Indiana Spoils UMass' Home FBS Opener
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Indiana put together consecutive 75-yard scoring drives in the second quarter to pull away from UMass en route to a 45-6 win in the Minutemen's inaugural FBS home game at Gillette Stadium.
The UMass offense showed improvement from last week's setback at UConn, totaling 264 yards of offense. Quarterbacks Mike Wegzyn and A.J. Doyle combined to throw for 186 yards on 21-of-34 passing. Wegzyn finished with 151 yards on 18-of-26.
The defense recorded an interception for the second-consecutive game when Derren Thellen picked-off Tre Roberson midway through the first quarter. Thellen finished with a game-high 11 stops. Perry McIntyre added nine tackles and Tom Brandt led a group of players with six each.
Indiana finished with 606 total yards and 321 on the ground. Roberson rushed for a game-high 105 yards on four carries and threw for 98 yards on 6-of-11 with a touchdown before leaving the game in the second quarter with a left leg injury.
Indiana got on the board on its second possession when Roberson scored on a 50-yard draw play up the middle.
UMass responded with a 3-play, 75-yard drive that was highlighted by Wegzyn's 56-yard pass to Marken Michel and put the Minutemen in the IU red zone. Two plays later Wegzyn rushed from 16 yards out for his first career touchdown.
The Hoosiers answered with score on their next two possessions. A Roberson 39-yard run followed by a 5-yard pass to Shane Wynn.
UMass got a shot of momentum when Thellen intercepted Roberson but the drive stalled at the Hoosier 24 when the Minutemen's first fourth-down attempt of the year came up inches short.
Mitch Ewald capped off a 12-play, 75-yard drive with a 19-yard field goal to extend the IU advantage to 24-6 with 12:36 in the second quarter. The play came after Roberson was hit hard on a rush that saw him leave the game in an ambulance with a left leg injury.
With 8:13 to play in the opening half, IU's Stephen Houston gave the visitors a 31-6 lead on a 2-yard TD rush. The Hoosiers added seven more on Isaiah Roundtree's 2-yard scamper with 2:15 left as they claimed a 38-6 halftime lead.
After a scoreless third quarter that saw a heavy rainstorm pass through the area, Indiana scored a couple of minutes into the fourth on a Cameron Coffman pass to Charles Love III in the left corner of the end zone.
UMass will be on the road for two weeks, beginning next Saturday at Michigan. Kickoff at Michigan Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m.