Oct. 3, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, MA-DeRon Brown rushed for 267 yards and three touchdowns to lead host MIT to a 26-0 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium Saturday.
The Engineers got off to a quick start, scoring twice within the game's first seven minutes. Starting their first drive at the UMass Dartmouth 20 after Will Gibson recovered a fumble by freshman quarterback Brendan McNeish (Springfield, MA/Bridgton Academy), MIT scored in two plays, the second of which was a 21-yard run by Brown. Peter Gilliland converted to make it 7-0.
The Corsairs moved to the MIT 15 on the ensuing drive, and lined up for a 32-yard field goal attempt on fourth down. But the snap went awry in the rain, and the Engineers recovered. On the next play, Brown raced 76 yards for a touchdown that made it 13-0 after the extra point failed.
UMass Dartmouth moved the ball on their first drive in the third quarter, picking up a pair of first downs. But a pass by McNeish was intercepted by MIT's Brian Doyle, and he returned it 51 yards for a touchdown that made it 19-0 with 9:29 remaining in the third quarter.
Brown accounted for the final points when he raced 66 yards for a touchdown on the first play of MIT's second possession of the fourth quarter. Gilliland converted to make it 26-0.
"They basically scored on the first play of their first two possessions, and we were down, 13-0," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "Our offense struggled, and our defense did a nice job the entire game. We have up three big plays to DeRon brown, who is an outstanding running back."
The failed field goal attempt at the end of the Corsairs' second drive and Brown's subsequent scoring run accounted for a 10-point swing in the game. "It was pouring rain, and we couldn't hold on to the snap," said Robichaud. "Basically, we did a good job of holding them off, but we really struggled on offense. We put the ball on the ground too many times."
Senior running back James Moore (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) led UMass Dartmouth with 30 yards on eight carries, while McNeish completed 11 of 19 passes for 118 yards. Senior wide receiver Blake Brown (Milton, MA/Milton HS) caught three passes for 56 yards.
DeRon Brown rushed 31 times for 267 yards for MIT. Gilliland made 16 tackles for the Engineers, including four solo stops, while sophomore safety Shawn Manning (Mansfield, MA/The Salisbury School) made 10 tackles, including six solos.
The Corsairs dropped to 0-5 and 0-2 in the NEFC Boyd Division with the victory, while the Engineers improved to 1-1 and 1-3 with the victory. UMD will return home to face Western New England next Saturday evening.
"It's up to us to keep things going," said Robichaud. "We have to stay motivated and keep working and we've got to get a win."
UMASS DARTMOUTH FOOTBALL