NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore John Robertson carried 28 times for 153 yards and three touchdowns including a 43-yard touchdown run with one minute left leading MIT to a 30-21 win over host Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game on Homecoming.
MIT improves to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in NEWMAC play while the Bears drop to 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Junior quarterback Ugdam Goyal was 17 of 27 for 202 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 25 yards in the win as MIT finished with 382 yards of total offense.
Coast Guard, wearing its throwback uniforms worn by Otto Graham's 1963 team, debuted a new run oriented offense and ran for more yards than they passed for this season for the first time finished with 319 total yards, 187 rushing and 132 passing. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Jones was 11 of 22 for 132 with a touchdown and three interceptions while also leading the Bears with 14 carries for 59 yards and a score. Senior Cam Cecchini had 11 carries for 51 yards.
Robertson's 2-yard touchdown run with 6:50 left in the first quarter gave MIT a 7-0 lead after freshman Mark Wright's extra point.
MIT's special teams would lend a hand in extending the lead as freshman Keithen Shepard's 56 yard punt return and a personal foul gave MIT the ball at the Bears 12. Robertson would again find the end zone, this time it was a 1-yard run with 10:57 left in the half, the extra point was missed and MIT led 13-0.
The Bears got on the board on a 13-yard run by senior Cody Bain and senior Cole Austin's PAT cut the deficit to 13-7 with 2:53 left in the half.
Shepard would once again make a huge play as he returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards to the Bear 31-yard line and Goyal threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Eric Bradford with just nine seconds left in the half as MIT took a 20-7 lead.
Neither team would score in the third quarter. Coast Guard started the half with an onsides kick, but the Bears were forced to punt. Wright had a 34-yard field goal attempt blocked by senior Will Daniels with 8:30 left in the third quarter.
Coast Guard pulled to within 20-14 on an 8-yard touchdown run by Jones with 7:17 left in the game, a 53-yard pass to junior Chip Crowley set up the touchdown.
MIT responded right away and Wright kicked a key 23-yard field goal pushing the lead to 23-14 with 2:31 left.
The Bears did not go quietly as just over one minute later Jones threw a 30-yard touchdown to freshman Justin Moffatt as the Bears closed to within 23-21 with 1:27 left.
Coast Guard would attempt an unsuccessful onsides kick and on the second play Robertson avoided tackle after tackle for a highlight reel 43-yard touchdown to ice the game with one minute left.
Junior Jake Behne led the Bears with eight tackles, all solo with one for loss while MIT senior Matt Nicolai had a game-high ten tackles in the win.
Coast Guard is off next week and the Bears are back in action on Nov. 4th at WPI in the final road game of the season.
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