Cox Runs For 188 Yards In 27-16 Loss At Miami (Ohio)
Sept. 22, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio - Tailback Michael Cox ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns and UMass had 471 yards of total offense, but it was not enough as Miami (Ohio) defeated the Minutemen 27-16 on Saturday afternoon at Yager Stadium. UMass (0-4, 0-1 MAC) outgained the Red Hawks, but were unable to convert several key scoring opportunities in the loss.
Quarterback Mike Wegzyn was 19-of-40 for 213 yards and three interceptions - two of which were in second half. Wegzyn also added 52 yards rushing in the game. Deion Walker led the UMass receiving corps with 81 yards on six catches, while tight end Rob Blanchflower had five for 50 yards.
Miami (2-2, 1-0 MAC) was led by Zac Dysert threw for 192 yards on 12-of-22 passing with three touchdowns. Jamire Westbrook had 105 yards on 17 carries, while Dysert had 76 yards on the ground including one touchdown. Dawan Scott had 3 catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
It appeared that UMass had scored the first touchdown of the game when Wegzyn hit Jordan Broadnax for four-yard completion in the end zone, however, an offensive pass interference call negated the play and pushed the Minutemen back to the 19-yard line. Unable to scored on the next two plays, UMass attempted a 36-yard field goal, but Levengood missed wide right.
That allowed the Red Hawks to scored on the ensuing possession with Dysert hitting Scott for a 49-yard touchdown pass just 57 seconds into the second quarter putting Miami (Ohio) up 7-0.
The Minutemen responded with a 30-yard field goal from Levengood to put UMass on the score board with 12:48 left in the second quarter.
Dysert hit Scott again for a touchdown from 17-yards out as the Red Hawks went up 14-3 just three minutes after UMass' field goal.
UMass had two possessions after the Scott touchdown that resulted in failed fourth-down conversions inside the Miami 30-yard line, but a Mike Lee interceptions with 11 seconds to go before halftime gave the Minutemen momentum going into the intermission.
Miami opened the second half with an attempted on-side kick. UMass recovered the kick, but Wegzyn threw his second interception of the game on the first play of the drive. That set-up a 10-play, 44-yard scoring drive for the Red Hawks capped by a 7-yard run by Dysert putting Miami up 21-3.
The Minutemen took the ensuing possession 72 yards to pull back within 11 points, 21-10, thanks three long passes from Wegzyn and an 18-yard run by Cox. With UMass in scoring position at the Miami nine yard line, Cox took a handoff over the right side before leaping and flipping end-over-end into the end zone for the UMass touchdown.
Dysert put the Red Hawks back up 26-10 with a 33-yard touchdown strike to Spencer Treadwell just 11 seconds into the fourth quarter capping an 88-yard drive.
It looked as if UMass would answer with another touchdown drive, but an interception in the end zone on a second and goal pass from the Miami four-yard line gave the ball back to the Red Hawks.
UMass forced a three-and-out on the Miami possession which set-up an 80-yard drive capped by a two-yard touchdown plunge by Cox.
The Minutemen attempted an on-side kick, but the Red Hawks recovered. UMass forced a turnover on downs, but could not find another scoring drive in the final minute of play.
UMass will return to MAC action next Saturday at Gillette Stadium when Ohio visits Foxboro at 3:30 PM.