Senior wide receiver Zach Homyk became Case Western Reserve University’s all-time leading receiver as the Spartans closed out the season with a 28-0 victory versus Carnegie Mellon University in the 25th annual Academic Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Case Field.
With the win, the Spartans finish the season at 8-2 overall and 1-2 in the University Athletic Association. The 15 Spartan seniors honored before kickoff finish their careers with a combined regular season record of 38-2. With its loss, Carnegie Mellon finishes its year at 4-6 overall and 0-3 in the UAA.
Homyk set the all-time career record for receptions (211), single-season receiving yards (1,165) and tied his own mark for receiving scores (12) in a season. In addition, he ends his career with the school-record for receptions in a season (90).
In addition, senior wide receiver Shaun Nicely recorded his 31st career receiving touchdown, tying the CWRU record, and senior quarterback Joey Baum completed 21-of-29 passes for 237 yards and three TDs.
The two teams played to a scoreless first quarter, but the Spartans opened the second with an 11-play, 60-yard drive that ended in an eight-yard touchdown run by senior Derek Bush. The point after by senior placekicker Sam Coffey made the score 7-0 with 11:15 remaining in the half.
The Spartan defense forced a fumble on the ensuing possession, and the offense capitalized with an eight-play, 49-yard drive culminating in a nine-yard TD pass from Baum to Homyk. The PAT made the score 14-0 with 7:03 left before half. On the drive, Homyk broke both the career receptions (203) and single-season receiving yards (1,039) records, which were each held by David Kallevig (2001-04).
Case added to its lead in the third quarter when Baum hooked up again with Homyk for a 27-yard TD to cap a nine-play, 54-yard drive at the 11:27 mark. Later in the period, Baum tossed his third TD, this time to Nicely from 15 yards out to cap a seven-play, 81-yard drive at the 00:46 mark.
Defensively, sophomore cornerback Cary Dieter totaled a game-high 14 tackles. Sophomore nose guard Mike Harris totaled 13 stops with a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Senior cornerback James Wodicka recorded his team-best sixth and seventh interceptions of the season, giving him five in three UAA games.