Football Falls to Carnegie Mellon in 24-7 Season-Opening Final

Photo by Matt Noonan
Photo by Matt Noonan

THE BASICS:

- Score: Carnegie Mellon 24, MIT 7

- Records: MIT (0-1); Carnegie Mellon (1-0)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, the MIT football team dropped a 24-7 final to Carnegie Mellon University in the season opener.

THE WAY IT HAPPENED:

- MIT struck first on a 72-yard touchdown pass to junior Keithen Shepard (Vancouver, Wash.) for a 7-0 lead with 2:16 left in the opening quarter. Senior Chris Mauck (Wellington, Fla.) led Shepard perfectly as he caught the ball in stride and raced up the far sideline.

- The Tartans answered with a big play of their own late in the second quarter as Willie Richter caught a pass out to the left and outran the defense for a 78-yard touchdown that sent the game into the half at 7-7.

- Carnegie Mellon took control in the third quarter and eventually scored 24 unanswered points to wrap up the victory. The Tartans took the lead on a five-yard run off the right side by Luke Bikulege, followed by a 33-yard field goal from Brandon Nguyen to make it 17-7. The field goal was set up by a CMU interception that was returned to the MIT 23-yard line.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Junior John Robertson (Brentwood, Tenn.) led the Engineers on the ground with 85 yards on 22 carries, while Mauck finished with nine completions for 154 yards and one touchdown. Shepard posted a team-high 92 receiving yards and sophomore Dennis Gastel (Lincoln, R.I.) had a team-best four receptions.

- Defensively, Adam Zimmerman (Houston, Texas) had 12 tackles in his collegiate debut to lead both teams.

- JD Dayhuff completed nine passes for 148 yards and one touchdown, while Richter led the Tartans with 106 yards on five receptions. Long Tran paced the CMU defense with seven tackles, including two for loss and one sack.

- The Engineers held a 289-275 advantage in total offense yards as each team ran for 127 yards and MIT threw for 162 yards overall. MIT also held a 30:53-29:07 advantage in time of possession and converted 8-of-16 third down attempts.

- MIT is receiving votes in the D3Football.com Preseason National Poll and was chosen second in the NEWMAC Preseason Coaches Poll with a pair of first-place votes.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Friday, September 20th as the Engineers travel to Becker College for a 7 p.m. start.

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