Shepard, Robertson Lead Football to Win at Coast Guard

Shepard, Robertson Lead Football to Win at Coast Guard

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 30, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 21

- Records: MIT (6-1, 4-0 NEWMAC); U.S. Coast Guard Academy (3-5, 1-4 NEWMAC)

- Location: New London, Conn. (Cadet Memorial Field)

- The Lead: Behind a three-touchdown, 153-yard performance from sophomore John Robertson (Brentwood, Tenn.), the MIT football team ran its winning streak to five straight with a 30-21 road win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in front of a capacity crowd at Coast Guard's Homecoming.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Midway through the first, sophomore Sam Cantrell (Seattle, Wash.) recovered a fumble on a mishandled pitch to the running back and MIT took over at its own 47-yard line. After a 34-yard pass to freshman Keithen Shepard (Vancouver, Wash.) gave the Engineers a first down and goal, Robertson capped off the drive with a two-yard TD run off the right side for the 7-0 lead.

- The second MIT touchdown was set up by another big play from Shepard as he returned a punt 56 yards up the MIT sideline to the 24-yard line. Robertson found the end zone for a second time with 10:57 left before the half.

- Coast Guard got on the board with 2:53 remaining before halftime as Cody Bain took a pitch off the right edge and found the end zone from 13 yards out to cut the lead to 13-7. The scoring drive was set up by an interception by Vince DeTerlizzi.

- The Engineers weren't done though as Shepard returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards to the Bears 31-yard line with time dwindling before the half. After Robertson set up a first and goal, Eric Bradford (Dublin, Ohio) pulled in a six-yard pass and found the pylon with nine seconds on the clock for the 20-7 advantage.

- With roughly nine minutes remaining in the fourth, the Bears turned the Engineers over on downs and quickly drove the ball down into the red zone behind a 53-yard pass to Chip Crowley. Crowley slipped in behind the MIT defense and brought the ball down at the 34-yard line. Ryan Jones capped off the drive with 7:17 remaining with an eight-yard quarterback keeper to make it a 20-14 margin.

- With 2:31 remaining, the Engineers stretched the lead back out to a two-score game as freshman Mark Wright (Fort Worth, Texas) converted from 25 yards out on the left hash to make it a 23-14 score. Coast Guard answered right back with a seven-play, 57-yard drive that took just 56 seconds and was capped by a leaping TD catch by Justin Moffatt with 1:27 left. Jones placed the ball perfectly in the corner of the end zone, where Moffatt elevated over the MIT defender for the score.

- Robertson countered in a big way for MIT though, capping off his three-touchdown performance with an outstanding 43-yard scoring run as he fought off numerous tacklers and cut back and into the end zone for the 30-21 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT quarterback Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas) completed 17-of-27 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown while also picking up 25 yards on the ground. For Robertson, his 153-yard effort marked his third 100-yard rushing game in the last four weeks and the seventh of his MIT career. Shepard led MIT with 84 yards on four receptions, while junior Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.) made a game-high five catches. Overall, Shepard finished with 242 yards of total offense.

- For the Bears, Jones completed 11-of-22 passes for 132 yards and three interceptions while also leading the team in rushing with 59 yards. Moffatt was the top receiver as he had three catches for 53 yards.

- Senior Matt Nicolai (Northport, N.Y.) led the Engineers with a 10-tackle day, while junior Mitch Maisel (Newtown, Pa.) had a pair of pass breakups and an interception in the end zone that ended a Coast Guard drive. Jake Behne was the top tackler for Coast Guard with eight stops as four Bears had at least seven tackles each.

- The Engineers are ranked No. 9 in this week's Grinold Chapter New England Division III Coaches Poll.

- At 6-1, the Engineers are now tied for the second-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 returns home on Saturday, October 28th as the Engineers host WPI for a Noon start at Steinbrenner Stadium.

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