The Final: Ohio 58, UMass 42
The Goat: Rush Defense (9.0 Yards/ Rush)
The Stat: 394 Rushing Yards Allowed
The Streak: L1
The Record: 2-4
The 12-Game Pace: 4-8
UMass storms out to early lead, defense crumbles as Bobcats run wild, set school record in total yards
Andrew Ford led the Minuteman offense with four touchdown passes. Ross Comis added an additional passing touchdown, completing 60% of his passes for the night. It was another huge night for the Senior out of Mayfield, Ohio, Andy Isabella, who continued his strong play against both Duquesne, Boston College, and Charlotte, catching 12 passes for a combined 198 yards, scoring 3 touchdowns. The emergence of Junior Sadiq Palmer, and California native, Zak Simon, added a secondary target for Ford. Senior Marquis Young aided the lackluster Minuteman rush-attack, averaging shy of 3.5 yards a carry, with a lone rush of 14 yards. It was a relatively quiet night for RB Jordan Fredericks.
On the opposing side of the ball, the defensive line took a step backwards, following last weekend’s win against UNC Charlotte at McGuirk Stadium. The Minuteman defense had great difficulty preventing the Ohio University rush-heavy offense, reminiscent of their performance against Georgia Southern, for the majority of the game. Ohio’s offense ran the ball 44 times, doubling UMass’s total, it was a relatively balanced effort between rushing and passing touchdowns for the Bobcat offense.
To highlight the gameday positives on defense, Tampa, Florida native and junior cornerback Isaiah Rodgers complimented the defensive effort, making some key stops by recording a costly interception that was run back for 55 yards. Graduate Linebacker, Bryton Barr and the East Longmeadow native Brice McAllister had bounce-back games.
Special Teams: A-
It was a relatively quiet afternoon for the Minuteman Special Teams. Cooper Garcia accurately completed all 6 of his attempted extra points, but failed to attempt an in-game field goal. Punter George Georgopoulos underwent another relatively-successful afternoon, completing 2 punts for 85 yards, registering his longest punt of the night at 49 yards. No punt’s were returned by UMass the duration of the game, as the Bobcat offense had no issues moving the football. The duo of Marquis Young and freshman Samuel Emilus split kickoff return duties for the Minuteman.
Before heading on the road to Athens, OH, UMass Football felt extremely confident they were going to turn their season around with a gutsy win against a tough Ohio squad. Striving for bowl eligibility is one of the number one goals of this football program and athletic department. While that may seem like a stretch given the current rankings, this team and coaching staff are not done fighting yet. The 4-0 University of South Florida Bulls, led by Head Coach Charlie Strong, come into town Saturday afternoon with a matinee face-off against the Minuteman. This is a game that can have drastic implications on the future outlook of the Minuteman season and the future recruiting efforts for football at the state’s flagship university. Make sure to pack McGuirk- game starts at 3:30!