Oct. 1, 2005
Ken Golner, Curry Sports Information
MILTON, Mass. - Junior quarterback Kevin Holleran threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Curry improved to 3-2 overall with a 50-13 home rout of visiting MIT. Holleran finished 9-for-12 for 268 yards in just 1 ½ quarters of playing time.
Curry scored a touchdown on each of its first four possessions of the game. Brandon Benoit opened the floodgates on a one-yard scoring run that was set up by a 59-yard pass reception by Jon Jones who was tackled just shy of the goal line. Jones got his own score on the next Colonels' drive, hauling in a 16-yard pass from Holleran. With 5:05 left in the quarter, Holleran did a quarterback sneak from the one-yard line for the score, then minutes later, connected with Denis Hill on a 45-yard scoring pass to give the hosts a 29-0 edge heading into the second frame.
A 48-yard touchdown strike from Holleran to Jim Pascarelli early in the second quarter had the Engineers in a 36-0 hole at the break. The two teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter. Michael Noonan's 22-yard scamper capped a 10-play, 81-yard drive for Curry. Four minutes later, the Engineers finally dented the scoreboard when tight end Chris Ruggiero connected with Thomas Franklin for a touchdown on a three-yard pass play.
Angel Heredia notched the Colonels seventh and final touchdown of the afternoon on a 32-yard run early in the fourth quarter. After the Engineers turned the ball over on downs at the Curry two-yard line with 12 seconds remaining in the game, Derek Grinkin fumbled in his own end zone. Tech's Matt Marshall fell on the ball for the score that accounted for the 50-13 final.
MIT lost the battle of turnovers by coughing up one fumble and four interceptions. The Colonels lone miscue came on the game's final play. Curry amassed a school-record 665 yards of total offense. The Colonels had a balanced attack with 274 yards rushing and 391 yard passing.
While the Colonels' defense held the Engineers to a scant four yards rushing, MIT established a new school record with 374 yards through the air. Freshman Rick Mancuso supplied most of the offense, completing 26-of-46 for 277 yards. Although Mancuso fell shy of the record for yards in a game, his completion total bested the former Institute record of 22 set by Scott Blackburn in 1998. Fellow freshman Stephen Toth completed the air attack with 94 yards on 8-of-19 passing. In 65 pass attempts, another MIT record, the offensive line surrendered only one sack against Curry's tough front line.