Massachusetts Institute of Technology scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter on Saturday afternoon to pull away for a 51-26 New England Football Conference victory over Maine Maritime Academy of Castine at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
MIT (1-3, 1-0 NEFC) outgained the Mariners (1-2, 0-1 NEFC) 538-494 behind the running of Adis Ojeda, who rolled up 262 yards on 22 carries and scored on touchdown carries of 20, 28 and 49 yards.
The Engineers also were productive through the air as John King completed 13 of 17 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Karson Ota made three receptions for 108 yards, including scoring grabs of 58 and 24 yards, and Jared Hanson had seven catches for 100 yards, a 39-yard TD hookup among them.
MMA again moved the ball effectively with its option offense, netting 329 yards and racking up 32 first downs. Fullback James Ferrar led the way with 144 yards on 31 carries, including a 2-yard scoring run.
Josh Doolan carried nine times for 89 yards with a 9-yard TD, while quarterback Michael Fahey went 12-for-25 through the air good for 165 yards and a pair of scores. Jordan Susi (6 rec., 94 yds.) hauled in a 21-yard scoring catch and Derek Breunig contributed a 10-yard touchdown reception.
However, the Mariners lost three fumbles, all of which led to MIT touchdowns.
Jeddy Doyon and Christopher Ford made seven tackles each to lead MMA, while Justin Lovely added six tackles and an interception.
A 2-yard scoring run by Ferrar had put the Mariners within six points (20-14) four minutes into the third quarter, but MIT responded with a scoring barrage.
Tucker Cheyne capped an eight-play, 44-yard drive with a 32-yard field goal at the 7:56 mark to make it 23-14, then the hosts went 52 yards on 10 plays, capped by a 14-yard scoring strike from King to Jacob Del Priore at the 1:56 mark.
MIT pushed the advantage to 37-14 only 1:22 later on King’s 24-yard TD pass to Karson Ota.
MMA returns to action Saturday home game against Coast Guard.