Coen To London Times Four; As UMass Blanks Towson, 35-0
Oct. 14, 2006
It was a broken record and a pair of UMass all-time records tied as the sophomore quarterback connected with the senior wideout for a school-record tying four touchdown passes as No. 8 UMass blanked No. 22 Towson, 35-0 on Saturday afternoon on the Tigers' homecoming. Coen tied the school record for TD passes in a game with five (done four previous times) while London tied the school record with four TD catches (done twice before).
And, oh by the way, senior tailback Steve Baylark went over the 4,000-yard career mark with his 19th career 100-yard rushing game. He finished with 102 yards on 22 carries.
Coen, the nation's leader in pass efficiency continued his near perfection on Saturday. He completed 21-of-27 passes for 303 yards, in the first meeting between the teams. Coen went over the 300-yard mark for the fourth time in his 16-game career.
It was UMass' first shutout since a 27-0 whitewash of Northeastern on Oct. 8, 2005. The Minutemen held Towson to just 167 yards of total offense.
London finished with seven catches for 100 yards for his fifth 100-yard game in his career.
The Minutemen have won four games in a row and stand at 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic 10. The Tigers have dropped two in a row after opening the year 4-0, to stand 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the league.
Baylark became the third runner in UMass history to gain 4,000 career rushing yards joining Marcel Shipp and Rene Ingoglia. Baylark finished the game with 4,029. The A-10's leading rusher went over the 4K mark in the fourth quarter with a 24-yard scamper with 12 minutes left in the game. He finished with his 19th-career 100-yard game and UMass is now 16-3 in those games.
Baylark scored his 38th career touchdown on a 22-yard reception from Coen with 7:28 left in the second quarter.
Coen completed TD passes of 3, 20, 34 and 8 yards to London. Coen came into the game with a 178.52 pass efficiency rating to lead the nation. He also moved up UMass' career passing yard list to fifth, passing former teammate Tim Day (3,334) as Coen now has 3,584. He also moved to sixth in career completions with (263) and seventh in career TD passes with 22.
On the defensive side, UMass continued its dominating play allowing just 167 yards of total offense by the Tigers. The Minutemen, who led the nation scoring defense last season and came into the game seventh in scoring defense, are allowing just 10.1 points per game this year.
UMass has given up a total of 14 points in the last three games (4.7 per game).
UMass returns home to host Rhode Island on homecoming next Saturday at McGuirk Stadium at 1 p.m. Call 1-866-UMASS-TIX for tickets.