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October 29, 2006

Plymouth State Football runs past MIT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Brandon Clough (Gonic, N.H./Spaulding) and junior Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H./Milford) combined for 228 yards rushing and four touchdowns Sunday afternoon as Plymouth State University upended MIT, 35-3, in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game at Steinbrenner Stadium.

PSU used an impressive rushing attack for the victory, getting back on the winning track after three straight conference losses. Plymouth State ran the ball on 47 of its 49 plays and accumulated 298 of its 351 yards on the ground. The Panthers improved to 3-3 in the NEFC Boyd Division, 3-5 overall, while MIT fell to 1-5 in conference play, 2-6 overall.

Clough finished the day with a game-high 127 yards rushing and two scores, while Mack also scored twice while adding 101 yards on the ground.

The Panthers wasted no time as they moved 69 yards on six plays after the opening kickoff. Clough capped the drive with a seven-yard touchdown to give Plymouth State a 6-0 lead.

MIT responded with its only points of the game late in the first quarter. Completing its longest drive of the afternoon (six plays, 50 yards), freshman Corey Garvey converted a 31-yard field goal to slash the Panther lead in half.

Plymouth State answered right back following the Tech score. After a strong kick-off return, Mack took the first play from scrimmage 59 yards and into the endzone. Mack followed his longest run of the year with a two-point conversion in boosting the advantage to 14-3.

The PSU offense struck twice in the final five minutes of the half to break the game open. Mack supplied the first score with a 20-yard run, while junior Brad Largy (Litchfield, N.H.) tacked on six more points with a 53-yard TD reception from sophomore John DeMarco (Milford, N.H./Milford). The catch proved to be the Panthers' only pass completion of the game, but after totaling 91 yards and scoring two touchdowns on four plays, Plymouth State had little reason to force the ball into the gusty winds.

The Panthers maintained a 28-3 lead until late in the third quarter. Capping an impressive, nine-minute drive in which Plymouth State marched 74 yards on 14 plays, Clough secured his second touchdown with a 22-yard rush. Although the Panthers didn't score the rest of the way, another extensive drive in the fourth prevented MIT from climbing back into contention.

The Engineers fared well on the ground, with T.C. Scotton picking up 70 yards on 14 carries and freshman DeRon Brown contributing 69 yards on 11 attempts.

Senior safety Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H./Central) led the Panthers defensive unit with a team-high eight tackles and two pass break-ups. MIT was paced by David Kalk and Phil Zakielarz. Kalk posted a game-best 10 tackles, including eight solo stops, while Zakielarz had nine tackles and a sack.

PSU returns home to wrap up the regular season next Saturday at Currier Field with a Boyd Division contest against Salve Regina (12:00 p.m.) MIT concludes its season next Saturday at home vs. Endicott (12:00 p.m.)

(Courtesy of MIT Sports Information)

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