Postgame Notes: UNH 52, UMass 21
Nov. 15, 2008
Tony Nelson became UMass' 10th all-time different rusher with 1,000 rushing yards in a season. He went over the 1,000-yard mark with a 12-yard rush early in the first quarter. It is also the seventh year in a row that UMass has had a 1,000-yard rusher. Nelson has 1,121 yards entering the final game of the season.
Nelson had his fifth 100-yard game this season and sixth on his career with 154 yards. It was his most since a career-high 175 at Northeastern on Oct. 11.
Victor Cruz went over the 1,000 yard receiving mark with nine catches for 80 yards and now has 1,048 entering the final game. He became the sixth UMass receiver with 1,000 yards in a season. Cruz now stands fourth on the single-season receiving yards list as he passes Rasheed Rancher (1,007) and Jason Peebler (1,003) in the game.
Jeremy Horne needs 105 yards on the final game to give UMass two receivers with 1,000 yards in a season for the second year in row. Every more remarkable would be that it would be done by four different receivers.
Courtney Robinson became UMass' career kickoff-return yardage man with five returns for 100 yards, as he passed No. 1 Stephen Parnell (1,317) and No. 2 Tim Berra (1,295) as he now has 1,357 with one game remaining.
For Robinson, the 100 yards were his most of the season and most since his personal best 156 against Holy Cross in last season's opener.
Terrance Farris had UMass' first blocked punt of the season and first since one at Rhode Island last season on Nov. 3, 2007.
Chris Zardas scored his fifth touchdown of the season, fourth on a rush, in the second quarter.
Brett Arnold had six punts for a 49.7 yard average. That goes down as his second-best punting day. Arnold now has a 45.0 yard average for the year which would set a new UMass single-season mark. Andrew Maclay holds the record at 43.3.
For Liam Coen, he is up to sixth in single-season yards at UMass with 2,670. Coen's 193 completions is also sixth in a single-season.
The Minutemen allowed 621 yards of total offense, the most since Delaware had 636 in 1997.
UMass' 52 points allowed to UNH was the most in the series since the Wildcats posted a 56-7 win over UMass in 1921.