Troy, NY --- Senior Blaine Bursey (Middleburg, FL) and freshman Sean McAllen (Prospect, CT) earned weekly football awards as chosen by the Liberty League. Bursey was named the league's special teams performer of the week while McAllen was tabbed as the rookie of the week. Senior Brian Murtagh (Wayland, MA) was tabbed as an honorable mention.
Bursey converted all four PAT attempts and all three field goal opportunities, including the overtime game-winner to lift WPI past MIT, 37-34 Friday night. His 23-yarder snapped a 14-14 tie in the second while a 37-yarder extended WPI's lead to 34-24 in the fourth. He only needed 19 yards to send the Boynton Hillers back to Worcester with the 37-34 victory.
McAllen ran for 215 yards on 29 carries and scored a pair of first half touchdowns in his Engineers debut. The total was aided by a 74-yard score to even the game at 14-14 in the second. McAllen became the first Crimson and Gray player to eclipse the 200 yard rushing mark in over a decade.
Murtagh led all student-athletes with 15 tackles (five solo), narrowly doubling up MIT's top defenders total. His sum included a pair on special teams and was in on four of five stops in the first series of the second half.
Football (1-0) hosts crosstown rival Worcester State Friday night at 7pm.
Sean McAllen photo courtesy Linda Flibbert