Engineers Crushed 32-0 by Curry CollegeBy Ruth Miller
The MIT Engineers marched valiantly into battle this past Saturday with a winning record, but fell 32-0 to the Division champions Curry College Colonels. MIT now stands 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in NEFC Boyd Division Play.
MIT’s punt with 9:30 to go in the first set the tone: it was returned for a touchdown to put 7 points on the board.
In consecutive plays in the first quarter MIT threw for 30 yards, got sacked by Curry, threw an incomplete pass, and finally threw a pass to the in-zone that was intercepted on the 21 and run for a touchdown by Curry.
The second quarter continued the offensive ineptitude. MIT’s first drive in the second quarter ended in a safety, taking the game to 15-0. Curry recovered an MIT fumble on the next drive to score a touchdown.
A few minutes later, MIT intercepted a Curry pass for a change, and the Curry defense incurred a storm of yellow flags in personal fouls netting 20 yards for MIT, moving them to the Curry 18 yard line. MIT squandered the first down and lost possession for the remainder of the half.
MIT finally began to flex its muscle in the third quarter. MIT had possession for 7:52 of the quarter, when they also had their only successful third down conversion of the game. Curry was restrained to a single field goal, ending the quarter at 25-0.
The fourth quarter was abysmal for MIT. Curry had an interception for their fourth touchdown of the game. MIT had possession for only 1:16 before giving up the ball for the remainder of the game.
Curry dominated MIT across the board, netting 261 yards rushing to MIT’s -9. The Engineers netted more yards in penalties than rushing.
In the 2003 season, Curry College went undefeated to win the title of New England Football Conference Champions. The fact that MIT only lost to them by 32 points can be seen as an improvement over last week’s game, when the Engineers lost by 33 points to Worchester, a team Curry has beaten in the past.