Chicago Falls to Carnegie Mellon in Home Finale
CHICAGO -- Carnegie Mellon University (5-4, 1-1 UAA) rushed for 340 yards en route to a 28-13 win over the University of Chicago (5-4, 0-2 UAA) in University Athletic Association football action Saturday at Stagg Field.
A pair of Patrick Blanks touchdown runs gave Carnegie Mellon a 14-3 lead after one quarter.
Chicago scored 10 unanswered points in the second period on Kevin Shelton's 2-yard quarterback keeper and a 39-yard field goal off the foot of Jeff Sauer.
A Chris Garcia 1-yard plunge in the third quarter and Blanks' third touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter, this time from 7 yards out, accounted for the only scoring of the second half.
Chicago's final two drives ended on Sam Thompson interceptions.
In the Record Books
Dee Brizzolara became Chicago's modern era career leader in all-purpose yards. With 143 yards on the day (107 receiving, 21 kick return, 15 punt return) Brizzolara increased his lifetime total to 4,702.
Brizzolara's 107 receiving yards marked his eighth 100-yard effort in as many UAA games during his career.
Zak Ross-Nash rushed for 82 yards on 15 attempts.
Blanks led the Tartans' ground attack with 171 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns (7, 11, 27 yards), while Garcia gained 90 yards on 17 attempts.
Alex Dzierbicki led the Maroons with 10 tackles.
Not in the Box Score
Chicago finished the year 3-2 at Stagg Field. The Maroons lost for the first time in nine home games against an unranked opponent.
Carnegie Mellon snapped the Maroons' two-year series winning streak.
Carnegie Mellon's 340 rushing yards were the most allowed by Chicago since Nov. 7, 2009 (Washington-St. Louis, 300).
Chicago closes out its 2011 campaign next Saturday (Nov. 12) in St. Louis against UAA rival Washington University. The game will mark the 25th clash for the Founders Cup.