Oct. 19, 2013
UMass 3 at Buffalo 35
Oct. 19, 2013 UB Stadium Amherst, N.Y.
Tom Brandt and Joe Colton each returned to the starting line-up for UMass after missing the last two games due to injury. Brandt started his second game of the year (6th of his career), while Colton started his 4th of the season (6th of his career).
Anthony Dima tied Kevin Byrne for most active career starts with his 27th at left tackle.
For the third consecutive game, UMass held an opponent scoreless in the first quarter. Buffalo did score a field goal 5 seconds into the second quarter to cap a 5-play drive that started in the final 2 minutes of the first quarter.
The safety scored by Buffalo in the third quarter was the first safety allowed by UMass since Oct. 1, 2011 at Old Dominion.
The UMass defense held the Buffalo offense without a touchdown until the 13:26 mark of the fourth quarter. Until that point, Buffalo had 3 field goals, one interception returned for a touchdown and a safety.
Buffalo was just 4-of-14 in the game for 3rd down conversions. Over the last three games, UMass' defense has held its opposition to just 10-of-37 (27%) on 3rd down.
UMass failed to force a turnover for just the second time this season, but for the second time in the last three games. The three giveaways for the Minutemen was a season high.
UMass' 72 yards in penalties (7) was a season-high. The previous mark was 8 penalties for 62 yards against Bowling Green.
UMass' 85 rushing yards was its second lowest output of the year. The season-low mark is 62 against Maine.
Blake Lucas' 42 yard field goal just before halftime was a career-long. His previous career-best was 39 yards which he hit against Buffalo last season. For Lucas, he is now 2-for-7 on the year and 9-for-15 in his career.
Tajae Sharpe finished the game with 94 yards on seven catches. He had 3 catches for 44 yards on UMass second drive of the third quarter including a highlight-reel one-handed catch while going out-of-bounds for 27 yards. He now has 42 catches for 425 yards for the year and 631 yards on 62 catches for his career. The 94 yards were the second most in his career behind 98 at Kansas State (9/14/13).
Devin Brown led UMass with 11 tackles for his 3rd career double-digit tackle performance.