. The 13 catches tie a single-game Grove City record. Tom Flenner also caught 13 passes against Mercyhurst in 1995.

Senior Jay Yanak (Upper Saint Clair, Pa./Upper Saint Clair) added four receptions for 47 yards Saturday. Weil led Grove City with 33 yards rushing. CMU limited Grove City to just five net rushing yards.

Grove City will open Presidents' Athletic Conference play next Saturday against Thomas More at Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell, Ky. at 1:30 p.m.

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