UMass At Miami (Ohio) Postgame Notes

Sept. 22, 2012

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• UMass won the coin toss and deferred until the second half with Christian Birt, Alan Williams and Jordan Broadnax serving as game captains.

• UMass wore its fourth different uniform combination of the year with black pants, white jersey's and the black helmets.

• The game at Miami (Ohio) marked the first time UMass has played in the state of Ohio since facing Toledo on Sept. 29, 1999. It was also just the third time in program history for UMass to play a game in the state.

• UMass had a season-high 258 rushing yards as a team at Miami. UMass averaged 5.2 yards per carry.

• UMass had a season-high 26 first downs for the game. The previous high was 15 set at Michigan.

• The UMass defense forced a turnover for the fourth straight game this season with an interception. UMass has forced six turnovers in 2012 including five interceptions.

Kassan Messiah (outside linebacker) and Mike Lee (nickleback) made their first starts of the season. For Messiah, it was also the first game action of his career with him becoming the 26th freshman (true or redshirt) to play in a game and the seventh freshman to start a game this season.

Darren Thellen made his team-best 32nd start on defense, while Stephan Milhim made his 29th career start.

Kassan Messiah registered a 9-yard sack on Miami's opening possession of the game for his first career tackle. He finished the game with 10 tackles overall.

Michael Cox posted a career-high 188 rushing yards; he tied his season high of 76 in the first quarter. This was his first career 100+ yard rushing game and the first time this season a UMass running back has run for 100+ yards. He had 8 rushes over 10+ yards for the game and posted his first touchdown at UMass in the 3rd quarter.



Jordan Broadnax had a career-long 61-yard kick return in the second half for his longest career return and the longest of the season.

Mike Lee posted his second career interception just before the close of the second half. It was his first interception of the season.

• UMass' turnover in the second quarter was just the second offensive turnover this season (both interceptions) with the first coming against UConn. For Mike Wegzyn, the interception was his first in 73 passing attempts. Wegzyn threw his second and third interceptions of the game in the fourth quarter as well.

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