Baylark Reaches NCAA Milestone In No. 4 UMass' 7-0 Win At Northeastern
Oct. 28, 2006
BROOKLINE, Mass. - Playing in torrential rain and high winds, the No. 4 UMass football team overcame the elements to beat Northeastern 7-0 on Saturday at Parsons Field. Senior tailback Steve Baylark made history gaining 1,000 yards for the fourth consecutive season with 152 yards on the afternoon.
He became the third player in NCAA I-AA history and ninth in Division I history to gain 1,000 yards in four different seasons. He joined New Hampshire's Jerry Azumah and Georgia Southern's Adrian Peterson as the ones to accomplish the feat at I-AA. Baylark now has 1,044. He went over the 100-yard mark and the 1,000-yard mark on a 16-yard rush with 10:09 left in the fourth quarter.
UMass had the only score of the game as graduate student Tim Washington ran in from three yards out with 2:38 left in the first half. The TD was keyed by a 47-yard punt return by junior J.J. Moore, which started UMass' drive at the Huskies' 11-yard line.
With 12:15 left in the game, senior captain James Ihedigbo stopped Maurice Murray on a 4-and-1 from the UMass 7-yard line as the Huskies were driving. Another key defensive play came as senior Brandon Smith broke up a long pass intended for Husky Kendrick Ballentyne with 4:56 left in regulation. On the following play junior David Burris sacked NU's John Sperraza and forced him to fumble which led to Northeastern punting.
It was Baylark's 21st career game with 100 rushing yards, UMass is 18-3 in those games.
UMass' defense posted its second shutout of the season. The Minutemen blanked Towson, 35-0 on Oct. 14. The last time UMass shut out two Atlantic opponents in the same season was 1979 when they blanked Rhode Island (24-0) and New Hampshire (29-0).
The last time UMass played a game with only one score was a 3-0 win over Villanova on Nov. 10, 1990.
The Minutemen have now won 20 of the last 21 games in the series against Northeastern, losing just once since 1983.
UMass plays its final regular-season road game next Saturday, November 4, as the Minutemen travel to No. 11 New Hampshire for a Noon kickoff. The game will be televised nationally on CSTV.