Plymouth State Powers Past MIT, 35-3
Oct. 29, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Brandon Clough and junior Jeff Mack combined for 228 yards and four touchdowns to lead an impressive rushing attack for Plymouth State University (3-5, 3-3 NEFC Boyd) as the Panthers upended MIT (2-6, 1-5), 35-3, at Steinbrenner Stadium on Sunday. Plymouth State totaled 298 yards on the ground, while running the ball on 47 of its 49 plays.
The Panthers wasted no time in looking to snap a three-game skid as they moved 69 yards on six plays after the opening kick. Clough capped the drive with a seven-yard touchdown to give Plymouth State a 6-0 lead.
MIT responded with its only points of the game late in the first quarter. Completing its longest drive of the afternoon (six plays, 50 yards), freshman Corey Garvey converted a 31-yard field goal attempt to slash the Panthers lead in half.
Plymouth State answered right back following the Tech score. After a strong kick-off return, Mack took the first play from scrimmage 59 yards and into the endzone. Mack followed his longest run of the year with a two-point conversion in boosting the advantage to 14-3.
Moving into the second quarter, the Engineers advanced 38 yards on 10 plays and were in position to slice into the lead once again, although a fumble at the PSU 19 erased the threat.
The Plymouth State offense struck twice inside the final five minutes of the opening half to break the game open. Mack supplied the first score with a 20-yard run, while Brad Largy tacked on six more points after a 53-yard reception. The catch proved to be the Panthers only pass completion of the game, but after totaling 91 yards and scoring two touchdowns on four plays, Plymouth State had little reason to force the ball into the gusty winds.
The Panthers maintained a 28-3 lead until late in the third quarter. Capping an impressive, nine-minute drive in which Plymouth State marched 74 yards on 14 plays, Clough secured his second touchdown of the tilt with a 22-yard rush. Although the Panthers didn't score the rest of the way, another extensive drive in the fourth prevented MIT from climbing back into contention.
Clough finished the day with a game-high 127 yards rushing and two scores, while Mack also scored twice while adding 101 yards to Plymouth's totals. The Engineers also fared well on the ground, with T.C. Scotton picking up 70 yards on 14 carries and freshman DeRon Brown contributing 69 yards on 11 attempts.
Defensively, MIT was paced by David Kalk and Phil Zakielarz. Kalk posted a game-best 10 tackles, including eight solo stops, while Zakielarz had nine tackles and a sack. Football Gazette Pre-Season All-America safety Dan Fallon led the Panthers defensive unit with a team-high eight tackles and two pass break-ups.