Football Improves to 5-1 With 51-6 Win Over Maine Maritime

Football Improves to 5-1 With 51-6 Win Over Maine Maritime

THE BASICS: 

- Score: MIT 51, Maine Maritime Academy 6 

- Records: MIT (5-1, 3-0 NEWMAC); Maine Maritime Academy (0-5, 0-3 NEWMAC) 

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Steinbrenner Stadium) 

- The Lead: Behind a 185-yard effort from John Robertson (Brentwood, Tenn.), the MIT football team ran its winning streak to four straight with a 51-6 victory over Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday afternoon at Steinbrenner Stadium. MIT also received an outstanding special teams performance, led by a 15-point performance by freshman kicker Mark Wright (Fort Worth, Texas). The Engineers are now 5-1 overall and remain unbeaten in NEWMAC play at 3-0. 

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- After a sloppy opening 13 minutes of play by both teams to open the game, MIT junior quarterback Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas) took the ball straight up the middle of the MMA defense for the 29-yard touchdown with 2:19 left in the first. The short field was set up by a 24-yard punt by the Mariners following a long third down.

- Maine Maritime forced its second turnover of the game early in the second quarter as James Tanguay, II intercepted Goyal and returned the pick 58 yards up the far sideline to the 17. MMA's Corey Creeger scored three plays later as he fought his way up the middle from 19 yards out, followed by a failed two-point attempt and the 7-6 margin.

- The Engineers scored on the ensuing possession though as Connor Hanlon (Conshohocken, Pa.) pulled down a three-yard pass from Goyal across the middle to make it a 14-6 score with 7:47 left. After a defensive stop by MIT, the Engineers used a 45-yard rush from Robertson to get into the red zone late in the half. The drive was capped by a three-yard touchdown across the middle by Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.) for the 21-6 advantage.

- With the game appearing to head to the half with the 15-point margin, the Engineers managed a late drive that was capped by a 24-yard field goal by Wright for the 24-6 tally at the break.

- MIT picked up right where it left off to start the third quarter as a Robertson 34-yard rush put the hosts in the red zone again. On third down and goal, Goyal went off center to the right and found the end zone for the 31-6 lead.

- Closing out the third quarter was a four-yard TD run from freshman Aidan Van Duzer (Dover, Mass.), his first career touchdown and the 38-6 lead. After two more field goals from Wright, Van Duzer finished off the game with a 17-yard scoring run with 1:26 left for the 51-6 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT amassed 526 yards of total offense, led by the 185-yard performance from Robertson that tied his career high from earlier this season at Catholic. With 391 rushing yards as a team, this was the first 300-yard outing for the Engineers since putting up 338 yards at Maine Maritime on November 8, 2014.

- Van Duzer finished just under 100 yards on the ground as he had 96 yards and two touchdowns on a team-high 18 carries.

- Garcia-Montes led the team with six catches, while freshman Keithen Shepard (Vancouver, Wash.) posted 45 yards.

- Wright connected on field goals of 24, 35 and 25 yards, with the 35-yarder being his career-long kick.

- For the Mariners, James Ferrar posted 87 rushing yards on 17 carries, while Creeger attempted just seven passes on the day. Nikolas Moquin also threw a pass, with Dominic Casale making both receptions for MMA. Tanguay, II led the visitors with 181 all-purpose yards, while Robertson had 198 all-purpose yards for MIT.

- Defensively, AJ Iversen (Kansas City, Mo.) was the top tacklers for MIT with seven stops as he also added one of four forced fumbles for the Engineers. For Maine Maritime, John Bennett and Trenton Bouchard each made 10 stops.

- The Engineers are ranked No. 8 in this week's Grinold Chapter New England Division III Coaches Poll after receiving votes in the previous ranking.

- At 5-1, the Engineers are off to the third-best start in the varsity era of the program. MIT started 10-0 in the 2014 season and 6-1 in 1892.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is idle next weekend before returning to action on Saturday, October 21st as the team travels to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a 1:30 p.m. start in New London, Conn.

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