Football Falls to No. 4 Muhlenberg in the NCAA Tournament First Round

MIT football defensive line in an NCAA Tournament First Round Game at No. 4 Muhlenberg

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 4 Muhlenberg 38, MIT 0

- Records: MIT (7-3); No. 4 Muhlenberg (11-0)

- Location: Allentown, Pa. (Scotty Wood Stadium)

- The Lead: In the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, the MIT football team dropped a 38-0 final to No. 4 Muhlenberg College. This marked the second straight NCAA Tournament appearance for MIT and third overall.

THE WAY IT HAPPENED:

- Muhlenberg got on the board with 9:46 left in the first on a one-yard rushing touchdown by Nick DeLucas to cap a 10-play, 61-yard drive. The score remained that way into the second quarter before Michael Hnatkowsky found Ryan Curtiss for a 21-yard touchdown and the 14-0 score. 

- With 17 seconds left in the first half, Nick Ugarte pulled in a Hnatkowsky throw in the back of the end zone on third and goal for the 21-0 halftime margin.

- Sophomore Ashton Robinson (Louisville, Ky.) led the Engineers with 46 yards on eight rushing attempts, including a long of 20 yards.

- In the third, the Mules stretched the lead to 28-0 as Curtiss pulled down a 14-yard TD pass across the middle from Hnatkowsky. On the ensuing MIT possession, the Mules intercepted MIT senior quarterback Chris Mauck (Wellington, Fla.) and converted that into a nine-yard Mark Riggio touchdown.

- Muhlenberg closed out the third-quarter scoring with 4:57 on the clock with a 22-yard field goal by Todd Spirt for the 38-0 margin.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Robinson led the Engineers with 48 rushing yards, along with 44 yards from senior John Robertson (Brentwood, Tenn.).

- Sophomore Will Exson (Charlotte, N.C.) was the leading tackler for MIT with 10 tackles that included eight solo stops.

- For the Mules, DeLucas was the leading rusher with 65 yards as the team gained 168 yards overall on the ground. Hnatkowsky finished 19-for-32 for 222 yards and three touchdowns, while Curtiss posted six receptions for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

- Spencer Kirin was the top tackler for Muhlenberg with eight stops as eight different players finished with a tackle for loss.

- This was the first-ever meeting between MIT and Muhlenberg.

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