Football Falls to WPI in a 13-6 Final on Saturday in NEWMAC Play

Football Falls to WPI in a 13-6 Final on Saturday in NEWMAC Play

THE BASICS:

- Score: WPI 13, MIT 6

- Records: MIT (7-1, 4-1 NEWMAC); WPI (5-3, 3-2 NEWMAC)

- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Alumni Stadium)

- The Lead: On a rainy Saturday in Worcester, the MIT football team dropped a 13-6 final to WPI in a crucial NEWMAC contest at Alumni Stadium.

THE DIFFERENCE MAKER:

- The windy conditions on Saturday proved difficult for both teams as the game featured just 420 yards of total offense.

A LOOK INSIDE THE ACTION:

- In a first half that saw almost no scoring, Nic Rossi pulled down a 19-yard scoring throw from Julian Nyland to cap an 11-play, 68-yard drive for the 7-0 lead.

- The game stayed that way until the fourth quarter when junior Ben Bennington (Harrisonburg, Va.) recovered a fumble in the end zone as WPI was pinned in deep to start the drive. The ensuing extra point was no good after a penalty pushed MIT back for the attempt and the score remained at 7-6 in favor of WPI.

- WPI's Shawn Harrington added fourth-quarter field goals from 41 and 31 yards, with the wind, to account for the final margin of victory for the hosts.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Junior Sam Cantrell (Seattle, Wash.) was the top tackler for MIT as he ended the game with 10 total stops that included eight solo stops.

- The game featured 85 rushing attempts for just over 250 yards as neither offense got going on the afternoon.

- MIT is ranked No. 1 in the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Poll for the fifth straight week. In addition, the Engineers are receiving votes for the third 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 travel to Northfield, Vt. to take on Norwich University for a Noon start on Saturday, November 3rd.

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