(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – The Thomas More College football suffered a 37-17 setback to Carnegie Mellon University today (Saturday, September 23, 2017) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at Gesling Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
With the loss, the Saints fall to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the PAC. With the win, the Tartans improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the PAC.
The Tartans led 21-0 after one quarter, 21-3 at halftime and 37-10 after three quarters.
Carnegie Mellon scored touchdowns and added the point-after-attempt (PAT) at the 14:12, 5:33 and 40-second mark of the first quarter to build a 21-0 lead. The Saints' sophomore kicker Cole Mathias (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) connected on a 20-yard field goal with 1:26 to play in the second quarter to cut the lead to 21-3.
The Tartans opened the second half with touchdowns at 13:08 and 8:48 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 34-3. Senior quarterback Brenan Kuntz (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) connected on a 43-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Daylin Garland II (Newport, Ky./Newport) and Mathias added the PAT to cut the lead to 34-10 with 5:13 to play in the third quarter.
Carnegie Mellon made a 42-yard field goal with three-seconds to play in the third quarter to make the score 37-10. With 39-seconds to play in the game sophomore quarterback Justin Post (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Will Thompson (Franklin, Tenn./Father Ryan) and Mathias made the PAT for the final score of 37-17.
Thomas More had 446 yards of total offense (222 rushing/224 passing), while holding Carnegie Mellon to 362 yards (177 rushing/185 passing).
Kuntz was 11-of-23 passing for 156 yards and one touchdown and rushed the ball nine times for 52 yards. Junior running back Hjavier Pitts (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mt. Healthy) carried the ball 18 times for 88 yards, while junior running back Luke Zajac (Edgewood, Ky./Dixie Heights) had nine carries for 56 yards. Garland led the receivers with three catches for 84 yards and one touchdown, while junior wide receiver Logan Winkler (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) had two catches for 58 yards.
Sophomore linebacker Cody Coffey (Anderson, Ohio/Anderson) led the defense as he had nine tackles (five solo/four assisted), including one sack and two tackles for a loss. Sophomore linebacker Adam Guard (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Pinecrest Academy (Ga.)) had seven tackles (three solo/four assisted), senior linebacker Nick Taylor (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) had six tackles (four solo/two assisted) and senior defensive lineman Sam Borst (Eaton, Ohio/Eaton) had six tackles (four solo/two assisted), including two tackles for a loss.
The Saints return to action next Saturday (September 30) when they host Westminster College on Homecoming at BB&T Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Kick-off is at 12 p.m.