NEWTON, Mass. -- Sophomore quarterback Michael Pina (Brockton, Mass.) connected with freshmen wide receiver Oscar Lopez (Revere, Mass.) on a game winning touchdown with :58 seconds left followed by junior Charles Wade (Monroe, CT) who forced a fumble on the Bison's ensuing 4th down to clinch the Eastern Colligate Football Conference opener at Alumni Field.
The Mustangs got the ball with 4:34 remaining, trailing by 1, and put together a clinical final drive to win the game. Quarterback Mike Pina connected a pass to Oscar Lopez for 9 yards on 4th down before again connecting on the eventual game winner. Pina threw for a total of 120 yards and a touchdown while Lopez went for 72 yards on 5 receptions.
325 of the Mustangs yards came on the ground from their three-headed rushing attack lead by freshmen running back Marcus Mcbean (Dorchester, Mass). Mcbean rushed for a total of 114 yards on 13 attempts while follow freshmen running backs Kolbie Humble (Vidor, TX) and De'Andre G.-Fisher (Springfield, Mass) each ran for a touchdown and 110 and 74 yards. Pina also added 27 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Senior Josh David (Sandown, N.H) and Charles Wade made big impacts on the game defensively. David had a fumble recovery to go along with 7 tackles. Wade had 3 tackles including a sack and a forced fumble that effectively ended Gallaudet's hope of winning the game.
For Gallaudet, freshman DeMichael Shelbon (Monroe, La.) carried the ball for a team high 61 yards on 9 attempts. Sophomore quarterback Timel Benton (Columbia, S.C.) added to the offense by passing for 113 yards.
Ball control was a major impact throughout the game as Gallaudet fumbled the ball four times, each of which was turned over to the Mustangs.
Junior Linebacker Louie Akuffo (Bowie, Md.) led the Bison's on the defensive end with a game high 11 tackles (7 solo, 4 assisted)
The Mustangs improve to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in ECFC play while Gallaudet falls to 0-4 and 0-1 in conference.
Mount Ida College returns to ECFC play as they travel to Vermont to take on Castleton next Saturday. Gallaudet also continues on conference play next Saturday as they host Anna Maria College at 1:00 PM
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, providing career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,450 students for success. The College is comprised of the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, awarding associate, bachelor and master's degrees. www.mountida.edu