Ruggerio TD Gives Football 21-14 Win
By Ryan Lanphere
With 2:37 left to play in the fourth quarter and the game tied at 14, cornerback Ryan L. Brunswick ’09 came up big for MIT football when he intercepted a pass from Framingham State’s backup quarterback Evan McCullough.
“In the scouting report we saw that they were going to do a lot of slants and flys. They hadn’t really gone [deep] all game, it was third and long and I had a feeling they were going to go up top,” said Brunswick about his game changing interception.
The interception led to MIT’s 42-yard game winning drive, capped by an eight-yard play action touchdown pass from quarterback Richard A. Mancuso ’09 to tight end Christopher W. Ruggiero ’07.
The win Saturday at Maple Street Field in Framingham, Massachusetts evened the MIT Engineers’ record for the season to 1-1. The Framingham State College Rams, a non-divisional opponent, fell to 0-2 after their 21-14 loss to the Engineers.
The game was a back and forth affair with the Rams breaking out to an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a one yard touchdown run by the Rams’ Bryce Guilbeault. That drive started on the Engineers’ 28-yard line after Mancuso overthrew his intended receiver into the arms of a Rams defensive back, the first of two interceptions. They moved down the field quickly with a 27 yard reception in which the ball was tipped once by each team before it eventually made its way into the arms of Framingham’s senior receiver Bill Meuse.
The Rams’ starting quarterback Eian Bain left the game early in the second quarter with a leg injury and did not return. He was replaced by McCullough who struggled early and finished with only three completed passes in seven attempts for 35 yards, no touchdowns, and the interception to Brunswick.
The Engineers answered in the second quarter with a touchdown of their own on a 12-yard draw play by running back Thomas C. Scotton ’07 who finished with 43 yards on 13 carries. The drive started with only 2:27 left to play in the first half. The teams left for the locker room with the game tied at seven.
Both teams scored one more touchdown apiece until Brunswick’s interception late in the fourth quarter. MIT struck first in the second half on a 72-yard drive that ate up 3:50 in the third quarter. The drive culminated with a one yard touchdown dive up the middle by the Engineer’s running back Benjamin L. Grannan ’09 who carried the ball 10 times for 33 yards on the ground.
The Rams responded with a 79-yard touchdown drive of their own, tying the game at 14 with 14:56 left to play in the game.
The Engineers’ offense was led by Kevin T. Vogelsang ’09 who had 61 receiving yards on five receptions and running back DeRon M. Brown ’10 who had 44 yards on the ground in six attempts. The defensive effort was led by safety David O. Kalk ’08 who had 10 tackles and linebacker and co-captain Phillip T. Zakielarz ’07 who contributed nine tackles of his own. Defensive backs Joseph T. Goldschmid ’08 and Kevin J. Foley ’09 also contributed nine (a team-high seven of which were solo) and eight tackles, respectively.
The Engineers will host the Bison of Nichols College (1-1) tomorrow at Steinbrenner Stadium with kickoff set for 2:00 p.m. This will be the first New England Football Conference Boyd divisional contest for both teams.