MIT’s football program is proving the school can boast about excellence outside the classroom, too.
History will be made Saturday in Bangor, Maine, when the Division III team takes the field against Husson University in its first-ever playoff game.
The Engineers (9-0), led by their future rocket scientist quarterback Peter Williams, ran the table this season for the first time since finishing 3-0 in 1881, according to The Boston Globe.
Despite being limited to two hours of practice per day, MIT had a balanced running and passing attack as it outscored opponents 363-201. Williams, an aerospace engineer major, threw for 1,761 yards and 16 touchdowns during the regular season. Running back Justin Wallace amassed 1,445 rushing yards along with 16 TDs.
Since its inception in the 19th century, MIT football has hit some tumultuous times, as it disbanded in 1901 before coming back as a club sport in 1978. Football didn’t become a varsity sport at MIT until 1988, and now the Engineers will have their first shot in the 32-team Division III tournament.
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