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Canisius tramples Beavers

By Shawn Mastrian

The weather was really nice Saturday afternoon at Steinbrenner Stadium. It was one of those days where you could go out, soak up some sun and really enjoy yourself. Yes, the weather was really nice Saturday.

Oh, yes, there was a football game, too.

Before the 63-0 loss to Canisius College, the optimist would have looked at the 1990 version of the MIT football team and said, "Well, they don't really have much experience, but, hey, anything can happen." The optimist would have seen that six All-Conference players had left the team, including five from the offense, and hoped that some intangible leadership quality had been left behind. In reality, however, those are the kinds of losses which are almost impossible to replace.

The optimist would have written off last week's 34-14 loss to Assumption as opening-day jitters, unfamiliarity with the offensive or defensive systems, or travel weariness. In reality, that was the same team that MIT beat, 56-6, last year, and a one-year improvement in Assumption of that magnitude is hard to fathom.

The optimist would have looked at the Canisius team and said absolutely nothing. The Canisius backs were as big as the MIT lineman. The Canisius linemen were as big as the MIT buildings. David and Goliath? No. In the end it really was 63-0 for the bad guys.

The monsters from New York controlled every aspect of the game. The undersized Beaver defense was powerless to stop the Canisius offense. Canisius accumulated 498 yards for the game and averaged 7.6 yards per play. They ran the ball 51 times for a net of 333 yards, with two backs going over 100 yards. The one defensive highlight was junior Sunny Ahn's 33-yard interception return, but that did little to stop the onslaught.

The undersized Beaver offense was also powerless against the Canisius defense. Seven first downs, 125 net yards, 2.2 yards per play, four interceptions, two fumbles lost. You get the picture -- the final score was an unfortunately accurate description of the game.

MIT travels to the University of Massachusetts, Boston on Saturday, hoping to improve on the 14-14 tie that occurred in last year's game at Steinbrenner Stadium. Perhaps the Beavers can use Saturday's debacle as a learning experience, put it be-

hind them, and make the UMass-Boston game interesting. Then again, MIT football fans may be in for a long season.