Football Edged At MIT, 28-27

Football Edged At MIT, 28-27

CAMBRIDGE, MA-Host MIT scored twice in the fourth quarter and came from behind to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team, 28-27,  in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium Saturday.

Peter Williams hit Karson Ota with an eight-yard scoring pass with 9:39 remaining, then connected with Samuel Inman from 21 yards out with 2:32 remaining to put the Engineers ahead for the first time in the game.

Following MIT's last score, the Corsairs drove to the Engineers' 43 yard line, but freshman quarterback Liam Cosgrove's (Plymouth, MA/Plymouth HS) pass was intercepted by Matt Merlino at the MIT 26, and the Engineers ran out the clock.

UMass Dartmouth took the early lead, scoring on their third play from scrimmage when senior quarterback Patrick Orlando (Manchester, MA/Essex HS/Saint Anselm) connected with senior wide receiver Brendan McNeish (Springfield, MA/Agawam HS/Bridgton Academy) from three yards out less than three minutes into the game.

Freshman running back Brinston Facey (Randolph, MA/Randolph HS) scored on a three-yard run with 13:37 remaining in the first half to make it 14-0, and senior kicker Edgar Osols' (Summit, NJ/Summit HS) connected on a 35-yard field goal less than four minutes later to make it 17-0.

MIT came back, driving 73 yards in nine plays and scoring on quarterback Peter Williams' two-yard run. But freshman wide receiver Abiola Abonshade (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) made it 24-7 when he returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown.

Williams hit Ota with a 20-yard scoring pass with 3;30 left in the half, but Osols hit an 18-yard field goal to make it 27-14 at halftime.

MIT began their final scoring drive after recovering a fumble at the UMD 37 with 5;45 remaining, covering the distance in eight plays. After the score, UMD began their final drive at their 37 and reached the MIT 43 before Cosgrove, who replaced Orlando when Orlando left the game with an injury, was intercepted.

"We were up two scores at halftime, and we just didn't do what we needed to do offensively or defensively to put the game away," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "We had some fourth down situations that they converted, and Liam Cosgrove came in for Patrick and did a good job, but we just didn't finish it off. We had a shot at the end, but we threw an interception and that was it. It was a disappointing loss. We had a great first half and we didn't have a good second half."

Cosgrove completed 19 of 27 passes for 122 yards in relief of Orlando, who was five of 10 for 34 yards and rushed eight times for 70 yards. McNeish caught 10 passes for 72 yards. Williams was 18 of 30 for 200 yards for MIT, while Justin Wallace carried 15 times for 64 yards and Ota caught nine passes for 130 yards.

Defensively, sophomore linebacker Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) made 16 tackles, including nine solo stops, and shared a tackle for lost yardage.  Jake Laux made 12 tackles for MIT, including six solos, and shared a tackle for lost yardage.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 1-4 and 1-1 in the NEFC Boyd Division with the defeat, while MIT improved to 2-2 and 1-1 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Salve Regina next Saturday.