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UMass' next football opponent is either No. 1 or 2, depending on the source
Published: Monday, November 08, 2010, 3:56 PM Updated: Monday, November 08, 2010, 4:47 PM
AMHERST - Depending on which poll is referenced, the University of Massachusetts football team has either already beaten the No. 1 team in the nation, or will get the chance Saturday.
Upcoming Colonial Athletic Association rival Delaware rose to No. 1 in the Football Championship Subdivision coaches poll, and No. 2 in the Sports Network survey. The Blue Hens (8-1, 5-1 CAA) come to McGuirk Alumni Stadium on Saturday to meet UMass (6-3, 4-2).
The Minutemen inched up to No. 13 in the coaches poll, and No. 14 in the Sports Network survey.
William & Mary (7-2, 5-1) was No. 1 in the Sports Network poll, and No. 2 in the coaches listing. The Tribe lost 27-23 to UMass on Sept. 4.
UMass was 15th in both surveys before beating Maine 39-24 Saturday. Appalachian State fell from first to third in both polls after suffering its first loss, a 21-14 overtime defeat to Georgia Southern.
In the game against Maine, linebacker Tyler Holmes became the first UMass player to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game.
Holmes was named the CAA defensive player of the week for the second straight week. He also earned national defensive player and national linebacker honors for the week, according to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA), selected by an awards organization of the same name.
Ryan Carter was named CFPA kickoff returner of the week after taking a reverse and returning the opening kickoff 97yards for a touchdown.
Quarterback Kyle Havens (22-for-28, 213 yards, three touchdowns) was named to the CPFA honorable mention at his position.