Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-4, 0-2 NEWMAC) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (4-1, 2-0 NEWMAC), 12:00 pm, Bob and Eveline Roberts Field at Henry G. Steinbrenner Stadium, Cambridge, Mass.
Series History: The Engineers hold a 5-0 all-time record over the Mariners in a rivalry that dates back to 2008. When hosting, MIT is 2-0 against Maine Maritime. The past four meetings have been conference matchups, as both teams join the NEWMAC from the NEFC.
Last Meeting: Last season the Mariners hosted the Engineers for Homecoming 2016. MIT came away with the 30-13 victory.
The Mariners scored first, but the Engineers matched the Mariners' touchdown. Both teams exchanged touchdowns in the second quarter, but the Engineers took a 14-13 lead on a Mariner missed extra point and added a field goal in the final seconds of the half to take a 17-13 lead into halftime. MIT added two field goals and a touchdown in the second half to claim the NEFC victory.
Jacob Doolan (Fairfield, Maine) amassed 107 rushing yards to lead the Maine Maritime Academy offense and Cody Chapman led the defense with a career-high 17 tackles, including five for a loss totaling 13 yards and a forced fumble.
Udgam Goyal recorded 229 yards in the air with two touchdowns, Eddy Garcia-Montes led the MIT offense with 170 receiving yards, including a long catch of 64-yard and John Robertson totaled 83 yards on 20 carries.
John Bennett (Chelsea, Maine) chipped in with a career-high 10 tackles and a broken up pass. Kodiak Brush led MIT's defense with eight tackles, seven solo.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Senior fullback James Ferrar surpassed 2,500 career rushing yards in Saturday's 45-0 Maine Maritime Academy football loss to WPI in NEWMAC play.
The Mariners totaled 214 yards of offense, including 115 passing yards.
Corey Creeger led the Mariner offense with 115 passing yards on six completions and 27 rushing yards. Ferrar led the Mariners with 46 rushing yards on 12 carriers, to surpass 2,500 career-rushing yards. Dominic Casale (Freeport, Maine) led Maine Maritime's receivers with 39 yards on two catches.
Derek Breunig (Westbrook, Maine) led all players with 11 tackles, including nine solo stops, two quarterback hurries and a broken up. John Bennett chipped in with 10 tackles (8 solo) and an interception return of 15 yards.
MIT's Last Game: The Engineers enter Saturday's game after defeating USMMA 35-7 in NEWMAC action last weekend.
On MIT's first possession of the game, sophomore John Robertson capped off a 10-play, 72-yard drive with a one-yard run for the 7-0 edge midway through the opening quarter. USMMA looked to answer, but senior Matt Nicolai registered his first of two interceptions on the day to give the Engineers the ball back at the Mariners' 21-yard line. MIT turned that into points as junior Udgam Goyal found junior Eddy Garcia-Montes from four yards out for the 14-0 lead.
Nicolai wasn't done as he picked off USMMA's Brice Moore early in the second quarter to give the Engineers a short field again. That drive lasted just over two minutes and ended in a six-yard TD strike from Goyal to sophomore Booker Schelhaas as MIT built the lead to 21-0.
The Mariners converted a turnover into points of their own with 11:12 remaining in the second as Jake Wallace recovered an MIT fumble near the goal line and returned it for a touchdown that cut the margin to 21-7.
Goyal found Garcia-Montes for a 60-yard touchdown late in the third, followed by another Robertson touchdown with 3:06 left in the game. That score was also set up by an interception, which came this time from senior Mitch Turley.
Goyal completed 20-of-30 pass attempts for 217 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Garcia-Montes posted a game-high 119 yards on six receptions for MIT. The Engineers held a 356-299 edge in total offense, along with a 217-146 advantage in the air.
The Mariners: Maine Maritime Academy averages 323 yards of offense per game, including 180 rushing yards and 143 passing yards. The Mariners are scoring an average of 17.3 points per game.
Corey Creeger leads Maine Maritime's offense with 490 passing yards on 23 completions and two touchdowns, and 332 rushing yards on 88 carries and six touchdowns. Jordan Susi leads Maine Maritime's receivers with 277 yards on 12 catches and a touchdown, while Mason Kaserman (Portland, Maine) has 146 yards on five catches and two touchdowns. James Ferrar has 219 rushing yards on 50 carries.
The Engineers: MIT averages 366.8 yards of offense per game, including 218.8 passing yards and 148 rushing yards. The Engineers are scoring an average of 27.8 points per game.
Udgam Goyal leads the Engineers' offense with 1,094 passing yards on 101 completions and eight touchdowns, while John Robertson leads the team with 460 rushing yards on 101 carries and seven touchdowns and also leads the tea in all-purpose yards with 140.8 yards per game. Eddy Garcia-Montes lead the receivers with 396 yards on 30 catches and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Matt Nicolai leads the Engineers with 46 tackles (24 solo) and three interceptions and Andrew DeNucci has 45 tackles (25 solo), 2.5 sacks for 10 yards, and five tackles for a loss of 20 yards.
In the NEWMAC: The Mariners lead in the NEWMAC in fewest penalties (14), fewest penalty yards (105), fewest penalty yards per game (26.25), and passing yards per completion (22.88).
Maine Maritime's Jordan Susi leads the conference in yards per reception (23.08).
The Engineers lead the NEWMAC in 4th down conversion percent defense (0.364), completion percentage (0.647), fumbles recovered (7), passes intercepted (10), red zone defense (0.600), team passing efficiency (136.73), team passing efficiency defense (82.18), turnover margin (1.80) and turnovers gained (17).
MIT's Udgam Goyal leads the conference in completion percentage (0.647), passing efficiency (136.7), passing yards (1,094), points responsible for (66), points responsible per game (13.2), total offense (260.0) and yards per pass attempt (7.01). Kyle Pina leads the conference with two fumble recoveries. Sean Kent leads the conference with a punt returned for a touchdown, and punt returns (8.2). Eddy Garcia-Montes leads the NEWMAC in receiving yards (396), receptions per game (6.0) and receiving touchdowns.
In the NCAA: Maine Maritime ranks second in the NCAA in passing yards per completion (22.88) and fewest penalty yards per game (26.25).
MIT leads ranks second in the NCAA in turnovers gained (17), sixth in team passing efficiency defense (82.18) and seventh in fumbles recovered (7).
Common Opponent: The two teams have one common opponent this season. Maine Maritime fell to USMMA earlier this season, 56-31, while the Engineers defeated Merchant Marine 35-7 last week.
Looking Ahead: The Mariners will return to Castine on October 14 to host Coast Guard Academy, while the Engineers will be off next week and will host the Bears the following weekend on October 21 for their homecoming.