Payton leads Coastal Carolina in comeback over UMass 24-13
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — True freshman Fred Payton came off the bench and threw two touchdowns to help rally Coastal Carolina to a 24-13 win against UMass on Saturday.
Payton was one of the three quarterbacks to play for Coastal Carolina and the Chanticleers (4-3, 1-2 Sun Belt) responded.
South Florida improves to 5-0 after 58-42 victory at UMass
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Jordan Cronkrite ran for 302 yards and three touchdowns and South Florida improved to 5-0 for the second straight season by beating UMass 58-42 Saturday afternoon.
The game was originally scheduled to be played last year in Tampa but was moved due to Hurricane Irma.
UMass romps to 63-15 win over Duquesne
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Andrew Ford passed for 186 yards and two touchdowns and Bilal Ally rushed for 109 yards and a score on just nine carries as Massachusetts romped to 63-15 win over Duquesne in the opener for both teams Saturday night.
UMass wins a game on the road, hands BYU its 9th loss, 16-10
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Andrew Ford fired a 40-yard touchdown pass to Andy Isabella and Logan Laurent kicked three field goals to stake UMass to a 16-0 lead at BYU and the Minutemen held on to post a 16-10 victory Saturday — earning a fourth win for the first time as an FBS school.
UMass (4-7) started playing FBS football in 2012 and never won more than three games nor won a road game against a team outside of the Mid-American Conference.
Ford-Isabella combo leads UMass past Maine 44-31
BOSTON (AP) — Andrew Ford threw for 355 yards and four touchdowns, three to Andy Isabella, and Marquis Young broke free for a 33-yard score with 1:57 to play as Massachusetts defeated Maine 44-31 at Fenway Park on Saturday night.
Ford was 21-of-39 passing and surpassed 5,000 yards for his career, Isabella had eight catches for 152 yards and Young carried 19 times for 123 yards. Lee Moses also returned an interception 70 yards for a score for the Minutemen (3-7).
Mississippi State vs UMass Capsule
UMass (2-6) at No. 21 Mississippi State (6-2, CFP No. 16), Saturday, noon ET (SEC Network) Line: Mississippi State by 28. Series record: Mississippi State leads 1-0. WHAT'S AT STAKE Mississippi State is going for its fourth straight win, heading into a showdown with top-ranked Alabama on Nov. 11. UMass has had a tough season, but several of its losses have been close. The Minutemen have won two straight and would love to break through against a Southeastern Conference program. KEY MATCHUP...
No. 21 Mississippi St goes for 4th straight win vs. UMass
UMass (2-6) at No. 21 Mississippi State (6-2, CFP No. 16), Saturday, noon ET (SEC Network)
Line: Mississippi State by 28.
Series record: Mississippi State leads 1-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Mississippi State is going for its fourth straight win, heading into a showdown with top-ranked Alabama on Nov. 11. UMass has had a tough season, but several of its losses have been close. The Minutemen have won two straight and would love to break through against a Southeastern Conference program.
Ally, Comis lead UMass past Georgia Southern 55-20
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Bilal Ally ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns, both career highs, Ross Comis threw for three touchdowns and UMass rolled to a 55-20 win over mistake prone Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Comis had scoring passes of 1, 68 and 26 yards in the first quarter as the Minutemen (1-6) opened a 21-0 lead. Ally carried the ball 16 times with scores of 19, 2 and 57 yards.
Andrew Ford also had a 43-yard scoring pass as UMass piled up 670 yards.
Rourke leads Ohio to shootout win over Massachusetts 58-50
HADLEY, Mass. (AP) — Nathan Rourke threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 113 yards and two scores and Ohio fought off winless Massachusetts 58-50 on Saturday.
A.J. Ouellette ran for 125 yards and scored a touchdown and now has three-straight games rushing for more than 100 yards. Brendan Cope had 126 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Noon — Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
TV: SEC Network — Radio: WHYN (560 AM), WATD (95.5 FM), WCRN (830 AM)
The line: Tennessee -271/2 (O/U 63)
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
1. Redshirt junior quarterback Andrew Ford has thrown for 3,869 yards in 15 career games, good for No. 7 in UMass history. Next on the list is legendary Peil Pennington, who had 4,687 passing yards from 1971-73.
PHILADELPHIA — Victory No. 1 seemed well within UMass’ grasp last night when the Minutemen took the lead late in the first half over defending American Athletic Association champ Temple.
The defense, after getting gashed for 56 yards on the second play of the game, responded by holding the Owls to a field goal. Meanwhile, the offense, which moved the ball seemingly at will at times only to bog down inside the red zone, finally cashed in.
Wright’s one-handed TD grab highlights Temple’s 29-21 win
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Isaiah Wright made a one-handed, 13-yard touchdown catch with 3:48 remaining and Temple held on to beat winless Massachusetts 29-21 on Friday night.
Logan Marchi's lofted pass to Wright in the corner of the end zone capped a 10-play, 72-yard drive for a 29-14 lead. UMass responded with a quick-scoring drive, punctuated by Andrew Ford's 3-yard sneak with 1:41 left.
UMass QB Andrew Ford heads home in desperate search for a win
AMHERST — UMass quarterback Andrew Ford will fulfill a childhood ambition when the Minutemen engage Temple tonight at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound redshirt junior is from Camp Hills, Pa., a small community about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia, where the Eagles, not the Owls, are the big birds of football.
Hoy TD, 8 sacks help Old Dominion top UMass 17-7
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Jordan Hoy scored his first career touchdown on a 7-yard sneak to secure Old Dominion's 17-7 win over Massachusetts on Saturday.
Hoy's run, with 6:59 to play, capped a nine-play, 34-yard drive that was set up on the Monarch's previous possession. Old Dominion had marched 93 yards on 16 plays, eating up more than 7½ minutes, before being stopped on downs at the UMass 2.
AMHERST — UMass quarterback Andrew Ford wants to reward the seniors who helped his integration into the Minutemen program.
“Getting them a win on their last home game is something that (the coaches) have been really preaching to us,” Ford said. “That’s something the underclassmen really want to do. We want to send these seniors off on the right note.”
The Minutemen (1-7) are determined to snap a five-game losing streak today (noon) when they take on Wagner (4-3) at McGuirk Stadium.
UMass Football Has First Day of Practice
AMHERST >> University of Massachusetts quarterback Andrew Ford admitted sleep didn't come easy Sunday night. Thinking about your first practice at your new school might do that.
"I don't even know if I woke up" Monday morning, said Ford, "I think I stayed up all last night. I couldn't get too much sleep."
Ford, a redshirt sophomore, was one of 24 players signed to letters of intent to join head coach Mark Whipple's Minutemen.