Doyle and UMass responded to adversity, and actually lifted their level of play because of it, taking a 7-6 lead and 138-33 yardage advantage into the second quarter. That, if nothing else, is reason for hope for this struggling team as it continues a difficult schedule.
"I thought our team fought - both sides of the ball fought to the end," coach Charley Molnar said. "I've been to this show before when the wheels have come off, and today, the wheels were loose, but they never came off. And I think that's progress. It's a small sign for me, but certainly something we can sink our teeth into and grow from."
Molnar said Doyle, who finished with 186 yards and two interceptions on 21-of-31 passing, "never flinched" after tossing the pick-6.