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Herald: UMass Eyeing Big Test

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Will Michigan get caught looking ahead to playing Bowling Green on Sept. 25? Or will UMass be thinking of visiting Stony Brook the same week?

Try neither.

The No. 18 Minutemen (2-0) carry the FCS banner into The Big House in Ann Arbor this weekend (Saturday, noon) to face a potent Wolverines squad (2-0) riding high after victories over UConn and Notre Dame.

Read the full story in the BostonHerald.

UMass eyeing Big test
By John Connolly  |   Monday, September 13, 2010  |  http://www.bostonherald.com  |  College Football

Will Michigan get caught looking ahead to playing Bowling Green on Sept. 25? Or will UMass be thinking of visiting Stony Brook the same week?

Try neither.

The No. 18 Minutemen (2-0) carry the FCS banner into The Big House in Ann Arbor this weekend (Saturday, noon) to face a potent Wolverines squad (2-0) riding high after victories over UConn and Notre Dame.

"Here's what I know, or think I know," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "They won the first week and then they came back to beat Notre Dame . . . so they're 2-0 and obviously (have) gotten very excited over their first two wins. Now, it's game week. We're not looking ahead. This is it. Once I go back (to the office) I'll start pulling tape on Michigan."

Against the Fighting Irish, Michigan sophomore Denard Robinson set a Big Ten rushing record for quarterbacks with 258 yards on 28 carries, including an 87-yard TD run in the second quarter, the longest scoring run in Notre Dame Stadium history. He also became the ninth quarterback in NCAA history to run and pass for more than 200 yards in the same game after hitting 24-of-40 throws for 244 yards. Robinson leads the FBC in rushing (227.5 ypg) and total offense (442.5).

"It's not going to take much from me," said Morris, alluding to any stimulus for his players. "They're well aware of the opportunity right now. Michigan, whether they're ranked or not ranked, everyone knows Michigan. They're one of the best programs in the country, year in and year out. So we just have to impress upon our guys, hey, we just have to play our game and not get overimpressed or underimpressed over who Michigan is and the venue and 110,000 people and fans and all that stuff. We just have to play our football."

As a comparison, Saturday night's 31-7 walloping of Holy Cross (1-1) was witnessed by 16,352 at Amherst's McGuirk Stadium. UMass improved to 8-0 in night games at the facility.

In what had been expected to be a close game, UMass came out firing on all cylinders. The Minutemen built a 31-0 halftime lead, scoring on their final five drives before the break.

By the finish, UMass had outgained HC, 525-213, and compiled 28 first downs to the Crusaders' 12.

"It was all three phases," said Holy Cross coach Tom Gilmore. "We were just not focused."


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