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MIT football earns first win

By Jason Hunter

The MIT football squad traveled to Springfield on Saturday to face their Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference foes Western New England College (WNEC) in what was to be a crucial game for both winless teams. Fortunately, the long bus ride did not sap the quickness of the MIT Beavers as they pounded WNEC 22-7 in a defensive slug-fest.

MIT, which is now 1-2, played level-headed and aggressive football against a chippy 0-2 WNEC team that easily outsized the Beavers at almost every position. After a long opening drive that was stopped by a missed 26-yard field goal, WNEC was hard-pressed to find a first down.

The MIT offense sputtered in the first quarter but scored in the second, with fullback co-captain Jeff M. Drbohlav '92 doing much of the work. He had 23 carries and 115 yards for the game. Douglas H. Smith '93 swept in from the third yard line to cap off the drive and ran in a two-point conversion.

After a few defensive holds, WNEC scored with only 59 seconds left in the half on a 29-yard interception return of a bad pass by quarterback Alex P. Sgouros '95.

In the second half, the MIT defense starred. They stuffed WNEC's running game, holding them to only 20 yards in 37 carries and heavily pressured the WNEC quarterback, making three sacks, 11 pass break-ups and an amazing seven interceptions.

Senior sensation Rodrigo R. Rubiano '92, rookie Corey J. Foster '95 and wily vets Todd W. Riggs '92 and Jason E. Hunter '93 formed a stonewall defensive line that combined for 36 tackles. Sunny Ahn '92 set an MIT school-record with 3 interceptions, including a 64-yard touchdown jaunt late in the fourth quarter. Safety hitting-machine Frederick Y. Loh '92, linebackers Nolan J. Duffin '94 and Matt H. Robinson '94 also turned in strong games.

MIT scored its final touchdown on a 5-yard sweep by Smith. James A. Gleason '92 kicked the point after to wrap up the scoring. Offensively, credit goes to receiver Roderick D. Tranum '93, who had 3 catches for 56 yards, and the entire offensive line who provided good protection all game.

MIT has a bye this week and next week travels to Siena College in New York to battle a team that has not scored against MIT in two years.

Jason E. Hunter is a member of the MIT football team.