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MIT Football Falls to No. 4 Muhlenberg in the NCAA Tournament First Round

MIT Football Falls to No. 4 Muhlenberg in the NCAA Tournament First Round

This release is courtesy of MIT Sports Information. 

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 4 Muhlenberg 38, MIT 0

- Records: MIT (7-3); No. 4 Muhlenberg (11-0)

- Location: Allentown, Pa. (Scotty Wood Stadium)

- The Lead: In the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, the MIT football team dropped a 38-0 final to No. 4 Muhlenberg College. This marked the second straight NCAA Tournament appearance for MIT and third overall.

THE WAY IT HAPPENED:

- Muhlenberg got on the board with 9:46 left in the first on a one-yard rushing touchdown by Nick DeLucas to cap a 10-play, 61-yard drive. The score remained that way into the second quarter before Michael Hnatkowsky found Ryan Curtiss for a 21-yard touchdown and the 14-0 score. 

- With 17 seconds left in the first half, Nick Ugarte pulled in a Hnatkowsky throw in the back of the end zone on third and goal for the 21-0 halftime margin.

- Sophomore Ashton Robinson (Louisville, Ky.) led the Engineers with 46 yards on eight rushing attempts, including a long of 20 yards.

- In the third, the Mules stretched the lead to 28-0 as Curtiss pulled down a 14-yard TD pass across the middle from Hnatkowsky. On the ensuing MIT possession, the Mules intercepted MIT senior quarterback Chris Mauck (Wellington, Fla.) and converted that into a nine-yard Mark Riggio touchdown.

- Muhlenberg closed out the third-quarter scoring with 4:57 on the clock with a 22-yard field goal by Todd Spirt for the 38-0 margin.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Robinson led the Engineers with 48 rushing yards, along with 44 yards from senior John Robertson (Brentwood, Tenn.).

- Sophomore Will Exson (Charlotte, N.C.) was the leading tackler for MIT with 10 tackles that included eight solo stops.

- For the Mules, DeLucas was the leading rusher with 65 yards as the team gained 168 yards overall on the ground. Hnatkowsky finished 19-for-32 for 222 yards and three touchdowns, while Curtiss posted six receptions for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

Spencer Kirin was the top tackler for Muhlenberg with eight stops as eight different players finished with a tackle for loss.

- This was the first-ever meeting between MIT and Muhlenberg.