Football Falls to Johns Hopkins in First Round of NCAA Tournament

Football Falls to Johns Hopkins in First Round of NCAA Tournament

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 13 Johns Hopkins 49, MIT 0

- Records: MIT (9-2); Johns Hopkins (10-1)

- Location: Baltimore, Md. (Homewood Field)

- The Lead: In the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon, the MIT football team saw its season come to an end with a 49-0 loss to No. 13 ranked Johns Hopkins University. This was the second appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Engineers and the first-ever meeting with the Blue Jays.   

A LOOK INSIDE THE ACTION:

- After MIT won the toss and deferred to the second half, the Blue Jays drove into the red zone before junior Kevin Lyons (Weymouth, Mass.) forced and recovered a fumble for the Engineers at the nine-yard line.

- Johns Hopkins got on the board with 7:16 left in the first though as Harrison Wellmann pulled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from David Tammaro. The two connected again with 1:04 on the clock in the first to make it a 14-0 lead after one period.

- Tammaro added a 23-yard touchdown run up the middle to open the second-quarter scoring, capping an eight-play, 55-yard drive.

- Big plays were the story for the remainder of the first half as the Blue Jays scored from 33, 64 and 49 yards out for the 42-0 lead at the break.

- Hopkins was attempting a 21-yard field goal with 3:06 remaining in the third quarter, but that attempt was blocked by MIT sophomore Tyler Ray (Suwanee, Ga.). The Blue Jays closed out the scoring with a late touchdown to complete the 49-0 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- The MIT defense forced three fumbles on the day, while Ray had a pair of pass breakups to go along with five tackles. The leading tackler was freshman Will Exson (Charlotte, N.C.) with nine stops that included seven solo tackles.

- Offensively, MIT was led by a 71-yard effort on the ground from junior John Robertson (Brentwood, Tenn.), while four different receivers registered multiple catches for the Engineers.

- For the Blue Jays, Tammaro completed 21-of-27 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair of scoring strikes to Wellmann. Overall, Ryan Hubley was the leading pass catcher for Hopkins as he pulled down eight catches for 79 yards.

- MIT is ranked No. 1 in the final Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Poll for the seventh time overall this season and is receiving votes in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Poll for the fourth time.

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