Usher, Mercer dominate Carnegie-Mellon 54-21

Payton Usher led the way as Mercer dominated the running game on

both sides of the ball to secure a 54-21 blowout victory over

Carnegie-Mellon Saturday.

Usher needed only seven carries to lock up his fourth 100-yard

game of the year. He finished with 115 yards and sat out the entire

second half.

The Bears (6-1) led 30-0 in the first half after scoring on

their first five drives while holding the Tartans without a first

down on their first five possessions.

Mercer rushed for five touchdowns and outgained Carnegie-Mellon

on the ground 391-100.

JT Palmer had his first game with multiple touchdowns since the

Bears’ season opener. He finished with five receptions for 51 yards

and two touchdowns.

Tim Swanson provided a bright spot for the Tartans (3-4) with a

76-yard touchdown reception. Carnegie-Mellon was without starting

quarterback Rob Kalkstein who failed a concussion test before the

game.