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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Jon Hilliman (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

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 »

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Tyler Murphy, T. J. Green (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

#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 »

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Tyler Murphy (Rob Kinnan/USA Today Sports)

Boston College, 30; North Carolina State, 14

Boston College got its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the 2014 season over N.C. State (4-3) at Carter-Finley Stadium. The game looked set to become a shootout early on, but the Eagles settled down to overcome the Wolfpack and a nearly hour-long weather delay on the way to victory.

Running back Jon Hilliman got things started with a 10-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening drive, which N.C. State answered with a 13-play, 65-yard drive and a two-yard TD by RB Tony Creecy. On the next possession, quarterback Tyler Murphy broke out for a 47-yard TD run, but again the Wolfpack responded, with QB Jacoby Brissett finding tight end David Grinnage for a 16-yard score, tying the game at 14 after one. Continue reading College Football Week 7 Roundup: BC, UMass Notch Big Road Wins »

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