Oct. 2, 2004
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* UMass played before the third-largest crowd in school history as 43,262 watched from Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill on Saturday.
* The only larger crowds came in each of the Minutemen's last two games at Division I-A teams: Sept. 28, 2002 at NC State (51,221) and Sept. 13, 2003 a Kansas State (46,102).
* Junior Shannon James picked off his 12th and 13th career interceptions (fourth and fifth of the season). James is tied for eighth in career interceptions with Breon Parker (1993-95), Dwayne Lopes (1980-82) and Kevin Sullivan (1977-78).
* James' 47-yard return on his first interception is the longest of the 13 interceptions of his career.
* Brandon London's 23-yard reception setting up UMass' first score was the longest catch of his career.
* Tim Day's 1-yard rushing TD in the first quarter was the second of his career and first since Nov. 16, 2002 vs. Hofstra.
* Sophomore Tracy Belton picked off his third pass of the season and seventh of his career early in the third quarter.
* Jason Peebler's fourth catch of the game -- in the fourth quarter -- was the 93rd of his career, moving him past Jimmy Moore (1998) for eighth all-time in UMass' career reception list.
* Punter Christian Koegel set a school record for punt yardage in a game with 526 yards, breaking the school record of 489 set by Andrew Maclay in 1996 vs. Richmond. Koegel also set a personal best with 12 punts.
* Redshirt freshman David Burris made his first career start at left defensive end in place of Jason Hill.
* Junior Keron Williams returned to the starting lineup at left defensive end after missing two games.
* With his first punt of the game, Christian Koegel landed his fifth punt in his last seven inside the 20-yard line with his first punt a 48-yard boot which landed at the 9.