Oct. 4, 2008
Courtesy UMass Dartmouth Sports Information
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s football team outscored visiting MIT 28-7 in the second half, and pulled away to a 51-20 victory in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game at Cressy Field on Saturday.
DeRon Brown’s two-yard run 11 seconds before the end of the first half cut the Corsairs’ lead to 21-13. But the snap on the extra point attempt went awry, and UMass Dartmouth (3-2, 1-1) junior linebacker John Kelly picked up the loose ball and raced to the end zone for a two-point defensive conversion, making it 23-13 at halftime.
The Corsairs expanded their lead in the third quarter. Senior running back J.T. Harold ran 34 yards for a score on the first possession of the second half, then capped an 81-yard, three-play drive behind a 54-yard scoring run with 4:34 left in the third quarter.
MIT (3-2, 1-1) junior Rick Mancuso hit rookie Nathaniel Forbes with a 19-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter, but UMass Dartmouth used a nine-yard touchdown run by Harold early in the fourth quarter to seize a 44-20 advantage with 12:11 remaining. A 24-yard touchdown run by junior running back James Moore with 10:01 to play capped the scoring.
The Corsairs struck early, taking a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Harold scored from 13 yards out with 7:06 left in the period, then senior quarterback Alex Garro scored on a five-yard run less than three minutes later. DeRon Brown broke a 72-yard run with 12:30 left in the first half to make it 14-7. Garro scored his second touchdown, on a three-yard run 5:39 left before halftime, to make it 21-7 before the Engineers scored late in the first half.
The Corsairs gained 490 yards, including 371 on the ground. Harold gained 187 yards on 16 attempts and scored four times, while Garro gained 60 yards on 10 carries. He also completed 7-of-11 passes for 119 yards.
MIT gained 270 yards, 189 rushing. Brown led the way with 24 carries for 127 yards, while Mancuso hit 9-of-18 passes for 81 yards.
Defensively, senior linebacker Rich Braley had 12 tackles for UMass Dartmouth, including two solo stops. Kevin Foley had a career-high 15 tackles, including four solos, to lead the Engineers.