About the Matchup...
This Saturday will be the second-ever contest with MIT. In last year's inaugural meeting, the Springfield College football team wrapped up an undefeated regular season as it powered past MIT, 43-7. Springfield outgained the visiting Engineers, 390-226, with all of its offensive output coming on the ground. Jordan Wilcox(Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) continued his sensational senior season as he totaled 221 yards and three touchdowns on just 18 carries, averaging 12.3 yards per rush. Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.) found the end zone twice and rushed for 50 yards, while Jake Eglintine (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) added 71 yards and a score for the Pride. Defensively, Springfield had 14 tackles-for-loss as a team, with Giorgio's 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage leading the way. Giorgio totaled a team-high 10 stops, including two sacks, while freshman AJ Smith (Rahway, N.J.) had eight stops, and David McMullen (Warwick, R.I.) totaled six tackles, an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. The Pride held MIT to just 3.2 yards per play and 1.6 yards per rush.
|Passing Yards Per Completion||1st||19.91 YPC|
|Rushing Offense||4th||308.6 YPG|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense||14th||0.262%|
|Tackles for a Loss Allowed||19th||4.44|
|Passes Had intercepted||30th||5|
|Time of Possession||34th||32:23|
|Tackles for Loss||Nick Giorgio||4th (2.4)|
|Sacks||Nick Giorgio||7th (1.31)|
|Punt Return TDs||Andrew Papirio||8th (1)|
|Forced Fumbles||Nick Giorgio||19th (0.38)|
|Hunter Belzo||29th (10)|
|Fumbles Recovered||Tom Casey||30th (2)|
|Kickoff Returns||Ryan McCarthy||36th (25.4)|
|Combined Kick Returns||Ryan McCarthy||43rd (458)|
|Punt Returns||Andrew Papirio||43rd (9.8)|
|Rushing Yards||Hunter Belzo||47th (746)|
Springfield has won its last nine road games, which is the second-longest streak in Division III football. The Pride and Mount Union have each won its last nine outings on the road, while Mary Hardin-Baylor currently leads Division III football with 15 consecutive road wins. Across all of college football, only four teams have won more than at least nine-straight road games, including Oklahoma that was won its last 18 away contests, as well Division II Minnesota State (12) and Minnesota Duluth (11), and North Carolina A&T (9), who competes at the FCS level. Springfield's last road loss came at Merchant Marine in a 15-12 setback on November 12, 2016.
On The Ground...
Springfield's rushing offense is currently ranked fourth in Division III football as the Pride have totaled 2,425 rushing yards, averaging 308.6 yards per game and 4.87 yards per carry. Additionally, the Pride rank 17th across all divisions in rushing offense.
Quite A Season...
A year removed from earning NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year honors, Nick Giorgio has put together an even more dominant senior campaign. Heading into the regular-season finale, Giorgio is the only Division III football player in the country to rank in the top 10 nationally in forced fumbles (4), sacks (12) and tackles-for-loss (21).
Springfield's offense has been impressive in the first half this season, as the Pride are outscoring its opponents by a 186-53 margin, including a 104-20 margin in the second quarter. In conference games, the second quarter has been pivotal for the Pride, posting 90 points and just allowing three. However, coming out of halftime, the Pride has totaled just 30 points in the third quarter of NEWMAC play, while allowing 28.
The MIT football team picked up its third shutout victory in its last four games with a 20-0 road shutout of Norwich University at Sabine Field last Saturday, which pushed them to 8-1 on the season and 5-1 in NEWMAC conference play. The Engineers are allowing only 11 points per game and only 80.1 rushing yards per game, while it's offense is especially balanced, averaging 307 yards per game, 167 of which come through the air.