Fall, 1878: Francis Codman '80, the "Father of Massachusetts Agricultural College Football," organizes the initial Aggie team, although no games are played.
Nov. 22, 1879: Massachusetts Agricultural College plays its first football game, defeating the freshman team from cross-town rival Amherst College, 4-0, on Alumni Field. The game was the only one of the season for the Aggies, giving them their first undefeated season.
Nov. 13, 1880: The first road game for the Aggies is a 0-0 tie at Amherst College.
Nov. 4, 1885: M.A.C. and Amherst College meet for the fourth time in the 1885 season. The Aggies win the four-game set, 2-1-1.
Nov. 22, 1889: The Aggies complete their second undefeated season with a 2-0 record. Both wins come over Williston Academy.
Sept. 25, 1897: Doctor Weeks, an 1897 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a regular quarterback, becomes the first M.A.C. football coach. The volunteer mentor loses his first game, 4-0 at Holy Cross, and posts a 1-4-1 mark in his only season as coach.
Nov. 6, 1897: The first-ever meeting between Massachusetts and Connecticut takes place, with M.A.C. winning the game, 36-0.
Sept. 28, 1901: James Halligan, former captain of the 1899 squad, leads the Aggies to a 17-0 victory at Holy Cross. Halligan becomes the first full-time seasonal football coach in school history.
Oct. 14, 1903: The first-ever meeting between Massachusetts and Rhode Island takes place, with the Aggies prevailing, 46-0. Massachusetts has faced Rhode Island 76 times, more than any other school.
Oct. 9, 1915: M.A.C. plays its first game at "New" Alumni Field, defeating Colby, 26-0.
Oct. 2, 1920: Massachusetts picks up its 100th win in school history, defeating Connecticut, 28-0.
March 26, 1931: Massachusetts Agricultural College becomes Massachusetts State College.
Sept. 26, 1931: Mel Taube coaches his first game against Cooper Union, leading the Aggies to a 50-0 victory. Taube goes on to become the school's all-time winningest coach by percentage (.682 / minimum 40 games). The game marks the first collegiate appearance by Lou Bush, who runs for three touchdowns on the afternoon.
Nov. 14, 1931: The Aggies defeat Wagner, 77-0, behind a school-record five touchdowns by Lou Bush. The margin of victory is still tied for the largest ever by Massachusetts.
Nov. 21, 1931: Lou Bush finishes the season with a then-school record 127 points to lead the nation in scoring. Bush goes on to win the national scoring title again in 1932 with 114 points.
Sept. 24, 1932: Lou Bush sets a school record by rushing for five touchdowns against Cooper Union, leading the Aggies to a 50-0 victory.
Nov. 5, 1937: Massachusetts loses at Coast Guard, 7-6, in the first-ever night game for the Aggies.
Nov. 10, 1945: The last meeting between Massachusetts and Amherst College ends in a 7-7 tie.
Dec. 3, 1946: The Yankee Conference is created. Massachusetts is a charter member, along with Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
May 7, 1947: Massachusetts State College becomes the University of Massachusetts.
Oct. 18, 1947: UMass hosts Rhode Island in its first-ever Yankee Conference game. Rhode Island wins the contest, 20-13.
Jan. 16, 1948: UMass changes its team nickname from the Aggies to the Redmen.
Oct. 30, 1948: The Redmen win their first Yankee Conference game, 33-0, at home against Vermont.
Sept. 27, 1952: UMass wins its 200th game in school history, posting a 39-6 win over Bates in Amherst.
Nov. 15, 1952: UMass travels to Tufts and wins 32-0 in the first televised game in school history.
Oct. 2, 1954: In the first meeting between the two schools in nearly 40 years, UMass posts a 13-7 upset victory at Harvard.
Oct. 1, 1960: Under the direction of first-year head coach Charles Studley, UMass upsets Harvard 27-12 on the road to open the season with a 3-0 record.
Nov. 12, 1960: UMass earns a share of its first Yankee Conference championship with a 35-15 win over New Hampshire.
Sept. 30, 1961: Vic Fusia coaches his first game at Massachusetts, leading the Redmen to a 21-12 victory over American International College. Fusia goes on to become the school's all-time winningest coach with 59 victories.
Nov. 22, 1961: Maine defeats UMass, 10-7, for the Yankee Conference championship in a game postponed from Sept. 23 because 22 members of the UMass team had been struck with an intestinal virus epidemic.
Nov. 10, 1962: The Redmen record a 19-18 upset win at Villanova. To this day, it remains UMass' only victory at Villanova.
Sept. 21, 1963: UMass surrenders a touchdown to Maine in a 14-7 win over the Black Bears. It would be the only touchdown the Redmen allowed all season.
Nov. 16, 1963: The Redmen clinch their first outright Yankee Conference title with a 48-2 victory over New Hampshire. The win also closes out the team's third and most recent undefeated season (8-0-1).
Nov. 14, 1964: UMass defeats New Hampshire, 47-0, to clinch its second straight and third overall Yankee Conference title. Vic Fusia is named New England Football Coach of the Year, while quarterback Jerry Whelchel receives the George Bulger Lowe award from the Gridiron Club of Boston as New England's most outstanding player.
Dec. 12, 1964: UMass plays in its first-ever postseason game, the Tangerine Bowl. After leading East Carolina, 13-0, the Redmen tire late in the game and fall 14-13.
Sept. 25, 1965: UMass defeats American International College, 41-0, in the first game ever at Alumni Stadium.
Oct. 16, 1965: UMass defeats Rhode Island, 30-0, in the official dedication game of Alumni Stadium.
Oct. 30, 1965: Greg Landry throws for a then-UMass record 300 yards to lead the Redmen to a 41-6 victory over Vermont. Landry goes on to lead the team in passing in all three of his years (1965-1967), and lead the squad in both rushing and scoring in 1965 and 1967. His quarterback efficiency rating of 145.4 in 1965 is still a school record.
Nov. 27, 1965: Milt Morin becomes the first UMass player to be drafted in the first round when the Cleveland Browns select the All-America tight end as their number one pick in the 1966 NFL Draft.
Nov. 12, 1966: UMass defeats New Hampshire, 14-7, to claim its fourth Yankee Conference title.
Nov. 18, 1967: The Redmen earn their fifth Yankee Conference championship with a 14-13 victory at New Hampshire.
Jan. 30, 1968: Greg Landry is chosen as the 11th overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 1968 NFL Draft. Landry's selection still remains the highest draft pick by a UMass football player in school history.
Nov. 15, 1969: UMass defeats New Hampshire 48-7 to earn its sixth Yankee Conference championship.
Sept. 18, 1971: Dick MacPherson coaches his first game at UMass, defeating Maine 13-0. MacPherson goes on to lead UMass to four Yankee Conference championships in his seven-year tenure.
Nov. 13, 1971: The Redmen earn a piece of their seventh Yankee Conference title with a 38-20 victory at New Hampshire.
Spring, 1972: UMass changes its nickname from the Redmen to the Minutemen.
Nov. 18, 1972: The Minutemen defeat New Hampshire 42-7 to claim their eighth Yankee Conference title.
Nov. 25, 1972: In front of an Alumni Stadium record 20,000 fans, the Minutemen post a 28-7 win over arch-rival Boston College.
Dec. 9, 1972: UMass defeats California-Davis 35-14 at the Boardwalk Bowl in Atlantic City, N.J., to win its first postseason game.
Sept. 15, 1973: The Minutemen win the 300th game in school history, defeating Villanova 21-20.
Nov. 16, 1974: The Minutemen defeat New Hampshire 27-17 to earn a share of their ninth Yankee Conference title.
Oct. 23, 1976: Brian McNally throws for a then-school record 389 yards against Connecticut in a 28-6 loss.
Nov. 12, 1977: UMass claims its 10th Yankee Conference title with a 19-6 win at New Hampshire.
Nov. 19, 1977: The Minutemen conclude the 1977 regular season with a 34-7 loss at Boston College. The 30,846 fans in attendance marked the biggest crowd to watch a UMass football game until 2002.
Nov. 26, 1977: Lehigh defeats UMass, 30-23, in the first round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs at McGuirk Alumni Stadium, despite a spirited second-half surge by the Minutemen. The contest was the first postseason football game played in Amherst and marked Dick MacPherson's last game as head coach of the Minutemen.
Nov. 18, 1978: The Minutemen earn their 11th Yankee Conference title with a, 34-7, victory over New Hampshire.
Dec. 9, 1978: UMass overpowers previously unbeaten and top-ranked Nevada-Reno, 44-21, in the NCAA Division I-AA semifinals at MacKay Stadium in Reno. The Minutemen's victory marked the first NCAA Division I-AA playoff win in school history.
Dec. 16, 1978: UMass falls to Florida A&M, 35-28, in the first-ever Division I-AA championship game. The Minutemen, under first-year coach Bob Pickett, win the Lambert Cup as the best team in the East.
Nov. 17, 1979: The Minutemen claim a share of their 12th Yankee Conference title with a 29-0 win at New Hampshire.
Nov. 14, 1981: UMass defeats New Hampshire 20-9 to earn a piece of its 13th Yankee Conference championship.
Nov. 13, 1982: The Minutemen claim a share of their 14th Yankee Conference title with a 27-0 victory over New Hampshire.
Nov. 20, 1982: Garry Pearson rushes for a then-UMass single-game record 288 yards in the final game of his collegiate career, a 29-13 victory over American International College.
Nov. 3, 1984: Alumni Stadium is renamed Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium in honor of the late UMass Athletic Director during whose tenure the stadium was built.
Nov. 22, 1986: UMass loses to Connecticut 20-17, but claims a share of its 15th Yankee Conference championship.
Nov. 19, 1988: The Minutemen win a wild 64-42 shootout at New Hampshire to earn their 16th Yankee Conference title and first outright league championship in 10 years.
Nov. 4, 1989: UMass picks up its 400th win in school history, defeating Richmond 17-14.
Oct. 20, 1990: The Minutemen win their first game ever against Delaware 17-3, after losing the first 14 meetings to the Blue Hens. The win comes at a great cost though, when promising sophomore quarterback Gary Wilkos suffers a career-ending fractured neck in the game.
Nov. 10, 1990: UMass defeats Villanova 3-0 to claim its league-leading 17th Yankee Conference title.
Sept. 12, 1992: UMass falls to Delaware 33-13 in the 900th game in school history, and the first for Mike Hodges as head coach. The Minutemen rebound to win seven straight games, and Hodges is named New England Coach of the Year.
Oct. 1, 1994: Rene Ingoglia rushes for a then- UMass and Yankee Conference single-game record 313 yards in a 22-12 victory over Rhode Island at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
Oct. 7, 1995: Rene Ingoglia becomes the all-time leading rusher in school history in a 32-29 loss to New Hampshire at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Ingoglia surpasses Garry Pearson's previous mark of 3,859 career yards.
Nov. 11, 1995: Frank Alessio rushes for a UMass and Yankee Conference single-game record 337 yards and three touchdowns in the Minutemen's 28-23 victory at Boston University.
Nov. 18, 1995: Rene Ingoglia closes out his collegiate career by becoming the all-time leading rusher in Yankee Conference history in a 20-7 loss at UConn. Ingoglia finishes with 4,624 career rushing yards, and still ranks 18th all-time in Division I-AA history.
June 3, 1996: The Yankee Conference announces its 50th anniversary all-time team. UMass led the way with a league-high six players named to the 26-man squad. Quarterback Greg Landry (1965-67), running back Rene Ingoglia (1992-95), offensive lineman Bill Durkin (1990-93), offensive lineman Bruce Kimball (1975-78), defensive lineman Brian Corcoran (1991-94) and defensive lineman Ed McAleney (1972-75) are selected to the prestigious team.
Oct. 5, 1996: Jim Pizano runs 96 yards for a touchdown at Rhode Island, marking the longest run in school history. The rush eclipsed a mark that had stood for over 68 years, when Fred Ellert scampered 95 yards at Tufts on Nov. 27, 1928.
Nov. 16, 1996: The Miracle at McGuirk. Jeff Smith hits Erik Henry on a 20-yard touchdown strike with 31 seconds remaining to complete a 20-point fourth quarter comeback and lead UMass to a 39-38 victory over Connecticut in the final game in Yankee Conference history. The comeback is the greatest in school history.
July 1, 1997: The Atlantic 10 Football Conference officially takes over operation of the Yankee Conference, marking the end of a 50-year football legacy but the beginning of a new era in collegiate football. In the Yankee Conference's history, UMass won more league titles (17) and games (160) than any other conference member.
Aug. 30, 1997: UMass falls to Richmond 21-6, in a game that marks the official kickoff of the Atlantic 10 Football Conference. Commissioner Linda Bruno is on hand to perform the ceremonial coin flip prior to the start of the game.
Oct. 31, 1998: Quarterback Todd Bankhead throws for 274 yards in a 27-26 victory over New Hampshire to break the UMass single-season passing record in only the eighth game of the season. Bankhead, who would finish the year with 3,919 yards, also broke school single-season records for completions (303), attempts (525), touchdowns (34) and total offense (3,756).
Nov. 14, 1998: Marcel Shipp rushes for 270 yards in a 55-34 victory over Maine, to break Garry Pearson's UMass single-season rushing record. Shipp finished the year with 2,542 yards, while also breaking school single-season records for carries (428) and all-purpose yards (3,032).
Nov. 21, 1998: Jimmy Moore caught nine passes for 172 yards in a 28-27 loss to Connecticut, breaking the school single-season record for receptions. Moore totaled 92 catches on the year, and also broke UMass single-season records for receiving yards (1,494) and receiving touchdowns (16).
Nov. 28, 1998: The Minutemen jump out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter and hold on for a 21-19 victory at McNeese State in the first round of the NCAA I-AA playoffs. Freshman Kevin Quinlan, playing in place of the injured Marcel Shipp, rushed for 147 yards as UMass knocked off the 1997 NCAA runner-up.
Dec. 5, 1998: UMass records the first home postseason victory in school history with a 27-21 win over Lehigh at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Todd Bankhead throws for 270 yards to lead the offense, while the defense stops the Mountain Hawks on fourth and goal in the final two minutes to preserve the victory in the NCAA quarterfinals.
Dec. 12, 1998: The Minutemen advance to the NCAA championship game for the second time in school history with a 41-31 win at Northwestern State (La.). UMass trailed 24-21 entering the fourth quarter, before Todd Bankhead hit Matt Jordan with a 49-yard touchdown pass to ignite a 20-0 run and propel the Minutemen to victory.
Dec. 19, 1998: UMass downs top-ranked and previously-unbeaten Georgia Southern 55-43 in the NCAA championship game, played in Chattanooga, Tenn. The defense forced the Eagles into seven turnovers on the day, allowing the Minutemen to take control of the game early. Marcel Shipp led the offense by rushing for a then-championship game record 244 yards on 35 carries, while Kole Ayi had 16 tackles, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. In addition to winning its first-ever NCAA I-AA championship, UMass won the Lambert Cup for the second time in school history.
Oct. 30, 1999: Todd Bankhead completed 16 of 27 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-9 victory over Rhode Island, breaking all-time UMass records for both passing yards and attempts in the process. Bankhead would finish his career as UMass' all-time leader in passing yards (7,018), completions (561), attempts (931), touchdown passes (51) and total offense (6,821 yards).
Nov. 6, 1999: Adrian Zullo caught 11 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown in a 33-6 victory at Richmond, to break the UMass single-game record for receiving yards. Zullo totaled 179 receiving yards in the first half alone, and shattered Milt Morin's old record of 181 yards, set against Vermont in 1965. Zullo also tied the single-game record for receptions with 11, a mark which he had also achieved earlier in the season against New Hampshire.
Nov. 13, 1999: Marcel Shipp rushed for 210 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries in a 25-16 victory at William & Mary, to break the all-time UMass record for career rushing yards. Shipp broke Rene Ingoglia's old mark of 4,624 yards, and went on to finish his career with 6,250 yards.
Nov. 20, 1999: The Minutemen destroyed arch-rival Connecticut 62-20 at McGuirk Stadium in the Huskies last game as a I-AA school, and claimed their 18th Atlantic 10 Conference title in the process. Marcel Shipp rushed for three touchdowns in the victory, to break Rene Ingoglia's single-season record of 19. Shipp went on to finish the season with 24 rushing scores.
Nov. 27, 1999: Marcel Shipp scored on a one-yard touchdown run in overtime to propel the Minutemen to a dramatic 30-23 victory at eighth-ranked Furman in the first round of the NCAA I-AA playoffs. In the win, Adrian Zullo caught 10 passes for 121 yards and a score.
Dec. 4, 1999: The Minutemen stayed close in to the fourth quarter, but came up just short in a 38-21 loss at second-ranked Georgia Southern in the quarterfinals of the NCAA I-AA playoffs. In the game, Adrian Zullo broke the UMass career records for catches and receiving yards. Zullo enters the 2002 season as the all-time school leader in receptions (135), receiving yards (2,130) and receiving touchdowns (23).
Aug. 31, 2000: In the first-ever night game at McGuirk Alumni Stadium, the Minutemen down William & Mary 36-16. The game was the first ever for UMass under the lights in Amherst.
Oct. 28, 2000: Kole Ayi makes 13 solo stops in a 24-16 loss at New Hampshire to become the all-time UMass leader in career unassisted tackles. Ayi went on to finish his career with 330 solo tackles, and also ranks third all-time on the school list for total tackles with 478.
Nov. 18, 2000: Marcel Shipp rushed 36 times for 156 yards and four touchdowns, to lead the Minutemen to a 29-21 victory at Rhode Island in the final game of his collegiate career. Shipp finished his four years at UMass with 6,250 rushing yards, becoming the all-time leading rusher in the history of the Atlantic 10 Conference. He also set new school career records for carries (1,215), rushing touchdowns (58), all-purpose yards (7,759), points scored (378) and touchdowns scored (63).
Sept. 28, 2002: The Minutemen drop a 56-24 decision at North Carolina State, ranked No. 17 in Division I-A. The 51,221 fans in attendance mark the biggest crowd to ever witness a UMass football game.
Nov. 22, 2003: UMass defeats Rhode Island 31-17 at McGuirk Stadium to claim a share of its 19th Atlantic 10 Conference title. With the win, the Minutemen also set a school record for regular season victories with 10, while posting seven home wins in a year for the first time ever.
Nov. 29, 2003: Playing in a blizzard at Colgate, the Minutemen are defeated 19-7 in the opening round of the NCAA I-AA playoffs. UMass takes a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but is unable to overcome the elements as it finishes the season with a 10-3 overall record.
Sept. 11, 2004: UMass hosts its second night game in school history at McGuirk Stadium. The Minutemen beat Colgate 30-20 in a rematch of the 2003 NCAA playoff game.
Oct. 16, 2004: UMass picks up its 500th win in program history with a 38-21 win at New Hampshire. Steve Baylark won the game's Bill Knight MVP Award as he ran for a career-high 192 yards.
Sept. 17, 2005: UMass sets a Division I-AA record and ties the all-time football record with three safeties in a 40-0 win over Albany in the third all-time night game at McGuirk Stadium.
Oct. 7, 2006: UMass won back-to-back games by the score of 48-7 beating William & Mary. The Minutemen also beat Stony Brook by the same score on Sept. 24. The last time UMass won consecutive games by the same score -- was also 48-7 and also separated by a bye week, back in 1969. UMass beat Vermont and New Hampshire, 48-7 on Nov. 1 and 15, 1969.
Oct. 28, 2006: Steve Baylark became the third player in I-AA/FCS history to gain 1,000 rushing yards in four consecutive seasons with 152 yards in a 7-0 win at Northeastern in a rain storm. Baylark joined Jerry Azumah (New Hampshire, 1995-98) and Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern, 1996-99).
Nov. 11, 2006: UMass clinched the Atlantic 10 Championship and the league's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament with a 10-9 win over Maine. The Minutemen claimed the win as the Black Bears missed an extra point with 1:44 left in regulation.
Nov. 18, 2006: On Senior Day, UMass posted a perfect 8-0 record in the Atlantic 10 with a 22-16 win over Hofstra at McGuirk Stadium. The 8-0 record gave UMass the league's first undefeated record since Villanova in 1997.
Dec. 2, 2006: In the NCAA Quarterfinals, UMass advanced to the National Semifinals for the first time since winning the title in 1998 with a 24-17 victory over No. 9 New Hampshire. The dramatic win came before a sell-out crowd of 17,000 at McGuirk Stadium. It was the first sell-out since Sept. 8, 1973 when 18,100 jammed McGuirk prior to fire codes. It was the ninth-largest in history.
Dec. 8, 2006: UMass advanced to its third I-AA/FCS Championship game with a 19-17 win at No. 2 Montana before a sell-out crowd of 23,454 and national-television audience on ESPN2. Kicker Chris Koepplin kicked the game-winning field goal from 43-yards out with 13:25 left in the fourth to put UMass ahead 19-17. Steve Baylark had 245 all-purpose yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Dec. 15, 2006: UMass falls to No. 1 Appalachian State in the first FCS Division I Championship game, formerly I-AA, 28-17 in Chattanooga.
March 1, 2007: The Colonial Athletic Association assumed operational control of the Atlantic 10 Football Conference. All 12 teams remained in the league, which is under its third governance, beginning with the Yankee Conference in 1947.
Oct. 13, 2007: UMass beat Villanova in quadruple overtime, 32-24, at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. The game equaled the longest overtime game in program history. UMass lost to Richmond, 52-51 in four overtimes on Sept. 19, 1987.
Nov. 3, 2007: Quarterback Liam Coen became UMass' career passing yardage leader with 191 yards in a 27-7 win over rival #14 New Hampshire. He broke Todd Bankhead's mark od 7,018 with an 8-yard pass to Ian Jorgensen in the third quarter. He heads into his senior season of 2008 with 8,282. The win also clinched a second straight conference North division title for the Minutemen.
Nov. 24, 2007: UMass piled up 649 yards of title offense, the seonc-most in a game in school history, an an NCAA First Round win over Fordham, 49-35 at McGuirk Stadium. In the win, Liam Coen set a new school record for passing yards in a game with 419, breaking Matt Guice's 401 in 2001.
Sept. 20, 2008: UMass football played before the largest crowd ever to watch a school team in action as the Minutemen lost at No. 10 Texas Tech, 56-14 before 53,190.
Nov. 22, 2008: Don Brown coached his last game at UMass in leading the Minutemen to a 28-14 win over Hofstra. That game made UMass senior class the winningest four-year class in program history with a 37-14.
Jan. 19, 2009: Kevin Morris was named the 28th head coach in UMass football history. Morris spent the previous five years as the Minutemen's offensive coordinator.
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