UMass-William & Mary Postgame Notes
Sept. 4, 2010
Final Stats |
AMHERST, Mass. -
UMass has won nine home openers in a row, and just once in the last 13 years (to William & Mary in 2001).
Overall in season openers, UMass has won eight of its last nine, with the lone loss coming in 2009 at FBS school Kansas State, 21-17.
In 128 all-time season openers, UMass is now 60-57-11 in its first game of the season.
Jonathan Hernandez had his third-career 100-yard rushing game. The first two came in 2009: 140 vs. Stony Brook and 166 vs. New Hampshire.
Anthony Nelson had his seventh-career receiving career on a 36-yard catch in the second quarter. He had six at Hofstra, four in 2009.
John Griffin scored two TDs, to give him nine in his career. He scored on a 5-yard rush in the fourth a 4-yard rush in the second quarter. He had seven at Northeastern, five in 2009.
R-Freshman Rob Blanchflower had his first career catch on a reception late in the first quarter, a gain nine yards with a hurdle at the end.
The crowd of 10,072 was the 17th time since 2005 that UMass had drawn a crowd of more than 10,000.
True freshman Stanley Andre played in the season opener. It marks the third year in a row UMass has played a true freshman linebacker. In 2008, Tyler Holmes played followed by Perry McIntyre in 2009.
The first four plays of the game for UMass went to senior transfers: three runs by John Griffin (from Northeastern) and one pass to Anthony Nelson (Hofstra).
For UMass, 17 players made their debuts in maroon and white.
Two true freshmen played in the opener: LB Stanley Andre and DB Antoine Tharpe.
The following players made their college-playing debuts: DB Mike Lee, DB Christian Birt, DB Ryan Carter, LB Stanley Andre, DL Kevin Byrne, TE Rob Blanchflower, DL Theo Agnew, DL Brandon Potvin. K Brendon Levengood. DB Antoine Tharpe. LB Tom Brandt
Also, the following transfers made their UMass debuts: WR Anthony Nelson, TB John Griffin, OL Greg Niland, OL Nick Speller, DL Galen Clemons, LB Chad Hunte.
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