Sept. 17, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman Stephen Toth passed for 250 yards and a touchdown, while fellow rookie Robert Utz scored twice on the ground as MIT soundly defeated the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 25-14, at Steinbrenner Stadium. The Engineers combined for 419 yards of total offense to even their season ledger at 1-1. With the loss, Mass Maritime drops to 0-2 on the year.
Played in front of an enthusiastic and supportive crowd, the MIT faithful was challenged early as Kyle Audette picked off Toth's second pass of the day and returned it 25 yards untouched for the opening score. The Engineers responded on their next drive by driving 46 yards on eight plays to set up a 25-yard field goal by senior Matt Ramirez.
After a quick three-and-out by the Buccaneers, MIT pushed ahead behind a 98-yard drive. Toth opened the attack with a 35-yard completion to Marcus Carson. On the ensuing play, Toth found Tom Kilpatrick across the middle for 13 yards to set up Carson for another deep strike; this time for 22 yards. Utz capped the impressive march with a 21-yard run on the left side that moved Tech's gridiron unit in front for good.
MIT added to its lead on the second drive of the second quarter. Kilpatrick hauled in a 23-yard reception to keep the secondary honest, but most of the work was courtesy of Utz and Muamba Muanankese, who combined for 168 yards on the day. Ultimately, it was Utz who crossed the pilan from one-yard out to give the Engineers a 17-7 cushion at the break.
While neither offense asserted itself during the third stanza, MIT's defense increased the intensity en route to an early safety. Scrambling from the three-yard line, Brennan Sherry stripped the ball from quarterback Mike Blomberg. Greg Shea wisely dove on the ball, but a rush of defenders prevented any chance from escaping the endzone.
After catching two deep passes for no points, Carson finally got on the board in the fourth as he split the Maritime coverage and completed a 36-yard pass play for MIT's fourth score of the afternoon. Ed Villard raced 85 yards down the sideline with just over seven minutes remaining to tighten Tech's advantage, but that was as close as it would get as MIT wrapped up a 25-14 win.
Utz rushed for 93 yards on 28 carries and two scores, while also catching a pass for 11 yards. Muanankese paced the ground attack with 94 yards on 19 carries, including a season-long 38-yard scamper in the first. The receiving corps was led by Kilpatrick, who finished with four catches and 83 yards. Carson totaled 93 yards and a touchdown on three receptions.
With the victory, MIT has defeated Mass Maritime in five straight meetings, and holds a 5-3 edge in the all-time series.