October 23, 2004

Nichols Overwhelms MIT, 35-7

Oct. 23, 2004

Final Stats

DUDLEY, MASS. - Freshman Misbah Karin rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns as Nichols College rolled to a 35-7 victory over MIT in the Bison Bowl. MIT scored late in the fourth quarter to prevent the shutout, although the Engineers have lost five straight after opening the campaign with two consecutive wins.

 The Bison worked with a short field all afternoon, and they made sure to capitalize on every redzone opportunity. Nichols enjoyed three touchdown drives that combined for 31 yards, including two scoring runs capped by Karin. Anthony Gaines and Wayne DeLance scored on runs of two and three yards, respectively, as the Nichols ground attack produced all the damage on Saturday.

Freshman Muamba Muanankese rushed 18 times for 106 yards to lead the MIT offense. Muanankese averaged 5.9 yards per carry, but was unable to find the endzone during the tilt. Quarterback Phil Deutsch erased any thoughts of a Nichols shutout when he found Camilo Huerta for a 12-yard touchdown reception with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Deutsch finished with 97 yards passing on eight completions. Warren Chia was the top target, collecting three grabs for 52 yards.

Without the services of NEFC leading tackler Kevin Yurkewich, freshman Paul Groudas shined in the middle for the MIT defense. Groudas made an Institute-record 13 solo tackles and finished with a game-high 15 total tackles. Rookie David Kalk also had an impressive day of action, totaling a career-high 11 tackles and adding an interception.

The Bison led 28-0 at halftime.