Courtesy of UMass Athletics
In front of a conference-record attendance of 32,848, the 12th-ranked UMass football team suffered a 39-13 loss to No. 10 New Hampshire in the inaugural Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium. The Wildcats (5-3, 3-2 CAA) scored 15 points on two UMass (4-3, 2-2 CAA) turnovers in the first half and never looked back.
New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans was awarded the Bill Knight Trophy for MVP of the game after recording 13 tackles and an interception. Senior quarter R.J. Toman threw for 176 yards and ran for a pair of 1-yard TD rushes. UNH back Dontra Peters ran for 98 on the ground with two touchdowns.
UMass¹ senior quarterback Kyle Havens set a school-record with 450 passing yards on 32-of-55 with two touchdowns and one interception. He broke the previous record of 421 set by Liam Coen against Southern Illinois in 2007. Havens¹ 32 completions and 52 attempts were both second-most in UMass history.
Senior wideour Anthony Nelson had a career-high 190 receiving yards, racking up 132 of those in the first half. He previous best also came against UNH, in 2007 which with Hofstra (128 yards). Nelson¹s total ranks fourth on the all-time receiving yards list.
The Minutemen¹s potent rushing 1-2 attack of Jonathan Hernandez (46 yards) and John Griffin (14 yards) were limited to just 60 combined yards.
UMass¹ Rob Blanchflower scored the Minutemen¹s first touchdown as he recovered a fumbled Nelson reception in the end zone with 10:28 left in the fourth quarter.
The Minutemen added another score on a Havens to Julian Talley 15-yard touchdown pass with 5:47 to play, cutting the UNH lead to 36-13 before the Wildcats tacked on a field goal to close the scoring.
New Hampshire took advantage of two UMass miscues in the first half and scored 15 points off turnovers. The Wildcats took a 15-0 lead on a Dontra Peters 3-yard rush with 5:44 left in the first half.
New Hampshire grabbed an 8-0 lead after they converted on a misplayed UMass punt coverage which gave the Wildcats the ball on the Minuteman 14-yard line. UNH scored on a 1-yard plunge up the middle by Toman. They then added a 2-point conversion on a pass from Kevin Decker to Chris Chandler.
The Wildcats added a pair of scores in the third quarter on Toman¹s second 1-yard rush and an 11-yard pass to Orlando with 2:26 left in the third.
UMass returns to action at No. 11 James Madison in a 3:30 p.m., kickoff that will be aired on Comcast SportsNet.