Day Lights Up The Scoreboard As UMass Routs Delaware State, 51-0
Sept. 4, 2004
DOVER, Del. -
Junior quarterback Tim Day (Manchester, N.H.) had a career day as he set the UMass school record for completion percentage in a single game as he led No. 19 UMass to a 51-0 romp over Delaware State. Day finished 17-of-19 for 290 yards and four touchdowns in a little more than two quarters of work -- all new career highs. Day's 89.4 percent completion mark broke the school record of 80 percent set by Greg Landry in 1965 and tied by Gary Wilkos in 1990.
On the receiving end, senior captain Jason Peebler (Modesto, Calif.) hauled in five passes for 144 yards including an 80-yard bomb from Day. Peebler also grabbed a 14-yarder to make it 14-0 early in the second quarter. Peebler moved from seventh to fourth on the all-time UMass receiving yards list with his big day and now has 1,563 yards.
For UMass, the 51-0 whitewash signified the largest shutout in a season opener, as well as the largest margin of victory in a season opener, all-time, dating to 1879. UMass had previously beaten Cooper Union 50-0, twice in 1931 and 1932 to open those seasons.
With the huge win, UMass, has now blasted its last three season opening opponents by a margin of 154-10. The shutout was also the team's first in a season opener since 1975, when UMass blanked Maine, 10-0.
Mike Douglas (Plantation, Fla.) opened the scored as he grabbed a nine-yard pass from Day with 5:18 left in the first quarter. After Peebler's pair of TD catches the flood gates opened up. J.J. Moore (St. Petersburg, Fla.) corralled a 33-yard TD pass from Day with 2:03 left in the first half for a 28-0 halftime lead. UMass scored TD's on all four first-half possessions.
Freshman Brandon Freeman (Ruther Glen, Va.) recovered a DSU punt blocked by Brandon Landon (Charlottesville, Va.) in the end zone to make it 35-0. Freshman Bryan Smith ran in from 37 yards four minutes later on his second collegiate rush to make it 42-0.
UMass add three field goals late in the game as Michael Torres (Theills, N.Y.) converted from 38 yards out while senior Matt Goldstein (Phoenix, Ariz.) connected from 31 and 32 yards out in the fourth quarter for the 51-0 run.
The Minutemen piled up 486 yards on offense compared to 175 for the Hornets.
UMass opens its home schedule next Saturday under the lights at McGuirk Stadium against Colgate at 6 p.m., on Sept. 11. The Minutemen will be out for a measure of revenge as the Red Raiders knocked then out of the NCAA Playoffs in the First Round.