No. 12 UMass Football Downed At Delaware, 43-27
Oct. 10, 2009
NEWARK, Del. - The No. 12 UMass football team suffered its first conference loss of the season, falling at Delaware, 43-27, on Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 22,034. The Minutemen (3-2, 1-1 CAA) fell behind 20-0 in the first 11 minutes of the game and were unable to overcome the deficit. Blue Hens (4-2, 2-2) quarterback Pat Devlin threw for 284 yards on 19-of-26 and four touchdowns. Mark Duncan had seven catches for 106 yards and two touchdown receptions.
UMass senior kicker Armando Cuko was a bright spot as he kicked a career-long 51-yard field goal, tying for the third-longest in school history. He also kicked a 37-yarder.
Senior receiver Victor Cruz had eight catches for 118 yards to move to ninth on UMass' career receiving yardage list. It was his fifth-career 100-yard game and second this season. Quarterback Kyle Havens threw for 275 yards on 24-of-36 and 2 touchdowns.
The Blue Hens scored on their first four drives of the game as Jon Striefsky kicked a 22-yard field goal with 9:22 left in the first half for a 23-3 lead. That gave Delaware the most points UMass had allowed in its first four games of the season, in just 20:38.
Delaware jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of touchdown passes by Devlin and 42-yard fumble return by Marcus Burley to put UMass in a 20-point hole 10:43 into the game.
The reigning CAA Offensive Player of the Week Devlin showed of his arm with a pair of scoring strikes in the span of three minutes as he hit Mark Mackey from 15 yards out with 8:33 left in the first. Then 3:22 later Devlin connected with Mark Duncan from 22 yards out.
Less than a minute later, the Blue Hens took advantage of a UMass miscue as Charles Graves scooped up a fumble and dashed 42 yards down the left sideline for the 20-0 advantage with 4:17 left in the first quarter.
Special teams were the bright spot for UMass in the first quarter as senior Anthony Monette blocked the extra point attempt on Delaware's first touchdown. The Minutemen finally got on the board as Cuko kicked a career-long 51-yard field goal with 17 seconds left in the first quarter. That cut the lead to 20-3 to end the first quarter. The kick was tied for the third-longest in UMass history.
The Minutemen opened the scoring in the third quarter with a 37-yard field goal by Cuko, but Delaware returned the score with a touchdown. Trevor Mooney grabbed a 4-yard touchdown, for his first-career TD, from Devlin for a 30-6 lead with 2:07 left in the third.
Just 17 seconds later, Duncan grabbed his second score of the night on a 27-yard dart from Devlin. That drive started on a Charles Graves interception and set up the Blue Hens for a 37-6 lead.
UMass' sophomore tight end Andrew Krevis hauled in his second-career touchdown on a 4-yard reception with 11:29 left in the game for a 37-13 score. Fellow sophomore tight end Emil Igwenagu made a juggling 52-yard receiving touchdown with 7:43 left to cut the lead to 40-20.
UMass returns home to play its arch rival New Hampshire, next Saturday on homecoming at McGuirk Stadium at 3:30 p.m. The No. 5 Wildcats, who beat No. 2 Villanova, 28-24, on Saturday, are now 5-0 heading to Amherst. The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet on the East Coast.