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Football loses an overtime thriller to WPI in the season opener

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Robert V. DiSanto ’18 reaches out to intercept a pass during the last quarter of MIT’s home season opener against WPI last Friday. The Engineers ultimately lost to WPI 34-31 in overtime.
Lenny Martinez–The Tech

The MIT Engineers dropped an overtime thriller 37-34 to WPI in the season opener.  MIT rallied back from a 10-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

An impressive one-handed interception by Rob DiSanto ’18 started the rally. The Engineers were quick to capitalize on the turnover as wide receiver Eddy Garcia-Montes ’19 hauled in a touchdown catch in the red-zone with less than two minutes to play, cutting the deficit to three points.

There was more drama yet as the Engineers successfully recovered an onside kick. Despite getting sacked on the penultimate play quarterback Udgam Goyal ’19 got his team in field goal range with 10 seconds remaining on the clock. Like many a time in his career kicker Tucker Cheyne ’17 came through in the clutch, drilling a 37-yard field goal to force the game into overtime.  

The aerial attack for the Engineers led the way, with stellar quarterback play from Goyal, who was 24-40 with 258 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Eddy Garcia-Montes was a force on the outside, with 11 catches for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns.  John Robertson ’20 led the way on the ground with 24 carries for 87 yards.  Matt Iovino ’16 led the way on defense with eight tackles, two of which were tackles for loss.

The Engineers take the field again on Saturday, Sept. 10 when they will host Becker College for a 1 p.m. start at Steinbrenner Stadium.