Late Rally Comes Up Short As No. 15 UMass Falls At Colgate, 17-14
Sept. 10, 2005
HAMILTON, N.Y. - No. 15 UMass was unable to overcome eight turnovers (five interceptions and three fumbles) in a 17-14 loss to Colgate on Saturday at Andy Kerr Stadium. The Minutemen outgained the Raiders 451-195, but hurt themselves by repeatedly turning the ball over. Both teams are now 1-1. Sophomore J.J. Moore set a school record with 13 receptions in the game.
Even with all of the miscues, UMass held in the game into the fourth quarter. The Minutemen got on the board as redshirt freshman quarterback Liam Coen, playing his first collegiate game, hit sophomore J.J. Moore from 17 yards out to make it 17-7 with 7:50 left in the fourth. Moore set a school-record with 13 receptions and also had a career-high 128 receiving yards.
UMass cut the lead to just 17-14 with 4:37 left as receiver Rasheed Rancher caught his first career touchdown from Coen from five-yards out.
The Minutemen were driving in the final minute of the game, but Coen was incomplete on his final four passes of the game, all coming from the Colgate 39-yard line.
With seven turnovers in the game's first 30:35, UMass turned to Coen with 14:25 left in the third quarter. Coen completed his first two passes before throwing the fifth interception for the Minutemen on the afternoon to Raider Jared Napa.
The five interceptions were the most thrown by UMass since Nov. 1, 1997, a 51-13 loss to Hofstra.
Coen, is his debut, had 193 yards on 20-of-35 passing and two touchdowns. Starter Tim Day threw for 156 yards, completing 13-of-23, but tossed four picks. With an additional pass completion by tailback Steve Baylark, UMass set a school record for completion with 34.
The third quarter continued to be more of nightmare for UMass as Colgate's Andrew Moore scooped up a fumble by UMass' J.J. Moore and returned it 42 yards for the touchdown, making it 17-0 Colgate just 27 seconds into the second half.
Geoff Bean intercepted a Day pass which was bobbled by J.J. Moore and returned it 51 yards to put Colgate ahead 10-0 with 3:34 left in the first half. It was Day's third interception of the first half. Day threw another pick with 2:41 left in the first half as Chris Williams intercepted Day at the UMass 41-yard line.
Mike Rava broke the scoreless game with 10:30 left in the first half with a career-long 36-yard field goal to make it 3-0 Colgate.
The first quarter was one of turnovers as the Minutemen turned the ball over on three occasions, twice on fumbles and one on an interception by Day. UMass had just two gaining offensive plays in the first 12 minutes of the game, a 28-yard reception by Brandon London and a 25-yard rush by R.J. Cobbs.
UMass hosts Albany in their home opener next Saturday under the lights at McGuirk Stadium, a 6 p.m. kickoff.
GAME NOTES * J.J. Moore set a school-record with 13 receptions for a career-high 128 yards. His former best was seven catches at James Madison (10/9/04).
* UMass set a new record for completions in a game with 34, breaking the record of 33 set in 2002 vs. Northeastern with Jeff Krohn tossing all of the passes. In the Colgate game, Liam Coen completed 20, Tim Day had 13 and Steve Baylark had one.
* Mike Douglas set a new career-best for receiving yards with 51, his old high was 42 at New Hampshire (10/16/04).
* Steve Costello picked off his 11th career interception in the fourth quarter, and his first since Nov. 1, 2003 vs. Northeastern.
* Liam Coen, who made his collegiate debut, completed his first pass to Dominique Stewart for nine yards in the third quarter. He finished with 20 completions on 35 attempts for 193 yards and two touchdowns.
* Rasheed Rancher had his first career reception for 14 yards with just seven seconds left in the first half. Rancher finished with four catches for 39 yards and one touchdown, all career-bests and his first career stats.
* UMass allowed two sacks of Tim Day in the game, after not allowing a sack over the last four games.
* R.J. Cobbs returned to tailback and carried his first ball for 25 yards before fumbling the next carry in the first quarter. He finished with four carries for 30 yards.
* James Ihedigbo sacked Colgate's QB Mike Saraceno on third down of the first series of the game, for this third sack in two games and the third sack of his career. Ihedigbo also had four tackles for loss for 22 yards.
* Maryland transfer Patrick Powell made his first career start at defensive end. Powell finished with six tackles.
* Junior Kyle Harrington also drew his first start at fullback for the Minutemen.
* Steve Costello returned to action and started at cornerback for UMass after missing nearly a year of action, playing just two games last season, the last on Sept. 18, 2004 vs. Richmond.
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