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UMass Falls Behind Early, Lose at Delaware

Mark Duncan grabs one of his two touchdowns on the day.

The Minutemen lost their first conference game of the season as the Blue Hens got the best of them, 43-27. Delaware got out to an early lead and didn’t look back. They outplayed UMass on both sides of the ball and the Minutemen did not have an answer to stop the Blue Hens.

Delaware passing attack rips apart UMass secondary

Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin had a career day against the Minutemen. He completed 19 of his 26 passes for 284 yards. Devlin also found the end zone four times through the air, hooking up twice with Mark Duncan. Duncan finished with 106 yards receiving, two scores, and seven receptions. Devlin also found Mark Mackey and Trevor Mooney each for a touchdown. The Blue Hens kicker, Jon Striefsky also added three field goals on the day.

Minutemen struggle to establish a running game

UMass could not get the ground game going against Delaware and that made them a one dimensional team on Saturday. They finished with a total 46 yards on the ground and Tony Nelson had 33 of those yards. The Minutemen averaged a dismal 1.5 yards per carry against the Blue Hens.

Kyle Havens went 24-36 and 275 yards including one interception. Victor Cruz had another 100-yard receiving day but was kept in check and was not able to find the end zone. Emil Igwenagu and Aaron Fears each had a touchdown reception in the fourth quarter as UMass fell short of their comeback.

UMass plays rival New Hampshire in Amherst next Saturday at 3:30pm. The Wildcats travel to Amherst at 5-0.

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