September 11, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - MIT (1-0) rushed for 216 yards and four first-half touchdowns en route to a 35-6 victory over Framingham State (0-1) in the 2004 season opener for both schools. Played in front of one of the largest opening day crowds in recent memory, over 1,500 spectators were on hand at Steinbrenner Stadium to witness Tech's second consecutive season-opening win.
Despite starting four freshmen along the offensive line, the Engineers rebuked any concern regarding their rushing attack. MIT dominated time of possession in the first quarter, producing two long drives each capped by touchdowns from freshman Colin Clarke. Quarterback Phil Deutsch, who was making his first start since the 2002 campaign, rushed for a three-yard score midway through the second quarter to push Tech's lead to 21-0. Just before halftime, a harmless run up the middle turned into another scoring effort for the Cardinal Red and Silver Gray as freshman Muamba Muanankese raced 52 yards to the Rams' three yard line. Two plays later, rookie Thomas Scotton recorded his first career touchdown, swelling the halftime advantage to 28.
Neither team produced much offense in the second half, with each defense paving the pace with big plays. Although the game was turnover free, the Tech defense totaled six pass break ups and two sacks. Junior Kevin Yurkewich led the MIT contingent with eight tackles, including three for loss. Yurkewich also added a sack and blocked the Ram's lone extra point attempt. Two freshmen also worked their way heavily into the mix as Sam Jasinski recorded a game-high 10 tackles, and Paul Groudas added nine. Justin Paull led Framingham State with nine defensive stops.
Muanankese averaged over eight yards a carry en route to a game-high 81 yards, while Scotton added 68 yards for the MIT attack. Phil Deutsch rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown, while also completing 4-of-6 passes for 111 yards and another score. His touchdown strike came midway through the third quarter after a 68-yard connection to senior Warren Chia.