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Minutemen Bounce Back with Win over Florida State

By on November 24, 2014 at 9:25pm
Donte Clark, Jabari Hinds (Photo courtesy of The Boston Globe) Donte Clark and Jabari Hinds (Photo courtesy of The Boston Globe)

They did not keep the winning streak as long as they would have liked, but the UMass Minutemen are 4-1 after the first two weeks of the season and have already faced some adversity along the way. Being able to rebound after a loss is a big factor in having a successful season and UMass has shown that ability both during and in between games. Here’s a look at how the Minutemen have been able to jump right back into the thick of things without missing a beat.

Last Tuesday, UMass participated in ESPN’s 24 hour tip off marathon for the third season in a row. The previous two years saw some late game heroics against Harvard and LSU and this year against the Manhattan Jaspers was no different. With the game going back and forth pretty much the whole way, UMass was finally able to pull ahead and seemingly put the game away with a successful inbounds pass. Continue reading Minutemen Bounce Back with Win over Florida State »

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Jameis Winston (Photo by Jeremy Esbrandt)

Boston College, 17; #3 Florida State, 20

Ten weeks after upsetting ninth-ranked USC, Boston College came close to pulling off an even bigger shocker over #3 Florida State (11-0) at Doak Campbell Stadium. Of course, the Seminoles have made a habit of winning close games, and Saturday was no exception, as they prevailed again thanks to a late field goal.

FSU looked to cruise early, putting together a 14-play opening drive that took more than six minutes off the clock and ended with running back Karlos Williams‘s three-yard touchdown. But the Eagles came right back with a 14-play possession of their own that lasted 8:22 and kicker Mike Knoll scored on a 40-yard FG to make it 7-3. Continue reading College Football Week 13 Roundup: BC Gives FSU a Scare »

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Maxie Esho

The first week of the NCAA basketball season is in the books and the UMass Minutemen took care of business through their first two games against Siena and Boston College. Here’s a couple of takeaways after week one.

Maxie Esho is the Go-To Guy

Senior forward Maxie Esho had been the energy guy off the bench the last few seasons for head coach Derrick Kellogg, and now he has been able to take his energy level that was previously used in such short bursts of time and extend it. While I sat in the Garden seats during the Coaches vs. Cancer triple header I noticed that when the UMass intro video was shown it featured a lot of Esho and that the team was clearly trying to market him. Continue reading Two Games, Two Wins, Minutemen off and Running »

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Randall Jette (UMassAthletics.com)

Ball State, 10; Massachusetts, 24

UMass put together a well-rounded effort in a home win over Ball State that shouldn’t have been as close as it was. The Minutemen were solid on both sides of the ball but couldn’t put the game away until the final quarter.

They didn’t have any trouble moving the ball on the game’s opening drive, which ended with a three-yard touchdown by running back Shadrach Abrokwah. The Cardinals brought it right back and quarterback Jack Milas hit wide receiver Jordan Williams for a 33-yard TD to tie it. Later in the first quarter, the Minutemen again made it into the red zone, but QB Blake Frohnapfel had his pass intercepted by safety Dedrick Cromartie, preserving the 7-7 score. Continue reading College Football Week 12 Roundup: UMass Survives Frohnapfel Injury »

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Meet the Minutemen

November 12, 2014 at 7:15pm in College, Featured
Trey Davis

College basketball has never been a focal point in the Boston sports scene, in fact college sports in general haven’t been a hot topic among every day Boston sports fans since Doug Flutie threw that unforgettable pass that handed him the Heisman on a silver platter. Out in western Massachusetts (yes, the state continues past Worcester) the Massachusetts Minutemen basketball team got some attention in the mid 90s thanks to a guy named Marcus Camby, but since Camby’s departure the Minutemen slowly faded into obscurity among the Boston faithful.

Last season, the Minutemen were able to recapture some of that ’90s glory in a bit of a see-saw season that saw them jump up as high as number 12 in the AP Top 25, then struggle slightly in conference play, and finished with the team finally getting the nod from the girl they were staring at for years from across the room, the NCAA tournament. With an early exit thanks to Tennessee and the graduation of Sampson Carter, Raphiael Putney, and the guy many credit as the biggest reason for the program’s turnaround, Chaz Williams, it’s time to meet the new group of Minutemen who take the floor for the first time Friday night against Siena. Continue reading Meet the Minutemen »

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DeVante Parker (USA Today)

Louisville, 38; Boston College, 19

All season long, Boston College’s Tyler Murphy has been the best running quarterback in college football and one of the worst passers. On Saturday, his throwing inability was on full display in a home loss to Louisville (7-3) that dropped the Eagles to 2-4 at Alumni Stadium this season.

Murphy threw his first interception of the night, to safety Gerod Holliman, on the first play from scrimmage. The defense held the Cardinals to a 23-yard John Wallace field goal, and the offense regrouped to march downfield, where running back Jon Hilliman gave the Eagles the lead with a one-yard touchdown run. The Cardinals made it down to the two-yard line, but RB Brandon Radcliff lost the ball on a handoff and linebacker Steven Daniels recovered the fumble, preserving the 7-3 advantage. Continue reading College Football Week 11 Roundup: Murphy Implodes in Loss to Louisville »

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Tyler Murphy (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

Boston College, 33; Virginia Tech, 31

Saturday was a big day for Boston College, as the Eagles improved to 4-0 on the road this season with a two-point win over Virginia Tech (4-5) at Lane Stadium. With the victory, BC became bowl-eligible for the second straight season. Meanwhile, quarterback Tyler Murphy broke the team record for single-season rushing yards by a QB, surpassing Doug Flutie’s 939.

Running back Marshawn Williams put the home team on the scoreboard first with an eight-yard touchdown rush on the opening drive. The 7-0 lead held until the first play of the second quarter, an eight-yard TD pass from Murphy to wide receiver Charlie Callinan. The Hokies went back on top with a 27-yard field goal by kicker Joey Slye, but the Eagles took their first lead on a 68-yard score by RB Myles Willis. VT had a chance to make it a one-point game late in the half, but defensive tackle Truman Gutapfel blocked Slye’s 30-yard attempt to preserve the 14-10 advantage. Continue reading College Football Week 10 Roundup: BC Beats VT, Murphy Breaks Record »

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