- Score: No. 20 Springfield 43, MIT 7
- Records: MIT (7-3, 5-2 NEWMAC); Springfield (10-0, 7-0 NEWMAC)
- Location: Springfield, Mass. (Stagg Field)
- The Lead: In the 2017 regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon, the MIT football team dropped a 43-7 final to No. 20 ranked Springfield College as the Pride claimed the first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship with a perfect 7-0 conference mark.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Pride used a number of big plays in the first half, including three touchdown runs of 44 yards or more, to stake to a 29-0 advantage at the half. Jordan Wilcox registered two of those scoring runs, scoring from 44 and 62 yards out, respectively. Wilcox added a 39-yard TD just 56 seconds into the third quarter, followed by a 12-yard touchdown from Hunter Belzo that gave the hosts a 43-0 advantage.
- MIT got on the board with 3:28 remaining as a nine-yard touchdown from senior Connor Hanlon (Conshohocken, Pa.) capped an eight-play, 72-yard drive that spanned 3:20.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Freshman Patrick Ryan (Westlake, Ohio) made his first start at quarterback for the Engineers, finishing 15-for-31 for 164 yards that included a 48-yard completion to junior Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.). Garcia-Montes finished with a game-high 73 receiving yards, while freshman Keithen Shepard (Vancouver, Wash.) pulled down a game-high eight passes for 63 yards.
- Wilcox finished the day with 221 yards and three touchdowns on 18 rushes as seven different Springfield players handled the rushing duties.
- Defensively, freshman Tyler Ray (Atlanta, Ga.) was the leader for MIT with nine tackles that included a tackle for loss for three yards. Nick Giorgio paced the Springfield defense with 10 tackles that included two sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss and one pass breakup.
- Springfield held a 390-226 advantage in yards of total offense, picking up all of their yards on the ground for the game.