Bears Bid For Share of First Place Falls Short

Jake Behne
Jake Behne

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT defense held Coast Guard to a season-low 118 yards of total offense and the Engineers, ranked 1st in New England, remained unbeaten with a 13-0 win over Coast Guard.

The Bears, who could have grabbed a share of first place with a win, drop to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the NEWMAC while MIT improves to 7-0 and remains alone atop the NEWMAC standings with a 4-0 conference mark.

Coast Guard was held to a season-low 66 yards passing and a season-low 52 yards rushing as the Bears managed just nine first downs as MIT dominated time of possession (37:50 to 22:10).

The Bears were shutout for the first time since a 51-0 loss to Western New England in 2015.

Junior quarterback Ryan Jones was 11 of 17 for 66 yards while sophomore Jon Wagner led the Bears with 33 yards rushing on nine carries.

MIT finished with 298 yards of total offense, 190 rushing and 108 passing. Freshman Ashton Robinson and junior John Robertson each had 74 rushing yards to lead the Engineers.

The Engineers got on the board early in the second quarter for the lone points of the first half as senior Eddy Garcia-Montes caught a six-yard TD in the corner of the end zone from senior Udgam Goyal for the 6-0 edge. The drive was set up by a 15-yard Coast Guard punt as the Engineers took over at the CGA 42-yard line.

The lone scoring opportunity in the third quarter came from the Bears with a 25-yard field attempt by Cole Austin that was blocked by Tyler Ray to keep Coast Guard off the scoreboard.

The Engineers pushed the lead to two possessions with 10:21 remaining in the fourth as junior Cole Baker went up the middle and pushed the pile into the end zone from two yards for the 13-0 margin.

Three Coast Guard players had double-digit tackles as Jake Behne led the Bears with a game-high 14 tackles. Mark Wicke and Colby Coco each had 10 tackles.

Coast Guard is off next week and the Bears are back in action on Nov. 3rd when they host WPI in the final home game of the season, a NEWMAC game, at noon.

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