Postgame Notes: No. 7 James Madison 52, No. 3 UMass 38
Sept. 13, 2008
*Saturday was the first meeting between these two conference rivals since 2005 when the Minutemen topped the Dukes, 10-7, on a last-second field goal by Armando Cuko at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
*Victor Cruz had his first-career touchdown in the third quarter, which was also his fifth catch of the game, setting a new career-high. He set career-highs with 13 receptions for 262 yards and added a second touchdown in the second half.
*The reception mark tied a school record, held by Brandon London (vs. Hofstra) and J.J. Moore (vs. Colgate) in 2005. The 262 yards shattered the previous UMass record of 210 from Adrian Zullo in 1999 (vs. Richmond) and was only the second 200-yard receiving game in school history.
*Cruz's yard mark also marked the fourth most in conference history (Yankee/A-10/CAA).
*His 13 catches more than doubled his entire career total heading into the game while his 269 yards almost tripled his career mark.
*Heading into the second half, Cruz had eight catches for 123 yards in 10.5 career games. After halftime, he racked up 11 receptions for 248 yards.
*The 69-yard fourth quarter pass from Liam Coen to Cruz was the 17th longest in school history.
*Coen's 26 completions were good for ninth most in UMass history. He also finished with his 10th career 300 yard passing game and 10th career three touchdown game.
*Tony Nelson finished with 109 yards on the ground which was the second time he's eclipsed the 100 yard mark this season (and third in his career). He also finished with two touchdowns for the third week in a row.
*The 31 points allowed by UMass in the first half were the most allowed since the Minutemen trailed 31-7 at halftime of the New Hampshire game in 2002.
*Andrew Krevis had his first-career catch in the first quarter for five yards.
*George Byrd (14) and Rouzier (9) each set career-highs in tackles.
*The last time the Minutemen allowed 300 yards rushing was in 2003 when they gave up 341 to Rhode Island on Nov. 22.
*The 52 points allowed was the most points UMass has allowed to an FCS team since it lost 52-14 to Delaware on Oct. 22, 1994.
*It also marked the most points the Minutemen have given up to any team since a 56-24 loss at the hands of North Carolina State on Sept. 28, 2002.
*The 28 second-half points marked a season-high for points in a half. UMass reached 28 points in a half three times last season (28 in the first half on Nov. 24 vs. Fordham, 35 in the second half on Oct. 27 vs. William & Mary, and 30 in the first half on Sept. 1 vs. Holy Cross).
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