Post-game Notes

Sept. 14, 2002

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- Saturday's meeting was the 13th meeting all-time between UMass and AIC. UMass leads the series, 10-1-2, and has won seven in a row in the series. The Minutemen are 10-1 all-time in Amherst (4-0 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium), and have outscored AIC 185-26 in the last five games.

- Raunny Rosario's 34-yard touchdown run was the longest run for UMass since Nov. 3, 2001 (span of four-plus games).

- Shannon James has been an opportunistic force on the Minutemen defense. He recorded his second interception of the year right before halftime and recovered a fumble in the endzone on AIC's first drive of the game.

- R.J. Cobbs had a stellar first career game, carrying the ball 23 times for 158 and three touchdowns.

- After going catchless for the first time in his UMass career, Neal Brown responded by catching four passes for 66 yards, all coming in the first half.

- For the second straight game, seven different receivers caught a pass.

- The Minutemen's kicking game struggled today, missing two extra points, getting another one blocked and suffering four key penalties.

- It was the first time since Aug. 31, 2000, that UMass has gone over 500 yards in a game, a span of 22 games.

- The Minutemen had 249 yards on 23 plays in the first quarter.

- Talk about balance; UMass had 292 yards rushing and 293 yards passing.

- The Minutemen defense allowed their first touchdown in six-plus quarters (dating back to last year) when AIC scored at the 6:40 mark of the second quarter.

- Ian Dyche blocked an extra point for the first time since Brian Smith blocked one on Oct. 2, 1999, against Hofstra.



- Out of Deshon Hardy's four catches, three have gone for touchdowns.

- AIC's Keith Lessner set an opponent single-game record and McGuirk Stadium record with 209 yards receiving.

- UMass registered 11 sacks, tying the school record set at Buffalo in 1985.

- UMass is 2-0 first time since 1986.

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