MIT clinches first NCAA playoff berth with win against Maine Maritime
CASTINE, Maine -- Led by a record-breaking performance by senior running back Justin Wallace, the MIT football team bounced back from a third quarter deficit and scored the game's last four touchdowns to score a 55-37 victory against the Maine Maritime Academy in a New England Football Conference clash.
The win clinched the Engineers' first NEFC title as well as its first NCAA playoff berth, keeping MIT's perfect season intact at 8-0 and 6-0 in the conference. Maine Maritime fell to 3-5 and 2-4 in the NEFC.
Wallace rushed for a career-high 261 yards on 23 carries, averaging 11.3 yards per rush. He found the end zone six times, a school record, and became MIT's all-time leading rusher with 4,290 yards, surpassing DeRon Brown’s mark of 4,141.
Peter Williams completed 6-of-12 passes for 136 yards and one score for MIT, which totaled 474 yards of offense.
Maine Maritime, which put up 489 yards, had 401 yards on the ground, led by 116 from Jacob Doolan and 113 from Ferrar. Goldsberry caught two passes for 90 yards and the one score.
Jordan Susi led the Maine Maritime receivers with two catches for 31 yards and one score. Wagar led all players with 15 tackles for MIT, with Lovely pacing the Mariners with eight.