UMASS FOOTBALL AT VANDERBILT
Oct. 27, 2012
UMass and Vanderbilt meet for the first time in program history for both teams. The game was the first in a four-game set spanning through 2018: at Gillette Stadium (2013), at Vanderbilt (2014), at Gillette (2018).
UMass wore white pants, white jersey's and black helmets - the same uniform combination used in the Michigan game.
UMass won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.
True freshman quarterback A.J Doyle completed his first touchdown pass of his collegiate career on a 10-yard pass to Deion Walker.
Freshman linebacker Kassan Messiah led the defense with a total of nine tackles, four unassisted and five assisted on the night.
Each team had 6 penalties in the first quarter. UMass was penalized for 38 yards; Vanderbilt for 50 yards.
The 28 points allowed in the third quarter were the most since giving up the same in the second quarter at Michigan.
Vanderbilt's Jonathan Krause's punt return for a touchdown was the first special team's score allowed by UMass this season.
Brian Kimbrow's 74-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the longest allowed by UMass this season and the first 70-yard run given up since 2006 (Chad Kackert, UNH, 87 yards).
Rob Blanchflower had a nine-yard catch in the third quarter - his first since the Ohio game after missing two games with injury.
Joe Colton forced his first career fumble which was recovered by Khary Bailey-Smith. Bailey-Smith returned the fumble 72 yards to the Vanderbilt 19 yard line. That marked just the second fumble recovery for UMass this season.
Daniel Maynes started at left defensive tackle for his first career start.
Darren Thellen started his 36th career game.