Postgame Notes: Massachusetts: 30, Western Michigan: 31

Oct. 26, 2013

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UMass Football Postgame Notes
Western Michigan 31, Massachusetts 30
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass.
Attendance: 20,571

  • Sophomore defensive back and specialist Khary Bailey-Smith retuned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, the first TD of his career. The return was the first taken back for a touchdown by UMass since Jesse Julmiste recorded a 90-yard kick return score against Central Connecticut on Oct. 8, 2011.

  • Freshman running back Lorenzo Woodley finished the game with single-game career highs of 16 rushing attempts and 58 yards on the ground. Woodley scored his first collegiate touchdown with a two-yard run with 22 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

  • Redshirt-sophomore running back Jamal Wilson also recorded his first rushing touchdown as a Minuteman against Western Michigan on a three-yard plunge with 13:05 remaining in the second quarter.

  • Redshirt-senior tight end Rob Blanchflower caught seven passes for a single-game career-high 131 yards, leaving him just 14 yards shy of breaking UMass Hall of Famer and All-American Milt Morin's record for career receiving yards by a tight end.

  • His 55-yard catch midway through the second quarter also set a career long for Blanchflower while the performance marked his second collegiate game with 100 or more receiving yards, joining his 10-grab, 100-yard performance against Central Michigan on Nov. 23, 2012.

  • His seven-reception afternoon sent Blanchflower over the 100-catch mark for his UMass career. The Leominster, Mass., native now has 104 grabs, including 22 this season totaling 287 yards.

  • Redshirt-junior linebacker Stanley Andre tied for the game lead in tackles, recording 13 on the afternoon. Over the last four contests, Andre is averaging 11.0 tackles per game. His 13 takedowns against the Broncos mark the second game the Dorcester, Mass., native has finished with 10 or more in one game.

  • Senior defensive back Antoine Tharpe set a career high with eight tackles on the day, including his first TFL of the season for three yards lost.

  • The 21 first half points were the most by the Minutemen since they posted the same amount at Richmond on Oct. 29, 2011.

  • Sophomore linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox and freshman linebacker Shane Huber combined for a nine-yard sack of Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell, the first for both players. Santos-Knox added a TFL for seven yards lost among four tackles while Huber finished with two stops.


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