UMass Dartmouth Hangs On Against MIT, 27-14
Oct. 16, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - UMass Dartmouth (4-3, 2-2) scored 27 unanswered points to begin the game, and then held off a surging MIT (2-4, 0-3) attack in the fourth quarter en route to a 27-14 victory over the Engineers at Steinbrenner Stadium. The backfield tandem of Jon Tadeau and Jamison Humphries each provided 100 yards rushing for the Corsairs, who prevented a third consecutive loss with its win against the Cardinal Red and Silver Gray.
Dartmouth senior quarterback Valdemeiro Teixeira was right on target when it mattered, completing 12-of-22 for 196 yards and two touchdowns. His first strike for six came with just under three minutes left in the first half. Victor Cruz hauled in a spectacular pass from 28 yards out that gave the Corsairs a 14-0 lead heading into halftime.
While the third quarter offered goose eggs on the scoreboard, the final frame showcased plenty of offense for each side. The Corsairs struck first as Corey Williams leaped above the Tech defense for an 18-yard touchdown catch. With just under four minutes to play in regulation, Tadeau added a six-yard score that sealed the Engineers' fate. Despite the deficit, MIT scored twice in the final two minutes to slash the UMass Dartmouth advantage in half. Quarterback Phil Deutsch capped a 63-yard drive with a two-yard sneak that provided Tech with its first points of the afternoon. Deutsch set up his own score with a 19-yard run on the previous play. On the ensuing kickoff, MIT recovered the onside effort and took over possession with 1:49 left. Ten plays and 50 yards later, the final horn sounded as Deutsch connected with junior Camilo Huerta in the endzone for a nine-yard touchdown.
Junior defensive end Kevin Yurkewich enjoyed one of the best defensive efforts in his career, making a game-high 19 tackles for MIT. Eleven of Yurkewich's stops were solo tackles, just one off the Institute record of 12 set by Brian Lacata in 1999.
On offense, the Engineers were paced by Deutsch, who completed 10-of-25 for 141 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 54 yards and another touchdown. Huerta was the recipient of half of Deutsch's completions, grabbing five passes for 77 yards. UMass Dartmouth featured a balanced attack led by the rushing of Humphries (106 yards) and Tadeau (103). Corey Williams was the Corsairs leading receiver with five catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.