CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – DeRon Brown
accumulated 185 yards on 38 carries to go along with two touchdowns
in MIT’s 59-21 loss to NEFC Boyd Division foe Western New
England College on Saturday. Stephen Yablonski chipped-in with 33
yards and had a three-yard score in the final period as Kyle
Johnson was 7-of-12 passing for 61 yards. Peter Gilliland led the
Engineers with 10 tackles while Will Gibson added eight tackles.
Brian Doyle notched six tackles, including five solo stops, as
Russell Spivak registered a seven-yard sack.
The Golden Bears got on the scoreboard first courtesy of an 89-yard kick off return and then extended their lead with a 38-yard field goal with 9:28 remaining in the opening quarter. On their ensuing drive, the Engineers (1-5, 1-3 Boyd) moved the ball to WNEC’s 15 but turned the ball over on downs. A four-and-out by the hosts was followed by an interception late in the quarter which resulted in a 17-0 advantage for WNEC after 32 seconds expired in the second stanza.
The Golden Bears tacked on two more touchdowns before MIT ended the shutout with 3:34 left in the half. With the ball at the Engineers’ 29, Brown sprinted 71 yards to the endzone for his seventh touchdown of the season. On the ensuing kickoff, WNEC registered another touchdown and entered the break with a 38-7 lead.
Nate Forbes returned the opening kickoff of the third quarter 28 yards to the MIT 45. A four-and-out yielded a 46-yard punt by Peter Gilliland that was downed at the WNEC two-yard line. The Golden Bears moved the ball to their own 25 before it was picked off by Alex Rubino who was stopped four yards shy of a touchdown. On his fourth try, Brown broke through from one yard out. WNEC responded with a six play, 65-yard drive that increased their margin to 45-14 midway through the frame and then added another touchdown with 3:42 on the clock.
A fumble by the Golden Bears was recovered by MIT’s Marcel Sanchez at the WNEC 25 just seven seconds into the fourth quarter. Three straight rushes by Brown netted 15 yards before Yablonski drove a total of 10 yards to the endzone. The Golden Bears capped the scoring on their next drive which was powered by a 49-yard kickoff return that put the ball at the MIT 36.