UMass Post Game Notes vs. Ohio

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UMass-Ohio Game Notes

Ohio 37, UMass 34
Gillette Stadium // Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012
Attendance: 8,321

  • In the first meeting between the programs, UMass and Ohio played a back-and-forth offensive contest before the Bobcats used a fourth-quarter push to secure a 37-34 win at Gillette Stadium.

  • Redshirt-freshman QB Mike Wegzyn notched the first passing touchdown in FBS program history with 9:54 left in the first quarter against Ohio. Wegzyn found redshirt-senior WR Alan Williams in the endzone for a 27-yard completion to give UMass a 6-0 lead.

  • Wegzyn had a big day at QB overall, going 27-for-51 with a career-best 373 passing yards and four touchdowns. The 27 completions and 51 attempts also set career marks. The last UMass quarterback to throw for 300+ and four TDs was Kyle Havens in 2010 vs. New Hampshire (10/22) and vs. Delaware (11/13). The game against UNH was also played at Gillette Stadium.

  • Wegzyn and Williams connected for three passing touchdowns against Ohio, which came in the first (27 yards), second (50 yards) and fourth quarters (11 yards). Williams' three TD game is the first for a Minuteman since Jeremy Horne had three scores against Bryant on Oct. 25, 2008.

  • Graduate student WR Deion Walker was productive against the Ohio defense throughout the contest, with single-game career-highs in receptions (11), receiving yards (162) and touchdowns (three). UMass' last receiver with 150+ yards in a game and 10+ catches was Julian Talley against Villanova (11/5/11) and vs. New Hampshire (10/22/11).

  • With receivers Walker (162) and Williams (127) over 100 yards against the Bobcats it marked UMass' first game of two players amassing 100 or more receiving yards since Oct. 23, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in the Colonial Clash (Anthony Nelson [190] and Julian Talley [111]) vs. New Hampshire.

  • The UMass offense produced three scoring drives of 80 or more yards against the Bobcats. The opening march down the field for the Minutemen went 82 yards on 12 plays for a touchdown, followed by another TD in the second quarter after a drive of 84 yards on seven plays. UMass' third quarter touchdown ended an 81-yard drive over 12 plays.

  • Junior tight end Rob Blanchflower set a career high with 80 receiving yards, besting his previous mark of 61 set against Maine (11/6/10). Blanchflower tied his single-game career high of five catches as well.

  • The 34 Minuteman points total represents the most earned in a single contest this season against the Ohio University defense. The Bobcats had previously allowed 24 points to New Mexico State and Marshall.

  • UMass junior cornerback Antoine Tharpe blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter, the first blocked FG since Michael Meggett stuffed an attempt by Towson on Sept. 15, 2007.

  • Senior LB Perry McIntyre and freshman defensive backs Joe Colton and Kassan Messiah finished with double-digit totals for tackles, with 14 (6-8), 12 (7-5) and 12 (6-6), respectively. Colton's performance bested his previous single-game career-high of six (4-2), set against Indiana (9/8/12). Messiah also eclipsed a previous high mark, which he set at 10 (5-5) against Miami (Ohio) last weekend.

  • Freshman Trey Dudley-Giles also recorded a career-high against the Bobcats, finishing with eight tackles (5-3).

  • Freshman kicker Blake Lucas handled field goal kicking duties against the Bobcats, connecting on attempts from 30 and 23 yards. Lucas is now 2-for-3 in field goal attempts through five contests this season.

  • The Minuteman offense performed well on third down for the second consecutive game. Against Ohio, UMass converted 10-of-19 (.529) third down plays after going 11-for-19 (.579) at Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, Sept. 22.



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