Sept. 12, 2009

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AMHERST, Mass. - UMass won its eighth straight home opener on Saturday.

It was Kevin Morris' first career win as UMass head coach.

The Minutemen scored their most points in a home opener since Sept. 6, 2003, when they beat Central Connecticut State, 51-7.

Victor Cruz had a 67-yard touchdown reception from Kyle Havens in the second quarter. It was the second-longest reception of his career. Last season, he had a 69-yarder from Liam Coen at James Madison as he set the school record for receiving yards in a game with 262.

Cruz went over the 100-yard receiving yards mark for the fourth time in his career. He finished with 121 on six catches.

Julian Talley had a career-high 86 receiving yards on a career-high five catches. He previously had four catches in two games and a career-best of 71 yards at Holy Cross last season.

Tyler Holmes had an interception for the third game in a row, all three interceptions of his career.

True freshman Perry McIntyre had an interception in his second career game. It marks the second year in a row that a true freshman had an interception - last season it was Holmes.

Tony Nelson scored his first touchdown of the season, on a 2-yard rush. It was his 17th career touchdown which ranks him 12th all-time in career TD catches.

Jonathan Hernandez scored his first two career touchdown and had the most rushes (9) and rushing yards of his career (88).

Armando Cuko kicked a career-long 47-yard field goal to open the scoring. It was his fifth career field goal of more than 40 yards. His previous long was 44 yards against Richmond last season.

Cuko's three field goals tied for the most he has kicked in a game. He previously had three against Richmond last year. He also made two 40-yarders for the first time in a game.

Redshirt freshman Kumar Davis drew his first-career start at strong safety in place of Shane Viveiros.

Senior Eric Dickson also started at WILL LB for the first time in his career. He had played 34 previous games without a start, mostly in the secondary and special teams.



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