PITTSBURGH, PA. — Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference wide receiver Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) caught 13 passes for 220 yards and accounted for three total touchdowns (two receiving and one passing) as the Hiram College football team was defeated by Carnegie Mellon University, 62-31, today (Saturday, Oct. 2) in Pittsburgh, Pa. Campbell reached the 200-yard receiving plateau for the second time this season and broke his own single-game record of 217 yards which he set earlier this season. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers drop to 1-4 overall and the Tartans improve to 3-2 overall for the season.
CMU took the first lead of the game on a one-yard touchdown run by Justin Pratt at the 7:55 minute mark of the opening quarter for a 7-0 advantage. Hiram answered by scoring on its first possession of the game going 70 yards in 12 plays and ended with a two-yard TD scamper by junior running back Rodney Jacobs (St. Petersburg, Fla./Seminole) with 3:06 left to play in the period. The Tartans quickly regained the lead on its ensuing possession going 71 yards in three plays, capped by a 22-yard TD run by Jake Nardone giving CMU a 14-7 lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Hiram cut into the deficit with a 27-yard field goal by sophomore Luke Russo (Strongsville/Bedford Chanel) to make the score 14-10. CMU got some breathing room with another score. This time on a three-yard TD run by Patrick Blanks at the 10:52 mark to extend the margin to 21-10. The Terriers answered again with Campbell’s first TD reception of the game on an 83-yard pass play from sophomore quarterback Brendan Rehor (Bay Village/Bay) to narrow the gap back to four points at 21-17. The 83-yard Rehor to Campbell hookup also tied the Hiram record for longest pass play in a game. But the Tartans would score the final points of the half on a three-yard TD run by Pratt, his second of the game, to lead 28-17 at the break.
Pratt found the endzone for the third time in the game to start the scoring in the third quarter from seven yards out to push the lead to 35-17. Hiram scored on two occassions in the quarter on a pair of pass plays beginning with a 16-yard TD completion from Campbell to senior wideout Luke Lewis (Fremont/St. Joseph) and a six-yard TD catch from Rehor to Campbell. But CMU would also score two more times, including another TD run by Pratt, to give the Tartans a 48-31 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
CMU scored the only points in the fourth quarter thanks to a pair of TDs, one rushing and one passing, as the Tartans cruised to a 62-31 victory.
The Tartans finished the game with three 100-yard rushers led by Pratt who had a game-high 146 yards in 16 attempts and four TD. Nardone was second with 128 yards and a TD and Jared Delello rushed for 101 yards and a score. Quarterback Rob Kalkstein threw just seven passes, completing six, for 80 yards with a TD and an interception. Alexander Lum led the CMU receivers with two catches for 47 yards. Defensively, Owen Parker led the team with 11 tackles and was followed by Nick Karabin with 10 stops and an interception.
Hiram was led by Campbell’s record-setting 220 receiving yards and two scores. He would also throw a TD pass for three total scores on the day. Rehor completed 24-of-36 passes for 280 yards and two TD, but had three interceptions. Freshman running back Caleb Jones (Lake Placid, Fla./Lake Placid) led Hiram with 78 yards on the ground in 14 rushes. On defense, junior linebacker Oliver Dickerhoof (Alliance/Central Catholic) and senior linebacker Stefhen Offutt (Twinsburg) each had a game-high 12 tackles. Freshman defensive back Chase Laudato (Brunswick) also added 10 tackles.
Hiram will stay on the road next week and travel to Springfield for a scheduled non-conference game against Wittenberg University on Saturday, Oct. 9. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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