No. 14 UMass Dumps No. 4 Colgate Before Record Crowd Under Lights
Sept. 11, 2004
No. 14 UMass 30, No. 4 Colgate 20
The attendance of 16,405 is the largest at McGuirk Alumni Stadium since Nov. 26, 1974 when 16,900 packed the stadium for UConn's 10-9 win over UMass. The crowd is the 12th largest in school history, the record of 20,000 was set on Nov. 25, 1972 when UMass beat Boston College 28-7. In the last 30 years the only other crowd to top 16,100 was when 16,392 came out for UConn's 28-27 win over UMass on Nov. 21, 1998.
UMass is 4-0 vs. Top 5 teams over the last three years with wins over No. 2 Villanova on Oct. 25, 2003, No. 2 Maine on Oct. 12, 2002, and No. 4 Villanova on Oct. 19, 2002.
UMass is now 5-3 vs. ranked teams over the last three years.
UMass picked up its first-ever win over Colgate, after losing three previous meetings including the 19-7 loss at Colgate in last season's NCAA playoffs.
Wide receiver Jason Peebler is now third all-time in career receiving yards at UMass with 1724. He is also now ninth all-time in career receptions with 84. With Peebler's 161 yards, it is his second highest game in his career, and his sixth career game with 2 or more touchdowns.
With his 100-yard day, he now has passed that plateau six times in his career including both games this season.
Running back Steve Baylark passed the 100-yard barrier for the seventh time in his career early in the third quarter as he finished with 115 yards on 18 carries. It was also Baylark's fourth career game with two or more touchdowns. He did it three times last season, the final one coming against New Hampshire on Oct. 4, 2003.
Shannon James picked off his ninth career pass in the second quarter.
When Colgate's Lane Schwarzberg kicked a field goal with 2:22 left in the second quarter, it ended an 87:38 scoreless streak for the UMass defense to start the 2004 season after the 51-0 whitewash of Delaware State last week.
Quarterback Tim Day started the game 5-of-6 meaning he was 22-of-25 to start the 2004 season, an 88 percent completion percentage.