Sept. 16, 2006
By Framingham State Sports Information
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - MIT sophomore quarterback Rick Mancuso threw his first touchdown pass of the season on a nine-yard strike with 1:02 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Engineers a 21-14 victory over the Framingham State College Rams. With the win, MIT evens its season ledger at 1-1, while the Rams fall for the second straight week to open the 2006 slate.
MIT and Framingham State battled in a very even game with neither team holding a lead larger than one touchdown. The Rams broke into the scoring column in the first quarter as they capitalized on an interception by defensive back Ryan Quinn. Two plays later, senior running back Bryce Guilbeault pounded into the end zone from one-yard out. MIT came back to tie the game just before the half on a 14-yard touchdown run by junior running back Thomas Scotton.
The Engineers found success through the air in the second half as they went 72 yards in nine plays for their second scoring drive, which was capped by a one-yard touchdown run by sophomore Ben Grannan.
Trailing 14-7, the Rams stuck to their gameplan and focused on running the ball. Framingham enjoyed a great game on the ground as they ran the ball 42 times for 216 yards, including 106 yards rushing from junior tailback Luke Guarino. Guarino had some key first down runs for the Rams on their tying scoring drive.
The Rams tied the game with 14:56 left in the final quarter on a 10-play, 79-yard drive that was capped by a nine-yard Guilbeault touchdown run. With four minutes to go in the tilt, the Rams defense and sophomore linebacker Tim Clark forced and recovered an MIT fumble at their own 19 yard line to give Framingham State a chance to drive the field and take the lead. However, three plays later Framingham State backup quarterback Evan McCullough was intercepted by Ryan Brunswick at the 42-yard line. MIT scored the go-ahead touchdown six plays later on Mancuso's touchdown pass to tight end Chris Ruggiero.
Framingham State's Mark Peterson returned the ensuing kickoff 22 yards to give the Rams the ball and a chance to win the game with 52 seconds remaining in the game. The Rams moved the ball down the field with several successful completions. Despite the offensive assault, the drive would halt at the MIT eight yard-line as Tech's secondary deflected away a fourth down pass from McCullough with seven seconds remaining to seal the win.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Rams were led by junior Jason Hallet who had a game high 11 tackles and Bryan Ibbitson who had six stops including two sacks. MIT defensive back David Kalk let the Engineers with 10 tackles on the day.
Mancuso finished 18-for-33 with 184 yards passing and the game-winning throw despite throwing two picks for the second straight week. Ruggiero, Kevin Vogelsang and Marcus Carson each hauled in five catches for the MIT offense, while rookie DeRon Brown rushed for 44 of the Engineers' 112 rushing yards to pace the ground game.