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Football pounds Siena

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By David Rothstein

Finally, a win for the football team.

MIT destroyed the visiting Siena College Saints, 28-0, in Saturday's homecoming game at Steinbrenner Stadium.

Playing on a rain-drenched, muddy field, the Beavers racked up 414 total yards to Siena's 185 for their first win in four games. MIT had been out-scored, 111-26, in the season's first three games, including a 63-0 loss to Canisius College two weeks ago.

Siena fell to 0-5.

Quarterback Archie Roberts '92 completed five of 13 passes for 104 yards, including a 74-yards completion to wide receiver Rod Tranum '93, which resulted in MIT's first score with seven minutes, 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Dan McGhan '93 kicked the PAT for a 7-0 MIT lead.

Roberts, who is ranked third in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference in total passing yards, with 351, also scored twice himself, rushing for one yard in the second quarter and two yards in the fourth. Roberts rushed nine times for 54 yards on the ground, including a long run of 18 yards.

Senior running back Garet Moose bulled his way to 144 yards rushing on 16 carries to lead the Beavers' ground attack. Moose scored in a 53-yard run with 13:17 to go in the third quarter to put MIT up, 20-0, before McGhan made the PAT.

Jeff Drbohlav '92 added 80 rushing yards on 19 carries, and Doug Smith '93 ran back one kickoff 29 yards.

Moose, who also punted six times for 169 yards (28.2-yard average), was named ECFC co-offensive player of the week.

Senior inside linebacker Darcy Prather had 15 tackles (six solo), while Rodrigo Rubiano '92 added nine.

Head coach Dwight Smith was, like everyone, relieved to get the first win.

"We're back to our own level of play," he said, alluding to the one-sided loss to Canisius. "It's a heck of a lot easier to get a game plan going when you're moving down the field."

Smith and the Beavers face

a big challenge when they take

on ECFC-leading Bentley College next weekend. Bentley is undefeated in five games (two conference), having outscored its opponents, 84-9.