Let The Revolution Begin: No. 4 Tribe At UMass
UMASS (0-0) vs. #4/4 WILLIAM & MARY (0-0)Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 3:30 p.m. ET
McGuirk Stadium, Amherst, Mass. (17,000/FieldTurf)
TV: Comcast SportsNet (Jon Gurevitch & Andy Gresh)
Streaming Audio & Gametracker: UMassAthletics.com
Radio: WRNX (100.9 FM); The Zone (1510 AM), WCRN (830 AM) WATD (95.9 FM)
UMass Opens 2010 Vs. #4 William & Mary
It marks the first time since 2005 the Minutemen will play a conference opener as the season opener and first such game at home since 2001, when the game also came against William & Mary.
UMass will also look to continue its recent success against Top 5 teams, as the Minutemen have won seven of the last 12 games against squads ranked in the top 5. Last season, UMass knocked off No. 4 New Hampshire at home, 23-17 on Oct. 18, 2009.
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Opening With a Conference Foe
The last time UMass began the year with a conference opener at home was on Sept. 1, 2001, also against William & Mary as the Tribe posted a 31-10 win.
UMass also opened the 2000 season with William & Mary at home, notching a 36-16 win on Aug. 31, 2000. That was the first-ever night football game in UMass history.
The Minutemen have won three of their last four season openers that were conference openers including the 1999 opener against New Hampshire, with a 34-19 lift-lidder on Sept. 11, 1999.
Whopping Winning Openers
UMass has been a high-scoring team in season openers over the last 12 years, scoring more than 30 points on seven occasions. Since 1998, UMass has scored an average of 32 points in its season openers with a high of 52 vs. CCSU in 2002.
Enjoying The Home Cooking
Recent Success Vs. Top 5 Teams
Before the UNH win last season, the Minutemen's last win over a Top 5 team came in the 2006 NCAA Semifinals, when No. 3 UMass beat No. 2 Montana, 19-17, in Missoula. Since 2002, UMass has seven wins over Top 5 teams. The Minutemen also beat #4 James Madison (10-7 in 2005), #4 Colgate (30-20 in 2004), #2 Villanova (19-14 in 2003), #4 Villanova (17-16 in 2002) and #2 Maine (20-10 in 2002).
Dating to 1998, UMass is 9-8 in 17 games vs. Top 5 teams.
Welcoming A Top 5 Team To McGuirk
Since 2002, UMass is 6-2 at home against Top 5 games winning four times from 2002-05. UMass has won vs. No. 4 New Hampshire (23-17 in 2009), No. 4 James Madison (10-7 in 2005), No. 4 Colgate (30-20 in 2004), No. 2 Villanova (19-14 in 2003) and No. 2 Maine (20-10 in 2002).
No. 4 For the Score!
Last season, UMass beat the fourth-ranked Wildcats (23-17), in 2005, UMass beat No. 4 James Madison (10-7), in 2004, UMass topped No. 4 Colgate (30-20) and in 2002, No. 4 Villanova went down 17-16.
The Series: UMass vs. William & Mary
UMass has won each of the last two games vs. the Tribe by scoring 48 points. In the last game in 2007, the Minutemen won a shootout 48-34 on Oct. 27, 2007 in Williamsburg.
UMass has won five of the last six games in the series including the last three meetings in Williamsburg, in 1999 (25-16), 2003 (24-14) and 2007 (48-34).
The 2000 game on Aug. 31, at McGuirk was the first-ever night football game at UMass as lights were imported for the game, a 36-16 UMass victory. UMass has since hosted three more night games.
William & Mary won the first two contests in 1990 and 1993, in addition to claiming victories in 1996 and 2001. UMass posted back-to-back victories in the series in 1994 and 1995, then once again won two straight in 1999 and 2000.
The schools first played in the opening round of the 1990 NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs, with the Tribe winning 38-0 in Williamsburg.
UMass-William & Mary Connections
William & Mary has no Bay State players on its roster.
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UMass was the winningest program in the CAA a 10-year span from 1998-2008. UMass had a 83-44 record with a 65.7 win percentage.
The Minutemen have won 22 conference championships the last two coming in 2007 and 2008. All-time UMass has eight NCAA Tournament appearances winning the 1998 title and also playing in the championship game in 2006 and 1978.
Minutemen Make NFL Impact
With the New York Jets, Vladimir Ducasse is battling for the starting left guard position. He was the Jets' second round pick and 61st overall this past April. He became the highest UMass product to be drafted in 40 years, since Greg Landry was a first-rounder in 1968. 2006 grad James Ihedigbo is also in his fourth year with the Jets.
Also in camps from last season's team are Jeromy Miles, with the Cincinnati Bengals. Miles gained national attention with a sack and forced fumble on Tim Tebow in the former Heisman Trophy winner's first pro game. The play was later overturned by instant replay, but it garnered national headlines for Miles.
Cruz' wideout mate Jeremy Horne has impressed with the Kansas City Chiefs and scored a touchdown in Week 2.
Also in action are wide receiver Brandon London (2003-06) with the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as former linebacker Jeremy Cain (UMass 2000-03) with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a long snapper and running back Matt Lawrence (2005-07) with the Baltimore Ravens.
Since Kevin Morris came to UMass with the majority of the coaching staff in 2004, UMass is 30-6 at home, 83.3 win mark. Since 2003, UMass is 37-6 at home (86.0).
The Maroon & White opened 2009 season at home with five wins in a row.
UMass went undefeated at home in 2006 (8-0) and 2007 (6-0) before a 4-2 mark last season. Before losing at home to Richmond (10/18/08), UMass' 16-game home winning streak was the second-longest in FCS as only San Diego (28) had a longer one. In all of Division I football, it was tied for the third-longest streak, also behind Oklahoma (21).
Since the start of the 1998 season, the Minutemen have gone 59-14 (.808) at home over the last 12 years, improving their all-time record at McGuirk to 165-75-2 (.687).
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