Football Earns 13-0 Shutout of Coast Guard, Moves to 7-0 For Second Time in Program History

Football Earns 13-0 Shutout of Coast Guard, Moves to 7-0 For Second Time in Program History

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 13, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 0

- Records: MIT (7-0, 4-0 NEWMAC); U.S. Coast Guard Academy (5-3, 3-2 NEWMAC)

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

- The Lead: For just the second time in program history, the MIT football team improved to 7-0 on the season with a 13-0 shutout of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Saturday afternoon in Cambridge.

THE DIFFERENCE MAKER:

- The Engineers gained 190 yards on the ground on 51 rushing attempts as five different players carried the ball for MIT. Freshman Ashton Robinson (Louisville, Kent.) and junior John Robertson (Brentwood, Tenn.) were the top ball carriers for the hosts as they each finished the game with 74 yards.

- The run game also allowed MIT to control the clock as the Engineers held a 37:50-22:10 advantage in time of possession.

A LOOK INSIDE THE ACTION:

- MIT got on the board early in the second quarter for the lone points of the first half as senior Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.) caught a six-yard TD in the corner of the end zone from senior Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas.) for the 6-0 edge. The drive was set up by a 15-yard Coast Guard punt as the Engineers took over at the CGA 42-yard line.

- The lone scoring opportunity in the third quarter came from the Bears with a 25-yard field attempt by Cole Austin that was blocked by Tyler Ray (Suwanee, Ga.) to keep Coast Guard off the board.

- The Engineers pushed the lead to two possessions with 10:21 remaining in the fourth as junior Cole Baker (Austin, Texas) went up the middle and pushed the pile into the end zone from two yards for the 13-0 margin.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Goyal completed 13-of-25 passes for 108 yards and one touchdown, while sophomore Keithen Shepard (Vancouver, Wash.) caught a team-high five passes. Ryan Jones was 11-for-17 for the Bears for 66 yards as Justin Moffatt and Jon Wagner each had five receptions.

- MIT converted on 12-of-19 third down attempts while holding a 298-113 advantage in yards of total offense.

- Junior Ben Bennington (Harrisonburg, Va.) and senior Andrew DeNucci (Newton, Mass.) each finished with seven tackles, while freshman Sam Gozelski (East Northport, N.Y.) had six tackles that included two sacks for 18 yards.

- Three Coast Guard players had double-digit tackles as Jake Behne led the Bears with a game-high 14 total stops. Mark Wicke and Colby Coco each had 10 tackles, while Wicke also added a half tackle for loss.

- This is the first time since 2014 that MIT is off to a 7-0 start to begin the season.

- MIT is ranked No. 1 in the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Poll for the fourth straight week. In addition, the Engineers are receiving votes for the second straight week in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III National Poll.

UP NEXT: 

- MIT returns to action on the road as the Engineers head to Worcester, Mass. on Saturday, October 27th to take on WPI for a 1 p.m. start.

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