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 »
Tags: Boston College, Cady Lalanne, Massachusetts, Maxie Esho
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 »
Tags: Ball State, Blake Frohnapfel, Jack Milas, Logan Laurent, Massachusetts, Tajae Sharpe
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 »
Tags: Cady Lalanne, Derrick Gordon, Derrick Kellogg, Jabarie Hinds, Maxie Esho, UMass
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 »
Tags: Boston College, Brandon Radcliff, DeVante Parker, Gerod Holliman, Louisville, Reggie Bonnafon, Tyler Murphy
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 »
Tags: Boston College, Charlie Callinan, Joey Slye, Marcus Outlow, Michael Brewer, Tyler Murphy, Virginia Tech
Boston College, 23; Wake Forest, 17
Boston College improved to 3-0 on the road this season with a six-point win over Wake Forest (2-6) at BB&T Field. The Eagles looked like they were going to cruise early, but ended up having to stave off the Demon Deacons’ comeback bid.
Alex Howell got BC on the board with a 30-yard field goal to cap off an opening drive that took up more than half of the first quarter. On the last play of the period, running back Jon Hilliman gave the Eagles a 10-0 lead with a 33-yard touchdown run. Hilliman scored again late in the second, carrying it into the end zone from one yard out for a 17-0 halftime advantage. Continue reading College Football Week 9 Roundup: BC Holds off Wake, UMass Comes up Short »
Tags: Blake Frohnapfel, Boston College, Jalen Williams, Jean Sifrin, John Wolford, Jon Hilliman, Kareem Hunt, Logan Laurent, Logan Woodside, Massachusetts, Terry Swanson, Toledo, Tyler Murphy, Wake Forest
#24 Clemson, 17; Boston College, 13
Boston College came close to beating a top 25 team for the second time this season, but ultimately couldn’t knock off 24th-ranked Clemson (5-2) in what ended up being a defensive battle at Alumni Stadium. Punts and tackles for loss abounded in a game that came down to the wire.
The two teams traded punts throughout the first quarter, and it was the Tigers who finally got on the board early in the second on a 17-yard touchdown run by running back Wayne Gallman. The Eagles responded later in the period when quarterback Tyler Murphy found wide receiver Sherman Alston for an easy 26-yard score, and kicker Ammon Lakip gave Clemson a 10-7 lead with a 23-yard field goal as time expired on the first half. Continue reading College Football Week 8 Roundup: BC Falls Short, UMass Wins Second Straight »
Tags: Boston College, Clemson, Eastern Michigan, Logan Laurent, Lorenzo Woodley, Massachusetts, Reginald Bell Jr., Shadrach Abrokwah, Sherman Alston, Tyler Murphy