Late TD Lifts Endicott Over MIT, 31-27

Freshman Adis Ojeda
Freshman Adis Ojeda

BEVERLY, Mass. – Looking for its first road win of the season, MIT saw a late three-point lead evaporate as Endicott College scored on Ryan Murphy's (Durham, Conn.) game-winning touchdown catch with 1:10 remaining to lift the Gulls to a thrilling, 31-27, win over the Engineers. Freshman Adis Ojeda (Springfield, Va.) had his second straight 200-yard rushing game for MIT, gaining 221 and scoring three times.

Trailing 27-24 with 4:17 left to play, Endicott (2-3, 2-0 NEFC) orchestrated an eight-play, 78-yard drive over the span of 3:07 to lock down its second conference win of the season. Sophomore quarterback Sam Ouellette (Rochester, N.H.) engineered the drive completing five out of his six passing attempts for 70 yards, which was capped by the eventual score to Murphy in the left corner of the end zone.

MIT (1-4, 1-1 NEFC) looked as if it might have put the game away just prior when the Engineers drove 99 yards in just six plays, capping the drive when Ojeda scored from 21 yards out. The extra-point was missed, leaving MIT with a 27-24 lead with 4:23 left. Ojeda accounted for all but two yards of the drive, including a 51-yard scamper on the second play to put the Engineers on the Endicott side of the 50.

MIT did make a comeback attempt in its final drive, but an attempted hail mary pass towards the left corner of the end zone as time expired was thwarted by senior Jamison Craft (Phillipston, Mass.) who broke up the game-winning touchdown bid a few yards short of the end zone. Pressure off the edge by Endicott senior outside linebacker Marjan Solomon (Waltham, Mass.) also forced Engineers' senior quarterback Danny Callahan (Hinsdale, Ill.) to rush his throw.

Ojeda wasted no time at the start of the game, galloping 49 yards on the fourth play of the contest to put MIT up 7-0. MIT threatened again towards the end of the quarter, but junior Tucker Cheyne's (Avon, Conn.) 40-yard field goal attempt was wide left, leaving MIT with its 7-0 lead. Endicott botched a punt attempt on its next possession, giving MIT the ball at the Gulls' 19. Three plays later Ojeda was in the end zone again for a 14-0 MIT advantage. 

Endicott came back in the second quarter, however, getting a pair of scores that ended up tying the contest. At the 10:29 mark Ouellette capped off a 62-yard drive with a seven-yard scoring pass to Jake Pelletier. The Gulls then blocked a punt on MIT's next possession, and turned it into points when Johari Johnson took it in from a yard out to tie the game.

Callahan put MIT back in front on its first possession of the second half, going in from 10 yards away to cap off a 59-yard drive. Endicott answered with a 31-yard field goal on its next possession to make it a four-point game and then scored again the next time it had the ball, taking its first lead of the day when Ouellette hit Pelletier with a 27-yard scoring pass at 12:48 of the fourth quarter and setting up the exciting finish.

Callahan completed just eight passes for 80 yards for MIT, with senior Seve Esparrago (St. Louis, Mo.) catching four for 40 yards. MIT gained 338 yards of offense, with Endicott getting 401. Ouellette was 19-of-31 for 201 yards and three scores, with Pelletier grabbing six of them for 61 yards and a pair of scores. He was also intercepted twice, with juniors Anthony Emberley (Longmont, Colo.) and Ryan Karnish (Nesquehoning, Pa.) coming up with the pics. Sophomore Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.) led MIT with a career-high 13 stops.

MIT will be off next week, with its next game coming on October 17 when the Engineers will play at Coast Guard at 1:30 p.m.

 

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