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UMass Beats Rhode Island to Open Conference Season

Havens leads UMass past Rams and named CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week

The Minutemen had an easy victory, for the ninth home win in a row against Rhode Island this past Saturday. Kyle Havens had a terrific game with almost a near perfect completion percentage in the first half. The rushing defense of the Minutemen was great as they only allowed seven yards rushing in the first half and 70 yards on the ground total.

Havens Breakout Game Keys Offense

Kyle Havens finally showed why he was chosen as the starting quarterback this week. In the first half alone, he went 15 for 17 for 206 yards and finished the game with 22-of-30 for 329 yards and two touchdowns. Tony Nelson rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown, marking his second 100-yard game this season and the ninth in his career. UMass started the game off with a 12 play drive that ended with a four yard touchdown pass from Havens to Chris Zardas, who finished with a career high three receptions. Havens’ second touchdown pass of the game came in the second quarter when he found Victor Cruz for a five yard score. The Minutemen went up 21-0 at half, when Nelson scored from three yards away.

Defense Continues Excellence

The Minutemen did not give up a touchdown on defense against the Rams and still have yet to give up a touchdown in the second half of a game this season. They have also not allowed a point in either the first or fourth quarters this season. Kyle Harrington and Eric Dickson led the team in tackles by recording seven each. Kurt Filler was ‘Johnny on the spot’ in both instances when the Rams were threatening to score. Filler had an interception in the end zone in the first quarter and stopped a critical fourth down play in the fourth quarter.

UMass hosts Stony Brook at 6pm this Saturday to finish off this three-game homestand.

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