PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Sophomore wide receiver Jamie Rieger caught a touchdown in the second quarter, but the rest of the game went against the University of Chicago football team on Saturday as Carnegie Mellon University's high-powered offense ran away with a 52-7 victory.
The Tartans and the Maroons are now both 6-3 on the season. Carnegie Mellon entered the day as the leading offense in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with averages of 471.7 offensive yards and 39.4 points per game. CMU senior quarterback Andrew Hearon was effective all afternoon, completing 13 of 16 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns. He also showed some athleticism, running seven times and breaking one scurry for 17 yards. The Tartans found success when handing off to their running backs, specifically sophomore Sam Benger, who rolled for 207 yards on 23 attempts (9.0 yards per carry). Benger is the nation's leader in rushing yards with 1,660.
Trailing 14-0 in the second quarter and facing a 3rd and 15, Maroon junior quarterback Burke Moser stepped into his throw and connected with Rieger, who was lined up in the slot on the left, for a 17-yard touchdown.
The Tartans scored 10 points in the second quarter and then 21 more in the third. When their offense finally cooled off in the final period with seven points, the game was already decided.
With the Maroons unable to get the running game going and then falling behind early, the visitors found themselves in obvious passing situations early and often. The Tartans were able to drop numerous defenders in the secondary, making life difficult for Moser. The signal caller took care of the ball as usual and did not throw a pick. However, he was forced to throw more as the game progressed and the tight Carnegie Mellon coverage in the secondary kept the Maroons out of the end zone.
Moser completed 20 of 36 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown. His main target on the afternoon was Rieger – the sophomore wideout hauled in six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. Moser found ways to get the ball into sophomore running back Chandler Carroll's hands 19 times, linking up with him five times through the air for 61 yards and handing it off to him 15 times for 43 yards.
Senior safety Greg Thome led the Maroons with 10 tackles while senior linebacker Nick Pielech (9 tackles) and freshman safety Jeremy Vincent (8 tackles) followed closely behind. UChicago stopped the Tartans six times in the backfield for -12 yards. Junior defensive lineman Steven McGugan recorded the lone sack for a six-yard loss. Freshman linebacker Jonathon Dobie made his presence felt with six tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
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