#12 UMass Travels To Delaware For Saturday CAA Clash
#12/13 UMASS (3-1, 1-0) at DELAWARE (3-2, 1-2)
Over the last decade, UMass is the CAA's winningest program with a mark of 83-43 for a league-best 65.9 win percentage. Delaware is second on both charts with an 82-48 record and a 63.1 winning mark. The Minutemen have won four of the last 10 CAA titles while Delaware has claimed three crowns.
UMass has shown to be one of the most well-rounded teams on both sides of the ball. The Minutemen lead the CAA in total offense with 419 yard per game, which ranks 13th nationally. The passing offense is second in the league going for 243.5 yards per game and the rushing offense is third in the CAA gaining 175.5 yards per game. UMass has scored 33.8 points per game, second in the league.
On the defensive side of the ball, UMass has allowed just 13.8 points per game, third in the CAA. That mark is ninth in the NCAA in terms of scoring defense. The total defense allowed is also third in the CAA giving up just 277.8 yards per game. The pass effiency defense is ninth nationally (97.67).
In an amazing statistical note, UMass' scoring has been as balanced as the team on the field. The Minutemen have scored exactly 34 points in the first, second and third quarter while in the fourth, UMass has scored 33 points. That's balance!
UMass has still yet to allow a point in the fourth quarter this season, outscoring foes 33-0. The Minutemen have shutout opponents in 11 of 16 quarters this year with the defense allowing touchdowns in just four of the 16 quarters.
Dominating Defense Blanking Foes
- UMass has not allowed a point in the fourth quarter this entire season through four games.
- UMass has not allowed a fourth-quarter point in six games, dating to last season's New Hampshire game on Nov. 15, 2008.
- UMass' defense has not allowed a touchdown in the second half this season (Rhode Island scored its third-quarter touchdown on a returned fumble on Sept. 19).
- UMass has shutout opponents in 11 of 16 quarters this year. In the first three games, opponents scored in just one quarter in each game.
- UMass has outscored its opponents 135-55 overall (34-14 average score). That includes 34-10-0 in the first and second quarters and 33-0 in the fourth.
- UMass has allowed offensive touchdowns in just the first and second quarters (six TDs).
- UMass is ranked ninth in the NCAA and third in the CAA in scoring defense (13.8).
- UMass ranks ninth in the NCAA and second in the CAA in pass efficiency defense (92.43).
- UMass has forced 11 turnovers in four games, among the top 10 in the NCAA
UMass vs. Delaware Series
Last year, UMass won for the second meeting in a row, 17-7 at McGuirk Stadium on Oct. 4, 2008. It marked UMass' first consecutive wins in the series all-time.
The teams finish a two-game set this year as the divisions play on a three-game rotational schedule.
The Blue Hens won the first 14 games between the two schools, before the Minutemen posted a 17-3 victory at Delaware in 1990 during UMass' run to the Yankee Conference crown and NCAA I-AA playoffs.
UMass has won just three of the 13 games played at McGuirk Stadium,with UMass winning two of the last three: last year and 17-7, in 2002 with the Blue Hens winning, 21-7, in 2004.
Delaware holds a 12-3 lead over the Minutemen for games played in Newark, with UMass winning in the last meeting in 2005, 1999 (26-19) and 1990 (17-3).
Delaware claimed the 2003 NCAA Division I-AA title, joining the 1998 UMass squad as one of only four national champions in Atlantic 10/CAA history. James Madison joined the group in 2004 and Richmond in 2008.
Delaware won an epic 2003 game, 51-45 in triple overtime in Newark. The only extra session match-up.
Delaware coach K.C. Keeler is 2-3 vs. UMass. Kevin Morris will coach as a head coach against the Blue Hens for the first time.
UMass and Delaware Connections
New UMass secondary coach Dyran Peake spent four seasons as an assistant coach Delaware working various roles with the defensive backs as well as with special teams.
Delaware associate head coach/linebackers coach Ben Albert, was a star player at UMass, graduating in 1995 and earning a master's in 1997. Albert has coached as UMass as the defensive line coach in 1995-96 and in 2003 as the inside linebackers and special teams coordinator. He also coached at Richmond (two stints) and Rutgers. As a Minuteman, Albert, was a first-team All-Yankee Conference performer and All-East selection in his senior year of 1994. He served as a co-captain for Mike Hodges and led the defense to a 13th NCAA mark in total defense. He registered 189 tackles and 14 sacks with UMass.
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UMass has the winningest program in the CAA over the last decade, since 1998. UMass has a 83-43 record with a 65.9 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.
UMass In The Polls
UMass Dominating FCS & CAA Foes
Overall since the 2006 opener, UMass is 33-11 overall, with four losses to FBS teams (Navy, Boston College, Texas Tech and Kansas State).
The Minutemen are 20-5 in conference games over the last three seasons (80.0 win percentage). The Minutemen finished at 7-1 in the CAA in 2007 and were undefeated in league in 13 games in a row prior to a loss to Rhode Island on Nov. 3, 2007. UMass went 8-0 in conference in 2006 (becoming the first undefeated team in league since Villanova in 1997).
The Maroon & White opened 2009 season with three convincing wins: 44-7 over Albany (9/12), 30-10 over Rhode Island (9/19) and 44-17 over Stony Brook (9/26).
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 57-13 (.813) at home over the last 12 years, improving their all-time record at McGuirk to 163-74-2 (.688).
Since Kevin Morris came to UMass with the majority of the coaching staff in 2004, UMass is 28-5 at home, 84.8 win mark. Since 2003, UMass is 35-5 at home (87.5).
Under The Lights
UMass played two night games under the permanent lights at McGuirk Alumni Stadium this season with a 44-7 win over Albany (9/12) and 44-17 over Stony Brook (9/26). The lights were installed prior to the 2008 season at a cost of roughly $1.8 million. Last season, UMass hosted Albany for its first game under the lights on Aug. 30, 2008 and the Minutemen posted a 28-16 win. Later in the season, UMass played several games that started at 3:30 p.m. where lights were used, but they were not true night games.
UMass played four night games under temporary lights at McGuirk and won all four games. The first game under the lights came in the 2000 opener, a 36-16 win over William & Mary on Aug. 31. That game was also the only other football game in UMass history played in August.
The Minutemen played the 2004 home opener under the lights a 30-20 win on Sept. 11, 2004. UMass played two home games under the lights in 2005, beating Albany, 40-0 on Sept. 17 and Rhode Island, 14-6 on Sept. 24.
Lights were also installed for the 2006 NCAA I-AA Playoffs for UMass' 24-17 win over New Hampshire on Dec. 2. That game kicked off at 2:30 p.m. and the lights did not take effect until the second half of the game. The game technically by NCAA rules doesn't count as a night game.
UMass Turns To Havens
In first four starts at UMass, Havens has thrown for 974 yards and five touchdowns. Completed 53 percent (64-of-120). Fourth in the CAA in total offense (239.25) and eighth in passing efficiency (125.26).
Havens has been strong over the last three games and earned numerous honors after his big game against Rhode Island (9/19). In UMass' three wins, he has completed 54-of-86 (63 percent) for 872 yards and four touchdowns. Versus URI, he threw for 329 yards on 22-of-30 and two TDs. Was 15-of-17 for 206 in the first half alone. That performance earned him the New England Gold Helmet as the region's top player, CAA Offensive Player of the Week and UMass Athlete of the Week.
Havens had a great game in his home debut against Albany (9/12) as he threw for 284 yards on 20-of-32 with two touchdowns. Havens hit Victor Cruz for two scores including a 67-yard bomb. In his debut Havens threw for 102 yards with a touchdown to Andrew Krevis.
Havens was a star quarterback at Diablo Valley College in California for the past two seasons as he was named to the NorCal All-Conference team. Havens was named an Academic All-American after throwing for 301.7 yards per game along with 27 TDs and 13 interceptions last year. His team averaged 425 yards of offense per game and 36 points per game.
Nelson Carries The Load Again
Nelson has moved to sixth in career rushing yards with 2,386 yards entering the Rhode Island game. He passed Jerome Bledsoe (2,216) with 77 yards against Albany (9/12). He passed Kevin Smellie (2,148) at Kansas State with his 107. With another 1,000-yard season, we could move to No. 5 on the all-time list. Nelson is also tied for 11th in career rushing touchdowns with 18 (two this season). He is also eighth in career carries at UMass with 451. Next on that list of longtime NFL quarterback Greg Landry (485).
Nelson had his ninth-career 100-yard rushing game against Rhode Island (9/19) with 158 yards on 29 carries. It was also his sixth-career game with more than 150 yards on the ground.
In the opener at Kansas State (9/5), Nelson became the first UMass back to gain 100 yards against a I-A/FBS team in 10 years with 107 yards on the Wildcats' defense. Back in 1999, Marcel Shipp gained 111 at Toledo. It was also his eighth-career 100-yard game at UMass.
Nelson is a preseason All-CAA pick in addition to being a College Sporting News Third Team Preseason All-American.
Nelson gained 110.4 yards per game last season including seven career 100-yard games. He finished last season with a career-high 204 yards against Hofstra (11/22/08), his sixth game of the year with 100-plus yards.
Hernandez Backs Up Nelson At High Level
In first-career start vs. Stony Brook (9/26), rushed for career-high 140 yards on career-high 29 carries and three touchdowns. He became first UMass player with 3 TDs in a game since Matt Lawrence in 2007.
In first extended playing time had nine carries for 88 yards vs. Albany (9/12), scored first two career touchdowns including a career-long of 58 yards.
Ducasse Leads O-Line Of Protection
This year UMass' has allowed just three sacks in four games for 0.75 per game, ranking seventh in the NCAA in fewest sacks allowed and second in the CAA.
Last season with Ducasse as the anchor, UMass was second in the FCS in fewest sacks allowed with just six in 12 games (0.50 per game). The Minutemen led the CAA in fewest sacks allowed, marking the fourth year in a row that UMass was a the top of the league in fewest sacks allowed.
With giving up six sacks in 12 games last season and three sacks this season, UMass has allowed just 62 sacks in 65 games since 2004.
In Ducasse's 28 games over the last four seasons, UMass has allowed only 24 sacks and UMass has had a 100-yard rusher in 19 of those 28 games. This year, Nelson has two games with 100 or more yards: 158 vs. Rhode Island (9/19) and 107 at Kansas State (9/5) in the opener. Along with that Jonathan Hernandez had 140 yards vs. Stony Brook (9/26). Nelson gained 100 yards in six of 12 games last season.
A 2008 All-American, Ducasse is a preseason All-CAA First Team and First-Team All-American by nearly every outlet.
Ducasse is flanked several returning players in junior center John Ihne along with sophomores Josh Samuda and Brian Ostaszewski. Senior Jared Chivers has added stability with his versatility playing guard and center this season.
Dynamic Receivers Flying High
UMass returns two of the top wideouts in the nation in All-American Victor Cruz and All-conference pick Jeremy Horne. A year after questions surrounded an inexperienced receiver corps, UMass has one of the most experienced groups in the nation with its top four wideouts returning. Along with Cruz and Horne, senior Joe Sanford and sophomore Julian Talley give UMass a very talented and dynamic bunch.
Overall, UMass has had 11 different players make a reception this season.
Cruz and Talley top the charts this season. Cruz ranks second in the CAA and 51st in the NCAA in receiving yards per game (70.5) with team-best 282 yards in three games on 15 catches. Talley is second on both catches (11) and yards (177). Horne is third in both with 10 catches for 190 yards.
Cruz had his fourth-career 100-yard game against Albany (9/12) with 121 yards on six catches and two touchdowns. He had a big day with 96 yards on six catches against Rhode Island (9/19). With his 1,351 career receiving yards, Cruz has moved to 12th all-time at UMass. No. 11 on the list is DeShon Hardy with 1,359. He also needs six catches to move into a tie for 12th in career receptions as Jimmy Moore and Dominique Stewart each have 92.
Talley had career-highs of five catches and 86 yards in the win over Albany (9/12). Talley added three catches for 69 yards including career-long 55 yarder vs. Rhode Island (9/19).
Horne, who had a slow start, busted out for his fifth-career 100-yard receiving game against Stony Brook (9/26) with five catches for 124 yards. Overall, he has 10 catches for 190 yards.
Sanford had three catches in back-to-back games in mid-September. He had career bests in catches (3), yards (76) and long reception (42) in win over Rhode Island (9/19). For the year, he has eight catches for 149 yards.
Cruz finished 2008 with 1,064 yards on 71 catches and was named a First-Team All-CAA selection. He became the sixth 1,000-yard receiver in UMass history. His marks for yards and catches ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in UMass single-season history. Cruz had the greatest day for a UMass receiver all-time with 13 catches for 262 yards and two touchdowns at James Madison in his third game as a starter last year.
Horne was a third-team CAA selection last season with 50 catches for 895 yards and a team-best eight receiving touchdowns. He finished third in the CAA in catches and compiled four 100-yard games.
Captain Miles Heads Defensive Corps
As the starting free safety, Miles led UMass in tackles last season with 104 stops. He also intercepted three passes, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles. Miles was an All-CAA First-Team selection and led all league defensive backs with 8.7 tackles per game. He also led the team with 56 solo stops including five TFLs.
Thus year, he is second on the team with 26 tackles this season along with an interception and forced fumble. Miles opened the season with eight tackles at Kansas State (9/5). He had seven stops and his eighth-career interception against Albany (9/12).
The secondary has received a boost from the converted wide receiver Bailey, who had six tackles, three for a loss, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in his first-ever game on the defensive side of the ball at K-State (9/5). He has 16 tackles in his defensive debut season along with three passes defended.
In his first season of action Kumar Davis has 16 tackles, including seven at Kansas State (9/5) and four against Albany (9/12) in his first-career start. Corey Davis has nine tackles along with a team-best four passes broken up.
Experienced D-Line Creates Chaos
Hanson is tied for the UMass lead with 4.0 TFLs along with 1.5 sacks as he has made 18 tackles in four games. In the opener at Kansas State (9/5), Hanson returned to his form of two years ago with seven tackles including 1.5 TFLs and a 13-yard sack. He also recovered a fumble and returned it eight yards.
Harrington has 19 tackles this season, fourth-most on the team and most for a defensive lineman. He tied for the team-lead with seven tackles vs. Rhode Island (9/19) including 2.5 TFLs. That came on the heels of the Albany (9/12) game when he was named the Game MVP by the coaches, finishing with seven tackles.
Monette, has emerged as a solid performer as he leads UMass in sacks with 2.5 in addition to being tied with Hanson for a lead in TFLs with 4.5. Monette has 16 overall tackles.
Harrington was the line's top tackler in 2008 with 56 stops, which is the third most among, all returning defensive players. The 6-3, 285-pound Salem, Mass., native also had 2.5 sacks. Collier, a 2007 All-CAA selection, racked up 36 tackles last season after posting a career-best 62 as a sophomore. Hanson, also mired with injuries last season, had 33 stops last year after a break-out sophomore campaign with 61 tackles. Hanson was second in the CAA in 2007 with 16 TFLs to go along with seven sacks. He will look to return to that form in his senior campaign.
Linebackers Seek To Back It Up
True sophomore Tyler Holmes continues to show his amazing ability at MIKE, as he leads UMass with 32 tackles (8.0 per game) and two interceptions (one in the first two games). He piled up 12 tackles and his second career interception at Kansas State (9/5). He tallied eight tackles and an interception for the third game in a row against Albany (9/12). He stopped six vs. Rhode Island (9/19).
New starter at SAM senior Kurt Filler is third on the team in tackles with 21 including 1.5 TFLs and his first-career interception. He had his most impactful game vs. Rhode Island (9/19). He had a key interception (first of career) to end a URI drive in the first quarter. He also made six tackles including one on a fourth-down to end another URI drive in the UMass red zone. Filler drew his first start with the Minutemen and racked up nine tackles and 1.5 TFLs at Kansas State (9/5). He also had six tackles against Albany (9/12). The junior college transfer saw just limited action last season.
Senior Eric Dickson returned to action in the home opener against Albany (9/12) and began his season with a bang. He racked up a team-best nine tackles and a 7-yard sack. It was Dickson's first-career start and first-career game at linebacker. He tied for the team-lead in tackles against Rhode Island (9/19) with seven stops.
UMass has had two freshman named CAA Rookie of the Week, both playing from the linebacke spot.
Redshirt freshman D.J. Adeoba was stellar in his first college game with seven tackles and a return of a block punt for a 26-yard touchdown. He was named the CAA Rookie of the Week for his performance. He was also was named to the Boston Herald's Honor Roll as the top defensive player in New England.
True freshman Perry McIntyre was named the CAA Rookie of the Week after the Stony Brook (9/26) game after racking up a team-best eight tackles. McIntyre has 12 tackles overall this season.
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