Salve Regina Thunders Past MIT, 47-7
Oct. 30, 2005
Salve Regina Sports Information
NEWPORT, R.I. - Salve Regina University relied upon a consistent rushing attack and outstanding defense to defeat MIT, 47-7, at Toppa Field on Sunday afternoon. The Seahawks rushed for a season-high 302 yards, on the heels of a minus-39 team rushing performance last week, and scored seven touchdowns with seven different players en route to the victory.
Salve Regina's defense forced MIT quarterback and reigning NEFC Offensive Player of the Week, Rick Mancuso, into throwing five interceptions. Salve Regina began the scoring midway through the first quarter when quarterback Robert Higle connected with Antonio Guzzo for a 28-yard touchdown reception. Later in the second quarter, the Seahawks went up 14-0 on a Carl Frye one-yard rushing score.
MIT countered with a long drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown by Muamba Muanankese, but it would be the final time that the Cardinal and Gray reached the end zone. With five seconds left in the first half, Higle completed a three-yard pass to Louis Ravanis to give Salve Regina a 21-7 lead at the intermission.
The second half was dominated by the host Seahawks. Scott Peters and Brad Russo ran for scores of 4 and 28 yards, respectively, extending Salve's advantage to 34-7 in the third quarter. Gary Galvao later hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass and Dan Demers wrapped up the scoring with a nine-yard rushing touchdown. James McQuinn had two interceptions for Salve Regina while Glen Geesman recorded three sacks for MIT (all in the first half). With the win, Salve Regina improves to 2-5 (2-3 NEFC Boyd), while MIT falls to 3-5 (2-3 NEFC Boyd).
The Engineers travel to Endicott next Saturday for the final game of the regular season. Kick-off is at 12:00 pm.