Carnegie Mellon Tartans football

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Carnegie Mellon Tartans football
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First season 1906
Head coach Rich Lackner
29th year, 196–106–2 (.648)
Stadium Gesling Stadium
Year built 1990
Seating capacity 3,900
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NCAA division Division III
Conference Presidents' Athletic Conference
Past conferences University Athletic Association (1990–2013)
Presidents' Athletic Conference (1968–1989)
Colors Crimson and Gray[1]
         
Mascot Scottie Dog
Rivals Case Western Reserve Spartans
Website athletics.cmu.edu

The Carnegie Mellon Tartans football team represents Carnegie Mellon University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III competition.[2][3]

History[edit]

On November 28, 1926, the 6–2 Carnegie Tech football team shut out Knute Rockne's undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish 19–0 at Forbes Field. It would be the only loss for the Irish all season and only the second time they allowed a touchdown that season.[4] The game was ranked the fourth-greatest upset in college football history by ESPN.[5]

Football at Gesling Stadium.

Bowl game and AP rankings[edit]

In the 1930s Carnegie Tech (as it was known then) was among the top football programs in the country. In 1938 and 1939 the team achieved national rankings in the AP Poll. Carnegie Tech earned a January 1 bowl game date following their 1938 campaign in the Sugar Bowl losing 15–7 to TCU.

Carnegie Tech's AP ranking history includes:

  • October 17, 1938 #13
  • October 24, 1938 #16
  • October 31, 1938 #19
  • November 7, 1938 #6
  • November 14, 1938 #6
  • November 21, 1938 #7
  • November 28, 1938 #6
  • December 5, 1938 #6 FINAL
  • October 16, 1939 #15

Decline and resurgence[edit]

The team lost 26 straight games from 1942 through 1948 (the 1944 and 1945 seasons were cancelled due to World War II). In the last game of the 1948 season, the team beat Grove City, 7–0, on a 51-yard touchdown run by freshman halfback John Luchok. The team improved over the next six years, culminating in the first undefeated season in school history in 1954. That team was led by quarterback Guy Carricato, halfback Eddy Miller and end Chuck Luchok, John Luchok's younger brother.

Modern achievements[edit]

In 2006, the varsity football team was offered a bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs, and became one of the first teams in school history (the first team to win a Division III playoff game was in 1977, when Carnegie Mellon beat Dayton) and University Athletic Association (UAA) conference history to win an NCAA playoff game with a 21–0 shutout of Millsaps College of the SCAC conference.[6] In addition to winning a playoff game, several team members were elected to the All American and All Region Squads. The 2006 team won more games in a single season than any other team in school history. The current coach is Rich Lackner, who is also a graduate of Carnegie Mellon and who has been the head coach since 1986.

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