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UMass Plays At NFL Stadium For First Time Since 1991

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Heading into the Colonial Clash, here are a few nuggets of information.

UMass At NFL Stadiums
• The last time the UMass football team played a game at an NFL stadium come on Nov. 2, 1991, as the Minutemen beat Northeastern as Foxboro Stadium, 27-12. That game was a home game for Northeastern and drew a crowd of 4,620.

• The previous other known game that UMass football played at an NFL Stadium -- while it was in use by the NFL -- came on Sept. 28, 1968, when UMass lost at the University of Buffalo, 23-0 at Buffalo War Memorial Stadium, affectionately known as the "Rockpile." It was home to the Buffalo Bills from 1960-72 and also was where "The Natural" with Robert Redford was filmed.

• Prior to that, UMass played games at Nickerson Field, against Boston University for many years. Nickerson was home to the AFL's Boston Patriots from 1960-62 and the NFL's Boston Braves in 1932.

• The last UMass team in any sport to play at an NFL Stadium came in 2006 as the men's lacrosse team played in the NCAA Championship and Semifinals at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Minutemen played in front of a then-lacrosse record crowd of 49,562 on May 27, 2006 in a Final Four win over Maryland. Two days later 47,062 watched UMass fall in the championship game to Virginia.

Largest Crowds For FCS Games
• Saturday's game at Gillette Stadium is sure to be a new record for a crowd to watch a UMass football game against an FCS team. The largest crowd to watch UMass play an FCS opponent came in the 2006 NCAA Semifinals at Montana. A crowd of 23,454 watched UMass upset the Grizzlies, 19-17 and advance to the National Championship Game.

• The largest regular-season crowds to watch UMass in FCS action have all come at Delaware, which has one of the largest seating capacities in FCS. The most to see the Minutemen in the regular season came on Oct. 22, 1988, when 22,301 watch them lose at Delaware, 10-7. There have been several other crowds at Delaware of more than 22,000 to watch UMass.

• Overall, the largest crowd to ever watch UMass came earlier this season at Michigan, when 110,187 watch UMass narrowly fall at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 18, 2010.

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