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Football Stumbles at MIT, 22-7, In Regular-Season Finale

Football Stumbles at MIT, 22-7, In Regular-Season Finale

Cambridge, Mass. - November 10, 2018 - The Springfield College football team dropped its regular-season finale to MIT, 22-7, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) showdown on Roberts Field on Saturday.

The loss drops Springfield's record to 7-3, 5-2 in conference play.  The Pride will now await to see if it receives an invitation to either a New England Bowl or ECAC Bowl, which will be announced on Monday. 

MIT held Springfield to just 143 rushing yards on 63 attempts and outgained the Pride in the air by a 138-106 margin, as the visitors were hampered by four turnovers in the game. Time of possession was slanted 35:24-24:36 in favor of Springfield as the visitors also converted on 3-of-5 fourth down attempts.  Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.) ran for 53 yards and threw for 106, while Marlowe Scott (Dorchester, Mass.) had seven tackles and an interception. 

After early turnovers from both teams, it was MIT that got on the scoreboard first as senior Udgam Goya l(Frisco, Texas) found an open Keithen Shepard (Vancouver, Wash.) from 30 yards out for the 7-0 lead with 2:04 left in the first.

Springfield answered with 1:14 left before halftime when Ryan Deguire (Schenectady, N.Y.) scampered in off a pitch to the left to tie the game at the half. That drive started at the MIT 26-yard line following an interception by Scott.

After a Mark Wright (Fort Worth, Texas) field goal from 37 yards out put the Engineers ahead for good ust 4:33 into the third, the biggest play of the game came with 6:20 remaining in the third when junior Kevin Lyons (Weymouth, Mass.) picked up a fumble and took it 74 yards untouched for the 16-7 lead. 

The Engineers took advantage of another Springfield turnover on its next possession, and the lone fourth-quarter scoring came from the connection of Goyal and Shepard again as Shepard pulled in a five-yard pass to account for the 22-7 final.