John Connolly of the Boston Herald previews tonight's season-opener between UMass and Holy Cross - the 50th all-time meeting in the series which will be televised live nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
History will be made tonight at Fitton Field in Worcester when Holy Cross hosts in-state rival UMass in the first-ever night football game played on the Crusaders campus.
It marks the 50th meeting in the series between HC and UMass, which begins a two-year transition period into the Football Bowl Subdivision and becomes a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference.
The Minutemen lead the series, 23-21-5, and have won the last eight meetings, including a 31-7 victory in Amherst last Sept. 11.
Holy Cross is pumped to provide an electric-style atmosphere, thanks to new portable lights.