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Football defeats SMU, 3-0

By Katie Schwarz

It came down to a few feet of mud. Late in the fourth quarter on Saturday, with MIT ahead 3-0, a fumbled punt snap had given Southeastern Massachusetts University the ball on MIT's three-yard line. But the Engineer defense held on to save the game.

Pouring rain and a slippery field made the game a contest between the two defenses. The Engineers, ranked third in the conference in defense, held previously undefeated SMU to 96 yards rushing in 48 attempts, and only 107 yards of total offense.

Meanwhile, Hugh Ekberg '88 and Chris Adams '87 ran for over 80 yards each. The pair are currently first and second in MIT rushing this season: 412 yards in 76 carries for Ekberg, and 393 yards in 93 carries for Adams.

The first half was a scoreless scramble back and forth in the rain. One MIT drive looked like it was going to be successful, but a fourth-down field goal attempt by quarterback Peter Gasparini '88 went wide to the right.

Gasparini succeeded in another field goal attempt in the third quarter, his first kick to score in four attempts. Then came the fumble. After three plays up the middle, SMU reached the six-inch line. On the fourth play they tried a fake up the middle with an outside run, but the runner was brought down 20 yards back.

Among the defensive standouts were co-captain Larry Monroe G with ten tackles; Rich Rice '87, Kevin Poulin '88, Nick Nowak '86 and Mark Hanson '88 with eight each; and Chris Moreno '88 with seven. Moreno also made three sacks, while Hanson contributed two and Monroe and Rice one each.

The win brings MIT's record to 2-3. In Saturday's homecoming game, the Engineers will meet 3-3 Bentley at 2 pm in Steinbrenner Stadium.