CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Maine Maritime Academy football forced two early turnovers but fell to MIT 51-6 on Saturday afternoon in NEWMAC action.
The Mariners took the opening possession 56 yards, but could not convert on fourth down. Maine Maritime's defense came up big on the Engineers' first drive, when Alec Clark (Winslow, Maine) forced a fumble following a 27-yard rush by MIT's John Robertson and teammate Trenton Bouchard (Winslow, Maine) was there to pick the ball up for the Mariners on their own 23-yard line.
Maine Maritime could not capitalize on MIT's turnover and punted from deep in their territory giving the Engineers the ball on the Mariner 38-yard line. MIT's quarterback Ugdam Goyal capped off a short drive with a 29-yard touchdown carry to give the Engineers a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.
The Mariner defense came up big to start the second quarter, when James Tanguay, II (Manchester, N.H.) picked off Goyal and returned the ball 58 yards to the MIT 25-yard line. The interception set up a Corey Creeger (Biddeford, Maine) 19-yard touchdown carry but the Mariners' two-point conversion failed and the Engineers hung on to a narrow 7-6 lead.
MIT answered on their next drive, when Connor Hanlon pulled down a three-yard pass from Goyal to make it 14-6.
The Engineers held the Mariners scoreless while they added a touchdown and a 24-yard field goal to take a 24-6 lead into halftime.
MIT scored on their first two possessions of the second half, en route to the 51-6 victory.
James Ferrar (Cumberland, Maine) led the Mariners with 87 yards on 17 carries, while Dominic Casale (Freeport, Maine) tallied 22 receiving yards on two catches and Tanguay, II led the Mariners with 123 kickoff return yards on eight returns.
Defensively, John Bennett (Chelsea, Maine) and Bouchard led the Mariners with 10 tackles each. Both Alec Clark and Cody O'Brien (Wells, Maine) chipped in with eight tackles, and Derek Breunig (Westbrook, Maine) added seven tackles, including one tackle for a loss of seven yards.
Goyal ended the afternoon with 235 passing yards on 17 completions and two touchdown throws and 76 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground to lead MIT's offense. Robertson led the running backs with 185 yards on 17 carries, and Aidan Van Duzer added 96 rushing yards and two touchdown carries.
Defensively, AJ Iversen led the Engineers with seven tackles, and a forced fumble.
Maine Maritime falls to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the NEWMAC, while the Engineers improve to 5-1 on the season and 3-0 in conference place. The Mariners return to action next Saturday, October 14 when they host Coast Guard Academy at 12:00 pm on Ritchie Field.