No. 3 UMass Hits The Road, Faces Colgate Saturday In N.Y.
#3/3 UMASS (1-0) at COLGATE (1-0)
No. 3 UMass Hits The Road, Faces Colgate Saturday In N.Y.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the UMass Sports Network with Bob Behler returning for his ninth year as "Voice of the Minutemen." Former kicker Matt Goldstein will handle the color commentary. The pregame show begins at 12:30 on WRNX (100.9 FM), the flagship of the network. The game can also be heard live online at UMassAthletics.com. Fans wishing to listen to the game at the stadium, can tune into 101.1 FM to hear the UMass audio feed.
The Minutemen opened up a 37-9 lead in the third quarter against Holy Cross last Saturday and held off a late charge as the Crusaders cut the lead to as little as seven at 37-30 with 8:50 left in the fourth quarter. CAA Special Teams Player of the Week junior Courtney Robinson returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown just 24 seconds into the second quarter to give UMass a 17-7 lead. It marked the first time UMass had a kickoff return for a score since 1982. It also tied for the third-longest kick return in UMass history. Senior Matt Lawrence, making his first start at tailback for UMass, rushed for a career-high 153 yards including two touchdowns (1 and 28 yards) in the win. Senior J.J. Moore hauled in nine catches for a career-high 163 yards, marking the seventh-most receiving yards in a UMass game all-time. Quarterback Liam Coen moved to second on the career passing yards and completions lists at UMass as he was 19-of-32 for 272 yards with two touchdowns and one interception on a tip ball. On defense, David Burris came up big with two of his three sacks in the fourth quarter as he now has 33 career TFLs and 16.5 career sacks. Jason Hatchell led UMass in tackles for the 17th time in 27 games with 10 stops. UMass is now 8-3 in his double-figure tackle games. UMass had seven pass break-ups as Holy Cross threw a Minuteman opponent and McGuirk Stadium record 64 pass attempts.
Colgate is also 1-0 after a 13-11 victory over Albany last Saturday. Junior tailback Jordan Scott gained 180 yards on the ground on 44 carries and had the Raiders' lone touchdown of the game. Scott scored on a four-yard rush 19 seconds into the game on the heels of an 87-yard kickoff return by Cody Williams on the game's opening play.
UMass returns to Hamilton with redemption on the mind after a disappointing 17-14 loss in 2005, the last meeting in New York. The Minutemen were unable to overcome eight turnovers (five interceptions and three fumbles) at Andy Kerr Stadium. The Minutemen outgained the Raiders 451-167, but hurt themselves by repeatedly turning the ball over. J.J. Moore set a school record with 13 receptions in the game and a career-high 128 yards. Even with all of the miscues, UMass held in the game into the fourth quarter. The Minutemen got on the board as quarterback Liam Coen, playing his first collegiate game, hit Moore from 17 yards out to make it 17-7 with 7:50 left in the fourth. UMass cut the lead to just 17-14 with 4:37 left as receiver Rasheed Rancher caught his first career touchdown from Coen from five-yards out.
UMass's only win came in the only meeting in Amherst, a 30-20 victory on Sept. 11, 2004, the second game played under the lights at McGuirk. That game served as a bit of redemption for UMass after the Raiders knocked them out of the playoffs in 2003.
Colgate and UMass meet at Andy Kerr Stadium for the first time since the 2003 NCAA Playoffs when the Raiders eliminated UMass, 19-7 on Nov. 29, 2003 during a blizzard. UMass' lone score in the game came as James Ihedigbo returned a blocked punt 25 yards for a score.
The first game in the series came in 1914, a 25-0 Colgate win. The teams also played in 1974, a 42-34 shootout win for the then-Red Raiders.
UMass Players Vs. Colgate
Coen On Payton List; Buchanan On Buck List
Coen has been the consistent signal-caller's ability to avoid mistakes has been a major reason for the Minutemen's success in the past two years. Threw just seven interceptions in the regular season to lead UMass to the Atlantic 10 championship, going five weeks without an interception at one point. Coen ranks fifth among current FCS quarterbacks in career completion percentage at 64.5%, and is fourth in passing efficiency. The 6-2, 220-pound passer's 3,016 throwing yards were the second best single-season mark in school history and his 26 TD passes were the third-best ever. Became a starter as a redshirt freshman in the third week of the season, and has been a Minuteman fixture ever since. Passed for 401 yards against New Hampshire in 2005 and fired five TD passes against Towson last year to tie a school record.
Hatchell has had more than 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons including 134 in 2006. He finished second in the conference in stops as he was named to the All-Conference first team.He was a Don Hansen Football Gazette Second-Team All-American and New England Football Writers All-Star Team. Southern New Jersey Touchdown Club Player of the Year. Won the Bill Knight MVP winner as the player of the game in the New Hampshire-UMass game on Nov. 4. Had 59 solo stops and 75 assists (8.93 per game). Fourth on team with 6.5 TFLs for 30 yards. 140 career assisted tackles ranks 10th all-time at UMass. 75 assisted tackles in 2006 ranks as seventh-best single-season in UMass history. Led or tied UMass in tackles in 16 of last 26 games. Has 10 career 10-tackle games, UMass 7-3 in those games.
Looking Back At 2006
The UMass football team captured the 2006 Lambert Trophy, symbolic of the team top team in the East, presented by the ECAC. The Minutemen were the winners in the I-AA/FCS Division.
To advance to the NCAA final, UMass topped Lafayette, 35-14 in the first round; conference rival New Hampshire, 24-17 in the NCAA Quarterfinals and won at hostile Montana, 19-17 in the NCAA Semifinals.
In The Polls
In the SME Media poll, Colgate is receiving votes.
UMass Preseason Favorite To Win CAA
The Minutemen, who earned a record 20 All-Conference honors in 2006, placed a total of seven on the Preseason All-Conference squad this season. Offensive linemen Matt Austin and Nick Diana, join tight end Brad Listorti to represent UMass on the offensive side of the ball. Defensive lineman David Burris, as well as Charles Walker and preseason All-American Jason Hatchell, both linebackers, represent UMass in the defensive front. Cornerback Sean Smalls is the seventh Minuteman selected to the preseason squad.
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