Oct. 2, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Kevin Holleran passed for 207 yards and two touchdowns; the backfield tandem of Brandon Benoit and Patrick Leonard combined for another score and nearly 200 yards on the ground; and Curry College (2-1, 1-0) soundly defeated the MIT Engineers (2-2, 0-1), Saturday, at Steinbrenner Stadium.
With an enormous edge in size and depth, the Colonels dominated from the opening kickoff. Curry scored on two of its first three possessions, and led the Engineers, 13-0, at the end of the first quarter. On the third play of the second quarter, Curry's Kris Kamborian blocked a punt that led to a safety and increased the Colonels edge by two. After a late touchdown, MIT trailed 22-0 at the halftime break.
In the second half, the Engineers were able to keep Curry's powerful attack out of the endzone until late in the fourth quarter. Despite starting at its own six yard-line, backup quarterback Denis Hill orchestrated a 10 play, 94-yard drive that ended with the Colonels third touchdown pass of the game. Hill came off the bench to throw for 64 yards on 3-of-8 passing. Holleran was 11-of-19 and threw one pick before being relieved of duty mid-way through the second half. Although the passing game was effective, it was the ground game that enabled Curry to control the time of possession and wear down Tech's gridiron defense.
Brandon Benoit rushed for 105 yards on 17 carries, while Patrick Leonard picked up 93 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. As a team, the Colonels rushed for 4.9 yards per carry en route to 269 total net yards.
The Engineers were not without their heroes. Junior Camilo Huerta took his first collegiate snaps at quarterback after Phil Deutsch was injured early in the tilt. Huerta threw five interceptions, but he also managed an MIT season-high 179 yards passing. Sophomore Marcus Carson was the main recipient of Huerta's efforts as he collected 100 yards on five catches, both career bests. Unfortunately, Tech's rushing attack found no room to operate, and were held to negative yards for the first time in program history. MIT had a total of 22 carries on Saturday, but only yielded -9 yards as Curry's front line rendered the ground game ineffective.