Coast Guard football plays at MIT today, will be without George (illness)

Coast Guard Academy football coach Bill George said there are two certain things in life: death and failure.

"One's permanent," George said this week. "The other one, you better work at."

A week after a season-opening 43-37 loss to rival Merchant Marine, Coast Guard travels to Cambridge, Mass., at noon today to take on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1-0) in the teams' first ever meeting.

Coast Guard, which amassed 410 yards offense last week is led by senior quarterback Jon Resch, who was 26-for-49 passing for 273 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another 47 yards.

The Bears will be missing George, who will not coach today due to illness. Offensive coordinator Ray LaForte will take over the head coaching duties.

Coast Guard has also suspended leading rusher Tyler Hames (11 carries, 98 yards last week) for the first quarter of today's game for disciplinary reasons.

MIT won last week against Becker 28-21, getting 148 yards rushing and two touchdowns from sophomore Justin Wallace. The Engineers gave up 383 passing yards and 434 yards offense to Becker, however, meaning today could be an offense-oriented game, as Coast Guard allowed 521 yards offense against Merchant Marine's triple-option.

"We do some good things defensively, but none of them you do against the triple-option," George said. "They took the fullback and ran us over. We got worn down. We made some plays that didn't show up."

- Vickie Fulkerson

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