#11/9 UMass Picks Up Road Win At Stony Brook, 26-21

Anthony Nelson has at least five catches in every game this season (6-97 on Saturday).

Anthony Nelson has at least five catches in every game this season (6-97 on Saturday).

Sept. 25, 2010

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Tyler Holmes intercepted a pass with 1:08 left to seal the victory as No. 11/9 UMass (3-1) defeated Stony Brook (1-3), 26-21, on Saturday night at LaValle Stadium. John Griffin ran for 132 yards and a touchdown, while Jonathan Hernandez had 56 yards and two scores to lead the Minutemen in a game that featured four lead changes.

Trailing 21-20, Griffin scored from one yard out with 10:52 left to give UMass the lead for good. The Minutemen went for the two-point conversion, but the pass was broken up.

Then the defense took over for UMass, forcing a punt, a turnover on downs, and the Holmes interception on the three remaining Stony Brook possessions to preserve the five-point lead.

Kyle Havens was 19-of-30 for 255 yards with two interceptions. His top target was Anthony Nelson with six catches for 97 yards.

The Seawolves rushed for 203 yards in the game led by Edwin Gowins' 101 yards on 13 carries and one score.

Stony Brook took a 21-20 lead with 5:10 left in the third on a four-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Gush.

UMass retook the lead just before the half on Caleb Violette's 30-yard field goal with 36 seconds left. He scored the game's first points of the second half as well, kicking a 25-yarder at the 8:17 mark of the third quarter, giving UMass a 20-14 lead.

Stony Brook took its first lead, 14-7, on Miguel Maysonet's two-yard touchdown run at 13:11 in the second quarter, however UMass had an answer when Hernandez scored his second touchdown of the night, a 14-yard run that tied the game, 14-14, with 7:33 left in the opening half.

UMass took the early lead on a Hernandez four-yard scoring run with 11:19 left in the first, but the Seawolves struck back when Gowins ran in from eight yards out to tie the game, 7-7, with 5:02 left in the first quarter.

The victory was UMass' first away from home since 2008, snapping a seven-game road losing streak.

The Minutemen return to action on Oct. 2 when they travel to Towson for a 7 p.m. kickoff.



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