#20 UMass Mounts Furious Rally In 48-33 Loss At Old Dominion
Oct. 1, 2011
NORFOLK, Va. - A furious 26-point rally by the No. 20 UMass football team proved not enough as Old Dominion answered with a 23-point run of its own for a 48-33 win on Saturday night at Ballard Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Tailback Jonathan Hernandez led UMass on the ground with 121 yards on 25 carries marking his third 100-yard game of the season and the ninth of his career.
Quarterback Kellen Pagel threw for 245 yards on 25 completions and a career-high tying three touchdowns. Brandon Hill entered the game in the fourth quarter after Pagel was injured going 7-of-10 for 99 yards and a score.
Old Dominion jumped out to a 25-0 lead capped by a 35-yard pass from Thomas DeMarco to Nick Mayers with 9:24 left in the second quarter.
The Minutemen got on the scoreboard as Emil Igwenagu caught a 10-yard touchdown strike from Pagel with 2:30 left in second quarter. That was followed by a six-yard touchdown catch by Julian Talley with 38 seconds left in the quarter to make 25-12 at halftime.
UMass kept the momentum to start the second half. Jesse Julmiste took a Pagel pass and went 20 yards for a touchdown on the first possession of the half, and Hernandez made it four touchdowns on four possessions in a row when he scampered eight yards for a score with 5:30 left in the third to give UMass the lead with its 26th straight point, 26-25.
The Monarchs began their 23-point run with a safety with 2:39 left in the third when Jakwail Bailey blocked a UMass punt out the back of the end zone to give ODU a one-point lead.
Freshman Tyler Heinicke, in for an injured DeMarco, engineered scoring drives capped off by scoring strikes of 38 yards and 56 yards to Larry Pinkard and Reid Evans to give ODU a 41-26 lead with 6:33 to go.
After Tyree Lee put ODU up 48-26 with a 13-yard touchdown run, UMass closed the scoring when Hill hit Marken Michel with a 11-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone for the first score of the freshman's career, making it 48-33 with 1:23 left.
Igwenagu finished with a career-high 10 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown.
UMass returns home to host Central Connecticut on Oct. 8 on Band Day at McGuirk Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.