- Score: MIT 20, Norwich 0
- Records: MIT (7-2, 5-1 NEWMAC); Norwich (1-8, 1-5 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Steinbrenner Stadium)
- The Lead: On Senior Day at Steinbrenner Stadium, the MIT football team improved to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the NEWMAC with a convincing 20-0 shutout of Norwich University on Saturday night. The game was the final regular-season home game for 13 members of the MIT football program.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT got on the board first with 9:14 left in the opening quarter as Mitch Maisel (Newtown, Pa.) forced a Norwich fumble, which was scooped up by senior Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.) and taken 34 yards up the near sideline for the 7-0 lead.
- The Engineers added to the lead in the final minute of period as well, turning a defensive stand into three points for the 10-0 edge at the half. The MIT defense stopped the Cadets on fourth down and goal to turn Norwich over on downs to get the ball back. On first down, Engineer freshman Aiden Van Duzer (Dover, Mass.) rumbled up the middle for 75 yards to get the hosts back into scoring position. Freshman Mark Wright (Fort Worth, Texas) capped the drive with a 30-yard field goal, which was his first of two on the day.
- Turley forced another Norwich turnover with 5:30 left in the second quarter as he picked off Matthew Chaffee at the 30-yard line as MIT finished the day with a trio of forced turnovers.
- The Cadet defense picked up a turnover of its own on the opening drive of the third as the Engineers had first and goal after a 25-yard strike from junior Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas) to senior Christian Jamison (Huntington, N.Y.). Norwich's Austin Roberts recovered a fumble on first down to end the drive for MIT and give the visitors the ball back.
- MIT freshman Keithen Shepard (Vancouver, Wash.) returned a Norwich punt to the 27-yard line with 8:01 left in the third and on third down, Goyal hit junior Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.) with a 32-yard pass up the middle for the 17-0 lead on the sixth TD catch of the year by Garcia-Montes.
- On the first drive of the final quarter, the Norwich defense pressured the Engineers into a fumble that was recovered by MIT, but put the Engineers into a third down and 31 situation. Goyal found Garcia-Montes on a great pass though for 41 yards, putting the Engineers back into the red zone at the Norwich 14. Wright capped off the drive and the scoring for the game with a 27-yard field goal for the 20-0 margin.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Van Duzer picked up a career-high 165 yards on 24 rushing attempts as the Engineers owned a 346-265 advantage in yards of total offense. Goyal completed 12 passes for 160 yards, while Garcia-Montes had four receptions for 80 yards.
- Connor Bourque was the leading rusher for the Cadets with 95 yards on 21 rushes as Norwich finished with 176 yards on the ground.
- Turley led the Engineer defense with a 10-tackle effort as he had a fumble recovery for a TD, an interception and a pass breakup. Overall, MIT had six tackles for loss and once again, the offensive line allowed no sacks as the Engineers lead the nation with only two sacks allowed for the season.
- Defensively for Norwich, Martin Bailey had a game-high 11 tackles that included seven assisted stops. The Cadets also had five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two tackles for loss.
- MIT freshman punter Andrew Griese (Fairfax Station, Va.) was tremendous on the day, pinning the Cadets inside the 20-yard line twice and inside the five once as he posted a game-long punt of 59 yards.
- MIT wraps up the regular season on Saturday, November 11th as the Engineers travel to No. 21 ranked Springfield College for a Noon start at Stagg Field. The Engineers currently sit one game back of the Pride in the NEWMAC standings entering the regular-season finale and have an opportunity to earn at least a share of the NEWMAC title in next week's game.