Minutemen Hurdle Hofstra, 27-22

Rich Demers carries 28 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns against Hofstra.

Rich Demers carries 28 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns against Hofstra.

Oct 18, 2003

Final Stats

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Rich Demers carried 28 times for 139 yards, including two touchdowns, and Jeff Krohn passed for 225 yards and two touchdowns as Massachusetts beat Hofstra Saturday, 27-22.

Massachusetts (6-1) scored on its first series of the game, when Demers ran the ball in from the 5-yard line, completing a 59-yard drive just 2:22 into the quarter. The game was not considered a conference game for Massachusetts.

Hofstra (1-6, 0-5 Atlantic 10) pulled even when Andrew English made a 42-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Irby. Later in the first quarter, Chris Onorato kicked a 22-yard field goal - the first of his three in the game - to put Hofstra ahead 9-6.

Massachusetts went ahead, 13-9, on Krohn's 23-yard pass to Johnson Owumi in the second quarter. Despite three Hofstra turnovers in the second quarter, the Minutemen only came up with seven more points, on a 35-yard drive capped by Demers' 5-yard scoring run, making the score 20-9.

Hofstra scored on a 41-yard field goal by Onorato with seven seconds left in the half, putting the Minutemen ahead, 20-12, at halftime.

Onorato's 36-yard field goal in the third quarter closed the gap to 20-15. With 6:54 left in the quarter, Krohn, who completed 20 of 41 passes for 225 yards, hit Dominique Stewart on a 28-yard pass, putting Massachusetts ahead, 27-15.

After a Massachusetts turnover late in the third, English hit Irby with a 2-yard scoring pass.

Hofstra had the ball on the 50 with a final chance to pull out a victory with 59 seconds to play, but a pass by English was intercepted by Minuteman James Ihedigbo to end the threat.



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