Sept. 10, 2005
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - Rams quarterback Joe Engelbert rushed in a successul two-point conversion after a late fourth-quarter touchdown to lift Framingham State to a 14-7 come-from-behind victory over MIT at Maple Street Field in the 2005 season opener. The Engineers had multiple opportunities to change their fortune, but two turnovers and two missed field goals hampered Tech's effort.
Engelbert, who finished the game with 209 yards passing, tossed the first of his two touchdowns with 3:05 left in the first quarter to give Framingham the early lead. John Piecewicz hauled in the five-yard scoring reception to cap a seven-play, 47-yard drive. Ton Kasuba failed to convert the extra-point attempt to leave the Rams with a six-point advantage.
The Cardinal and Gray responded immediately, driving 60 yards in six plays to knot the score. Academic All-America wideout Tom Kilpatrick completed the drive with a 35-yard reception from rookie slinger Stephen Toth. The typically-reliable Matt Ramirez opened his senior campaign with a perfect PAT on the ensuing play to push the Engineers in front.
Tech took the 7-6 edge into halftime, despite stumbling in the second quarter. Although rookie David Nackoul made a nice interception around midfield with 8:31 left in the half, MIT handed the ball right back with an untimely fumble. The Engineers forced a quick three and out to give Tech's offense another crack at expanding the lead. Despite charging down the field behind a game-long 14-play, 81-yard drive, Ramirez was slightly wide on a 30-yard field goal inside the final 30 seconds of the half.
The MIT defense looked strong in the third stanza, yielding just 10 plays and 26 yards in three Framingham State possessions. Senior linebacker Phil Zakielarz paced the defensive unit with a game-high nine tackles. Offensively, MIT compiled nearly 100 yards in the frame, including a 12-play drive at the end of the quarter that resulted in Tech's second missed field goal of the day.
With seven minutes remaining on the clock, the Rams mustered a strong drive highlighted by a 36-yard reception to Bill Meuse. On the fifth play of the series, with just over five minutes left, Joe Engelbert hooked up with John Piecewicz for the second time on a six-yard slant that led to the winning score.
MIT outgained Framingham State, 331-309 in total offense, including a 144-96 advantage on the ground. Toth completed 18 of 40 in his first collegiate game for 187 yards, while sophomore Thomas Scotton picked up a team-best 60 yards from the backfield. Playing in his first game in two seasons, Kilpatrick had four catches for 58 yards and the touchdown. Freshman Kevin Vogelsang paced all receivers in the game with six grabs for 69 yards.