#12 UMass Falls To #10 UNH In Colonial Clash, 39-13

Shane Viveiros on defense in the Colonial Clash.

Shane Viveiros on defense in the Colonial Clash.

Oct. 23, 2010

Box Score |  Notes |  Photo Gallery 

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - In front of a conference-record attendance of 32,848, the 12th-ranked UMass football team suffered a 39-13 loss to No. 10 New Hampshire in the inaugural Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium. The Wildcats (5-3, 3-2 CAA) scored 15 points on two UMass (4-3, 2-2 CAA) turnovers in the first half and never looked back.

New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans was awarded the Bill Knight Trophy for MVP of the game after recording 13 tackles and an interception. Senior quarter R.J. Toman threw for 176 yards and ran for a pair of 1-yard TD rushes. UNH back Dontra Peters ran for 98 on the ground with two touchdowns.

UMass' senior quarterback Kyle Havens set a school-record with 450 passing yards on 32-of-55 with two touchdowns and one interception. He broke the previous record of 421 set by Liam Coen against Southern Illinois in 2007. Havens' 32 completions and 52 attempts were both second-most in UMass history.

Senior wideour Anthony Nelson had a career-high 190 receiving yards, racking up 132 of those in the first half. He previous best also came against UNH, in 2007 which with Hofstra (128 yards). Nelson's total ranks fourth on the all-time receiving yards list. His receptions (11) also rank tied for fourth in a game.

The Minutemen's potent rushing 1-2 attack of Jonathan Hernandez (46 yards) and John Griffin (14 yards) were limited to just 60 combined yards.

UMass' Rob Blanchflower scored the Minutemen's first touchdown as he recovered a fumbled Nelson reception in the end zone with 10:28 left in the fourth quarter.

The Minutemen added another score on a Havens to Julian Talley 15-yard touchdown pass with 5:47 to play, cutting the UNH lead to 36-13 before the Wildcats tacked on a field goal to close the scoring.

New Hampshire took advantage of two UMass miscues in the first half and scored 15 points off turnovers. The Wildcats took a 15-0 lead on a Dontra Peters 3-yard rush with 5:44 left in the first half.

New Hampshire grabbed an 8-0 lead after they converted on a misplayed UMass punt coverage which gave the Wildcats the ball on the Minuteman 14-yard line. UNH scored on a 1-yard plunge up the middle by Toman. They then added a 2-point conversion on a pass from Kevin Decker to Chris Chandler.

The Wildcats added a pair of scores in the third quarter on Toman's second 1-yard rush and an 11-yard pass to Orlando with 2:26 left in the third.

UMass returns to action at No. 11 James Madison in a 3:30 p.m., kickoff that will be aired on Comcast SportsNet.




    Event Calendar

    July 25
    vs Gridiron Club Golf Event, Pine Hills G.C. TBA
    September 3
    at Florida TBA
    September 10
    vs Boston College TBA
    September 17
    vs Florida International TBA
    September 24
    vs Mississippi State TBA
    October 1
    vs Tulane TBA
    October 8
    at Old Dominion TBA
    October 15
    vs Louisiana Tech TBA
    October 22
    at South Carolina TBA
    October 29
    vs Wagner TBA
    November 5
    at Troy TBA
    November 19
    at BYU TBA
    November 26
    at Hawai'i TBA
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago