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In a match-up of teams that have never met, No. 17/16 UMass (4-3 overall, 2-2 CAA) hosts Bryant (4-3) on Saturday at McGuirk Alumni Stadium at 1 p.m. It will be Band Day at McGuirk, with over 75 bands from schools in the region creating an exciting atmosphere.
Liam Coen: 11-for-18, 389 yds, 5 TD
Jeremy Horne: 5 receptions, 182 yds, 3 TD
Victor Cruz: 3 receptions, 93 yds, TD
Korrey Davis (1st career start): 12 carries, 54 yds
Thanks to everyone who read today's blog. I hope it made today's game more interesting for you. Special thanks to Justin Lafleur for covering for me during some of today's blog while I checked on the swim meet, which by the way is streaming online right now if you want to switch over to that.
Schedule note: tomorrow is Senior Day at Garber Field as the #17 Minutewomen field hockey team take on Temple looking to complete a sweep of the A-10 schedule.
Good night everyone!
The clock runs out on Bryant and the Minutemen come away with a 42-7 victory. Despite the rain that continues to fall along with strong winds, the UMass band is primed to take the field and close Band Day in style.
UMass 42, Bryant 7, Final
The backups are struggling to hold onto the ball in this damp weather as Jonathan Hernandez fumbles. UMass has fumbled three times (losing all).
As Bryant takes over deep in its own territory, the rain begins and the wind picks up. Thankfully, there are less than four minutes remaining in the game. There hasn't been much scoring in a while, so just a reminder it's still UMass 42, Bryant 7.
UMass uses its fourth quarterback of the game as Spencer Whipple (son of former UMass Head Coach Mark Whipple) enters for his first collegiate appearance as does Amherst native Alphonsus Aguh at tailback.
UMass' defense continues to impress as it forces the Bulldogs' Brian Donnelly to punt for an 11th time today. UMass takes over on its own 32 with Scott Woodward looking to drive the Minutemen down field. Also of note, wide receiver Tom Gilson and offensive lineman Bryan Fisher are in for their first-career appearances.
It looks like the Minutemen will rotate at quarterbacks the rest of the way as Scott Wallace is back for his second collegiate series.
Scott Woodward is back under center for the Minutemen. Jared Chivers, Chauncey Incarnato, Justin Sawicki, and Torrey Esalomi among others are seeing some rare playing time while hoping to impress Head Coach Don Brown.
The end of the third quarter is here with the Minutemen up 42-7. Total offense continues to be heavily in UMass' favor, 490-182 while time of possession is still 28:24 to 16:35 in favor of the Bulldogs...In other news, today's attendance at McGuirk Alumni Stadium is 12,521. Thank you for continuing to make McGuirk a great home field advantage and we hope to see you at our two final home games, vs Maine on Nov. 8 and Hofstra on the 22nd.
Scott Wallace takes over for Scott Woodward at quarterback as the Minutemen get the ball back on their own 40 yard line. It is the redshirt freshman's first-career appearance.
Scott Woodward takes over for Liam Coen under center as the Minutemen take over possession up 42-7. Assuming he is done for the day, Coen will come out of the game with an even 10,300 career passing yards.
Some record-keeping to update for UMass. Jeremy Horne's 182 yards receiving is the fourth most receiving yards in a game in UMass history. Earlier this year, Victor Cruz set the school record with 262 at James Madison on Sept. 13. Liam Coen's 389 passing yards is tied for the seventh-most in a single game in UMass history. He is tied with Brian McNally who threw for 389 against UConn in 1976. That stood as UMass' single-game passing record for 25 years until 2001.
Liam Coen passes to Jeremy Horne around the center of the field and Horne breaks free from two Bryant defenders and takes it to the house for a 54-yard TD reception. The drive was three plays, 54 yards, and took only 0:54, UMass' second scoring drive of less than one minute. It was Coen's fifth TD pass of the game to tie a career high while marking Horne's third TD reception of the game. Updated numbers: Coen, 11-for-18 for 389 yards and 5 TD, Horne 5 receptions for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns.
UMass 42, Bryant 7, 9:06 3rd
Brian Ellis sacks Bryant quarterback Kurt Spear to force a third-and-long for Bryant from deep in its own terriroty. The sack was UMass' fourth of the game after recording six in the first seven games.
Both teams punt on their opening possession. Bryant gets the ball back on its own 20 yard line with 12:18 remaining in the third quarter.
The second half is underway! Bryant gets the ball first...
The thousands of band members just took the field and are playing a number of tunes to the delight of the crowd. The bands had little time to practice together and they are putting on a spectacular show!!
Back with some halftime statistics...Total yards are currently 414-144 in favor of the Minutemen while Bryant leads time of possession, 19:07 to 10:53. Lian Coen had a monster half with 335 passing yards on 10-for-14 with four touchdowns. Jeremy Horne had four catches for 128 yards while Victor Cruz added three receptions for 93 yards and Matt Silver had his 80-yard TD reception.
The UMass band just took the field and is ready to wow the crowd along with the thousands of visiting band members who are packed along the sidelines waiting their turn. In other college football news, #8 FBS Texas Tech is currently beating Kansas on the road, 56-14 in the third quarter, the identical score as the UMass-Texas Tech game from earlier this season.
UMass tried to run in a score, but with no timeouts remaining, the clock ran out before Liam Coen could spike the ball for a field goal opportunity. The Minutemen go into the half up 35-7.
Michael Hanson forces a fumble on Bryant quarterback Kurt Spear while Darnel DeLaire recovers the loose change and returns it to the Bryant 24 yard line. The Minutemen are in prime position to score again.
Jeremy Horne picks up his second receiving touchdown of the game, this by the 21-yard variety. The drive went six plays and 98 yards, taking 2:47 (the longest scoring drive of the day). It was Liam Coen's fourth passing touchdown of the game; the fifth time he has reached four touchdowns with the last time he reached that mark was November, 24, 2007 vs. Fordham in the NCAA First Round game.
UMass 35, Bryant 7, 2:24 2nd
Liam Coen completes a 56-yard pass to Jeremy Horne. It looked like Horne could break free for a potential school-record 98-yard TD reception, but he was caught by the Bryant secondary. After the play, Coen is up to 9-for-12 passing for 314 yards and three touchdowns while Horne is at three receptions for 107 yards. It marks Coen's 11th career 300-yard passing game and Horne's third-career 100-yard receiving game.
UMass gets the ball back on its own two yard line after Brian Donnelly gets off a beautiful punt.
Junior college transfer Theluxon Pierre is in on the defensive line after transfering to UMass from Dean College, a junior college in Franklin, Mass. It marks his UMass debut.
A three-yard Tony Nelson touchdown run gives UMass a three-score advantage at 28-7. For Nelson, it marks his seventh touchdown on the season. The play capped off a five play 40 yard drive in only 1:19. UMass' scoring drives have been 1:39, 1:40, 0:13, and 1:19 for an average of 1:13.Bryant still leads time of possession, 13:06 to 6:30.
UMass 28, Bryant 7, 10:24 2nd
The UMass defense comes throuh with a three-and-out and forces a Bryant punt. UMass gets the ball back with great field position on Bryant's 40-yard line. In other news, Sean Smalls is on crutches and his return looks unlikely.
UMass punts for the first time all game, coming from Bryant's 47 yard line. Brett Arnold pins the Bulldogs in with a beautiful punt at the one yard line.
1:48 p.m. The first quarter ends with the Minutemen on top of the Bulldogs, 21-7. UMass finishes the first half leading in total yards, 251-95 while averaging an astounding 25.1 yards per play. Bryant leads time of possession 11:08 to 3:52. Liam Coen finishes the first-half with 224 yards while Victor Cruz has 93 yards, Matt Silver has 80, and Jeremy Horne has 51.
UMass 21, Bryant 7 End of 1st
1:39 p.m. Bryant gets on the board with a touchdown after a long 15 play, 75 yard drive which took 6:41, finished off with a six-yard touchdown run from the Bulldogs' Lindsey Gamble.
UMass 21, Bryant 7, 0:20 1st
Bryant brings in a new quarterback, Kurt Spear, who completes a third-down pass to give Bryant a first down.
Sean Smalls is helped off the field with what looks to be a left leg injury.
Liam Coen and tight end Matt Silver hook up for an 80-yard TD pass to put UMass up 21-0 with 7:01 remaining in the first quarter. For Silver, it marked his first-career TD. It ties for the fifth-longest pass play in school history and is the longest pass since an 89 yarder from Coen to Rasheed Rancher on Sept. 23, 2006 against Stony Brook. Coen is already 6-for-6 for 224 yards
UMass 21, Bryant 0, 9:01 1st
Sean Smalls, who has struggled all year long on punt returns, finally broke one out for 77 yards and a touchdown, but it was called back due to an illegal block...UMass takes over on the 20 yard line.
UMass strikes quickly again. Coen hit Victor Cruz on a deep post for a 35-yard scoring strike. A 1:40 drive for the Minutemen this time.
Coen becomes the 21st passer in FCS history to pass for more than 10,000 yards. He went over the plateau with his fourth completion of the game, the 35-yarder to Horne on the last drive.
UMass 14, Bryant 0, 9:31 1st
UMass forces a punt on Bryant's first possession and the Minutemen take over at their own 20. On the first play, Coen found Horne for a 35-yard pass and UMass is moving quickly again.
On a side note, we are without a part of our Media Relations team today. We all wish Alli Miller well and hope she is back with us soon.
Some lineup changes:
At right guard, 71 Rob Getek is out he will be replaced in the starting lineup by 67 Brian Ostaszewski.
At defensive end, 46 Michael Hanson is out (concussion) he will be replaced by 93 Bob McLaughlin, his second career start
At defensive tackle, 56 Brandon Collier is out (knee), 98 Kyle Harrington will move from nose tackle to defensive tackle and 96 Ray Jones will start at nose tackle, his first career start.
They have several roster changes, No. 25 will be worn by JK Filauro. Normal No. 25 Shayne Millette is out. Filauro is expected to return punts.
No. 21 John Suarez is out. No. 21 will be worn by Michael Garafolo, who is listed at No. 84 on the flip card.
Jeremy Horne celebrates his 22nd birthday by catching a 16-yard TD pass from Liam Coen to put the Minutemen on top, 7-0. He may have celebrated a bit too much, as he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play.
UMass cruised down the field in 1:39, a 35-yard pass to Victor Cruz was the key play.
UMass 7, Bryant 0, 13:21 1st
It's Band Day here at McGuirk Stadium. The stands on the side across from the press box is filling up with 65 bands, comprised of over 3,000 musicians from all over the northeast.
The clouds are breaking up a bit and the sun is trying to break through. It's 50 degrees with almost no wind.
Bryant won the toss and will take the ball at halftime. UMass will receive to start the game.
The teams are warming up on the field. It's definitely a different look for the Minutemen. They are wearing black pants and black socks with their maroon jerseys and white helmets. Bryant is sporting light goldish pants (Notre Dame-like?) with white jerseys and gold helmets.
Welcome to the UMass football live in-game blog! Dave Gunn and Jason Yellin from the UMass Media Relations office will be bringing you all the action and the added pieces of information that hopefully makes your game watching/listening experience better.
It is an overcast day here in Amherst and as of about 20 minutes ago, a light mist started to fall.
As we are about an hour from kickoff still, the biggest news so far is that the Minutemen will be wearing black pants today for the first time in program history. Thanks to equipment manager Paul Bys for that tip.