MIT Engineers football team earns first NCAA playoff berth in program history

Undefeated and on the cusp of the first New England Football Conference title in school history, the MIT Engineers ran into a tricky bug on Saturday.

Facing a third-quarter deficit against Maine Maritime, the Engineers and senior running back Justin Wallace delivered the game’s last four TDs to troubleshoot the problem and deliver the 55-37 win.

Wallace finished with a career-high 261 yards and six touchdowns on just 23 carries, pushing his career total to 4,290 yards -- a new MIT record (DeRon Brown had 4,141).

MIT is now 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference, and clinched its first NCAA playoff berth in the Division III program’s history. The Engineers have one regular-season game left, hosting the U.S. Coast Guard Academy next Saturday.

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