Sophomore quarterback Mason Espinosa (Cookeville, Tenn.) found sophomore halfback Rayce Risser (Columbus Grove) on a 9-yard scoring pass to highlight the Bishop offense, but Carnegie Mellon built a 34-3 halftime lead and went on to defeat Ohio Wesleyan 41-10 in non-conference play on Saturday in Pittsburgh.
The Tartans drove 57 yards in 10 plays on the opening possession of the game to take a 7-0 lead on Jake Nardone’s 2-yard run. Key plays on the march included a 23-yard connection from Rob Kalkstein to Jake Nardone on third-and-13 from the CMU 40-yard line, and an 18-yard Nardone rush on third-and-7 from the Bishop 23.
CMU’s Vincent Brown intercepted an Espinosa pass on the Bishops’ first possession, giving the Tartans a first down at the Ohio Wesleyan 29-yard line, and CMU took advantage of the short field with a 7-play drive the culminated in Chris Garcia’s 1-yard scoring plunge.
After forcing a 3-and-out, the Tartans put together another scoring drive, with Patrick Blanks scoring on a 24-yard run to cap a 69-yard, 8-play drive that gave Carnegie Mellon a 20-0 lead with :23 left in the first quarter.
On the Bishops’ first play from scrimmage, freshman fullback Garrison Davis (Middletown, Del./Charter of Wilmington) fumbled after a 4-yard gain, with Jack Butler recovering for Carnegie Mellon on the Ohio Wesleyan 41-yard line.
CMU covered the 41 yards in 6 plays, with Blanks carrying for 13 yards to move the ball to the 11-yard line, and Nardone scoring on the next play for a 27-0 Tartan lead.
Ohio Wesleyan answered with its first sustained drive of the game, with Espinosa clicking with Risser and freshman halfback Kevin Herman (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) for completions in consecutive third-and-short situations to move the chains, then turning to freshman fullback Jamal Nash (Garfield Heights/Collinwood) to pick up a yard on fourth-and-1 from the CMU 38. The drive stalled at the Tartan 13-yard line, and freshman kicker Miles MacKenzie (Denver, Colo./East) came on for a 41-yard field goal try that split the uprights to put the Bishops on the scoreboard.
Carnegie Mellon answered with a 69-yard, 10-play drive that chewed up most of the rest of the half, with Chris Garcia going over from 1 yard out to extend the CMU lead to 34-3 with :30 remaining, and Jared Delello scored on a 9-yard run to give the Tartans a 41-3 third-quarter lead.
Risser and Espinosa highlighted the Bishop scoring drive, with Risser opening the march with a 10-yard carry, then finishing it off with consecutive catches of 11 and 9 yards, scoring on the latter play with :18 left in the game.
Espinosa completed 19 of 35 passes for 130 yards and a score. Risser caught 5 passes for 87 yards, and Herman had 5 catches for 14 yards. Freshman fullback Kevin Mulumba (Fairfax, Va./Falls Church) led the Bishops with 56 yards on 12 rushes.
Defensive standouts for the Bishops included junior linebacker Tyler Sheetz (Eighty Four, Pa./Peters Township), who had a team-high 15 tackles; sophomore cornerback Chris Wilson (Atlanta, Ga./Chapel Hill), who made 10 stops, including 1 for loss; and senior safety Keegan Varner (Westerville/Central), who recorded 9 tackles.
Kalkstein completed 5 of 10 passes for 87 yards, with Alexander Lum catching 3 passes for 55 yards. Garcia led CMU rushers with 76 yards and 2 TDs on 18 carries.
Eric Rolfes led the Tartan defense with 8 tackles.