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MIT Dominates Game, Beats UMass Beacons

By Thomas Kettler
Staff Reporter

The football team prepared for its matchup at Steinbrenner Stadium against Bentley for the conference title with a 21-6 win at the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons Saturday. With the win the Beavers are now 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference.

MIT won in all three phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams. Individually, Jose DeLeon '97 set individual records Saturday in carries for a season with 199 and rushing yards in a season 987. He had 34 carries and 143 yards yesterday.

DeLeon could break the 1,000-yard mark next week against Bentley College. "He gives a great effort and the guys block for him real well. We've never had a 1,000-yard rusher -- so it would be great -- but Bentley is by far the best defense team we've gone up against," said Head Coach Dwight Smith.

Calvin Newman '96 continued to impress on defense with two interceptions, one returned 31 yards for a touchdown.

In the first quarter, neither team could launch an effective offensive attack as the defenses dominated. MIT had 59 yards of offense while the Beacons were held to only three yards on offense.

In the second quarter, the defenses continued to dominate although MIT did have one drive which got the Beavers inside the Beacons' 10-yard line. However, the drive stalled and the Beacons were able to get the ball back on downs. It also included a strange play when Beacon punter Mike Moreno ran for a first down on fourth down from the Beacons' 13. However, neither team could score so the half ended 0-0.

In the third quarter, the MIT defense set up the first touchdown after a Beacon turnover. Andy Carnell '95 set up the touchdown when he recovered a Jon Lindskog fumble at the Beacon 22-yard line. John Hur '94 ran 19 yards for a touchdown with two minutes left in the quarter.

The defense and special teams set up the other touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The first occurred after Matt Turner '96 recovered a muffed punt at the Beacon 23-yard line.

Then with nine and a half minutes to play, DeLeon plunged over the line for the score from the Beacon one. Three minutes after that, Newman returned an interception for a touchdown. Dan McGahn '95 made the score 21-0 on the point after attempt.

With 20 seconds to play and at their 40, the Beacons used their final time-out to set up a fly pattern. The pass was successful as Brendan Dever and Chris Griffiths connected for 60 yards and the Beacon's only scoring of the game. The two-point conversion failed, and the score remained 21-6. The Beacons attempted an onside kick but MIT received the ball because the Beacons downed it before it had gone 10 yards.

MIT's defense limited the Beacons to 160 yards on offense, while the Beaver offense gained 267 yards. The defense also sacked the Beacons' quarterback three times, got three interceptions, and had opportunities for even more as Lindskog and Dever were pressured for most of the game.

Smith hopes to see a crowd at Steinbrenner Stadium on Saturday. "We really want people to come to the game against Bentley. We loved how people showed up last week with homecoming," he said.

An MIT victory will give the Beavers the conference championship.