Sept. 24, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Izzy Ayala scored four touchdowns to lead a dominating rushing attack that totaled 436 yards as the Lancers of Worcester State (2-2) handed MIT (1-2) its biggest defeat in 15 years. Five different players reeled off runs of at least 30 yards to help Worcester level its season ledger in the NEFC.
The Lancers opened Saturday's tilt with a 66-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. Ayala broke through the middle and raced down the field for the score just 18 seconds into the game. After a quick three-and-out by the Engineers, Worcester turned the ball over to Steve Kasprzak, who rushed for 67 yards on four carries during the drive. Kyle Beatrice completed the first of his two touchdown passes on the drive's fifth play with a six-yard strike to Jonathan Godfroy.
Worcester State worked for its next score, although MIT could do little to stop the ground attack. An 11-play, 80-yard drive was capped by a 23-yard touchdown pass from Beatrice to Ayala, which put the Lancers ahead 21-0 at the end of the first frame.
Things worsened for the Cardinal and Gray in the second as Godfroy added to the Lancer lead early in the quarter with a 37-yard run. Ayala reached the endzone for the third time just before the half; completing a 97-yard drive with a one-yard score that gave Worcester State a 35-0 advantage at halftime.
The Engineers were able to slow Worcester State in the second half, but not before aAnthony Bizzotto returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown to give the Lancers an insurmountable 49-point lead.
MIT finally got on the board late behind the effort of rookie quarterback Richard Mancuso. Making his debut for Tech, Mancuso completed 10 passes, including a four-yard score to Kevin Vogelsang with just under a minute left in regulation.
Worcester State had 531 yards of total offense, most of which was covered on the ground. Although no one reached the 100-yard mark, three players had over 80 yards, including Kasprzak, who led all rushers with 94 yards on 11 carries. Ayala added 88 yards and three rushing scores, plus a 23-yard reception for another six to headline the day's performers.
MIT was paced by tight end Chris Ruggiero, who caught five passes in the second half for 59 yards. Robert Utz led MIT's ground attack with 54 yards on 16 carries.