Football Rallies Past Catholic for 34-24 Home Victory

Football Rallies Past Catholic for 34-24 Home Victory

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 34, Catholic University 24

- Records: MIT (4-0, 1-0 NEWMAC); Catholic University (0-4, 0-1 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: After facing an early 14-point deficit, the MIT football team moved to 4-0 on the season with a 34-24 comeback win over Catholic University in the NEWMAC opener. The Engineers outscored the Cardinals by a 17-0 margin in the second half to secure the victory.

THE WAY IT HAPPENED:

- Receiving the opening kickoff for the first time this season, the Engineers came away with a 28-yard field goal on that drive from sophomore Mark Wright (Fort Worth, Texas). The Cardinals answered immediately as Brady Berger found Trey Carson open behind the MIT defense for the 53-yard TD and the 7-3 edge.

- The Cardinals recovered an onside kick following the TD, giving them the ball at the MIT 40-yard line. Three plays later, the visitors had a 14-3 advantage after Berger found Jonathan Hecht across the middle for a 37-yard score as the Engineers were blitzing on the play. 

- Sean Gould connected on a 21-yard field goal for Catholic to end the first-quarter scoring before MIT senior Miguel Wagner (El Segundo, Calif.) found the end zone for the Engineers to open the second and get the hosts back within seven.

- The momentum was swinging towards the Engineers before a 75-yard kickoff return by Chance La Grand put the Cardinals in the red zone. Facing fourth down, Carson caught his second touchdown pass of the day from 11 yards out for a 24-10 Catholic lead with 9:33 on the clock.

- MIT rallied to within a touchdown at the half as senior Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.) dove for a pass just inside the pylon for a six-yard TD.

- The second half was all MIT with senior quarterback Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas) finding Jack Montinaro (Riverside, Conn.) and Mason DuMez (Lake Geneva, Wisc.) on touchdown passes of six and 12 yards in the third, along with a 26-yard field goal from Wright for the lone fourth-quarter scoring.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Trailing for the first time all season, MIT rebounded with a defensive shutout of Catholic in the second half for the second straight year. In Washington, D.C. in 2017, MIT was tied at 21-21 with the Cardinals before a 17-0 performance in the second half. MIT now leads the series by a 2-0 margin.

- Goyal was 17-for-23 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns while also leading the team on the ground with 86 rushing yards. Wagner added 84 yards on 25 carries, along with five catches for 74 yards out of Garcia-Montes. Overall, MIT held a convincing 210-24 advantage in rushing yards.

- Defensively, junior Ben Bennington (Harrisonburg, Va.) was outstanding with a nine-tackle effort that included three tackles for loss of 14 yards. Overall, the Engineers had seven tackles for loss and a pair of quarterback hurries.

- Berger completed 18-of-31 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns as he also had 22 yards on the ground for Catholic. 

- Jake Ballard paced the Cardinal defense with a game-high 12 tackles, including seven assisted stops and a tackle for loss.

UP NEXT: 

- MIT is back at home on Saturday, September 29th for an 11 a.m. start vs. the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

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