- Score: MIT 38, Catholic 21
- Records: MIT (3-1, 1-0 NEWMAC); Catholic (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC)
- Location: Washington, D.C. (Cardinal Stadium)
- The Lead: Led by a career-high 185 yards and three rushing touchdowns by sophomore John Robertson (Brentwood, Tenn.), the MIT football team opened NEWMAC play with a convincing 38-21 road win at Catholic on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers are now 2-0 on the road this season after today's win in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT got on the board on its first drive of the game as Connor Hanlon (Conshohocken, Pa.) scored on a 77-yard touchdown pass by junior QB Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas) for the 7-0 edge. The scored remained that way until just 26 seconds remained in the opening period as Goyal took it in from six yards out for his second rushing TD in as many games and a 14-0 advantage.
- The Cardinals answered with just over six minutes left in the seconds when quarterback Alejandro Ros scored from one yard out to cap a six-play, 56-yard drive. Catholic kept up the pressure as the Cardinals picked off Goyal on the first play of the next drive, turning that into seven points on a one-yard TD by Chance LeGrand.
- A busy second quarter continued on a 15-yard Robertson touchdown with 46 seconds left before halftime put MIT back up 21-14. The Cardinals weren't done though as Blake Gomez caught an 11-yard pass from Ros to make it 21-21 at the break. Catholic put together the tying drive of 63 yards and six plays in just 36 seconds, led by a 42-yard pass to Andrew Lunarola.
- The second half belonged to the Engineers as Robertson scored from nine yards out early in the third quarter to put MIT ahead for good at 28-21. Mark Wright (Fort Worth, Texas) converted a 22-yard field goal, followed by a late 31-yard touchdown run up the far sideline by Robertson to account for the 38-21 final. The Cardinals had one last drive late, but that was ended by an interception near midfield by MIT's Mitch Maisel (Newtown, Pa.).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Engineers dominated the time of possession with a 37:41-22:19 advantage while racking up 493 yards of total offense. Goyal threw for 269 yards on 25 completions and a pair of TD's, while Robertson's 185-yard, three-TD showing led a 224-yard overall rushing attack. MIT also forced three turnovers with a pair of Catholic fumbles and Maisel's late interception.
- Goyal was 25-for-35 on the day in the air for 269 to go along with 29 yards on six rushes. Hanlon had a team-high 93 yards receiving on five catches, while junior Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.) posted a game-high nine receptions for 78 yards.
- For Catholic, Ros completed 14 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown, while LeGrand finished with 115 yards on 22 rushes and a touchdown.
- Defensively, senior captain Matt Nicolai (Northport, N.Y.) was the MIT leader with nine tackles, while the Cardinals were paced by a 13-tackle outing from Anthony Santo. Overall, Catholic had four players with double-digit tackles.
- MIT is back in action on Saturday, September 30th as the Engineers travel to the Merchant Marine Academy for a Noon start.