Postgame Notes: No. 6 UMass 41, Rhode Island 16
Oct. 21, 2006
* UMass scored 40 points in a game for the third time this season in seven games. It marked the first time since the 1998 title season, the Minutemen scored more than 40 in three games in a season. In 1998, they did it six times.
Steve Baylark piled up the 10th-best rushing day in UMass history with 235 yards. It was his first career 200-yard game and first by a UMass player since Kevin Quinlan had 241 vs. Northeastern on Oct. 7, 2000. Baylark's previous career-high was 198 vs. Maine on Oct. 22, 2005. Baylark went over the 100-yard mark with a career-long 58-yard rush early in the second quarter. UMass is now 17-3 in those games. It is the second time this year he set a new career-long rush. He had a 50-yarder vs. William & Mary on Oct. 7.
Baylark had two rushing touchdowns, from 2 and 8 yards. He now has 35 career rushing TDs to stand tied for third all-time at UMass with Garry Pearson. Baylark also now has 40 career total touchdowns, moving past Pearson into fourth all-time at UMass. He is also fourth in career points at UMass with 242, breaking his tie at 230 with Pearson.
It was Baylark's 11th career two-touchdown game, UMass is now 10-1 in those games.
Baylark also moved to second in career carries at UMass with his 26 totes in the URI game. He passed Rene Ingoglia (905) and now stands second to leader Marcel Shipp (1,215) with 913.
Brandon Smith had his second-career touchdown, both this season on fumble-returns. He also had a 3-yard fumble return vs. Stony Brook on Sept. 23.
London also moved to fourth in career receiving yards in the game with 1,610. He passed Bob Simeone (1,571).
The London touchdown finished a 92-yard drive, the longest drive by UMass this season. The previous long was a 90-yard drive at Villanova.
Brad Listorti had a career-long 44-yard catch late in the game.
Kicker Chris Koepplin made his eighth and ninth field goals in the game. The nine made field goals now ranks tied for 10th all-time at UMass in a career. The nine in a season is tied for the eighth-best single-season.
With URI's Colin Gallagher missed a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter. UMass opponents missed their first four field goals of the season before Gallagher connected on a 21-yarder in the fourth quarter.
On defense, freshman Brandon Collier made a career-high 10 tackles, and had 0.5 sack in the win.
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