HIRAM, OHIO — Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference linebacker Jon Hull (Buford, Ga./Mill Creek) recorded a career-high 20 tackles as the Hiram College football team fell to Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) University, 24-7, this afternoon (Saturday, Oct. 1) in a non-conference matchup at the Charles A. Henry Field on Homecoming Weekend. [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 lead midway through the first quarter with a 23-yard field goal by Dylan Munoz at the 7:57 mark that ended a nine-play, 29-yard drive to give the Tartans a 3-0 advantage.
The Tartans found the endzone twice in the second quarter with a pair of touchdown completions from quarterback Rob Kalkstein to Alexander Lum. Kalkstein connected with Lum for the first score with 10:45 left to play in the half ending a two-play, 27-yard drive that was set up by a botch punt attempt, giving the Tartans excellent field position. The duo would hook up again just before the end of the period, this time on a 15-yard TD pass play that was set up by a Hiram fumble and extended the CMU lead to 17-0 at halftime.
In the third quarter, CMU put the game out of reach with its final score with 51 seconds left in the period on a fumble that occurred on the Hiram one-yard line and was recovered by an offensive lineman in the endzone capping a 12-play, 85-yard drive and increased the margin to 24-0.
Hiram ended the possible shutout late in the fourth quarter when the Terriers got on the board thanks to an eight-yard TD run by sophomore quarterback George Blake (Parma) with 2:07 left in the game that was part of an eight-play, 67-yard drive that lasted just 1:18 and made the score 24-7. But the Tartans already had the game in hand and went on to win by the final of 24-7.
CMU finished with a slim margin in the final total offense statistics with 372 yards (300 rushing and 72 passing) to Hiram’s 369 yards of offense (178 rushing and 191 passing). Individually for the Tartans, Patrick Blanks led all rushers with a game-high 116 yards on 20 carries. Kalkstein finished the game completing six-of-13 passes for 72 yards and the two scores. Lum ended up with three catches for 30 yards and two TD. Defensively, Nick Karabin had a team-best 11 tackles, including three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and an interception.
Hiram was led on the ground by junior running back Chris Austin (Cleveland/Glenville) with 80 yards in 16 attempts. Blake, who came on to replace sophomore quarterback Brandon Hanna (Ashtabula/Lakeside), completed 12-of-25 passes for 122 yards and had one interception. Hanna completed five-of-15 passes for 69 yards, but tossed two interceptions. He also rushed for 47 yards in nine carries. Freshman David Klimaszewski (Fort Myers, Fla./Riverdale) had a team-high five receptions and 46 yards. Defensively, four Hiram players finished in double-figures in tackles, led by Hull’s game and career-high 20 stops. He also had a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Senior All-NCAC linebacker Oliver Dickerhoof (Alliance/Central Catholic) finished with 15 tackles to go along with a half sack and a fumble recovery. Senior Mike Brown (Cleveland/Glenville) and sophomore Josh Peacock (Carson City, Nev./Carson) both tallied 11 tackles. Brown also added a fumble recovery and Peacock had a forced fumble.
Hiram will host non-conference opponent Macalester (Minn.) College next Saturday, Oct. 8 in a neutral site contest in Elmhurst, Ill. on the campus of Elmhurst College. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. eastern standard time.