BANGOR, Maine — Trailing late in regulation of its first NCAA Division 3 tournament game, unbeaten MIT kicked a field goal as time expired to force overtime, then got a 13-yard touchdown pass from Peter Williams to Seve Esparrago to pull out a 27-20 victory over Husson on Saturday.
The Engineers (10-0) didn’t take their first lead, at 17-14, until 3:54 remained in the third quarter, on Williams’s first of two scoring passes. Husson (8-2) answered with Joe Seccareccia’s 14-yard touchdown strike to Deon Wiggins with 5:37 to play, but MIT’s Matt Iovino stuffed the extra point attempt, setting up a wild finish.
MIT made it to the Eagles 35-yard line before Harris Stolzenberg fumbled a short pass. Husson recovered, and holding a 20-17 advantage, the Eagles were stopped on downs at the MIT 33 with 48 seconds to go.
Williams got the Engineers moving with a 29-yard pass to Brad Goldsberry on first down, and Husson soon gave MIT another fresh set of downs with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, moving the ball to the Eagles 21. Four plays later, Tucker Cheyne converted a tying 38-yard field goal to send the game to overtime.
On the first possession of OT, MIT faced third and 5 from the Husson 20, but Williams scampered for 7 yards. On the next play, he found Esparrago in the corner of the end zone, with the wideout barely keeping his feet inbounds.
Husson’s last chance ended at the MIT 9 when Seccareccia was unable to connect on his fourth-down pass to Josiah Hartley in the end zone.
The game got off to an exciting start as well.
Williams’s second pass attempt was intercepted by Kenny Sweet, and he took it 47 yards to put Husson ahead. On the next play from scrimmage, Justin Wallace busted free for a 72-yard touchdown run.