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Football Falls in Overtime, 14-13

Tight Defensive Match Comes Down to Extra Point After Touchdown

By Thomas Kilpatrick and Spencer Cross

TEAM MEMBERS

In the most emotional and evenly matched game of the season, the Beavers sparred against the defending conference champion, Bridgewater State.

The MIT offense faced two enemies: Bridgewater State and the elements. The Beavers were greeted by a monsoon during warm-ups, which slowed to a drizzle by kickoff. But 30+ mile per hour winds and the wet field prevented establishment of the passing game, as only two passes were completed both to Nelson. Quarterback Deutsch ironically made his biggest contribution on the ground, as the Beavers’ leading rusher with 90 yards. He scored the sole touchdown in regulation, on a scintillating 60-yard sprint in the 3rd quarter. Tailbacks Kale D. McNaney ’05 and Temitope O. Sonuyi ’05 added 77 and 73 yards, respectively. They would be quick to point out that that the offensive linemen Matthew J. Krueger ’05, Fernando Ceballos ’02, Bradford S. Lassey ’03, Justin M. Nelson ’04, Keith G. Reed ’04 and end Keith V. Battocchi ’02 were controlling the line of scrimmage, and paving the way for 268 total rushing yards.

As the score would indicate, it was a defensive contest. MIT held Bridgewater to 265 yards on 69 plays (3.8/play) of total offense. The Beavers got great performances from defensive ends Thomas J. Hynes ’02 and Lars A. Gronning ’03, who combined for 30 tackles and two forced fumbles, which were recovered by tackle Spencer M. Cross ’05 and linebacker Jerimy R. Arnold ’03. The defensive backs only allowed Bridgewater to complete four passes for 33 yards. Safety Mark D. Boudreau ’05 had five unassisted tackles. Cornerback Corey D. Carter ’03 had a touchdown-saving tackle in the first half when he caught Bridgewater tailback Andrew Brems from behind. Carter also broke up a pass and levitated a Bridgewater would-be tackler while blocking on a Nelson punt return.

After an agonizing fourth quarter where both teams’ defenses bunkered down and prevented each other from entering the red zone, the game went into overtime with the score tied 7-7. If NCAA football game enters overtime, each time has one possession to score; whoever gets more points wins.

MIT lost the coin flip, and was thus forced to take possession first. After three plays failed to convert a first down, the Beavers faced fourth and six from the Bridgewater 21-yard line. Quarterback Philip M. Deutsch ’04, who had struggled throwing in the inclement weather, rolled out right and threw a perfect pass to wide receiver Gregory N. Nelson ’02 in the corner of the end zone. Nelson beat double coverage and leapt, making a spectacular catch to put the Beavers up 13-6. Unfortunately, they failed to convert the point-after try.

When Bridgewater received the ball, they drove to MIT’s 8-yard line before similarly facing fourth down. They also completed a pass into the corner of the end zone, tying the score. However, they converted the extra point to win the game, 14-13, dropping the Beavers to 1-5 for the season.

After resting over Columbus Day weekend, MIT football gears up this week for NEFC Boyd division-leading Nichols College. The Beavers will try to play spoiler in the 1:30pm home contest this Saturday.