Not many bright spots can be found in this game as it was a team loss. However, one of the lone positives was the play of redshirt freshman Rudy Carpenter. The quarterback came on in relief of Sam Keller in the second half and provided a spark for the offense. Carpenter brushed off an interception in his first series and went on to finish 19 of 25, passing for 304 yards and three touchdowns.
As for the rest of the newcomers on offense, Keegan Herring carried the ball ten times for 45 yards. Leo Talavou made the start at right guard but did not play in the second half due to injury.
Defensively, Zach Catanese had one of the better stat lines of the game. The safety, who has been one of the defensive leaders all season long, notched eight tackles and a sack. Jeremy Payton also made his presence felt early in the game with a sack but leveled off after that. Cornerback Keno-Walter White was the healthiest he's been in the last few games and saw more snaps as a result. The JUCO transfer had two tackles and one pass break-up in relief off the bench.
Linebackers Beau Manutai and Adam Vincent also saw more action against the Cardinal. Manutai recorded a couple of tackles while Vincent had a solo stop. Defensive end Will Kofe notched an assisted tackle.
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