Defense Lifts Tartans to Victory Over Geneva

Defense Lifts Tartans to Victory Over Geneva

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – The Carnegie Mellon University football team hosted Geneva College Saturday, September 27 to open its home schedule and came away with a 22-21 Presidents' Athletic Association (PAC) victory.  The Tartans five forced turnovers played a huge part in Carnegie Mellon's first victory of the season as they now sit at 1-2 overall and 1-2 in PAC play while Geneva moves to 1-3, 0-2.

The Golden Tornadoes started the game on an eight-play, 72-yard drive that resulted in a 15-yard touchdown reception by Josh Guiser from Aaron Channing. Midway through the first quarter, the Tartans knotted the score at 7-7. Junior quarterback Andrew Hearon (Tulsa,Okla./Metro Christian Academy) found senior Tim Swanson (Millburn, N.J./Millburn) for an 18-yard touchdown.

The score remained tied until the second half when the Tartans capitalized off of five Golden Tornadoes mishaps, scoring on three.  The first Tartan score in the second frame came following a Geneva fumble that was recovered by sophomore defensive lineman Jacob Bartel (North Newton, Kan./Newton).  Four plays following the fumble, Hearon tossed his second score of the day finding sophomore Garrett Strobel (Leesport, Pa./ Schuylkill Valley) for a 23-yard score. The extra point attempt sailed right of the post leaving the score 13-7 Carnegie Mellon with 10:48 to play in the third quarter.

Later in the quarter, junior corner back Vince Demarchi (Chesterland, Ohio / West Geauga) intercepted Channing and darted to the end zone for an 84-yard touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Geneva coughed up the football, as the Tartans placekicker, Tyler Kohman (Pataskala, Ohio/Columbus Academy) jumped on the football at midfield.  Carnegie Mellon moved the ball to Geneva's seven-yard line before settling for a Kohman 24-yard field goal to give the home team a 22-7 edge as the third quarter came to an end.

Geneva attempted to fight back as Lemuel Fuller scored on an 18-yard pass from Nick Cook with 6:45 to play. Geneva tried to creep closer with a two-point conversion pass but failed, leaving the score 22-13. On the last play of the contest, Cook tossed his second touchdown of the afternoon as he found Jeff Clegg on a 19-yard strike.  The converted two-point attempt end the contest with the score 22-21 Carnegie Mellon.  

Freshman Drew Fitzmorris (Omaha, Neb./Westside) and junior corner back Ryan Aitken (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) led the Tartans with a career-best 12 tackles.  Fitzmorris recorded nine solo while Aitken tallied six solo. Senior linebacker David Hohn (Butler, Pa.) and junior linebacker Nico Comsa (Connellsville, Pa.) each added seven tackles and Demarchi finished the game with six solo tackles.  For Hohn, it marked a career-best.

Hearon ended the game passing for 121 yards and two touchdowns.  Swanson led all Tartan receivers with five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. The senior moved into eight-place on the school's all-time receiving list with 1,223 yards for his career.

Carnegie Mellon will back on the gridiron Saturday, October 4 when the Titans of Westminster College travel to Pittsburgh.  Kick is set for 1:00 p.m.