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#14 Tartans Drop 21-14 Contest at Grove City

#14 Tartans Drop 21-14 Contest at Grove City

(GROVE CITY, Pa.) – The Carnegie Mellon University football team, ranked 14th nationally, traveled to Grove City, Pennsylvania on Saturday night and dropped a 21-14 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game to the Wolverines of Grove City College.

Game Information
Carnegie Mellon 14, Grove City 21
: Carnegie Mellon (3-1, 3-1 PAC), Grove City (4-0, 4-0 PAC)
Grove City, Pa. (Robert E. Thorn Field)

How it Happened

  • A scoreless first quarter saw a blocked field goal by Carnegie Mellon's sophomore Luke Nalewajk and a missed 43-yard field goal by the Cardinal and Gray.
  • With 4:44 to play in the first half, Grove City capped off a six-play, 73-yard drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Logan Pfeuffer which resulted in a touchdown to give the home team a 7-0 lead.
  • Wolverines Shay Aitken intercepted Ben Mills with 1:27 left in the in the half and Grove City then put together an eight-play, 61-yard drive that ended on Pfeuffer's second touchdown run of the half. This time the signal caller scrambled 20 yards for the score with five seconds left on the clock in the first half.
  • Grove City took the opening kickoff of the second half and used 7:46 of the clock to take a 21-0 lead. The 12-play, 75-yard drive was capped off when Pfeuffer connected with Scott Frazier on a 3-yard touchdown on a quick out.
  • Carnegie Mellon answered with a 15-play, 74-yard touchdown drive that took 6:31 off the clock and was finished with a 1-yard run by sophomore Joey McGinnis IV to make the score 21-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
  • With 1:15 to play, the Tartans cut the deficit to 21-14 when Mills found senior Kaveh Wojtowich in the back of the end zone on a 7-yard touchdown strike.


  • Grove City outgained Carnegie Mellon 326-278 in total offense, but the Tartans held the edge on the ground 143-97.
  • Senior Tre Vasiliadis led the rushing attack for the Cardinal and Gray with 98 yards on 21 carries while sophomore Will Bouma carried the ball five times for 43 yards.
  • Carnegie Mellon's defense was led by senior Robert Coury with 12 tackles. Senior Thomas Coury ended with nine tackles.
  • Pfeuffer led the Wolverines with two rushing touchdowns and completed 16-of-30 for 229 yards and a touchdown.

Game Notes

  • The Tartans lead the all-time series over the Wolverines 37-24-2.
  • It was Robert Coury's 11th career game recording double digit tackles.
  • Robert Coury moved into fifth place in program history with 241 tackles for his career. He needs six more to move into fourth.
  • Mills moved into sixth in program history in career passing yards and now has 4,315.

Thoughts From Head Coach Ryan Larsen

  • "Today was a tough loss that we need to learn a lot from. I'm proud of how our team fought for all 60 minutes, but we cannot make some of the mistakes we made and expect to win. We will watch this film, learn, and then move on to Allegheny with our focus being on going 1-0."

Up Next

  • Carnegie Mellon will travel to Meadville, Pennsylvania on Saturday, September 30 to play the Gator of Allegheny College. Kick is set for 7:00 p.m.