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Recaps From Football's 27-21 Loss To New Hampshire

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Steve Levine of The Daily Collegian takes a look at the schedule of events for Saturday's Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium against New Hampshire.

Collegian: 2nd Annual Colonial Clash Set For Saturday

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Michael Wood of the Daily Collegian has a preview of Saturday's Colonial Clash game at Gillette Stadium against New Hampshire.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook covering several aspects of the UMass football team this week including an update on Jerome Lewis' injury at practice yesterday, Tom Gilson being named as a team captain for Saturday, an update on some special alums to be in attendance at Gillette and a look at the schedule of events for the Colonial Clash.

Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican touches on a variety of UMass football topics in today's edition. He covers John Griffin catching his coach's eye at Bengals training camp, James Ihedigbo reported nearing a deal with the Jets, Chris Koepplin at Patriots camp, and tickets going on sale for the Colonial Clash on Oct. 22 at Gillette Stadium.

Gazette: Making The 'Clash' Even Classier

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In the Daily Hampshire Gazette Matt Vautour has a column on making the Colonial Clash even "classier." He has four ways to make the event even better.

Monday's Follow-Up Stories On The Colonial Clash

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More coverage on Monday after UMass lost in the Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium before a conference record attendance of 32,848.

Recaps Of The Colonial Clash

  • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Mistakes Doom UMass At Gillette
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Clash Organizer Thrilled With Event
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Amid bad patch, Minutemen seek to avoid another collapse
  • Daily Collegian: UMass Loses Colonial Clash
  • Daily Collegian: Offense Struggling Since Bye Week
  • Boston Herald: Weekend Notebook.
  • Portsmouth Herald: Win over UMass sets up exciting final month for UNH
  • Recaps Of The Colonial Clash

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    Check out these stories on the Colonial Clash, as close to 33,000 fans came out to watch UMass and New Hampshire in the first-ever college football game at Gillette Stadium.

    • Boston Herald: Minutemen routed at Gillette
    • Boston Herald: A big miss for UMass
    • Worcester Telegram: Minutemen humbled at Gillette Stadium
    • Nashua Telegraph: 'Cats go wild at Gillette

    Saturday's Football Previews Of The Colonial Clash

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    As the Saturday morning previews start to roll in, check them out here on Just Take A Minute.

  • Boston Herald: UMass, UNH On Big Stage
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette: Wide-eyed UMass hits Gillette for walk-through
  • Springfield Republican: UMass-UNH crowd expected to approach 30,000
  • Boston Globe: Preview, Evans Hitting Stride
  • Worcester Telegram: Locals Play Big Time
  • Enterprise News: Thellen Settles In At Safety For UMass
  • Laconia Citizen: UMass-UNH Ready Fo Historic Clash
  • Local Players Thrilled to Play in Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium
  • Keene Sentinel: Rivals ready for 'Clash' 
  • WEEI Radio: Jonathan Kraft on The Big Show: Talks About Colonial Clash
  • Enterprise News Feature On Darren Thellen

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    His college football career has not reached the midway point, and already Darren Thellen has built a strong foundation. As a red-shirt freshman, the safety from Brockton broke into the University of Massachusetts starting lineup last season.

    He got to play alongside Jeromy Miles, now a member of the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad, while starting seven of 11 games in 2009.

    Read the full story in the Enterprise News.

    Republican: Gillette Crowd Approaching 30,000

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    The business goals of Saturday's Colonial Clash seem sure to be reached. All that remains for the University of Massachusetts football team is the not-so-small goal of beating New Hampshire at Gillette Stadium.

    The first college game at the stadium in Foxborough looks almost certain to draw more than 25,000 fans. UMass athletic director John McCutcheon deemed the project a success.

    "If we got between 25,000 and 30,000, we'd be very pleased. That looks to be about where we'll be at.''

    The largest crowd ever to watch UMass play another Football Championship Subdivision school is 23,454 for the 2006 NCAA semifinal at Montana. That seems sure to be surpassed.

    Read the Springfield Republican.

    Niland Featured In The Enterprise

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    More on the Colonial Clash from the The Enterprise with a feature on Greg Niland.

    He has sat in the stands at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on a number of occasions since the facility opened in 2002. "I've been to Gillette so many times watching the Patriots or going down to see a concert,'' said University of Massachusetts offensive lineman Greg Niland of East Bridgewater. "It's an awesome place.''

    On Saturday afternoon, Niland will get the opportunity to play at the home of the Patriots on Route 1.

    Gazette: UMass Taking On UNH At Gillette

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    In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has this preview of the UMass-UNH game aka the 2010 Colonial Clash.

    After his team faced its first true adversity of the season in Saturday's 11-10 loss to Richmond, University of Massachusetts football coach Kevin Morris was optimistic about how his team will bounce back this weekend.

    "We've shown the maturity to be able to come back and win in the fourth quarter," said Morris, citing his team's three come-from-behind wins. "Now it's a whole different question. But with the same maturity in mind, can we bounce back from a game that we should have won and come back with a real strong contest and win the following week? It's another test."

    Saturday's 3:30 p.m. game against New Hampshire at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough figures to be an easy game for both teams to get motivated for. Any game in the Patriots' stadium is a big one. As is any game against rival New Hampshire. Add in the fact that it can significantly impact the Colonial Athletic Association standings as well as both teams'

    Republican: UMass Gears Up For UNH

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    Read Ron Chimelis' preview of the UMass-UNH game in the Springfield Republican.

    Darren Thellen has this matchup pegged. "They don't like us. We don't like them. It's a great rivalry,'' the University of Massachusetts safety said of his team's relationship with New Hampshire, which faces UMass Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

    Dubbed "The Colonial Clash,'' this 73rd meeting of the onetime Yankee Conference teams will be the first college game played at the Patriots' stadium in Foxborough.

    Hometown Feature On Football's Nick Jablonski

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    Southcoast Today has a feature on wide receiver Nick Jablonski, a reserve receiver for the Minutemen and area foe Justin Mello of UNH. Read the full story here.

    Pair Of Features On Fullback Scott Duggan

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    The Metrowest Daily News has a story on Scott Duggan. He has already had his seminal moment in college athletics, blocking a punt in front of 110,000 people at Michigan Stadium. Thing is, the UMass football player isn't sure that will be his career highlight.

    The Worcester Telegram has a nice feature story on Hudson native Scott Duggan, who will have his second chance to play a dream game this season -- Saturday at Gillette Stadium. Playing at the Big House earlier this season was a lifelong dream come true for Duggan.

    Colonial Clash Stories From New Hampshire View

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    The pre-game focus for this year's University of New Hampshire vs. Massachusetts football game has understandably been on the venue. For the first time ever, Gillette Stadium will host a college football game, and the Patriots' brass chose this long-standing New England rivalry.

    But once 3:30 p.m. rolls around and all the alumni functions, tailgating and honorary coin-flipping is over, it will boil down to two Colonial Athletic Association teams that need a win and can ill afford another conference loss.

    From the New Hampshire perspective, here are several stories on the Colonial Clash: 

    Gazette: N.E. Rivals Looks Forward To Gillette

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    As University of Massachusetts senior defensive end Bob McLaughlin watched the New England Patriots play the Baltimore Ravens on TV Sunday, it didn't sink in that he was looking at the field he was going to play on six days later.

    The Minutemen will face rival New Hampshire Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

    "I didn't think of it during the game, but when I came down to practice and we started talking about it, I thought back to the game and thought, it's going to be pretty fun getting to play out there," said the Brewster native and lifelong fan of the Patriots. "We're really excited to get to step out on that field. It's going to be a good time."

    Read this full story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Daily Collegian: Griffin Eyes Title With UMass

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    On an average Sunday during the fall semester, Northeastern University football players gathered for a meeting on the basketball court, as they customarily did in the day or two following each game.

    Players chatted familiarly with each other, cracking the usual jokes while sharing stories about their weekends. They awaited the arrival of their coach for what they assumed was a typical recap of their most recent game, a 33-27 win over Rhode Island in their season finale on Nov. 21 of last season.

    Junior running back John Griffin arrived at the gym as he did in week's past, expecting an assessment of his own and the team's performances amidst analysis of game film. Yet, something about this meeting seemed a bit peculiar.

    Read the full story in the Daily Collegian.

    Daily Collegian Previews On Colonial Clash

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    Despite the building anticipation and likeliness that this weekend's crowd will set a record, UMass coach Kevin Morris is getting his team to concentrate on playing New Hampshire.

    Read this preview in the Daily Collegian

    Union-Leader, Monitor Notebooks On Colonial Clash

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    The Union-Leader has a football notebook on the Colonial Clash.

    A crowd of at least 25,000 and maybe up to 30,000 is expected for the hugely important Colonial Athletic Association rivalry game, said Steve Metcalf, the UNH deputy athletics director who helped set the contest up.

    Also, check this story in the Concord Monitor which looks at the Wildcats as they head into the UMass game.

    NBC22 Video Preview Of Colonial Clash

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    It's called the Colonial Clash. UMass and New Hampshire will play at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Saturday.

    The stakes are high for both 12th ranked UMass and 10th ranked New Hampshire. The winner will have an inside track at a playoff spot, the loser will likely have to win out the rest of the year to make the FCS tournament.

    Republican: Gillette Game Will Be Cool

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    Ron Chimelis has this story in the Springfield Republican about UMass venture to Gillette Stadium.

    The University of Massachusetts football coach played a high school game at Giants Stadium more than 25 years ago.

    "The place holds 75,000 people. There were about 25,000 there. There might as well have been 10,'' Kevin Morris said. "But for a high school kid, it was fantastic. The thrill is in the experience.''

    On Saturday, UMass plays New Hampshire at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. A great rivalry is about to be taken to another level.

    Viveiros In Fall River Herald News Article

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    The Colonial Clash is raising awareness across the state.The Fall River Herald News has a story on junior defensive back Shane Viveiros.

    You'll have to excuse Viveiros if he isn't awed playing this game in Gillette. Last month, the Minutemen's starting rover (strong safety) played the University of Michigan before 100,000-plus fans in Ann Arbor. UMass lost that wild one 42-37.

    Walpole's Collins Has UMass appeal

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    The Walpole Times has a wonderful lengthy feature on freshman Ryan Collins from Walpole.

    When the time came it seemed like everyone in Massachusetts knew where Walpole's Ryan Izzo, the state's all-time football scoring leader, was going to college.

    When his time came, only Izzo's Super Bowl champion teammate, Ryan Collins knew where he was going.

    Ironically, they both ended up in the same place, UMass-Amherst, where Izzo is playing lacrosse and Collins football. And that makes Collins the benefactor of an exciting new concept that will be kicking off this Saturday at Gillette Stadium: The Colonial Classic.

    Feature Story on Greg Niland In Taunton Gazette

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    Here is a great feature story on Greg Niland in the Taunton Daily Gazette.

    The bus carrying the University of Massachusetts football team to its opening game on Sept. 4 was getting close to McGuirk Stadium. Greg Niland of East Bridgewater, who was about to make his debut as a left guard for the Minutemen, began thinking about the strange journey that brought him to Amherst.

    The Coyle-Cassidy High School graduate was supposed to be starting his final season at Northeastern University that weekend, not suiting up for a new team to face William & Mary.

    When NU dropped its football program last Nov. 22, though, it left Niland and his Huskies' teammates scrambling to find new homes, and UMass is where he landed.

    Gazette: Gillette Presents Unique Opportunity

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    The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on the way the Colonial Clash came into being. Check it out.

    New Hampshire Athletic Director Marty Scarano was skeptical at first when Associate Athletic Director Steve Metcalf first informed him of Gillette Stadium's interest in having the UNH football team play a game there. "I wasn't sure we'd want to give up a home game," Scarano said. "The more we talked, the more it made a lot of sense. I thought it was a great opportunity for UNH." Phil Buttafuoco had been making a similar pitch to University of Massachusetts Athletic Director John McCutcheon. "It came together simultaneously for both of us," McCutcheon said. "When they were interested and we were interested it made sense for us to do a two-year deal and work on it together."

    Defense Could Rule The Day In Colonial Clash

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    Seacoast Online has a story on the stout defenses of both UMass and UNH.

    It's the "Colonial Clash." Not the "Colonial Shootout."

    Fans heading to the game between the University of New Hampshire football team and UMass at Gillette Stadium Saturday would do well to file away those Yankee Conference images from a generation ago, high-flying battles that gave us scores like 64-42. There's a good chance defense could rule this day.

    And that's just one storyline for a game that's been highly-anticipated across two states since last winter, when New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft agreed to open the doors to his 68,000-seat modern marvel to one of New England's best rivalries. The teams will also play there in 2011.

    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., Facebook Page Launched

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    UMass football fans, in addition to the UMass Colonial Clash Central, Gillette Stadium has launched

    There are five pages of photo galleries from Sam The Minuteman's visit to Gillette Stadium.

    Also, has been set up. Become a fan today!Colonial Clash

    Derek Kellogg At The Patriots Game

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    Check out photos from Coach Derek Kellogg at the Patriots preseason game vs. the St. Louis Rams tonight. Here are a bunch of images on his Twitter page @CoachKellogg.

    Kellogg On Patriots TV Early In 4th Quarter

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    We have just received word that UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg will be interviewed on TV early in the fourth quarter of the Patriots-Rams preseason game. Look for the interview on WBZ in Boston and NBC22 in Western Mass.

    Colonial Clash Central Webpage Launched

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    We have set up a Colonial Clash Central page here on It features all the stories, information and news you need to know about the big game vs. New Hampshire on Oct. 23 at Gillette Stadium.

    Get all the latest info on the Alumni Association Pep Rally at the CBS Scene before the game.

    Nuggets On Thursday's Patriots' Game

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    UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg will be a special guest at the New England Patriots preseason game vs. the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. He is expected to be interviewed on the television broadcast of the game from the sidelines. Look for Coach DK on the air! 

     Also, the game is a homecoming for a former UMass assistant coach coach. Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo is a native of Northbridge, Mass., and a graduate of Springfield College, where he was a wide receiver. Before heading to the NFL he coached at UMass, UConn and Maine, among other schools. He made his name in the NFL as defensive coordinator for the Eagles and was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants when the Giants beat the Patriots, 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII.

    News Clips On The Naming Of The Colonial Clash

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    Here are various stories on the announcement by the New England Patriots and Gillette Stadium that the UMass vs. UNH game on Oct. 23 will be known as the "Colonial Clash."

  • Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Worcester Telegram, Springfield Republican and Daily Hampshire Gazette.

  • Sam The Minuteman At Gillette Stadium, Pats Camp

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    In preparation of the UMass vs. New Hampshire football game at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 23, Sam The Minuteman took a trip to Patriots Training Camp and their home field, today. Here are some pictures of Sam in action. Check out his Facebook Page Photo Gallery.

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