- Score: MIT 28, Becker 0
- Records: MIT (1-0); Becker (0-1)
- Location: Leicester, Mass. (Alumni Field)
- The Lead: In the 2017 season opener on Friday night, the MIT football team picked up a 28-0 road win at Becker College to open the season at 1-0 overall. MIT held a 299-187 advantage in total offense and forced three turnovers in the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT got on the board with 3:49 left in the first quarter as Eric Bradford (Dublin, Ohio) pulled down a four-yard touchdown catch in the back of the end zone. The possession was set up by an interception from Steven Salvas (Indianapolis, Ind.) as he reached up with one hand and pulled the ball in for the turnover.
- The score remained that way until early in the second as MIT sophomore Sean Kent (Bend, Ore.) returned a Becker punt 38 yards for his third career punt return touchdown and the 14-0 advantage. The Engineers took the 14-0 lead into the halftime break, holding the Hawks to 97 yards of total offense in the first half. Becker was led by a 14-tackle performance by Michael Bianco in the first period, including nine solo stops.
- After an MIT safety on a bad snap on a punt, the Engineers used a 40-yard punt return to immediately get back into Becker territory. Junior quarterback Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas) capped the drive with a nine-yard scoring run up the middle for the 22-0 lead after the Hawks blocked the extra point. MIT closed out the scoring with 2:19 remaining in the third on a two-yard rush up the middle by sophomore John Robertson (Brentwood, Tenn.) for the 28-0 margin.
- The best scoring chance for the Hawks came with under six minutes left in the third quarter as they drove the ball into the red zone and appeared poised to score. MIT's Ryan Hays (Evergreen, Colo.) had a different idea though as he made an outstanding interception for his second pick of the day and a touchback.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Goyal finished the game 21-for-32 for 169 yards and one touchdown, while junior Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.) had seven receptions for 69 yards. Robertson was the team leader on the ground with an 81-yard effort for MIT. Junior Andrew DeNucci (Newton, Mass.) led the Engineers with nine tackles that included three tackles for loss. Hays added one tackle to go along with his two interceptions for 20 yards and a pair of pass breakups.
- Becker was led by a 22-tackle effort from Bianco, along with 11 stops by Shane Padeni and 10 from Joseph Linnehan. Padeni also had a trio of pass breakups for the Hawks. Nas Sinkfield-Shelton had 44 rushing yards for the Hawks, while Michael Caban pulled down a team-high seven receptions for 72 yards.
- MIT opens the home schedule on Friday, September 8th as the Engineers host Curry College for a 7 p.m. start at Steinbrenner Stadium.