Post-Game Notes: No. 15 UMass 19, Richmond 6
Sept. 1, 2005
* Shannon James intercepted his 17th career pass with 1:01 left in the first half and is now tied for third all-time in career picks at UMass with Don Caparotti. The record of 18 is held by Grady Fuller and Steve Rogers.
* James continued to add to his nation-leading total of career interceptions with 17, the most of any player in Division I-A or I-AA.
* Brandon Smith had the first two interceptions of his career in the win.
* Jason Hatchell led UMass in tackles with 11 after having just four all of last season.
* Brandon London's 51-yard touchdown reception was the longest catch of his career and the fourth career score for the Charlottesville, Virginia native.
* Steve Baylark moved to fourth in career carries with 29 and now has 540, moving past Kevin Smellie (513) and Frank Alessio (512) on the all-time list.
* R.J. Cobbs' first-career pass attempt was intercepted in the second quarter by Andrew Harris at the Richmond 31-yard line.
* James Ihedigbo had a one-yard sack of Levi Brown in the second quarter, his first career sack. He added another sack in the fourth quarter.
* J.J. Moore caught his fifth career touchdown for the Minutemen's first TD of the year.
* Matt Lawrence picked up nine yards on his first career at UMass, but suffered a sprained ankle and did not return.
* Armando Cuko had the first points of the season on a 24-yard field goal with 8:13 left in the first quarter.
* Baylark gained 25 yards on a carry five minutes into the game, for the biggest play of the first drive.
* Baylark took the carry on UMass' first offensive play of the season for a one-yard carry. J.J. Moore hauled in the first reception of the season for a 12-yard gain from Tim Day on third down of the first series.
* Redshirt freshman Sean Caliccho made his first career start - in his first-career game - at right tackle. He was the only freshman (true or redshirt) to start.
* Others making their UMass debuts were transfers John Hatchell, Matt Lawrence, Frank McDonald, Michael Meggett and Patrick Powell and redshirt freshmen Brian Ellis, Darrlyn Fenner, Ian Jorgensen and Andy Resende-Gomes.
* Smalls was one of two Richmond natives to play in the game along with defensive end Patrick Powell. Virginia natives Darrlyn Fenner, Brandon Freeman, Brandon London, Alex Miller and David Thompson also played.
* UMass won the coin toss and deferred to second half, Richmond receives and defends North goal.
* UMass was playing a Thursday night opener for just the third time in school history, with the others coming in 1998 (at Delaware) and 2000 (William & Mary at home). Also, it was just the fourth-non Saturday football game for UMass since 1961.
* UMass debuted their new Nike jerseys in the game and wore all white.
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