Junior OLB Jonathan Forbes was named this week's PAC defensive player of the week after recording 10 tackles, a sack and a blocked field goal at Bethany. Forbes has been named the team's defensive player of the week in four of the last five weeks.
Bowers seeks 7,000 and career scoring record as Wolverines and Tartans renew rivalry
GROVE CITY, PA, November 1, 2000--After a two-year layoff, Grove City and Carnegie Mellon renew a rivalry that dates back to 1908.
Robert E. Thorn Field played host to the last meeting in 1997, won by the Wolverines 26-7. The game featured a 15-carry, 99-yard performance from a Grove City freshman named R.J. Bowers. Since then, Bowers has added 6,734 yards on the ground, becoming college football’s all-time leading rusher. He steps on to Thorn Field this Saturday at 1:30 needing three more feet to notch 7,000 career yards.
Bowers set the all-divisions rushing record last week with 128 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolverines’ 20-14 overtime win at Bethany. With 10:27 left in the first half, he moved past Emporia State’s Brian Shay into the top spot on a one-yard dive over right guard.
His 11-yard touchdown run in overtime gave Grove City the win. The touchdown was his 88th, tying him with Shay for the NCAA’s all-time lead.Bowers also has 538 points in his 38-game career, tops all-time in Division III and just six points behind Shay.
Halfback Michael Orlando complemented Bowers’ performance by gaining 114 on 16 carries, including several critical fourth-quarter runs.Strong safety Michael Volchko intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter, while Josh Sachleben pilfered a Bethany pass in overtime, ending the Bison threat. Outside linebacker Jonathan Forbes recorded a sack, 10 tackles and blocked a field goal for the third consecutive game to earn this week’s PAC defensive player of the week award.
The victory raised Grove City’s record to 4-4 on the season and secured a second-place finish in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference with a 3-1 league record.
Meanwhile, the Tartans enter Thorn Field with a 5-3 mark after their 10-3 win over visiting Rochester last week.Carnegie Mellon opened the season with wins over Denison and Case Western Reserve, but fell at home to Bethany, 27-16, in Week Three.
Like Grove City, the Tartans operate a Wing-T offense. Junior quarterback Eric Zimpfer is a threat both through the air and on the ground. Zimpfer averages 36 rushing yards per game and has also thrown six touchdowns this season. Meanwhile, fullback Adam Urbanczyk leads Carnegie Mellon with eight rushing touchdowns.
Last week against Rochester, the Tartans’ lone touchdown came when tight end Scott Jubek recovered a Urbanczyk fumble in the end zone.
Carnegie Mellon has also allowed 33 sacks this season.
Defensively, the Tartans are yielding only 88 yards per game rushing, led by inside linebackers Nick Zitelli and Mike Hubbert. The tandem has a combined 84 tackles this year.
NOTES: CMU leads the all-time
series, 24-16-2 ... Next week, the Wolverines conclude the regular season at
Thorn Field against Alfred University. It will also be Senior/Parents Day, as
the Wolverines’ 11 seniors will be honored prior to the 1:30 kickoff.