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Offense still out of town as Bentley whitewashes Beavers 22-0

By Jerome Braunstein

An estimated crowd of 1000 people witnessed the MIT Beavers lose their homecoming game 22-0 to the Bentley College Falcons in Steinbrenner Stadium Saturday.

"We played our worst game of the year," said an upset Dwight Smith, MIT head coach. Bentley Coach Peter Yetten earned his 50th career win.

The defense, usually the strong part of the team, did not help the Beavers' injury-ridden offense. "We came out flat," said defensive co-captain Nicholas S. Nowak '86. Defensive co-captain Larry S. Monroe G explained that the team "considered [itself] to have a good running defense, but they still moved the ball. The defensive line wasn't getting off the ball."

Five-foot six 145 lb. defensive back Hong M. Yang '87 made the Beavers' only interception of the game. He recovered the errant Heflin pass in the end zone to stop a Bentley touchdown drive in the second quarter.

"I thought that I played well against the pass, but got beat on the outside run," Yang said. The Falcon ground attack was effective, gaining 261 yards rushing. The Beavers held their opponents to only 52 yards passing.

Defensive end Christopher P. Moreno '88, who left the game due to an aggravated groin injury, summed up the game saying, "We were mentally prepared, but not physically." Team practices were uninspired all week preceding the game, he added.

Because of injuries and academic demands, players either came late or missed pratices entirely. Hugh B. Ekberg '88 started as center for John F. Ryan '89, who was away at a wedding. Later Ekberg substituted at quarterback for Peter J. Gasparini '88. Gasparini went out for a series after being hit in the head.

Ekberg last played quarterback when he was a sophomore in high school. As a result, the Falcons knew that MIT planned to run the ball. The usually strong MIT running game, which gained over 300 yards two weeks ago, was limited to 124 yards. Ekberg led the attack with 67 yards in 17 attempts. Christopher J. Adams '87 provided support, gaining 39 yards in 11 carries.

Gasparini returned later in the game and should be playing next week.

The score was relatively close during the first half. The Bentley Falcons first scored with an eight yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. The point after touchdown (PAT) attempt failed due to a bad snap.

MIT's lack of offensive punch was best demonstrated early in the first half. On two consecutive Bentley possessions the Beavers' defense shut down the Falcons deep in their own end, giving the MIT offense the ball inside the Bentley 30. On neither occasion was MIT able to gain even a first down, as their best scoring opportunities of the afternoon were wasted. This typified the offense's performance; MIT gained a total of only 130 net yards on the day.

The score remained 6-0 until the fourth quarter, when Bentley scored again on a 25-yard run. The PAT attempt again failed. After a Bentley field goal, the scoring concluded when Gasparini threw an interception which was taken for a touchdown. Gasparini ended the day with only four completions, for a total of 34 yards passing.

The Beavers play their last home game of the season against UMass-Boston at 1 pm Saturday. There are two games left in the season, and the Beavers need to win them both to avoid a losing record.