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Gazette: Griffin Rescues Minutemen

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a follow-up on Saturday's football win at Stony Brook.

In a game featuring seven former Hofstra players, it was a former Northeastern player who rescued the University of Massachusetts.

Senior tailback John Griffin, who was Northeastern's featured back last year, had his best statistical day as a Minuteman, with 23 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown.

"If you're rushing for that many, that's a great night," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "We're excited about that. He certainly made a lot of big runs and broke a lot of tackles tonight. "

Griffin rescues Minutemen at Stony Brook

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - In a game featuring seven former Hofstra players, it was a former Northeastern player who rescued the University of Massachusetts.

Senior tailback John Griffin, who was Northeastern's featured back last year, had his best statistical day as a Minuteman, with 23 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown.

"If you're rushing for that many, that's a great night," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "We're excited about that. He certainly made a lot of big runs and broke a lot of tackles tonight. "

Griffin's success came on a day when Jonathan Hernandez, his partner in the Minutemen's running-back tandem, struggled to get traction. He rushed 19 times for 56 yards, but did get in the end zone twice.

Both Griffin and Hernandez are on pace for 1,000 yards this season.

They currently rank third and fourth in rushing yards per game in the CAA.

WILDCAT FORMATION - The Minutemen ran two plays out of the Wildcat formation. On one wide receiver Jesse Julmiste lined up at quarterback and rushed for five yards.

On the other Julian Talley was under center, but the Minutemen were flagged for a false start and the play never happened.

HAVENS TAKES RESPONSIBILITY - Senior Kyle Havens threw two first quarter interceptions after throwing just one in the first three games.

"In our game plan we had a couple of plays that we thought we could take shots on," Havens said. "We called those plays and they didn't give us the defense we thought we could take the shots on. I threw it anyways. Those were stupid mistakes."

Still for all the talk about UMass' running attack, Havens' 248.2 passing yards per game leads the CAA.

NEXT UP - UMass plays its third straight game on the road next week as the Minutemen head to suburban Baltimore to face Towson.

The Tigers lost to perennial Ivy League cellar-dweller Columbia, 24-10.

PARKS TRIBUTE - The Spirit of Stony Brook, the school's marching band dedicated its halftime show to UMass band director George Parks, who died en route to UMass' game at Michigan on Sept. 16.

MISCELLANEOUS - Perhaps hoping to alter its luck away from home, the Minutemen wore black pants with their white road jerseys for the first time since last season's loss at Kansas State. UMass went winless in white pants and red pants with white jerseys since that game.

Tyler Holmes' third interception tied him for the CAA lead in the category.

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