GAME #8: Plymouth State University (2-5, 2-3) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2-5, 1-4)
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, 12:00 p.m., Steinbrenner Stadium, Cambridge, Mass.
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – It will be the first career meeting on the gridiron between the two institutions this Sunday when Plymouth State University visits Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a New England Football Conference Boyd Division contest.
The Panthers and Engineers will kick off at 12:00 p.m. Sunday at Steinbrenner Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. Plymouth State (2-4 overall, 2-2 NEFC Boyd) is looking to regroup after consecutive losses to three of the top four teams in the division, including a 40-26 setback to league-leading Curry last Saturday. MIT (2-5 overall, 1-4 NEFC Boyd) stopped a four-game losing streak last Saturday with a 40-25 victory over Salve Regina in a battle to avoid the basement of the Boyd Division.
Plymouth State gave high-flying Curry College its toughest challenge of the season last Saturday, but couldn’t contain the Colonels. The 26 points was the second-highest total of the season for the PSU offense. Curry had allowed only 217 yards rushing and 44 points in its previous seven games combined until the Panthers piled up 185 yards on the ground and 26 points. PSU actually outgained the Colonels, registering 297 yards of offense against a Curry defense that was averaging 164 yards a game against and holding the Curry offense to 285 yards, almost 50 yards below its average. The Panthers were hurt by five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions).
MIT is in seventh place in the Boyd Division and is headed for its seventh straight sub-.500 season. The Engineers started football in 1988, joined the NEFC in 1997, and have had the same coach for the duration, Dwight Smith. MIT’s best year was 1999, when it finished 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the conference. MIT’s wins this year have come over Framingham State, 21-14, on Sept. 16, and Salve Regina last Saturday.
Plymouth State wraps up its first year in the NEFC next Saturday, Nov. 4, with a home game against Salve Regina (12:00 p.m.) It will be Senior Day at Currier Field as PSU recognizes the Panther seniors who are playing the final game of their career.
NEFC RANKINGS: All 16 teams are pooled together for the NEFC team and individual rankings, and PSU is in the middle of the pack in most categories. The Panthers are seventh in total defense (allowing 278 yards per game) and 11th in total offense (gaining 263 yards per game). PSU is third in passing defense (124 yards/game) and seventh in rushing offense (168 yards/game).
WEEKLY HONORS: Here is the list of Panthers who have received NEFC weekly honors this season:
Sept. 11 RB John DeMarco (NEFC Honor Roll)
Sept. 25 DB Dan Fallon (NEFC Honor Roll)
Oct. 2 QB Tye Seastedt (NEFC Honor Roll), DB Mike Lannon (NEFC Honor Roll)
Oct. 16 DB Mike Lannon (NEFC Honor Roll)
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