MIT Shuts Down Bears Offense

Cam Cecchini
Cam Cecchini

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT held Coast Guard to just 157 total yards, freshman John Robertson had 29 carries for 127 yards and a score and senior Tucker Cheyne kicked three field goals leading the Engineers to a 23-7 win over Coast Guard in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) game.

Freshman quarterback Ugdam Goyal was 21 of 32 for 213 yards as MIT improved to 2-6 overall and 2-3 in NEFC play while Coast Guard dropped to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference.

Coast Guard was held to negative two yards rushing on 17 carries as MIT dominated the time of possession holding the ball for over 40 minutes in the win.

MIT finished with 406 total yards, 193 rushing and 213 in the air.

The Engineers got a 46-yard kickoff return by freshman Sean Kent and marched all the way to the Coast Guard 2-yard line, but the Bears defense came up big as sophomore Jake Behne recovered a fumble with 10:46 left in the first quarter. Coast Guard forced six turnovers last week.

Coast Guard punted on its only possession of the opening quarter before freshman John Robertson capped a 66-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown with 14:16 left in the second quarter before senior Tucker Cheyne added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

MIT had 117 first quarter yards while Coast Guard had just 33 yards in the opening quarter.

The Bears tied the game on its first possession of the second quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Victory to junior Camden Cecchini with 10:14 left in the half to cap a 70-yard drive. Sophomore Cole Austin's PAT  tied the game.

MIT regained the lead 10-7 on a 27-yard field goal by Cheyene with 4:05 left in first half.

Coast Guard once again was forced to punt and MIT appeared to be adding to its lead just before the half before junior Ryan Robertson intercepted Goyal at the 1-yard line with 21 seconds left.

MIT had 228 yards in the first half, 125 passing, while the Bears were held to 108 yards in the opening half, 86 of those in the air as Victory was 7 of 9 hitting seven different receivers in the first half. The Engineers dominated time of possession, 19:32 to 10:28 in the opening half.

The Engineers took advantage of a Coast Guard miscue as a bad exchange on a handoff was fumbled and junior linebacker Kyle Pina scooped it up and ran 18 yards for a touchdown just 19 seconds into the second half to extend the lead to 17-7.

On its next possession, MIT added to its lead as Cheyne booted a 34-yard field goal with 4:10 left in the third quarter making the score 20-7.

MIT had the ball for 11:30 of the 15 minutes in the third quarter as the Engineers outgained Coast Guard 108 yards to negative eight yards in the quarter.

Cheyne missed a 45-yard field goal with 14:28 left in the game as the Bears remained down 20-7.

Following an exchange of punts, Victory was intercepted by sophomore Mitch Maisel on the first play of the series setting up the Engineers at the Coast Guard 27-yard line with 8:36 left in the game.

MIT would put the game away as Cheyne booted his third field goal of the game, a 28-yarder with 6:26 left.

Victory was replaced by sophomore Ethan Goldcamp with 6:18 left in the game before Goldcamp was injured on the first series. Victory returned to the game, was leading the Bears down field before he was intercepted by freshman Steven Salvas and returned 18 yards to the MIT 48 with 3:54 left.

Victory was 12 of 22 for 128 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the loss. Cecchini had a team-high five receptions for 34 yards while junior Darius Adams (57 yards) and sophomore Chip Crowley (44 yards) each had a pair of receptions in the loss.

The Bears are back in action next Saturday in the final home game of the season against Endicott at noon.

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