Saturday, September 24th
The opening game of Babson's fall season began exactly as planned, going up 19-5 in the early minutes, and finishing on a strong 15-5 run to end the game. Unfortunately for the Beavers, the middle portion of the match against MIT was just as lopsided the other way, giving up 43 unanswered points to the Engineers, and eventually falling 36-53.
Strong runs by the forwards set the tone offensively, and eventually resulted in space out wide for the backs to exploit. Good ball movement and timely offloads led to a couple breakaway scores for Babson, who appeared to be preparing to put MIT away early. Things changed quickly however, when MIT was able to break the defensive line and for their second score, and then return the ensuing kickoff 70 meters for their third try only seconds later. Poor tackling and breakdowns in defensive structure doomed Babson in the middle portion of the game, allowing 7 MIT tries without any of their own.
The final portion of the game showed great resolve for the Beavers, rallying behind more hard runs by their veterans, as well as continued penalties by some of MIT's rookies. Three more tries were scored, however all were unconverted, and Babson simply ran out of time to complete their comeback.
Babson will travel to Amherst College next weekend (Saturday, October 1st) with kickoff scheduled for 12pm.